An artist's studio is a wonderful thing. I have a large, sunny space in Sausalito. I feel so fortunate and grateful to have it in my life. I has made such a difference, in my attitude and in my actual work ethic, to have a studio outside my house that I go to. For years, I stuck doing my art in between and after other activities in my house. For the last five years, I go to my studio and work seriously and with intention, for that purpose only and for delicious blocks of time. I experience hard work and pleasure there almost daily.
Recently, I looked at my dedication and commitment to my work space. I looked closely at my surroundings that I love so much. Even though I loved being there, I was "making do" with the old venetian blinds that had been there when I got there and were gradually breaking to the point of not working. I kept moving my work around my table to avoid the sun in my eyes through the windows. I learned to ignore the scraped and peeling painted wood floor. I had gotten used to, and looked right past, the eighteen garage/shop lights on the high ceiling. The wonderfulness of having the studio in the first place allowed me to "de-focus" on its inconveniences and deteriorating environment.
So, after my studio mates gracefully suggested some rearrangements in the studio, I found myself in the "as long as we're at it" mode. It was meant to be. It is like remodeling. We were all so committed to being there and were there for a good long future, so we decided to spruce things up. We re-painted the floor a warm, rich green, instead of the gunmetal grey. We installed solar mesh shades, instead of venetian blinds, on all the windows. We changed our shop lights to track lights. We patched and painted walls. We made choices we all liked living with. We were surprised and so pleased at what a difference it made!
And now, we are in heaven. What an amazing face lift. What a change. What an up-date. What an exciting and rewarding experience. WE LOVE IT! , even more…
written by Lynne, December 29, 2012