In my mind, studio space is sacred space; a place where thoughts and ideas and passions are exchanged - a place where peace and quiet and joy drown out all of the other noise. My painting practice is deeply meditative and reflective. The repetition of painting the circles over and over is convincingly poetic and therapeutic!
Until recently I was never one of those moms that could effectively invite my children into the studio. I found myself completely distracted! But recently, my 10yo daughter has chosen to join me. And without having to explain it to her, she gets it. She'll quietly work away on her own special project and every once in a while will say something like, 'I love it in here, Mama. I love just working away with you in here.' Now I know that when it comes to relationships, she's all about quality time. But I've discovered that there's something more going on. I think she's enjoying the overflow of my joy! I think she's soaking up the same peace and quiet and drinking it all in because the beauty of this sacred space is something she needs too. We all need spaces like this!
So cheers to all you Mamas and painters and creatives out there who bravely share your sacred spaces and #carveouttimeforart with others. It's a gift that keeps on giving! This photo, taken in my Vancouver studio, highlights my most recent collection of paintings before they were shipped to Calgary for their debut @gibsonfineart in a solo show entitled, 'More'.