NYSS here I come! So excited. Supplies, paper all ordered, delivered, almost all gathered. I never know if I will be able to go back, but this is actually my third Drawing Marathon! Several people with whom I have formed relationships with over time will no longer be there, and this has given me pause. However, the first time I went I didn't know anyone either. So - I am excited to go for the Drawing Marathon, as well as to see my brother and his family. I recommend the Marathons. An awesome teacher, Graham Nickson, and the focus on the basics of drawing have been invaluable in my development as an artist. See nyss.com for the school's website. Worth browsing just in itself.
It is difficult to leave work at this time - I feel I need to be present to my program/people as this is it. I will be gone in January. I have such a strong draw to be deeply involved, to lean in rather than out at this time. Nonetheless, advice is to develop this other part of me so that I will have something in place when I am gone. Plus, I have a show in March and I can't leave it all until February!!