So, I am a bit of a planner. For a long time I thought I was one of those really relaxed type B kind of personalities. That is until one day I had my sense of self shaken to the core. Flashback a decade or so ago when my life was that of a law firm manager who ran from meeting to meeting. I was sitting in a meeting and somehow the conversation turned to "Are you a Type A or a Type B?" Without hesitation I said "I am totally Type B!" One of the partners at the firm looked at me and laughed. I looked at him quizzically (truthfully, my head was probably cocked to the side like a dog hearing a high pitched noise) and asked why he laughed. He responded with "Racquel...you are absolutely the least Type B person I know." And the whole room laughed and shook their heads in agreement. I couldn't help but laugh. But I thought "What the hell are they talking about?"
So, now I will show you a few pictures of how I planned for my Artist Residency and you can tell me whether you think I am Type A or Type B :)
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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 :)
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