Not gonna lie, it was kind of a rough start. I decided to ship all of my art supplies once I found out how reasonable the prices were to FedEx a couple boxes -- and they'd be there within two days! Sure they would. Between the holiday weekend, winter weather, and general Brooklyn deliveryperson laziness/incompetence, the pickup got delayed and then for the first couple of mornings I woke up to notification emails that the delivery was further and further delayed.
Lesson #1 learned: When going to an artist residency, if you're shipping supplies, make sure to bring at least enough in your carry-on to hit the ground running in some form. I may have panicked and stress-ordered 12 yards of canvas. I would be mildly embarrassed that this was my first instinct, except y'all know it's gonna get used eventually.
I'm really glad I'm here for the month and not just two weeks. I got some things from the local art store to tide me over, and all of my supplies did show up eventually, but it definitely took me a few days to get really settled in. Now at the beginning of the second week, I feel like maybe I can pretend to know what I'm doing.
Which brings me to why you're not seeing much in the way of WIP and studio shots yet if you follow me on Instagram. Between working on a top-secret Christmas commission and starting a couple of paintings that may be the beginning of a new body of work, things feel pretty embryonic and sensitive right now. Art pictures will come, eventually. But for now, I'll share some glimpses into the daily life here at VSC.
The food is amazing, the town is aggressively quaint, and there is a resident cat who does studio visits. What more could you want?