Creating Sacred Space

IMGP8278It’s been a while since my last post, but I hope you’ve had a wonderful, creative summer!  I pulled a tarot card for September that was all about experiencing an abundant harvest and enjoying what you have been creating up to this point.  You can check out that post here. 

Today I’d like to elaborate a bit on why this was such a great message for me.  It gave me a chance to stop and take a look at what I’ve been creating.  Lately, I’ve been in my studio a LOT, and I wanted to share some of the things I’ve been doing.  I’ve been planting seeds for a more expansive, creative life for quite a while, and it was a big step for me to move into a much larger studio space this summer.  For years I’ve been working in a small basement studio in my house.  It’s a walk-in basement, so there are windows and natural light, but it’s still the basement.  I’ve spent many hours painting away while listening to the washing machine churn and the creaky floorboards over my head.

Acrylic on Canvas painting by Jennifer Currie

Acrylic on Canvas painting by Jennifer Currie

In truth, I felt incredibly blessed to have this space.  I think it’s necessary to have a sacred space where you can create, and it’s something I help my clients make for themselves.  We all need a sanctuary of some kind, and being able to experience one in your outer life is evidence that you’ve also accessed an inner sanctuary.  You have given yourself permission to be with your muse and your Spirit.  Just having a “room of your own” can be a profound journey.

So I was proud of my little space in the basement.  My Spirit wanted to stretch out though, and I found myself taking an online class that took me completely out of my comfort zone.  I went from my small illustrations in watercolor and pen and ink… to taking Flora Bowley’s Bloom True Course {I highly recommend this to anyone!}.  Suddenly my little basement space was filling up with big canvases, an easel, and a cart full of acrylic paints.  I couldn’t believe how much fun I was having exploring this loose new style, large scale and new medium.

I always know that I’m transforming in a profound way when I find myself doing new things and being pleasantly surprised by the results.  I also know that when we change our energetic vibration by doing something different, we’re going to see some kind of shift happen in our life experience.  For me, the more I painted, the more inspired I felt, and so this summer I surrendered to that impulse and kept showing up in my little basement studio as much as I possibly could.

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This summer as I was getting settled in my new space.

I kept painting until it seemed clear that I needed more room.  My husband suggested I move out to the barn where his studio has been for the past decade.  His muse was taking him in new directions as well, and he didn’t need such a large space anymore.  So, I did it, and I’m happy to say that I’m filling lots of canvases, experimenting with new tools, and my spirit is very happy.

I know that everyone doesn’t have a barn or even a basement, and I also know that even if you do have room sometimes it’s still tricky to make it a sacred space.  My basement studio was in an area that people walked through frequently, and I was often interrupted.  I’ve been trying to “make room” for my creativity for over 20 years.  When I was kid I created at the kitchen table or even the floor.  I can remember setting up projects on coffee tables and kitchen counters or having my art supplies at one end of the dining room table.  I’ve had knitting baskets full or yarn and needles that could be mobile, and I’ve written a thesis with papers stacked in ordered chaos all over the floor of a guest bedroom.

So here’s the thing:  I LOVE my new studio space, and I’m thrilled to have it for a number of reasons both practical and symbolic.  I love having more space to move around in, better light, and a quiet place to work with no interruptions.  I also see it as an outward sign that I’ve stepped a little more fully into being an artist {wow!}.  However, I know that it all started by giving myself these temporary spaces over the years and allowing myself to do creative work even when I didn’t have the “perfect space”.  I also know that when I finally did designate a sacred space for my creative work, that marked a big shift for me because I was making room for the creative part of myself.

My studio altar

My studio altar

Where do you create?  I truly think that anywhere you create is perfect, and if you have a designated studio that’s wonderful.  If you don’t, I’d like to invite you to think about designating a corner, a T.V. tray, a card table or even a whole room {if you have it} as your creative sanctuary.  There is something so powerful about having a place where you can let your beautiful creative mess just BE.  A place for your supplies to stay and your works in progress to rest undisturbed.  When you have this kind of space, you’re allowing yourself to have a place where you can just BE too.

Creating a sacred space for your art is like setting up an altar.  You’re letting your muse know that you’re listening and you’re willing to show up.  You’re nurturing your inner artist.  It’s a great way to get inspired and stimulate your creative production.  Bless this space, put a bulletin board up for inspiration, light a candle when you work, and let the folks you live with know that this place is yours.  Having a creative life always involves going with the flow a bit, so have fun preparing a sacred space for your art, but don’t wait until everything is “perfect” to begin.  I’m wishing you a happy creative spirit! xo

Acrylic on canvas by Jennifer Currie.

Acrylic on canvas by Jennifer Currie.

P. S.  I’ve been sharing a lot of my work in progress over on Instagram.  If you’d like to see more of what I’ve been creating in my new studio hop over there and follow me : )

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