|Caerus, the Greek god of opportunity|
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.