I haven't been making art the past week, for a number of reasons, but I didn't want any more time to go by before I came by to say hi! One of the reasons for my absence is a good one - I've been spending time with my dad, who is visiting me this week.
Another project I've been focusing some energies on has more to do with research. It's a very exciting project, which will be happening while I am undergoing the next chapter of my cancer treatment. While I'm undergoing radiation we've decided it would be best for me to stay closer to the hospital, since it's a 45 minute drive each way, and I'm just not up for that much car time - not my back, not my hands, and to pay for it ends up being two thirds of the way to paying for some where to stay any way, sooooo... while I am out of the house a bit of construction will be under way!
I have been blessed with a pretty fabulous studio, but we've been wanting to finish our attic for a while, and that's what we're going to do. The third story is a good three times larger than my current space, so I will be able to really spread out, perhaps host some workshops, and finally be able to work in a larger format, which I've been wanting to do for a while. We'll also be able to have a second guest room now, making it possible to play host to friends and family much more easily!
It's very exciting, and gives me something to focus on while going through this difficult period - a reward at the end of this journey! Our goal is to make this renovation as 'green' as possible, so that's where the research has been. If any of you know of great products for wall board, flooring, insulation, etc feel free to share. We've found quite a bit, but there may be more we are unaware of, and now is the time to find out!! Also any features you artists feel are must haves in your studios, I'd love to hear.
Thanks in advance for all your help and ideas :)