I had spent numerous years of building. tearing down, losing, building back up again of too many studio spaces to recall since I was in my teens. I had never had the fortune, luxury, or ability (pick one) then to have a "professional" studio. Professional meaning a place that is solely dedicated to the creation of my art, to showcase finished pieces and meet new and existing patrons.
Very recently I had a small but cute house fall into my lap, almost overnight. It is a work in progress. It has no working bathroom ( I must haul water from my home next door to fill the toilet tank to flush it) yet, no gas or running water (obviously) ..but the most important things I have. That being lots of space to work,storage and electricity. The natural light isn't too bad. The decor, well, it has much to be desired now but that doesn't matter. I have room and it is mine. It is shared with an orange tiger striped tabby named Belle and other personal items. I do not legally "own" this space yet but I know to the core of my being it will be mine soon.
I am not even sure how this will transpire but that matters not. Sometimes we don't have to know how something will manifest, but only need to know that is WILL. Having faith that the Universe will provide what I need/desire has been a long and often bumpy road but I have acquired that skill....even with an occasional stumble along "doubt path".
I, like every other passionate artist, believes whole-hardheartedly that my artwork will pay for it. Who knows how the funds may come. It is always wise to ask for what you want with very specific terms and conditions for the Universe, then add ..."...or something better". What could be better? My own studio/gallery in the French Quarter given to me free and clear by some wealthy art patron. No strings attached besides that I create.
Well, I must create, no matter if it is from a tote, a house in progress or a well to do flow blown professional studio with big fancy warehouse size windows facing North for the perfect light. I have to create, paint, sculpt ,draw or wither and die.
It is that simple.
So, this is my new space. It may not be pretty, or complete , but it is one of the most beautiful places I know of.