this weekend, Dan and i finally transformed our new place into a home by adding some finishing touches. one particular area that needed some extra TLC was our spare room.
when we were apartment hunting, extra space was a key factor in our decision. Dan is a
music teacher rockstar and i have more paint than i’d like to admit. we both needed a door to close and a space to accommodate our creative needs.
the end result?
after stepping back to admire the space, i found myself wondering why we hadn’t done this sooner…and why i had never dedicated a place where my supplies were easily accessible. Dan pushed for our ‘gear’ being out in the open. “if you have to unpack something, or take it out of the closet, you’ll never paint.”
he was right. it’s easier to find an excuse when your paints aren’t staring you right in the face.
after watching an interview with artist’s James Victore (from The Story Of Telling) i kind of figured out why i hadn’t prioritized this room. finishing this space would mean that i wouldn’t have an excuse. i was, as Victore puts it, “resisting what i needed most.”
producing and creating on a regular basis means letting it all hang out, having no excuses and preserving the space and time to do so.
good thing i have three nice little shelves, a bunch of paint and a Dan to remind me that my work is a gift.