As I traveled over 80 miles today to be welcomed into the studios of three of our artists, I thought about how each of the artists travels everyday - in their studios, in their minds, and in their hearts. A studio is a place set aside - in a home or a building, yes, but also in the mind and on the calendar. It takes time and commitment to be an artist, to develop skills, to prepare works of art to be sold, and to set up pathways for art to become a part of the lives of others.
The word "studio" is derived from the Latin word "studium" which means "study", "zeal", "dedication", and that is exactly what I saw today - places set aside for the actual work and for the tools of the trade required by an artists' life.
As I drove home, one word traveled through my mind over and over: devotion.
I thought about each artist's devotion to their craft, to their purpose, to their willingness to be vulnerable and create. And, I reflected upon the joy that I experienced in their lives as a result of their commitment to their artistic endeavors. And, later in the evening, I began to research the word "studio" and to think about the various professional studios that I have maintained over the last 45 years of my life. I reflected upon the fact that I have also discovered that devotion itself is a part of the work and the joy.
As I looked up the word "studio" I found two definitions from the Latin dictionary:
"1. devotion, pursuit, study
2. eagerness, enthusiasm, zeal, spirit"
Indeed, it is obvious that I am not the first person to observe that it takes devotion, effort and time set aside to do the work of an artist. It is also clear that I am not the first person to note that this devotion reaps joy.
Have you found your studio?
Do you have space and time set aside for your work?
Do you know your calling?
And, are you devoted to what it takes to bring it to life?
Are you experiencing joy brought from devotion and work?
I surely do hope so.
I saw the Texas hill country through different eyes today as I drove home after being in their studios. My personal experience of the beauty of the hills and the sky and the trees and grasses was newly enhanced by the work of three artists.
I am grateful for their work and that they chose to open the doors of their studios and their hearts to me.