“The universe is always speaking to us – sending us little messages, causing coincidences and serendipities, reminding us to stop, to look around, to believe in something else, something more.” - Nancy Thayer
About five years ago, we broke the glass top on our porch furniture table. At that time, I was busy working in clay and still believing I couldn’t paint or draw. So Bob cut a piece of plywood to fit the space and painted some squares and stars to liven it up. Then we added a varnish which made it too dark. We lived with it like that for the last five years – hey -it’s porch furniture. But the other night I dreamed about that table top and woke up the next morning ready to re-paint it. Why I’m dreaming about porch furniture, I don’t have a clue, but it was fun to do a project and not worry about galleries – to just paint for the fun of it.
Remember a few months ago I moved my painting studio from a small bedroom to our converted studio garage? I set-up all my clay tools and glazes out there too. Bob also has his woodshop in the garage studio.
Last week, I moved my painting studio back into the bedroom. I found I needed to create a more sacred space than I could accomplish in the garage. Too much else was going on while I was trying to paint and it just felt too big. I really need a space where I can lose myself. Working in clay can be done in a busier setting, but I need quiet to dig to those deep places while painting. And in this bedroom studio I also have a few of my favorite things. It feels more like it’s my space.
I’ve started a new 24×24 cradled board. You can see in the above photo, I’m just beginning the abstract background.
I also continue to tweak my blog. I’ve updated the ‘about me’ page and removed the archived work – paintings and clay. I was getting requests for clay work and I’m not ready to work in clay again – yet.
“To have a sacred place is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room or a certain hour of the day or so, where you do not know who your friends are, you don’t what you owe anybody or what they owe you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be.” -Joseph Campbell