I started this blog November 4, 2004. This was my first entry>>>>>here. Yesterday I closed down my studio. Five years. Five years. When I first moved in it was with dear dear dear Sistah-friend Estella who provided me the courage to take the leap. We shared the space for maybe nine months and we called it The Beauty of Holiness. I flew solo for a few months until I shared the space with another artist, Amy Dingman...then for 3 years I was in the studio by myself and the space (long before) had begun to change into a real working chaotic space and the name changed to The Chitlin' Circuit.
We packed and hauled (shout out to Ade, my youngest son, for being the glue that made it possible to do so much in such a short amount of time). I have no regrets about closing it down even though I will miss the interaction with fellow artists and visitors. It hit me when it was over...watching everything that I had packed into the space, not just materially, but seeing all that I had going on, I realized once again how much spirit and Spirit was in it for me. The tears poured for a few hours. Ade didn't know what to think and Peter as always, was gracious about what he half-way comprehends. I didn't bother to attempt to articulate. The flushing was a good thing.
Our goal was to be moved (our living space) by the end of October...that didn't happen...we moved the goal forward to the end of January. I finished the commission to dye the fabric strips just in the nick of time and everything is in storage. Also, on my way out I stopped by Kore and learned my good friend Bev had sold one of her high-end paintings. It had been at the gallery since her solo show in May. Affirmations magnified!
I'm going to spend the season drawing and reading and taking a break from blogging until I set things back up in the Spring. Until then, Peace, Blessings, Love