Wednesday, January 26, 2011

The Story of a Dream come True

 Once upon a time there was a girl who fell in love with the art of silk painting.  She dreamed about it all day and night - of the patterns she would create, the colors she would put together, and how magical it felt to watch the paints spread so beautifully across the silk!

Alas, there was a problem.  To paint on silk, the frames were quite large, her hut was too small, and the only space she had was up on her roof.  So with an umbrella and a few step ladders she created her outdoor studio.  On sunny days in the afternoons, it was her favorite place to be! 
old rooftop studio

 However, not every day was sunny, and not every creature in nature is friendly... and so the wind knocked over her paints, the June Bugs came flying at her face, and leaves would land in the middle of her silk paintings.  She didn't care, just kept on painting, even in the rain!  

wind tragedy
painting in the rain

But as the sun went down, the night air became too cold and damp to paint any more.  In fact, she would catch colds from being out too late, and so the girl was sad.  She continued to paint whenever the weather allowed, and dreamed of a day that she would be able to work inside.  

One day, she learned of an empty, lonely abode that was calling her name.  There were pretty yellow roses outside...  but quite a mess inside!

rose bush outside studio


As she walked through the lonely house.. she discovered a spare room in the back.  It had no floor, cobwebs all around, and in need of love.  But it was space.  INDOOR space.

studio room - BEFORE



And so the journey began to transform the dusty, spare room into a silk painting paradise.  First, she visited the Kingdom of Floors (a.k.a. Home Depot)

new vinyl floor added



And then to her Father's Secret Treasure Lair (a.k.a. the garage)
awesome cubby
 
She cleaned up the room and enlisted the help of the highest recommended organizer in the land (a.k.a. Momma) to help pile all her art supplies into one area.  She hooked up her Ott light to the table, and opened the windows to let the fresh air in.  When they were finished, she looked at the old spare room with sparkles in her eyes.  For years, she had dreamed of such a space, and here it was ~  FINALLY!!!!!!

new studio :)


 She locked herself up in the studio for days on end and painted to her heart's content.  And as the sun went down, turning the sky pinks and oranges that day, she looked up to admire the colors, thinking to herself how nice that it did not mean she had to stop painting.
sunset reflecting outside studio


And so after years of waiting, pining, and battling the elements to embrace her dream, she finally created her silk painting wonderland, just in time to start the New Year off right.  The girl is happier than she ever could imagine, and is going to live happily ever after.

~ The End ~


I would just like to say Thank You to my Mom, Dad, Honey Bear, and all my friends for your support in getting to this point.  I feel like the luckiest person in the world right now and I just cannot wait to take my silk art to new levels in my new studio space!

Love and Best Wishes Always,
A.R.