I am having a blast, even though it might look otherwise!

I am in the middle of a MAJOR rearrangement of the studio. The Studio/Sanctuary was built 13 years ago. At that time I was a fiber collage artist. The Studio itself was designed with that medium in mind. Definitely NOT for painting. Now that I have transitioned to encaustic painting, I am experiencing the limitations of that former design.

I need more open wall space in order to hang the paintings and see them from afar. I need less stuff around me, tools and materials that I no longer use. I need a bigger table, cleared off for bigger paintings. I need the feeling of space and expansiveness.

As in almost any creative endeavor, I start by making a mess, and get comfortable with the chaos. With some trepidation, I start. Then I cull, cull the stuff, the materials, the fabric, the paper, the tools, the old and unfinished projects.  But once over that threshold, I revel in the process. I feels so good! All along I am cleaning, too. And slowly, slowly order and form begin to appear again. And the space is revealed, open, clear, clean, physically as well as energetically.

I am creating new space. Inside my psyche and without.

Ewing Arts Award Winner

Maggie Cahoon was honored for her work in the visual arts at the 2017 Ewing Arts Awards. Video and editing by Allie Baker / Sentinel Staff