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"The hardest part of artmaking is living your life in such a way that your work gets done, over and over–"

- David Bayles and Ted Orlund, Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, 2011 (p. 61).
Lapse of Time
Anticipating significant familial changes over the next half year, I see the need for more support both professional and personal. To that end, during February, March, and April I'll be engaged in two separate but complementary artist residencies.
Drypoint inking and print pull
The first is an printmaking artist residency at Port Washington's Studio 224. Once or twice a week I'll get in a few wonderfully solitary hours at their well-appointed print shop, working on a series of drypoint etchings.
The second is a self-directed residency that may sound silly - silly, that is, unless you're living it: an Artist Residency in Motherhood (ARiM).
I've been aware of this program for several years but not until now did it seem fitting. For this residency I'm privileged to count as mentors my wise friend M. and my esteemed painter friend Paula Swaydan Grebel. I plan to create six 'peopled woodland' paintings, the first of which can be seen below.
Beth Stoddard, Peopled Woodlands Spring (working title) (work in progress), oil on linen, 20"x16", 2022.
Why artist residencies? They serve many functions: connection to other artists, solidifying and extending current artmaking practices, and offering a support structure. I hope that these two residencies together will guard me against frittering away the time.
County Parks Paintings' Last Hurrah
Beth Stoddard, Milwaukee County Parks paintings, installation view from a previous show.
My Milwaukee County Parks paintings will make what is likely to be their final appearance March 1–31 at the Wauwatosa Public Library. Check out these very local landscapes for free during the Library gallery's extensive open hours.
Upcoming Classes & Exhibitions

Colored Pencil Birds
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Class | March 2022

Milwaukee Pastoral: Beth Stoddard Paints the Milwaukee County Parks
Wauwatosa Public Library Exhibition | March 2022

Portraits Drawn from Life
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts Class | April 2022
Beth Stoddard, Gemels, etching on paper, 4"x3" image, 2021.
Thank you for reading and looking.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Until next time,
Copyright © 2022 Beth Stoddard, painter. All rights reserved.

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