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Snow, the Studio, Resolutions

Yesterday I visited my studio, which is in a remodeled carriage barn behind our home. There was fresh snow on the ground. It was lovely.

Snowy slope behind the studio

Snowy slope behind the studio

I was dashing out there to get some supplies I needed for a small project I am working on in the house, but I stopped to take the above photo with my phone. In the past few years I have spent little time working in the studio, though I very much want to. Over time, supplies have accumulated there: piles everywhere, half-finished projects are on tables, in baskets, tucked away on shelves. I have been “away” for years, with only occasional visits. The place is in terrible disarray.

During 2016, as I was healing from major surgery, I would sometimes visit the studio for short visits to sort and organize. I even made a few simple gifts for people. I am again able to use my sewing machine without discomfort, and now that I’m on fewer meds, my hands shake less when I work. I have hope for more time in the studio in 2017, but first I would need to make the space workable again. That will take sustained effort.

So, a fine New Year’s resolution would be to do just that. Then why have I been hesitant to make a resolution to finally get the studio in working order? Some days I feel that reclaiming the studio is what I really want to focus on in the new year; I know doing it would feed my soul and make it possible for me to concentrate on my creativity once again. And yet on other days I think there are probably better ways to spend my time. When will I return to ministry work? Should I spend time catching up with my family and friends, after being focused on regaining my health for so long? Or how about our country’s political situation; should my focus be on the environment? I am tugged in many directions.

Somehow being out there yesterday with the fresh snow all around made it seem like a new beginning is in order. Thinking about it now, I realize that beginning again in the studio has the potential to encompass some of the other strands of my life. I used to use the space not just as a studio, but as a place to offer spiritual direction, and also to have workshops for small groups. I used to do projects with my grandchildren there. The space provided sanctuary not just for artwork, but for ministry, friends and family. In it I worked on nature- and environment-themed projects. It really is all of a piece. Through the process of writing about this, I have returned to the New Year’s resolution to put my studio in order, and begin again.

Below is a 2011 photo from part of the studio, neat and spacious. Something to which I can aspire!

Comments on: "Snow, the Studio, Resolutions" (3)

  1. Jay Aronson said:

    Your studio is a healing space. May you be energized as you tackle the reclaiming and reorganizing of your space.

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  2. Katharine, as always I wish you good health and ambition and strength to accomplish your desires at hand. I too am constantly trying to keep my studio spaces which range throughout the house in some semblance of order. Having taken up printmaking of various kinds takes a lot of energy and fortitude. I’m amazed at the time it takes to do small pieces of large efforts. I’m trying with the help of a friend to revitalize my etsy shops and my jewelry inventory into hopes that when people do order I can find what they want. As you alluded to there is so much we want to do and only so much we can do. In these difficult times, socially, politically and environmentally it is so important to maintain the creativity our spirits thrive on. It is a matter of survival. When all else fails make art. Sending you love and wishes of health and peace for the new year. I will also strive to see you sooner rather than later.
    Marlene

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