I am on my third day in Austin for a artist residency with Carter Foster. Carter is a curator at the Blanton Art Museum here in the city. He invited me to come last year and together we worked out the details. I left Michigan with it’s snow and ice and later that day I was in 70 degrees watching butterflies visiting flowers.
How do we learn?
I am convinced that in order to continue to learn we need to continue to step outside of what we know. To keep growing we must put ourselves into new environments that challenge the way we think and possible even upsets our typical routines.
Bacon, Eggs and Lettuce?
My host does not eat bread. No bread in the house. Yesterday I was cooking up some breakfast for myself and half way into the process I realized I would not have a piece of toast to drag through my egg yoke. Dang! So I did what artists do, I improvised and instead of toast I added some of yesterday’s lettuce to my breakfast plate and in doing so discovered that eggs and bacon go very nicely with lettuce.
Back to Germany
I have booked my flight back to Bavaria for April 28th. I will be there for a full month. During this time if you would like a piece of art made for you I would love to do just that. My last three week stay I made six small 11x14 inch plein-air oil sketches of Bavarian street scenes for people back home in Grand Rapids. It was such a nice way to export some of this European culture back to my hometown. Please click here and enter into this wonderful cultural exchange.