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Turning the key

May 24, 2010
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So…today was the day.

The day for what?

The day to drive down to Destin, put my key in the lock, turn it, and walk into my new studio space.

The whole thing is so GOD.  Seriously.  I’ve been dreaming and praying for a studio for years.  It’s a game I play in my mind, designing my own little dream studio.  To have it happen…well, it’s so GOD.

The space isn’t exactly mine, really.  A friend is renting it and it’s very large, and so she offered me some of it.  I don’t know how she knew I’d even be interested because we are very new friends, just beginning to get to know one another, and when she first offered we didn’t know one another at all.  Our daughters were friends and for a while we both attended Shoreline.  I wanted to jump on the offer but I knew our budget didn’t include studio space rent, no matter how much I wanted it.  But when the offer was made a second time, I felt compelled to go look at the space in spite of my financial limitations.  I walked into the space and it felt quiet and peaceful.  I walked into the room she planned to offer me and the window let in plenty of light into a nice little space.  I would have been happy to just sit in the quiet, it felt so nice.  And the primary renter encouraged me to not let my financial limitations hold me back from accepting the space.  After praying about it and discussing it with Mr. Sparky, I let her know that at this time all I could offer was an embarrassingly small offering towards rent.  She was fine with that.  If God prospers me financially in this, I will be able to give her more.  I really hope I can.

I don’t know what God is going to do with this.  I’m excited to find out, though.  I’ve put artistic creativity on the back burner of my life for the large part.  When all you have to work on is the dining room table, and there are kids poking at your supplies and cats walking through your projects and it all has to be cleaned up and put away so the dining table can be used for, well…dining, it sort of squelches the creative spark.  Over the years I’ve taken up this and that, trying to come up with short-term art projects.  Rubber stamping was great for that, but talk about having to watch your kids like hawks!  They wanted to play too but they weren’t so good about cleaning stamps between colors and that sort of thing, and my personal art time would become “supervising the kids’ craft time”  time.  Making jewelry is also good for short-term projects, but did you know that beads are actually cat toys in disguise?  They roll so nicely.  But what I’ve really wanted is to get back into painting.  I’ve done almost nothing for decades, now.  I’ve wanted to explore the pictures in my mind, to take the things I hear and make them visual.  I don’t know if I can do it, to be honest.  I might find I’m really bad at it.  Or maybe I’ll find out that I don’t love it as much as I thought I would (kinda doubt that one!).  But at least I get to find out.  At least I get to taste this dream and see if it’s as delicious as I’ve always suspected it would be.

In short, I get to take a stab at writing a better story.

Today I unloaded some supplies for making jewelry and for painting.  I didn’t do anything with them just yet; my intended space has some of the primary renter’s stuff in it and she has been swamped and unable to clear it out, which I fully understand.  But maybe within the next week it will be a workable space.  Or a playable one. :)

I am blown away that God has done this for me, and I’m really excited to see what He’s going to do next.  I suspect He’s got something up His sleeve.  And He’s got REALLY big sleeves!

5 Comments leave one →
  1. May 24, 2010 11:23 pm

    Can I just tell you how incredibly excited I am about this!?!

    What a total “God Thing”! I know He has so much to say to you and through you to others with your gift of creativity.

    Let the Sparks Fly!

  2. Karen permalink
    May 25, 2010 4:56 am

    So happy for you! Very, very excited, too! I love it when our Creator King says, “Create!” It’s part of how He made us! <3 Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful God!!!

  3. May 25, 2010 12:29 pm

    Woooo! Yeah… I’m so thrilled for you! I would love it if you’d show us what you’re doing once you get up and playing well. Create on, Create well. :-D

  4. Spacey permalink
    May 26, 2010 11:10 am

    My best wishes are with you Mrs.Sparky. May your ventures flourish as much as your creativity and the One help you prosper and more.

  5. May 31, 2010 7:36 am

    So excited for you!

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