I Was on a Podcast!

Hello Reader,

This month I'm pondering the question:

Where is home?

Home is not where you were born; home is where all your attempts to escape cease. - Naguib Mahfouz

You will probably see me share this quote over and over. It had a profound impact when I read it. It was a fleeting post on IG but it was absolutely meant for me in that second.

I used to move every four years; there was something about that time frame that made me skedaddle from wherever I was: from a bad job, a sad love story, a city I couldn't stand, an apartment with roommates that cooked smelly food, and even from Mexico, the country I have a complicated relationship with.

Montreal is now home for me, a multicultural, fun, funky place, my house is one my husband and I envisioned one day on a notepad. It's small with a nice backyard, quiet and close enough to downtown but far enough not to deal with it.

And watercolor is home too.

I was invited to the Studio Notes podcast hosted by artist Sasha Dewitt . It's a podcast I've listened to since the begining; every episode is a moment of company amongst artists deep in the practice and process. I was truly honored to be asked. Scared as I always am to show my face or to speak (my voice is so fragile), I wanted to have a conversation with Sasha, who I met a while back on IG and whose art path resembles mine.

I loved how unplanned the conversation went along, and I surprised myself when I said I'd come full circle with watercolor.

I hope you'll join us in this conversation, and let me know if something sparks your practice in what we discuss.

What I have for you:

  • I opened my shop with a few small-scale affordable watercolor pieces. These have been soothing me during chemo treatment and emerging so naturally. Some have already sold, and I'm beyond happy!
  • The Studio Practice Kit with the questions, prompts, and reflections I've used throughout the years to move forward in my style (ugh.. that word), subject matter, and process. It goes hand in hand with The Guide for Creative Independence.
  • These are two IG accounts that I love lately:https://www.instagram.com/kalach_tax/ -kalach_tax architecture
  • apreski- It's a curatorial experience
  • The Hidden Writer: I devoured this book about writer's diaries, and it gave me the itch to start keeping one again (on paper).
  • I'm publishing sporadic update videos on Patreon. In the two most recent videos, I declared myself free from the tyranny of sketchbooks.

Tell me, what is home to you?


p.s. If you listened to the podcast episode and are new to The Studio Chronicles, welcome! I love getting email so hit reply if you have any questions or just want to chat.

The Studio Chronicles by Luisa

Drawing Artist working with watercolour, gouache and oil pastel I write about creative process, love of drawing and share lots of inspiring findings. Subscribe to get the monthly letter. Visit my website to see my work: https://www.luisafernandanino.com

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