There are four more days left of summer and I am not ready for it to end. However, this summer has been eventful both personally and creatively. On a personal level, a painful moment (my uncle died on July 3rd) has been another lesson in our time is very limited and we must make every moment count. This has made me realize that I need to get my writing out there. No one is going to come and ask for it. So, this fall I will be on a submission frenzy.
On a creative level, I had the opportunity to spend a week at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA. This is a magical place. My first experience at the FAWC was in 2008 when I won the Walker Scholarship and took a life changing workshop with Robin Hemley. I attended two more summers taking workshops with Nick Flynn and Stephen Elliot. All three writing workshops have contributed to me slowly putting together a memoir collection. However, this summer was the first time I was awarded a scholarship to take a visual arts workshop with Bert Yarborough. This was life changing in a different way. I've always identified as a writer and feel confident in calling myself that. I am still not comfortable with the label of artist. Being awarded this scholarship made me feel a little more confident about calling myself an artist.
Bert's approach to printmaking is a playful one. I really appreciated the freeness of the workshop. Below are some of the work I created: