Have you ever planned a big trip? I mean, A Really Big Trip? Let’s say, to Ghana or Nepal or Australia You spend months reading articles, asking friends what they know about traveling in the country you’re visiting, checking on weather conditions for the time you will be there, buying clothes, getting your passport updated, learning how to say please and thank you in a different language. Your energy and attention are focused on The Really Big Trip. But then, one day, you get on the airplane and after the passing of a relatively short period of time, you are there. Your attention shifts from getting there to being there.
The studio project has been like that but I had not gotten on the plane. There has been no division between getting there and being there. Once I realized that, I said, “Enough, already. Get on with it.” So now I am beginning to create new work patterns and to settle in. I hereby promise not to talk of The Studio, as if it were the only thing in my creative life. I’m moving on to other things. It’s time to use the beautiful space that has been created by Lynn Merrifield, the fantastic builder who made it happen. Seatback in the upright position, tray table up, ready for takeoff.