The Golden Foundation is in New Berlin, a rural town in upstate New York. Both the living quarters and studios are in a refurbished barn surrounded by acres of rolling hills and farmland.
As there were very few distractions, I spent most of my mornings, days and evenings in the studio. It is the largest space I’ve ever worked in.
One of the unique things about the residency is the amazing access to supplies. The Golden Foundation is linked to Golden Artist colors, so the artists in residence receive full access to all of Golden acrylics, as well as Williamsburg Oil paint, and Qor watercolors. This is the material room, which is above the studios. You can use it all!
I fell in love with Williamsburg paint. Although I am normally drawn to bright colors, during the residency I experimented with mixing various combinations of primaries to create a range of neutrals and grays.
My studio filled up fast. Rather than making large work as I do back home, I made a lot of smaller pieces, trying to test as many materials as possible. Residencies often relieve the pressure of making “finished” work, and because of it, new ways of working emerge.
I created several sculptural fragments that inspired the forms in the paintings I was making. Here they are in the beginning stage
I tried to tear myself away from the studio every night to watch the sunset. While the sunset was always beautiful, this night really knocked it out of the park.
I was surprised to discover that I love watercolor. While my oil paintings build up over many layers, watercolor is quick and immediate. It was both thrilling and difficult to change my timing and speed.
This is a grouping of watercolor pieces. Making these allowed me to think about transparency, light, line and pattern.
I also ended up making a series of black and white monochromes. The peacefulness of the country made me want to turn down the volume in my work, at least for the time being. When working on small paintings I like to have as many going on as possible. They begin referencing and playing off one another. I also made a large group of acrylic skins as a color mixing exercise. I plan to use these as color reference material once back home.
The white monochromes allowed me to explore subtle shift of color and carefully consider the way that I use space and line in my work.
This was my studio all cleaned up for Open Studio at the end of my stay. The month really flew by!
More of Rebekah’s work can be seen at rebekahgoldstein.com .