Typical day that is never typical, as we all operate on our own schedules:
4 am - Make coffee and have fresh fruit breakfast. In the studio. Check emails from home, and begin working furiously. Raw energy. Dark and isolated with only the early morning animals (mule deer, bunnies, and antelope) a few feet away and always visible from my studio window.
7:00 am - Light is just appearing. Stop work and go on a hike. Take photos. Lots of photos for a library of reference (approx. 150-200). Dawn is the best time for light here with beautiful blue violet shadows. Nature dictates thinking and feeling each day and is a strong force that has to be reckoned with. The beauty of the location is pervasive in every aspect of daily living. Absolutely serene and life-affirming. Ideas are running rampant and energy is high.
7:30 am - Sunrise comes over the ridge. As the sun peaks over, the color explodes. Literally explodes. Very, very dramatic and unreal. Powerful stuff. Warm hot radial highlights and cool circumferential shadows against amazing topography in every direction. Almost sensory overload and surreal.
8:00 am - noon. Good morning chitchat with other residents and staff. Work hard till noon non-stop. Best time of day for work. Usually have four pieces going continually round-robin fashion in varying states of process. Don’t think too hard, just do.
Noon - Lunch is delivered. Always a great salad, and hearty lunches. Although I am not a vegetarian, veg. dishes are the tastiest here. Group has lunch together and catch up with what’s going on with hikes and work. Clean up.
1:00pm - Nap time and luxury reading.
2:00 pm - Studio time. More relaxed and thoughtful. Not as furious and energetic as the morning. Usually take stock and plan the next stages.
4:00 - Stop for the day. Shower, read, talk and relax. Check up from home.
6:00 - Gourmet dinner. Group dinner, Always fun to hear different perspectives. Everyone is well-traveled and interesting. Very casual and never pretentious. Cleanup dishes.
8:00 - Sometimes a big bonfire with improv music and magical sunsets. Early to bed and more reading. Many prefer to work at night.
The surprise is how much I like and enjoy the residents and staff. The residents have varying and impressive (really impressive) credentials and are all accomplished in their field. Our group consists of:
- A first-time novelist who finished her book here.
- An experimental improvisational composer that is working with the Wyeth Museum on a large scale project at Chad’s Ford.
- An acclaimed sculptor that does installation and public art with galleries in Santa Fe and Chicago.
- A re-known graphic novelist three times published that develops her own narratives, characters, and illustrations.
- A socially conscious international visual artist that is working on an extended Hospice project involving portraits and dialogue based on Death and Dying (with a piece on it’s way to the Smithsonian).
- A young classical and rock composer that has written lyrics and music for an original pop song that will no doubt hit the charts.