As you undoubtedly know, Weir Farm is the home of Julian Alden Weir He is one of "The Ten" a renowned group of 10 American painters who frequently worked and exhibited together. Many attended École des Beaux-Arts in France, as Weir did, studying with Jean-Léon Gérôme and becoming friends with the likes of Jules Bastien-Lepage and John Singer Sargent. Not bad company!
Weir's rural home became a gathering place for artists to leave the city and paint en plein air. That tradition continues through the efforts of the Weir Farm Art Center which coordinates the Artist Residency, choosing individual artists to hunker down in the cottage and studio, getting creative, providing uninterrupted art time.
(Well, it hasn't always been solitary as a few artists and friends came by to see what all the fuss was about. And they were duly impressed and got creative as well. I see more plein air outings in our future.)
|Laura and Leslie confer and critique|
I think I have had a pretty conscientious studio habit, but it seemed like being here with nothing but my own initiative and inspiration would help me learn a little more about my creative process - including recognizing obstacles. I'm still figuring it all out, but it has been a valuable dedicated time, focused on art.
It's so peaceful here and one of the new habits that was easy to fall into is to take a walk each day. I was happy to discover that after wandering the natural beauty of the woods and walkways I'd step into the studio feeling more connected to my work. Being refreshed or relaxed makes creative effort feel easier. Who knew?!
Here is a foggy morning view from one of my walks. This is the Burlingham house, home of Cora Weir Burlingham. It's now the visitors center but still maintains charming, historic architectural details. What a way to start the day.
All my completed - and nearly-completed - Weir Farm paintings will be on view this Monday during an end-of-residency Artist Talk at the Wilton Library. If you'd like to take a look and hear about my time here, come by at 6 pm. It will be a casual talk, going until about 6:45 or 7. If you can't make it or have questions about the residency please comment below and I'll answer whatever I can. If you are interested in applying, applications are due in October, but check out the website early because letters of recommendation are required and may take time to gather.
Meanwhile... here is the latest unfinished painting - the foyer of the Weir home. This one is all about patterns: wallpaper, carpets, bookcase. I have to admit I always start out loving patterns... and then they make me a little crazy! Maybe it will be finished by Monday's presentation.
|work in progress of interior of Weir home|
Thanks for coming along on m art journey! And if you are in the area, you can journey to Weir Farm this summer!!!