"In early February 2021, the bleakness of winter got to the New York City based artist Leslie Kerby. She decided to reach out to friends near and far, as she had done during lockdown, this time asking them to send photos of the places around their house where they were able to find some solitude. She contacted everyone individually which opened up possibilities for longed for exchange. To her delight she received many beautiful photos. It took her a couple of days to figure out how she would paint from them. Ultimately, she decided on watercolor, acrylic and mixed media collage on vellum, which enabled painting on both sides, while letting the light in. 'It was a gift to visit with everyone in their home.
A testament to the value of human connection,' she says."
--ArtSpiel blog: https://artspiel.org/leslie-kerby-happy-place-project/
"This is where I like to sit, it gets beautiful southern sun in the daytime and it feels secluded in the evening."
"After waking up at a decent time I do my morning exercise a combination of stretching yoga and disco dance; no one can watch me so who cares. Three quarters of an hour later I read the mail, the news and whatever there's to read while enjoying my coffee."
"Since lockdown loss of income I moved out of my studio and set up shop in my apartment. I don't really have a relaxing spot anymore. I set up a little coffee station and a coffee making ritual every morning which is relaxing. I sometimes sit on a box and sip my coffee...I got really into making coffee."
"This is my studio comfort zone. It shows my little couch with supplies looming at my side. The room was originally the LR of my house, which explains the 'picture window' behind the couch. Anyway, this is where I rest, write notes, and often just think how lucky I am to have a safe private place to work during this time."
"My zen space out running.
This is my walk at Neale woods. I would do this walk often to reconnect with myself.
These are trying times indeed.
I'm taking them as excuses to succeed."
--with thanks to my friends in Brooklyn, NY | Asheville, NC | Milan, IT | Moscow, RU | Hudson, NY | Bethesda, MD | Albany, NY | Zaadam, NL | Auvillar, FR | Missoula, MT | Truth or Consequences, NM | Queens, NY | Denver, CO