The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences (Part 1, 12.15.18)

If you don’t apply, you’ll never get it.

I’ve been rejected many, many times over my career as an artist. There are lean seasons, and times when the tide shifts — mostly because the work I’m making improves!

For years, I dreamed of attending The Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts & Sciences. It’s gorgeous, rural, mountains, a lot of private, and pristine nature. Real people live and work there. But, it’s different than hustle of Charlotte’s urban living:)

I got on a waiting list this last time applying. Over the summer, I found out a spot had opened up. (I had pitched what I really needed was to exhale, be in nature — around water, to paint, and paint, and paint some more.)

There are many cabins and studios at The Hambidge Center. The one I stayed was actually someone’s house — who had gone to live near family in another state. It was incredible!!!!

There are many cabins and studios at The Hambidge Center. The one I stayed was actually someone’s house — who had gone to live near family in another state. It was incredible!!!!

 
This was my indoor painting set up in the dining area. (Since this space is someone’s home with their furnishings still around, the parameters of keeping it clean were a little different.)

This was my indoor painting set up in the dining area. (Since this space is someone’s home with their furnishings still around, the parameters of keeping it clean were a little different.)

 
Painting set up first day:)

Painting set up first day:)

 
 
When I paint these water-inspired abstract works on paper, I approach much like I do my water glass… I make a LOT of parts.

When I paint these water-inspired abstract works on paper, I approach much like I do my water glass… I make a LOT of parts.

 
My other painting place was the wrap around porch. Yes, that was my very own private pond… just one of MANY perks. (Seriously, an amazing residency!!)  You can also see why green now is infiltrating all my water work:)

My other painting place was the wrap around porch. Yes, that was my very own private pond… just one of MANY perks. (Seriously, an amazing residency!!)

You can also see why green now is infiltrating all my water work:)

 
Another process of using paper to create circles in paint. Round paper towel pieces draw water underneath…

Another process of using paper to create circles in paint. Round paper towel pieces draw water underneath…

 
Close up of other water-inspired painting parts in the making:)

Close up of other water-inspired painting parts in the making:)

 
One of many incredible, beautiful blessings the Lord gave me during my residency at  The Hambidge Center . It was gorgeous every day — regardless of the weather.   (Picture does not even come close:)

One of many incredible, beautiful blessings the Lord gave me during my residency at The Hambidge Center. It was gorgeous every day — regardless of the weather.

(Picture does not even come close:)

 
Carmella Jarvi