Well, there's something to be said for using what you have. And I now have an art studio.
And guess what? I love it.
It's my dining room. I have been enjoying working in mixed media more and more - and getting better at it, with each project. So, on a whim, I emptied one of my china cabinets of all its china, and filled it with (some of) my art supplies.
(Click on any picture to see a larger view of it...)
I haven't even taken any pictures of the drawers I emptied of their cloth napkins. They are now full of gauche paints, watercolor tube paints, acrylic tube paints, and inks in various colors. I also keep my heat gun, protractors, rulers, and some of my decorative papers in those drawers.
The plan is, once we graduate our youngest from our home school, I will get two whole shelves in our dining room closet back! Those I will stockpile with the rest of my stuff...the stuff that still waits for a home.
Until I have a whole room I can dedicate to my writing/photography/blogging/Photoshop/painting/sewing/and all my books, I am happy with my dining room table, which is religiously protected with waxed paper every time I sit down to paint. I also have a plastic tablecloth I am going to begin to use, in order that the entire table is protected...since it is oak. Ahem.
And people...my friends...creativity is a messy state of being. My penchant for mis-en-place and my drive to create can seem to be at odds, but I know me. Until I have an art studio in a separate room, my mis-en-place will win out every time.
If for no other reason than I love how all those art supplies look when they are nicely put away...
mis-en-place. It is ingrained in me, and it wins almost every battle. Unless I'm very, very ill or my back is out. Then I (nicely) ask everyone else to mis-en-place for me.
There's a peek into my "art studio". I've learned something else in my old age (I am a grandmother, remember! I'm so stinking proud of that fact...) and it is this: when a woman tries to be "prophetic", she messes up every time. Trying to be a prophetic person will make you strange. God has gifted me with a prophetic inclination...I simply live my life...and it turns out to be prophetic, many times.
Right now, God has me cultivating an arts skill set.
So I chase down joy, I follow the delights of my heart, and there ends up being something of destiny in it, even if that destiny is simply to inspire others to do what I do and then they do it much better.
I love it when that happens. In fact, I'm all about that.
So go make something.