I had a once in a life time experience at the Porcupines Mountains State Park during my Artist in Residence program. During this program I had the pleasure of staying in hand crafted cabin called Dan's Cabin, that was build in remembrance of a famous photogapher that was known for capturing the Porcupine Mountains. This cabin was built for artists to come and be inspired by the beauty of the Porkies.
I spent two weeks in Dan's Cabin hiking, creating work, and taking in the vast beauty of the Porcupine Mountains and the Lake Surperior Shoreline. There were many rivers and waterfalls throughout the park, as well as right along my cabin where I would collect water to purify and drink. Little june bugs would sit upon the top of the water as I would fill my bottle with the clean water running along the volcanic rocks below. Beautiful, green moss shimmering along the rocks and trees were growing everywhere against the purple dirt. Mushrooms of various shapes, sizes, and colors grew ramped. The forest was filled with beautiful white birch trees with wild roots in one section, and would change to an old growth forest filled with large hemlock trees with trunks larger than I've seen before.
I have never been in a forest quite like this one before, and was so happy that I was able to take it in. The peace and stillness of this experience, as being forced to change my creative process during this time, allowed me to grow visually and mentally as an artist. I have been very happy with the outcome of my new pieces since I have been back creating in my studio. I have seen an improvement in my work that came because of this experience.