In truth, creativity sparks wherever it will and hopefully you’re ready when it does. However, there are things one can do to transform their workspace in to a creative space to help entice your muse to come out of hiding.
I imagine that it will be different for everyone, however these are snapshots of my completed office and perhaps there are some elements you might like to incorporate in to your creative space.
One day I will have a Vintage Smith Corona typewriter here. Pink would be lovely. However, in the meantime, my computer works splendidly.
Don’t be scared. This is Mictlantechutli, the Aztec God of the Underworld. His wife, Mictecacihuatl, is my muse. I found Mictlantechutli on Etsy by JBarnum. She does wonderful things with watercolor.
When you can, support local artists. Inside the now-closed Mandala Tea Room in Scottsdale I first saw Vikki Reed’s mandala artwork. It was for sale but out of my budget. She was at a meta-physical bookstore and selling giclee prints. Wooo! Those I could afford. I choose “Joy – Solar Plexus Chakra Mandala.” Check out Vikki’s watercolors.
The silver Chinese take-out boxes are left-over from my wedding. Before they held roses as the centerpiece for each table. Now they hold my colored pencils and crayons.
The fishbowl was $2 from Goodwill and once home to a beautiful beta named Tobiko Masharu Morimoto Gojira. Or Tobiko for short. Now it’s home to three beautiful soft succulents — Peacock Echeveria, Aeonium Canariense and Aeonium Decorum. Learn how to make a tabletop terrarium.
I love the Damask pattern — so elegant and striking. Within these magazine file holders I try to keep inspiration close and my work closer. In fact, I just got a three-year subscription to the Gettysburg Review because they are celebrating their 25 year anniversary and offering a substantial discount. Winning!
Do you have artwork that you love but you’re appreciation of it is hard to share with others? This would be mine. I saw this figurine, a larger version, on a family vacation in the Dominican Republic and then sought a figurine of my own for years in tourist shops and speciality bookstores. Finally I found these two, a male and female (in my mind), with the solar plexus missing (just like the larger version) and I, well of course, had to have them.
The computer can often be a distraction. Better said, the Internet can be a distraction. Having a writer’s desk is a nice reprieve from Facebook and Pinterest. I got this former canary-yellow desk at a garage sale and with Hubbs’ help spray-painted it all white. Not too shabby, huh.
Oh, what’s that? I think my muse is calling me. I must obey.