Friday, July 6, 2012

The Caerus Summer Artist Residency

Caerus, the Greek god of opportunity
Making an opportunity for art
I was just introduced to a Greek god. Caerus (aka Kairos), the youngest divine son of Zeus, was the god of opportunity, luck and favorable moments.

For the next two weeks, the spirit of this god is being invoked by the Caerus Self-Directed Summer Residency.  This virtual artist's retreat - partly inspired by Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) was started by Northern California artists, Suzanne Edminster and Karina Nishi Marcus. I'll be joining them and 31 other artists who have shared a commitment to devote part of each day, from July 8th to 21st, to working in our own studios on a self-defined art project or theme.

Never mind that my ersatz studio is a dining room table covered with a canvas drop cloth. Committing to this self-directed residency has already required that I describe my proposed project - a series of paintings I've experimented with, but haven't devoted much time to working on - until now. Describing the project was an important step in the creative process.

I've only committed to a minimum of two hours each day, because I plan to write during this time as well. My goal is to make an opportunity for art. By painting each day I hope to create a habit - while learning to manage my time more effectively.

In the process, I will welcome the muse, in the form of Caerus. I hope he'll decide to become a regular visitor.

I will post about my progress on the virtual residency here.

5 comments:

Rosi said...

Really happy that I'll be in company with you and Caerus! ;-)

The Pen and Ink Blog said...

You go Girl! But uh...watch out for swans, bulls or beams of light. Zeus has a way with the ladies.
Sincerely,
Clancy, Son of Janitor

Laurie L Young said...

What a great idea! Let me know how it works out for you.

I am not in a place to make that big of a commitment right now, but I'm going to carve out some time each day to write. Almost the same . . .

Karina Nishi Marcus said...

I am also participating in the Caerus residency. This should be a joyful and creative period of art work. Looking forward to seeing what you are doing and to reading more of your posts about the process.....Karina Nishi Marcus

Megan Frances said...

Thanks so much for reading and commenting, everyone!

Delighted to be participating in this virtual artist's residency. It's very inspiring to be connected to a new community of artists who have made this commitment together.