After our visit to Salt Lake City, Anthony went to San Francisco for work and then on to Portland—and I came back to Berlin. We will reconvene in Minneapolis next week and hit the ground running.
So it’s been just me and Berlin, kind of like old times, which has given me time to reflect on the city and myself. When people ask how things have been during these solo weeks, I find myself saying that they are good and that it feels a bit like a residency/retreat. I’ve been reading, drawing, and walking. I’ve also been taking time to revisit some of the basics of my craft like color theory and mixing as well as methods for approaching new pieces and observational drawing. Maybe this sounds like a strange thing to do, but it’s been kind of wonderful, something I felt compelled to do these last months. Like simplifying as a way of refocusing for the next step. I could also imagine doing this for my German and cooking skills.