Welcome to my studio! It is a wonderful, sunny room in an old mill building in New England. The walls are full of my portrait work. These pictures are part of a series called “The Thayer Street Project,” portraits of young people posing in front of their favorite shop or restaurant on a busy street in Providence, Rhode Island.
I am so lucky to have all these things. I think all of us need a special place to make things. Perhaps it is not a whole room, luxuriously large like this one, my first studio away from home. But we creators need a spot, especially a spot where the mess can be left out. My husband has always helped me make a special place, whether it was in an office shared with him, or a corner of the guest room. Thank you, Sweetie.
Something else which you need in your studio is your energy. I want to share a little story with you told to me by an artist friend. She had a studio away from home, and small children. She would hire a sitter to come watch the children, and before the sitter arrived, she would bustle around her house doing all the chores, the cooking, cleaning, and laundry. By the time she got to the studio, she was so tired she would fall asleep on the cement floor. We must save a part of ourselves for creating. You can do the chores when you are tired and half-awake, but it is hard to either be a mother or create art without a rested mind and spirit, and some physical energy. And it is worth making the space for creating in our lives and in our homes, because we can pour the energy which art gives to us right back into our families.
This is the first in a series about studios for Natural Kids blog, organized by Tonya of naturalearthfarm. I’m looking forward to seeing other people’s creative work spaces as this series continues.
If you want to see more of my art, go to bethcurtin.com My waldorf doll etsy shop is www.primroses.etsy.com My family, craft, nature, and art blog is www.acornpies.blogspot.com See you there! love, Beth