Saturday, September 4, 2010

My Creative Space

Do you have a creative space?  I recently was given this wonderful canvas picture for my birthday.  I immediately knew that it would hang somewhere special is my art studio.  I took a look at all the beautiful things in my studio and realized how blessed I am to have a room to call my own! 


As I look through my studio space I see my weaving loom, my yarns, special gifts, paintings, trinkets, treasures, pictures of friends and experiences, beads, my watercolor palette, paintbrushes and so much more.  I realize that this is a room all of my own, no one but me!  That is a pretty awesome feeling.  As we raise our children and go through life doing all the things we must do, we try to fit in our creative time when and if we can.  Our "creative tools" are stuck in boxes, drawers, closets, on our dining room tables, the utility room, anywhere we can stuff our stuff! Does this sound at all familiar to you?  Rooms in the house were for raising our precious children; bedrooms, toy rooms etc.  I will cherish those years forever and I am reminded of how quickly that time in my life passed by,  but now my children are both raised and married with homes of their own. 


All my stuff!
View from my loom
Some of my art book collection
I took over my son's bedroom, probably the day he moved out!  He never seems to forget to remind me of that.  I couldn't wait to get the walls painted and move into my studio. I will always cherish the day when my daddy and I painted the walls together and we were singing Frank Sinatra tunes all day. I began to envision how I wanted it laid out, where all of my art supplies would go and how it would feel to me when it was completed!  I was not disappointed, how awesome it is to have all of my supplies in one special place.  I still get tickled about having a studio and it has been years now. 


Another view!
Entering my studio
As I enter my studio there is always a sense of calm, peace and familiarity.  I know that my creative senses begin to emerge and I am totally lost in the moment.  Those moments can turn into hours very quickly.  I enjoy just spending time glancing through my books for inspiration and ideas.  I listen to my music, light my candles and incense and time gets quickly away from me.


I realize now that having a creative space all of my own has enhanced my artwork immensely.  When I had to pull out my art supplies to create something, the effort was more than the time I had to create.  Now that I have my studio, everything is there for me.  My watercolors are ready, the loom is sitting there for me, the books are waiting for me to reach for them.  Most important of all, are the objects hung on the walls, the yarns full of color and texture,  the gifts I have been given by friends, all of the little things I have collected over the past years.  These are the things where my inspiration lies.  I cannot begin to tell you what seeing my special things do for me.  


I am blessed, yes I know it and in so many ways.  I could go on and on in sharing with you the blessings in my life, but this post is about creative space.  I have read many blogs, and magazines about where women are doing their work, I am truly not alone in this quest for privacy and creativity.   I highly recommend the magazine "Where Women Create" published by Stampington  & Company's Somerset Studio.  This was created by a brilliant lady Jo Packham, there is also a website www.wherewomencreate.com.  I encourage you to check it out, it is filled with inspiration and beautiful photos and stories of women who are doing far greater things than I!


Letting the creative light in!
A space for everything creative!
I wanted to share with you my little spot of creative heaven.  If you cannot have a room of your own right now, how about a corner of your own.  There are many ways to turn a small room, closet or corner of your home into a working space.  I used my utility room for years when my guys were little.  There was my loom and yarns right along next to my washer and dryer.  It can be done if you want it badly enough.


I hope you have been inspired by my creative space and that you find a special place to call your very own.  I would love to hear from you and share with me your thoughts and ideas.  Find delight in every day and in all that you see.
Donna







7 comments:

  1. I have too much stuff! But I also know that I will use it, I do use it, i just can't seem to organize it.... obviously, Donna, you need to come to my house and help me organize! When can you be here?

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  2. You inspire me to get my "creative space" organized. I am your newest follower. *hugs & petals*

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  3. Donna you are a fabulous woman! Your art has helped you through so much and will continue... It is wonderful that you now have a room to do your art in,it lets your mind sore, and also to create new things which create a fresh mind set... Keep it up, Love you lots!!!

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  4. What a great space you have all to yourself.....I am the very same way...I tresure my room.....It has all the things I need to do all my different projects and things I just love to have around me... It's also a place of refuge when I need to be alone....

    Great post.....we are blessed women....

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  5. Very nice space to create! I'm a tad jealous :) Hey thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower. I'm your newest one. Looking forward to visiting often.
    Blessings
    T

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  6. I love your creative space! It's great to have all your art supplies around you; very inspiring. I, for one, have my own art "corner" in our large master bedroom. I have a very understanding husband :) I'd love to have my very own studio but space, here, does not allow. I manage and am very appreciative of my our home. Thanks for following my Blog; I have done same here and will be back, often, to visit. Marilyn

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  7. Oh yes, I've been very inspired by your post about your creative space. I hope to one day have my own studio room that is all my own. For now, I have a card table set up in the guest bedroom with my supplies in a few drawers and baskets. I have to put it all away when we have guests, but for now it is still a place I can create in carefully, since my table is very close to the bed in this small room.

    It's awesome that you are a Fiber Artist. I have always thought it would be awesome to learn to weave something on a weaving loom. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower. It always makes me happy to meet a new face. I know I'm going to enjoy reading more on your sweet blog here and seeing more of your art work.

    Oh and I love that magazine- "Women Who Create". I always run to look for it whenever I'm at Barnes and Noble.

    It's nice to meet you Donna!
    Lee Ann

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