We experienced some crazy weather today that this Californian isn't used to. The morning was humid and sweltering. I was working with a few others in the life drawing studio and it felt like an oven. The model was naked which kept him only slightly cooler than the rest of us.
The weather topped out at about 86 degrees according to my iPhone but with the humidity it felt much hotter. At around 2 o'clock I was just about to change into my swimsuit and jump in the river when I heard a loud clap of thunder. More thunder followed and then the clouds opened up and the rain came down heavy and loud. Downpour would be an understatement. The storm lasted for about an hour but seems to have passed for now.
According to a local (at the bookstore) there is more rain and more humidity forecast through Sunday. Other than crazy weather, I am enjoying my residency at VSC. I have met a lot of great writers and artists from around the world and I'm feeling somewhat productive. So far, I've been sticking to a schedule: meditation at 7:30, then breakfast, then off to model sessions from 9-12. My afternoons are less structured. I'm trying to be easy on myself. It's hard to shake the feeling that I'm on vacation and that this is summer camp for grown ups.
The thing you should know is that the food is really good here. Amazing. You get three squares a day plus snacks and it's really hard (for me) not to overeat. Luckily the food is prepared fresh daily and very healthy - salmon with red rice and asparagus, rock cod with roasted potatoes and kale, etc. This evening they are offering pork tamales with rice and beans.
Thats my update for now. Check out my studio in the photo below. More pics to come.