Happy New Year!
2017 was a year of changes for me, the biggest being opening the Sabrina Ehlert Art Studio in downtown Longmont.
Going from a home based studio to something more commercial based was a big transition and there were times when I was sure that working on my art away from home was not for me. But I stuck it out and after even just a few months, I was surprised at just how much moving impacted my art.
For starters, with more room to work, my work and ideas grew bigger and bolder. The Elephant in The Room was the first piece I created in my new space, and after having worked on such a large canvas, I couldn’t see myself going back to working in my little space back home.
My work ethics changed as well.
Working out of my home, it was super easy to roll out of bed in the morning and get straight to work if the mood struck me, and work all day without stopping. However, it was just as likely that the mood or inspiration wouldn’t strike and while I felt that I should be working, there would be other things to distract my time (TV, social media, Internet, etc…). However, once I got used to leaving the house and going into the studio my approach to making art shifted. No longer am I a slave to inspiration and mood, every morning I leave my house to come to the studio, I come with the intention of working, of making art. And again, my art has been impacted, my productivity has increased and in 2018 I can see myself turning out even more work.
As these early days of 2018 go by I’m filled with gratitude. Gratitude that I’m in a place where I can not only have a studio but expand! In a few short months, I’ve outgrown my original space and have moved into a larger one. I’m grateful that I’m starting off the year doing something that I love, that everyday I get up and great ready to go into the studio, to go into work, I feel excited and eager to come in and see where the day’s work will take me. I’m working towards new goals, and there are opportunities on the horizon that will lead me in new and exciting directions.
Finally, I’m grateful for my followers and fans, who for the past few months have been following me online and have come out to the studio and shown their support. I make art because I don’t know any other way to go through life, but your support inspires me and keeps the spark growing bright.
Cheers to 2018!