That iconic David Bowie song is running through me – energizing me and shaking things up. This is good for sixty year old women. Actually, this is a good thing for anyone at any age…
You won’t believe it, but I am moving. Don’t be too surprised. I am not moving out of town, but I am making some big changes.
Yesterday I selected a soft striped shawl from my collection in the closet, folded it and set it on top of the other treasures in the pile. Books, pillows, dolls, paints, pencils, paper and brushes litter my bedroom floor… I checked that my iPod was safely tucked in beside the electric tea kettle. After all, I’ll need hot tea and Bowie to keep me going… Two easels, two empty book shelves and a desk huddle together by the door.
All must be ready for guys who will come tomorrow, or the next day, depending on the rain. They will load everything into the bed of their truck and take it away.
But not too far. Actually the destination is a familiar one – TTT – our college in El Centro.
I am converting an empty classroom into a downtown pied-à-terre. The space is large and full of light. It looks out onto the stone-paved patio, a fountain and foliage.
I want my studio to be a welcoming place, where students will feel free to drop in and chat, draw, or borrow a book. And I want my friends to do likewise.
And despite the disorder still in my bedroom, I can see how different it will look without all my writing and painting paraphernalia cluttering every corner. Where my drawing board stood, I have set a spindle-backed love seat. Without book shelves hogging all the space, there’s room for my vintage dressing table against the eastern wall. And I don’t have to step around anything to pass freely through the glass door that leads to the garden.
My bedroom is now a place that will induce relaxation, intimacy and sleep – gone are all the temptations that prompt my impulsive creative bursts at midnight.
Actually I wonder why I didn’t think of this idea sooner. I love spending time at TTT, yet I could never do much work there because of all the distractions. But with this new space, all that will change.
I am still settling in but by next week, I’ll be ready to post some pictures of my studio.