Quiet Community With other Artists
the moment has arrived;
an hour or two to devote to your art practice.
It goes by so quickly doesn’t it?
This much needed space for oneself.
But when you sit down you don’t know where to start: the drawing, the painting, the sculpting, the writing in your mind is so far from that blank page or canvas.
“This was SUCH a wonderful experience – as a full-time artist & illustrator, I sometimes struggle to advance on certain projects because of all the other work stuff that gets in the way. Having this small little community to work simultaneously on our personal projects was a great source of inspiration and accountability. Luisa also shared some beautiful talks with food for thought and lovely references for inspiration. I loved it and I’d do it again! “
You’ve taken the classes, you’ve bought the supplies, you have that beautiful sketchbook but you seem to freeze, while the clock ticks away those precious moments.
You begin to chase the image in your head and twenty minutes in, it starts to go wrong.
Discouragement begins to creep in. The time to create is almost over and there is nothing to show for it…
or is there?
Luisa is the ‘Brené Brown’ of self-educated artists.
Teri. M, Ontario Canada
Make the most of your creative hours
This feeling comes to me all too often and usually my response is: work harder, take more classes, buy better supplies but when faced with my own creative self no amount of skill seemed to help.
I needed sessions of deep work, commitment to regular creating hours. I needed physical and mental space.
I wanted to finish a project that had been lingering in my mind for too long, and develop ritual that plops me right where I left off the day before. I need an end in sight.
More than that, I craved accountability, but not the superficial check-in via Social Media, nor the ambitious and performance driven nature of a Mastermind.
I needed an artist residency.
What is an artist residency for?
It’s a time frame to work on a project determined by you, not what you think you should work on, but ideally, something that you deeply feel you must bring to life. It’s the freedom to work on what you want, but with the camaraderie of other artists.
- Practice a technique or medium
- Begin a collection (explore, make studies, read, revise, plunge into your archive)
- Fine-tune a collection
- Finish a single piece
- Work from an art book you purchased and you didn’t get around to do
- Finish a class you purchased but didn’t do the project
- Build the foundation of a work-flow (I did this in the last residency!)
- Generate lots of work without over-thinking
- Finish an artist book, or zine, or other tangible piece.
If you’re looking for gentle encouragement and support while on your art journey, I highly recommend mentorship with Luisa. I told her what my ultimate goals were and she helped to break down the process down into smaller steps – which resulted in her teaching/showing me the importance of value studies, encouraging me to let go of the “big picture” and start enjoying the process as I worked through learning something new.
She has a really gentle style of encouragement and support, which I really appreciated.
I. J., U.S.A
Who is this for:
- You are a self-taught artist and want to nourish your learning while working with others.
- You are an introvert but you want to connect with other artists. Talking one-on-one with someone is easier than to a whole room. (We will use break-out rooms.)
- You have a project that you can’t seem to complete or begin.
- You want to make the most of the time you have for your art. Whether it’s an hour a week or an afternoon.
- You want to experiment, explore, play, without feeling unproductive.
- You love a good selection of resources to nourish your curiosity.
- You want a break from Social Media but without feeling isolated
- You are a full-time artist who craves time to work on your own art (not client work)
residency consists of:
- FOUR 90 MINUTES CO-CREATION SESSION
Every Saturday from 11 AM to 12:30 PM EST (Toronto time)
Including: a mini-lecture about creative work, and discussion about our practice using break-out rooms (for, us introverts who shake at the thought of a big room!)
- FOUR MISSIVES PER WEEK:
- Monday: Setting the space
- Wednesday: Check-in
- Fridays: Inspiration and preparation for session
- Sundays: Relax and replenish
- A PRINTABLE PLANNER
- A NON-FACEBOOK SPACE to share our work in process and bonus content
Sessions are NOT recorded. The time we are together is a non-negotiable time for deep work and accountability. I will send any slides or resources shared the next day.
You can opt for a 45 minute mentorship call with me and schedule it at your convenience during the residency.
By the end of the residency you will have produced enough work to complete your project or establish a consistent art practice.
Next session in May, 2021
Limited to 10 participants
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the goal of the residency/retreat?
- A finished or nearly finished piece (if you paint large)
- A series of studies that will become your next collection
- A completed sketchbook
- A fully-used pad of newsprint, bristol or watercolor paper
- Time spent to clarify your subject matter
- A prototype of a zine, book, artist book, print series
- Or anything else you’ve wanted to complete or move forward to.
What are the requirements to participate?
A desire to work deep in your art practice and a willingness to allocate at least an hour a day to your work. This means you might have move thing around in your day. Probably letting go from a few activities including removing Social Media Apps, setting your phone away from your desk, requesting your loved ones for support.
Do I have to speak during the co-creation sessions?
As an introvert, I know how challenging it is to participate even when we want to. This is why, when we are all in the main room, you don’t have to. You can use the chat. But we will use breakout rooms of two or three people each so you can discuss with a another artist about your work and your practice.
I will provide some prompts so you don’t have to do ANY small talk.
How much time do I need to set aside each day?
I suggest at least an hour, but if it’s not possible, try to at least work in 30 minute increments.
What If I fall off the train and can’t continue my residency due to (job, kids or other commitments)?
If you fall off the wagon, like everything, you can get back on it. Don’t let a feeling of defeat take hold. Every single time you show up to your studio it’s a stepping stone to your goal.
Also, remember that there are many ways to cultivate your creative practice: reflecting, looking at one painting from a Museum, going through your old work, doing studies, etc. Not everything has to go into the BIG project.
I don’t have a stand-alone studio, it’s difficult to create an atmosphere of focus.
A box or basket with your materials and a drawing board will be enough.
What you do need is a place to stick your drawings to be able to see them. If you don’t have one, a foam board with tacks or washi tape will do. Remember this is only for four weeks (hopefully you will keep going after it’s over though!)
(I love disclaimers because they save us from misunderstandings!)
A note about resources I share:
Resources I share are for people with a curious mind. I choose materials according to how interesting or thought provoking they could be. I do not approach art with a moralistic or inauthentic interest. I recommend a wide variety and diversity of resources. In particular, I’m interested in learning from other people’s creative process. We know some artists are quite the characters and are imperfect, but their work is what interests me the most.
Please consider this:
This residency is intensive, if you are planning to take a class or take on a big project simultaneously, you might become overwhelmed and we don’t want that! We want to protect our space and time so I strongly suggest that you choose accordingly.
This residency is open, safe and supporting of Black, POC, LGBT and differently abled people. I might trip at times and I’m sorry. As a Latina I aim to treat others as I want to be treated.
As an online live experience, I do not offer refunds. You can transfer your place to a friend or family member. If you don’t find someone to take your place, please do contact me if you have any impediment and we can work something out.
Next Session May 20201
Limited to 10 participants