I haven’t had a calm and a stillness like this in a very, very long time. This place reminded me how to be grateful and present.
I will miss the quiet, the footprints in the snow, the birdwatching, and the kindness. Northern Michigan is a sight to be seen in the winter. I am so happy to be leaving here with a new appreciation for nature, for solitude, and the creative process.
I had been struggling with change upon coming here, having experienced a recent loss that had the sting of permanence. But with change winking at me from the hills, brushing past me on my walks, and surfacing in so many conversations, I feel like I know how to do it better now. By letting go, moving through, cycling, accepting, marveling, and sharing.
I arrived in Good Hart four weeks and two days after the release of my first novel, tired, a little beat up, and overflowing with impostor syndrome.
I am not leaving the same person.
I am physically restored. The beauty of this place – this apartment with its beautiful light and comfy bed, and the natural loveliness of Northern Michigan – the fresh air, and my evenings at the beach watching the waves crash and the sun fall into Lake Michigan.
Creatively, I just typed “the end” on the first draft of my second novel. It’s been more than a year and a half coming, writing is an awful lot like mining, groping around in the dark looking for something that will eventually shine, but I found a gem here in Good Hart and I’m astounded by the amount and quality of work I’ve done here. This residency has given me the time and the space to reconnect with my practice and my muse. To find the joy in the work and to fall in love with writing again.
For the painter, there is no place like a well-lit studio with windows that let the sky in. Where light washes away the worries of the world outside – where light vibrates in color. Reminding of the joy it is to feel alive.
To my fellow and future residents: Enjoy this time! Take from it what you need! Reading, writing, walks, leisurely meals, time in the studio. You’re here because someone trusted you to be an artist and do it well.
I have enjoyed every minute of peace this beautiful place has to offer. My time getting to know myself and my practice again is a gift I will treasure always.
People can find a “home” many places in a lifetime… a house… people… experiences that touch your heart. I will always think of this place as just that.
Artists can’t do this intense and difficult work without cleaning their minds and isolating from that real “art world”. Here in this lovely house. I had time to enjoy birds, squirrels, trees, stars, beach, and stones…. Those natural creatures will be my lighthouse when I feel tired.
Your radical hospitality is truly awesome. Thank you for providing a space of peace, healing, and creativity.
This residency came at a time when I needed to clear my head and in two weeks I feel transformed.
The lake a massive compelling body of water that lives and breathes and regulates the breathing of all who come to its shores to “feel” its power. For me, it was the daily walks to the lake and the incredible ancient stones that mesmerized me. I could feel the spiritual undertow and the calm that this body of water must have assured to all who ever lived on its shores.