I am thrilled to have the studio move behind me and hand colored a couple of prints in my new space yesterday. It felt great!
In my old studio I had this amazing light, but could not see anything out the windows except sky and the roof of the foundry. What a delight it was to gaze out the front window while working yesterday and see people going about their day. I can see the post office, a bank and if I stretch a little I can see a bar and the barbershop across the street. The view is abundant with life and daily activity.
We also have a back screen door that opens up to a shady grassy patch with a few overgrown rose bushes. This is a common area shared with everyone, including the young people that live in the apartments upstairs.
In all, it's a very different experience and may take a little time to get use to, but I am feeling more confident everyday that I made the right move.
But enough about the new studio. I am ready to get some momentum back and want to share some different kind of news.
Last year I wrote often about photographing flowers and my intention to self publish a book of floral images (something I have been thinking about for 8 years!). I thought by saying that out loud it would finally happen, but here we are in 2011 and still no book. Some of you may have noticed that I became a little quiet and have not mentioned it lately.
Instead of beating myself up, I enlisted my friend Kamala Murphey, to help me focus and stay on track. I am beginning to believe that it may really happen this time.
Throughout this move, she gently prodded me to create weekly goals toward this project. She then joined me in celebrating small victories as each task was marked off the list. After reporting my success the other day, I mentioned that if I had not been working with her, I know for sure I would have completely put the whole endeavor on hold until I was "settled in". Instead, I have images processed, printed and in some cases finished, and am inching closer and closer to making this dream a reality.