Sunday, July 1, 2012


It's been educational to say the least, re-aquainting myself with the city and studio space, teaching and exhibiting opportunities, learning about apartment availability and costs, all in preparation for my move back to Chicago next year. At this point there is little else to do until March 2013 when I can actually sign a lease. The Amdur Art festivals seem to be the closest show opportunity comparable to the Paradise City Fine Art festival, something I have been doing for the past 6 years. And visiting the Evanston Art Center was just the tip of the ice berg in terms of teaching opportunities.

There will be so much to do, rebuilding a life in a new part of the country. Staying focused on one step at a time without freaking out has been my immediate priority! 

Yesterday I walked through Lincoln Park and despite high humidity and heat it felt great to be back home. I took pictures along the way, the organic farmers market held every Saturday morning was a highlight.

 Yoga class (above) being held next to the farmers market.



Past the farmers market heading north is the zoo and then my favorite, The Conservatory.

Yes, I do love the lily and koi pond


I know what I will be painting when I arrive home this week. I am looking forward to getting lost in the creative process, my happiest place to be.


  1. What an exciting walk--an amazing farmers' market. I imagine some of those fruits and vegetables might sneak into your work ond day.

    To me city life sounds exciting. I lived in DC for a while and loved it. It's a toss up--big city or small town--I didn't particularly like the suburbs and I don't think I'd like country again.

    You'll be moving back to Chicago as an artist--you'll take all the good things with you.

    1. I actually feel like having lived on the east coast in a progressive artist community will be an asset when I am re-establishing myself in the midwest, but only time will tell. The farmers market was amazing and the vegetables were very paintable. Yum.

  2. Do you know I've never been to the conservatory? It is gorgeous! I for one look forward to your move, Robin. I am hopeful that you can point me in new directions and help me to grow as an artist, even if it means me being able to take a class from you.

    1. It will be fun if we do actually get a chance to meet, Sherry. I have had to focus on baby steps and getting here is the first one. Finding a place to teach and exhibit seems far away now but then I remind myself... one step at a time.

  3. Thanks for giving me a day out! I enjoyed the farmer's market pics so much, quite a lot to paint! Robin, I also am keeping in touch with your little steps to grow, inspiring for me.

  4. Padmaja, the day I went to the farmers market I ended up walking over 8 miles. There is nothing quite as exciting to me as spending a day walking around a big city that has lots to offer. Thinking about the move overwhelms me and the best way for me to deal with it is... one step at a time.