As I write my first blogpost here on Anne Mullenniex ART, I am thinking about big changes and I am excited. No fear, no trepidation, the hard part is behind me; I put in my notice. I have loved my time at the Grunewald Guild for many reasons - first and foremost for the amazing people I have met and hope to keep in my life. It has been a time of healing and self-discovery for me; it taught me to embrace the term artist. I am an artist. I have always been an artist - since I could first hold a pencil in grubby little hands - but it took my arrival in Leavenworth, WA at a re-imagined grangehall, for me to understand that. I have learned what it means to be in community - the ups and the downs of that experience; between my journey through grief the last three years, and my prickly introvert perfectionistic personality, sometimes community was a difficult terrain for me to navigate. I'm still pretty sure I'm not good at it. But I have learned a lot and take the experiences with me - the good and the bad, and turn my gaze forward. Our 2017 retreat season has ended and the holidays approach, and I find myself becoming more and more excited. I have had my compulsory 3 days of rest and relaxation -self-imposed- and now I look forward to creating so much art. This is my last artist residency at the Grunewald Guild - I leave in April. I intend to document the journey here.