In two weeks I will be in Charlotte, N.C., taking part in the National Reach Out & Read Literacy Summit! We’ll be talking about children, and the importance of nature, art and creativity. I am looking forward to lots of interesting conversations!
Thinking about the critters out in the gentle Georgia rain. This week the peepers were making their presence known, loudly, in vernal pools near the local pond.
I am still getting used to the deep red soil of this area….like the ground has rusted. These chunky-red-barked trees are everywhere too. I expect a lot of them are loblolly pines. The woods are carpeted with their needles. They are used to mulch people’s yards and there are even some bales of needles under my little house.
There are beautiful beech trees here. I love to hear the wind ruffling in the leaves, the winter stragglers. It was cool and clear today and I didn’t hear many birds out here. Plenty of gray squirrels, though. Their tails look a bit threadbare compared to their northern cousins. Probably they don’t need the extra fur in this warmer climate.
First full week here at AIR Serenbe. It rained this morning but cleared somewhat and warmed up nicely. Happy to be outside painting. There are paths everywhere, and once a day I find one to walk to see where it will bring me. It’s early enough not to worry about ticks and snakes, though I did have a spider visit who looked a bit intimidating.
This month I will be spending time in Georgia. I am honored to be offered a residency fellowship at AIR Serenbe, 30 minutes outside of Atlanta. This Focus Fellowship is generously funded by the Institute for Child Success and Reach Our and Read Carolinas. I will be staying in my own little place in Chattahoochee Hills, working, and at times, sharing with the community there.
My daughter, Carly, drove down with me, which was an adventure in and of itself. She flew home and I spent the next couple of days wandering Atlanta and drawing. This is a painting from yesterday’s wanderings.
My next month of posts will be dedicated to my adventure here. I am scanner-less and wacom-less, so these images will be photos from my phone.
Thank you to Judy Newman at Scholastic and Emma Dryden, editor extraordinaire, for recommending me, and Air Serenbe for hosting me!