Wednesday, May 09, 2012

a place to create

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I have been juggling what feels like a million projects over here and the biggest and most challenging has been packing up my studio so that we can convert it back into a garage in preparation for moving and renting our condo. This has been a HUGE undertaking but the process of taking things apart, boxing up supplies and packing up artwork has forced me to pause and reflect on how grateful I have been over the years to have a creative space.

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I have loved every space that has served as my studio over the time and let me tell you there have been some creative places where I have made art!

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There was a time when all I yearned for was to fit a table for art into my living space and then that dream grew into wanting (and needing) an entire room and that evolved into converting a garage into a studio space. Somehow these sacred places and spaces have evolved with my journey and growth as an artist.

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From tiny studio apartments to painting on a balcony to splattering paint in the bathtub to a small guest room as a studio and since Lucy arrived- a corner on the couch. Each and every space has played such an important role in my life as an artist. All those places that I made art, all those nooks and crannies where I pulled out my supplies and got creative- each hold wonderful memories and a place in my heart.


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And now as I embark on a new chapter and into a new empty space I find myself, more than anything just feeling blessed that somehow I have been able find space in my life for my passion (and dreams!). Sometimes it was a corner, sometimes it was the floor, sometimes it was a wall or the kitchen table- but it was SOMETHING dedicated to art and for this I am so grateful.

coming very soon- a virtual studio sale with kinds of goodies!!

26 comments:

Pippa @ BeadsAndBarnacles said...

Aww your new space looks lovely. and judging on what your old garage work space looked like it will be just gorgeous.
And is that a surfboard with a tall ship on it? Im in love...

Tam Hess said...

Wow, how inspiring are you! It is nice to have a space...I have grown into our dining room, not ever considered a dining room anymore, now my art studio. Who needs a dining room anyway? hehe BUT I still sit on the bed, eat dinner and draw draw draw! It's a moody thing. LOVE LOVE reading your blog. You inspire me so much I can't express it in words. Hugs!

Carin said...

LOVE it! So nice to have a peek into all your creative spaces over the years. The new studio looks fabulous! Some great stuff will be created there I'm sure. And that picture of you drawing with Lucy on your chest is just darling!

Also, as someone who has worked mostly from the kitchen counter the past year, a much needed reminder to be grateful for having somewhere, anywhere, to create, at all.

carolyn said...

I can't wait to see photos of your new studio space for classes!

kristin maynes said...

Oh my, that's a beautiful studio! I'm so excited for you. I know what you mean about having different places to create. I've moved my office/studio all over my house. Can't wait for more photos.

Teddi said...

hooray! alisa, i remember 1st discovering you through a blogging magazine, or something like that. it showed you in your art space. i was fascinated by what i saw. :)

Mary Newton Designs said...

It looks great and exciting. I'm both jealous and happy for you!

Yvonne Moxon said...

Happy happy days!..just enjoy every second of this new adventure Im sure it will be magical!

Athena Jones said...

Lovvve the new space! Adore the pic of Lucy all curled up!
I seem to be seeing lots of pics of her on pinterest... (pinner's
baby / kids boards) but They are just random boards... Others
must think she's adorable as well!
I am enjoying your blog, and sketch book class.
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful talent!

anka said...

I love the photo of you drawing and the baby sleeping on your chest. Beautiful!

Lori @ Studio Waterstone said...

All my best with your move and adjustments. I'm certain that you will do so beautifully. Your new space is just amazing.

Rhonda said...

Congrats on your new studio! The pic of you drawing with Lucy asleep, is the sweetest!!! Made by heart smile.

lynda Howells said...

sometimes moving is what we need.......enjoyxxlynda

Jeans 'n Tshirt said...

thanks for sharing this process!! moving is very purging and such fresh starts!!

Faygie Fellig said...

I agree with all of the above comments!

Maile (My-lee) Ann said...

No kiddos of my own here...absolutely adore the pic of Lucy curled up on your chest. Best wishes with the move...

Jeanette @ methedrowsybee.blogspot.com said...

I love seeing other studios and ART places and yours is very inspiring.I am trying to organize my art room and am finding it fun but daunting. It is such an important part of life! Thanks for sharing your space with us and good luck in your beautiful new studio.

allesistgut said...

Oh this is a beautiful place. Good luck in your studio. :)

Colleen said...

Thank you for sharing that you create in nooks and crannies. I live and work in 350 sq ft of space in London and everyone asks how I do it. I figure as long as I have a lap I have space to work. I'm glad to see that someone else feels the same.

Sketch of Senses said...

So cool! I´m jealous.....

Sabine said...

Thanks for the peaks inside your different art spaces. I love these places, where art-magic happens, however small they are. I'm thankful having one of my own.

For me, moving is the best time to concentrate on things, that are really important to me. I love getting rid of many old things and making room for new, better ones. So, good luck! :)

Jane Hinchliffe said...

Wow, what a journey.... Now a new and beautiful space to work in. But really it doesn't matter where we work from, it's what comes out of our heart and through the brush onto canvas. It's still nice to have a beautiful space though... I work on a large table looking out onto my garden and I see the birds, squirrels etc and love it...

Gutsy Arts Girl said...

Your post today is a moving one - as we can all relate to how we use our intention to be ourselves to recreate a space that is empty and void - just waiting to become- into a holy place where dreams birth themselves through hands and feet and art supplies. Thank you.

Miss Cake ARt + DEsign said...

Great story, very inspirational!

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

Reading this post has taken me back over the years of my own life always having a need to create even as I raised my children and now as I keep my grandbabies as their parents work.
I love how you have made~do with the spaces available they do each hold a special place in your heart!

Cindy Lietz, Poltmer Clay Tutor said...

Oh Alisa your new studio is soo beautiful and inspiring! I can not wait to see what creativity comes out of that space!

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