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Documenting my experience was one of tbe things I wanted to do during my artist residency at Chateau Orquevaux. At my home studio in Maryland, I try to start and end every day in the studio with a little journal writing. I have found in the morning it helps clear the cobwebs away and in the evening it helps me take an objective look at my work and set my intentions for the next day. For tbe residency, I wanted to take that practice and tweak it just a bit. So here, I write each day about what I have seen or done and then do a little pen and ink drawing that relates to my writing.
After arriving in Paris at 7:30 in the morning, I rented a car and headed out onto the roads of France. The fog was a Stephen King kind of thick and the roads were eerily empty.
Around four hours into the ride, after squeezing my car through the narrow streets of several small villages, the fog cleared and the Chateau appeared on the top of the hill and my heart started to race.
I walked in and was greeted by a cat named Gollum,
who turned her back on me but only to get a good head scratch :)