I went into nature withdrawal up there (yes, I know about the parks but so do 100,000,000 other new yorkers) and so I am re-gratified when I see a scarlet finch on my window sill here or even a cardinal or bluejay! Yes, one has to be patient to endure my chipperings of amazement these days:).
New York is a people (and pigeon) zoo. Once you accept that and treat it as such you're good to go. Just enjoy the incredible variety of facial arrangements people possess. Just enjoy standing, walking, or sitting shoulder to shoulder with strangers, feeling quite comfortably as if we are just amiable fellow travellers in the concentrated spaceship called the big apple. Just experience the collective rush towards the opposite end of the car, anguished cries and moans of horror of a crowded subway when a poor, inebriated college student vomits on the floor. Truly an observant person's paradise; things that usually occur within the privacy of one's vehicle or home are kindly offered for your viewing pleasure without having to do anything electronic.
Other than that, a very welcome and disarming thing I discovered is how open, friendly, and helpful people were. Expressive, yes (horns blasting, yelling, crying, making out) but if you need help finding a place they'll just about carry you there. So delightful...adding touches of human grace to at times bedraggled schleppings around.
A sure thing: one of the best things about the residency was just learning my way around, discovering in a general way what's what and where so that when I go back I'll be more oriented. All in all this trip was both a galvanizing and grounding experience.
So, for the follow-up! The above pic is of me standing under the heading of my solo exhibition in Atlanta, which opened a couple of weeks after I got back, so there was some scrambling to be done (framing, mounting) when I hit the ground here! About mid-way through the residency, SCAD-Savannah Exhibitions proposed a show at SCAD-Atlanta highlighting my New York paintings. So in the end, the works were created with that goal in mind.
This blog has been so much fun to do that I'm going to continue it, though most likely under another heading (or two). I really hope that you've enjoyed reading it, and that you'll continue to accompany me on my thought journeys. Happy Trails!