So much has been written about artist studios that it is difficult to know where to begin. I do know having a studio has always been a struggle for me. I have always known I needed a place to get away. But as a woman I was raised to think other things, many other things, were more important. Then the economy changed and made having a studio a terrible expense. The shared spaces were born but I never tried to adjust myself to one because I have always known those spaces are too social for me.
To have a sacred place is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room or a certain hour of the day or so, where you do not know who your friends are, you don’t know what you owe anybody or what they owe you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. Joseph Campbell
I have gone all the way from not being able to justify the expense to myself to working at night so that I can afford to have one. Because I do need a place I can escape to, and do you know what is the thing I do the most once there? Think. Think surrounded by silence, away from a cell phone. Think about the future of these paintings. Think about work I did in the past. Think about what I will do – or not do – next. I can paint anywhere, but I cannot think anywhere.
I think of my studio as a vegetable garden, where things follow their natural course. They grow, they ripen. You have to graft. You have to water. Joan Miró
Objects in my studio perform the function of reminding me of where I left off in my thinking. Of the “dead ends” you hear about. I don’t have my art books in my studio. Maybe I should, but I find that I use them more at home when I am thinking about teaching. In my studio I just have supplies and canvasses. I still get distracted with so little. I have neighbors who come and go, and there are feral cats outside my window. There’s wifi…
My room for books and study or for sitting and thinking about nothing in particular to see what would happen was at the end of a hall. Carl Sandburg
Thinking about art has to be one of the most luxurious activities. It requires periods of time when your body cannot make any demands or even whisper. I never show up hungry because it gets in the way. I have never made tea or coffee in my studio. I play music, but I don’t want to pay too much attention to it. Sometimes I am so busy thinking I forget to play music. Or eat. Sometimes I have to clean everything before I can think. Sometimes, after a whole day of thinking I have still not gotten to where I want to be. But I have come to accept that.