Place is so important.
The space to be
I love this photo (I will talk about photos later in detail later) . I took this from the outside looking in. Through the window. As a visual, it opens up the idea of gallery and gives me a sense of my work and what I might leave behind as some sort of passing season. Looking at it helps me accept that.
I just wanted to give you an idea about the space I work in. It changes a lot with the weather and there are no walls left unmarked by tacks. It's only since I started blogging that I called my space a studio. Before that it was just my favorite room. A place to feel safe, relaxed, with space, room enough to think.
The picture to the right, is me, taken in the same chair, in the same place, one month before I began the Spirit Cloth blog. September 2006. I'm not wearing glasses because, back then, as silly as it sounds now, I thought it made me look better.
It's nice to have a place, a big space, a studio, an official artistic environment. But really, you can also use your mind.
When I did the drawing that I used for the What If blog, I was studying children's book illustration and I had no studio. It was to illustrate a verse of a poem. And it was about Thought Catching.
The Brain is wider than the Sky
For put them side by side
The one the other will contain
With ease and you beside
By Emily Dickinson
My Dad had a massive stroke right before I began blogging. He passed away while I was working on the Lion Quilt, the cloth I was working on in that old picture above. I used that cloth as a thought catcher while visiting him over the years he spent trying to recover. The best piece of advice he ever gave me was "Use your Head". It's a loose thought, that I have carried with me to patch many holes. It has never failed me.
Your Mind. It's a safe place with a lot of room.