The artist's studio is their workspace. Their workroom. Their place of study. That space is sacred. My space is small. It is somewhat shared space. The workhorse computer is in there and is sometimes accessed by others in the family. It is my cat Oscar's favourite space.
He is often beside me as I work. He gets the most comfortable chair in the studio, and has a way of getting me to move off of it if he wants a nap. It is my library. I am surrounded by books that I love and reach for on a daily basis. It contains precious tools. Ones that I reach for every day, care for and depend upon. It is quiet. I can shut out the world here and become engrossed in my work. There are times when it is a battleground as I struggle with messes I have neglected to clean up or a task list that is too big to tackle. It has seen my greatest artistic achievements and my greatest failures. It is where the muse lives and I am grateful for this little space.I never apologize for the condition it might be left in if I am called away from it. For Hogwarts people...this is my room of requirement.
Today I was up at 4 AM with an eagerness to tidy the space and get it prepared for the next project. I found the results of this weekend's work still strewn on the desk. Play pages of Vertical Script writing that loosened up my hand before I worked on a commission.
My journal opened to a page of favourite quotes.
A stack of books I looked at this week just for fun...just to draw me to a different place. Walter Crane's The Old Garden,
Irene Wellington's More Than Fine Writing
and Russian Lacquer Legends and Fairy Tales.
"" This is a place of creative incubation. At first, you may find that nothing happens there. But if you have a sacred place and use it, take advantage of it, something will happen." Joseph Campbell