I just got back from a Ragdale/3Arts Residency Fellowship in Lake Forest, IL June 17-July 5, 2013. It was a little slice of heaven to be out on the open prairie for three weeks in the Meadow Studio, a magnificent modernist structure. The program is set up so you just have time and space to make your work completely undisturbed. The only scheduled things is that each night M-F at 6:30pm chef Linda Williams cooks up an amazing dinner. Our group ended up meeting for 9:30pm for night caps, ghost stories, and gossip. Minus the s'mores and camp fires, it was adult summer camp. I was able to get nine 30x45 in. new oil paintings done. See a sneak peek of one of them below. There were 13 of us in our cohort - 3 visual artists, 1 music composer and the rest were writers.
|The main Ragdale House where residents sleep and writers write.|
|The Meadow Studio. If you go, say hi to "Iggy" for me. You'll know what I'm talking about when you get there.|
|Inside the Meadow Studio. Amazing high ceilings, the best light ever, great ventilation, a huge counter/bar, a private patio and living room.|
|A sneak peek at my new work - Laura Kina, Family Portrait 1, 30 x 45 in., Oil on canvas, 2013.|
|Right outside the Meadow Studio is 50 acres of open prairie. It was incredible to watch summer storms roll in. Every day the prairie has something new to offer.|
|Deer, bunnies, birds, bees, and all sorts of insects walk, hop, fly, and crawl by the Meadow Studio.|