Back in 1998, Scott & I were living in a cute 2 story brick house in a not-so-nice neighborhood in the city. We were in the thick of raising small children, and we hadn’t spent much time on our fine art “careers” in years. But then, something amazing and wonderful happened.
For whatever reason, we both were secretly inspired to pick up our brushes again; and without a word to each other, we began to conceive new pieces of art, new paintings. Well, it wasn’t long before word was out. About the next thing I remember was the 2 of us setting up to paint in our dining room, the smell of paints and turpentine wafting through our domestic spaces as we stepped around easels and such.
With 7 of us using that room for eating, school work (our kids were home schooled at the time), and general family time, there really wasn’t room for art to unfold in an ideal manner. But, we were so excited to just be painting again that we overlooked the inconvenience, for the most part. Still, we were dreaming of a real studio space.
We were drawn to our current home for that reason: the studio! It was not a studio when we first saw it, though. It had been a garage which would actually hold 5 vehicles- 3 across the south end, and 2, end-to-end, on the north. Since we also have a 2-car garage, and we positively knew we’d never have 7, we felt free to convert the space to an awesome studio and storage shed.
Just walking into this space makes me feel like a real artist. It smells of art supplies. There are canvases and paint and messes everywhere (usually). This is part of its beauty: we don’t have to clean up during a project. And although we’ve used this building for everything from slumber parties to Thanksgiving dinner, it’s usually too full of art stuff to use it for anything else.
Another lovely thing about having this studio is that it’s separate from the house. One of us can go out there, crank the music, and be free. No worries about the smell of the paints, the clutter, the noise, or the crazy dancing that might happen!
I thank God regularly for our art studio. I seriously don’t know what we’d do without it.