Out with the old, in with the new


I heard of a studio becoming available and said "I'll take it" without giving it a second thought.  Afterward, I was nervous, thinking "can I afford it?" and "I'll miss my studio mates".  But, my goal has always been to have my own space.  Now, I have it.

I have learned many things about myself during the move...first I am a hoarder of art supplies.  Things I will never use piled up in closets and hidden in boxes.  I purged, selling off frames, giving away a couple easels, and throwing out several bags of trash.  Being raised in a frugal family has taught me to hold on to things because you never know when you might need them...but it does feel refreshing to clean out once every few years.

I also learned a lot about fear.  It would have been easier for me to stay where I was.  It would have been cheaper to stay where I was.  Fear makes you say no.  Fear makes you pass up opportunities.  But when your heart says yes before your brain has a chance to argue, go with it.  

Will the new studio make my work better, probably not.  But my self-confidence might be a little higher and I'm starting to think about painting new things, in new ways.  So we will see.  Life's gifts come in many forms; mine in the way of new sunlight hitting my pallet, an extra flight of stairs to climb, new footsteps passing my door and room enough to dance when a good song comes on.  


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 Alison Huber-JewettPortsmouth, NH603-775-9667