So many people have told me that they wish they could do an artist residency. And yet they don't know how to get started, and are afraid to apply.
I used to think that I was not a good enough artist to apply for a residency. I was also afraid of rejection. But nothing ventured, nothing gained......
As artists we have to learn to live with rejection. This is just another area where perseverance pays off. Only today I received two emails. One saying that I hadn't been accepted for a book exhibition in Scotland, and the other saying that I had had an image accepted for the Artcan christmas card collection. The roller coaster of emotions that comes with being an artist continues!
I was frightened of the application process, and the need to say what you plan to do whilst away from home. (Away somewhere that you really would love to be with no distractions from everyday life). I am not good at planning projects; they tend to emerge gradually when I have time to play and experiment. So in my applications I have been honest, and have described how I work in a responsive way to my environment. That doesn't seem to have been a problem.
I would like to encourage you to be brave, and to go for it. I can honestly say that the residencies I have done (three now) have been incredibly productive and happy experiences.
Caroline Fraser - an ordinary life
on life, suburban living, art, creativity, photography, book art and travel.
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Welcome to Caroline Fraser Photography
Colourful abstracted and traditional photographic landscapes, book art and workshops. Capturing the moods and beauty of nature whether in wild open places or in small sanctuaries in suburbia.