I’m up in the Catskills at Spruceton Inn. I’ve only been here for a few days. But it’s happened. I’ve made up my mind. I’m never leaving. Sorry Casey and Steven (Innkeepers). You’re going to have to drag me back to the city. Sigh.
I’m here participating in Spruceton Inn’s first Artist residency. It’s beautiful here and it’s been ages since I’ve been able to sit and focus on my own work. I even hear frogs or birds or something chirping at night. Well, at least I hope its one of those things. It's been a while since I've been in the country. It sure sounds magical.
Casey and Steven are Brooklynites who have escaped to the Catskills to start this Inn about a year ago. Steven’s a children’s book writer, illustrator, and Casey is a writer, designer, innkeeper, and, it seems, wonder woman. I’ve been spending some time chatting with them and their pup, Waldo. All the work they’ve done here is just so...impressive. I’m coincidentally here with a fellow artist resident, Alyssa Leanne Hoppe. She’s a fellow Brooklynite and very inspiring artist/illustrator/floral designer/prop stylist. We’ve been checking in on each other’s daily progress in the bar after hours. Together we all form a mightly creative community.
What have I been making you ask? Well, I’ve been working on writing some children’s books and creating their dummies as well as some personal work-something I haven’t been able to do in a long, long time. I’m hoping to make a series roughly based on my trip to the desert last week-I’d like to be able to have another gallery show in Brooklyn soon. I’m also hoping the personal work will rejuvenate aspects of my editorial work-I’ve got projects lined up with Martha Stewart, Travel + Leisure, and Picador, all of whom all calling for natural images (surprise surprise). Glad I’m up here to remember what that looks like. Take a look yourself!
It’s been gorgeous, fresh and inspiring. I encourage everyone to apply for Winter 2016! Thank you Casey and Steven for this retreat, I’m veryveryveryvery grateful. Very.