While in art school, I remember being told I would "never have a space like this again" or I would "never have a community like this again."
First of all, let me just point out that this "community" were a bunch of early-mid twenties college students who were still trying to figure themselves out. My time in the studio that was provided by my university (with a tuition fee of course), seemed like a far away fairy tale at times. During my third and fourth year in the program, I got married, got pregnant, and had our son the summer before my last year of my BFA. To say I did not treasure this coveted studio time was an understatement. It seemed like everyone else around me had endless time and energy to give to their work while I was waking up 2-3 times a night making bottles and changing diapers, then getting up early and going to class.
I look back and wish the timing of things would have been a little different. I know that everything will end up happening when its supposed to happen, but I do remember thinking.. "is this the best time for this?" over and over again. The early stages of our son's life were spent with a sleep-deprived momma and a daddy that worked second shift. When I did have the time to actually go the studio, I was tired before I even got there. Try getting some quality work in under those circumstances.
It was tough.
Fast forward six years later, we own a home in Cincinnati, Ohio--complete with an unfinished basement with surprisingly great natural lighting, a huge industrial sink that will not be ruined by paint splatters.
I have a space for our son to play if he wants to be close while I work, a bookshelf that holds inspiration and techniques, an endless supply of paint and other materials. Its a haven for me. Its something I didn't think we would be able to have until way down the road in our lives when we've "made it."
Let me tell you right now, that's a big, fat myth.
If I would've waited for that, I never would have had the space I have today.
A home studio was never something I thought I would utilize, though, if I'm honest.
I always thought I worked best away from home because that time would actually be dedicated to things outside of the home.
But after three years of working in my basement studio, its slowly become my favorite part of our entire house. What a relief.
This is just a little post to encourage all you creatives out there who just don't think you have the time or the space to make what you love and what you thrive in, that its not impossible. Quite the opposite, really. If you truly want it bad enough, you'll find a way.
You'll make it work. I did.
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