When we talk about being creative most of us have a picture of our dream studio that comes to mind. For now though we tell ourselves we would do more art, more reading, more praying, more fill in the blank if only we had such a space.
We talk ourselves out of being creative because the “perfect” space isn’t there. "That” room is for guests or kids or a play room or a home office. How much is that we don’t give space to the creative? Or is it feeling we don’t “deserve” the space? Or is it that we are afraid?
I know for me it was a mix of all of those things and likely many more I don’t want to look at yet. In talking with my (in)spired sisters it is clear that even without the dream studio that need to create finds its way into our current spaces…
“My studio space right now is the corner of my couch, with projects piled on the end table and under the end table. *sigh* Wishing for the energy to set up another space, a "real" one, in my basement. For now, the couch and table are my real create space.”
“My chair in the living room with TV trays to hold my stuff. I do have an easel that I set up there too.”
“ My current preferred space is one of my kitchen counters...I like the height and being able to stand while I create - plus access to the sink. But it gets a bit dicey when I need the counter space to actually cook and the art isn't finished, yet.”
“The kitchen sink or a table in the living room behind the couch”
When the time to create comes, we make space for it to happen.
For the first time in my life I have my own “studio.” We had a guest room with few guests now that our nest is empty. So I covered the bed with an old door and added a card table. Ta-da!
My first ever space that was all mine to create, be messy, and play. My art and more supplies than I have ever had before have taken over (and I can move the door if we do have guests).
A question about dream studios and current spaces with some sister friends led to sharing about birthday promises that include one converting a home office into a studio space and another remaking a portion of the empty nest into the studio. One sister even moved taking an art class up on her priority list. Another is going to paint a room and put her paintings on a wall in her space.
God has given us the ability. We have the space (even if it is a tiny corner in a room or on the couch). We have the creativity in us. What stumbling blocks keep us from taking the space and using the gifts God has given us?
What about you? What keeps you from claiming the space and the ability to co-create with God?
Join us next week as we begin putting our (in)spired studio into virtual reality!
Linking up with Jennifer over at studio jru.