March 2 #icreatedaiy challenge
I have been very blessed to have 3 working artist studios in the last 15 years here on the Monterey Peninsula in California. It has been an honor to invite local residents, emerging artist, and tourists into these sacred spaces where I could create and sell my art.
One of the reasons I left the rat race of New York City was to pursue my dream working as an artist. If the truth is to be told, there have been no shortages of starving artist struggles in my new found home and sacred spaces. Time is money, money is time.
Rents over the past 15 years have gone up wildly here on the Central Coast. There is a shortage of housing generally in California, and Monterey is no exception to that fact. Retail and office space followed suit in the price ranges, and it is not possible for me to rent a working space at an affordable price any longer. Sad really, my humble Hamlet considers Realtor's mega-offices more important than quaint shops in our local business districts. Of course these businesses can pay the high rents, so first come, first served and the Mom and Pop shop loose the chance to compete for the space.
Many things are shifting and changing in my world and it felt like it was time to let my Sheree Greek Art and Design space go. I was sad, but it was also a relief not to carry that financial load in this time period.
Another space will come to me, but I'm not sure that space will be in California. Time will tell.
In the meantime, I struggle to create daily in my personal sacred space. Sacred space comes in many different shapes and sizes. It can be internal, external or both.
As I wrote in my blog yesterday when I create I need my quiet space. I guess it is a way of going within to tap into that intuitive side of my personality. If I can find that place- drawings painting, and I'm hoping writing, where it will flow effortlessly, I will be in my creative zone. That my friends is my favorite sacred space.
Ah yes, the life of the starving artist. I am getting ready to work the afternoon shift at my part-time job. Yes folks a girl, this girl, has got to hustle for what she wants. I am hoping that I will have some downtime to work on a sketch for this post and further contemplation about sacred space.
Later you all and have a great weekend.-
Pen doodle above- “Sacred Space” and of course I can’t help myself with the color, added in Photoshop