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Mar 07, 2008 12 Comments
I'm sitting at a desk made of a stout door blank. A cup of tea sits on a tacky magazine. A hammer sleeps on a shelf. The stereo plays whatever song the ipod spits out next. Just beyond the windows, a golden hummingbird hunts for flowers and plants silently roar into spring.When I shut the door, I step into a vault, comfortable chamber sealing me from the noises I didn't know I heard - the cars, the chattering neighbors swapping tales on a stoop, lawn mowers, renovations, and everything else that empties the silence. It's so very quiet. But the quiet isn't in the studio, it's in my head. For the first time in a year, I'm not pondering a point of construction, researching materials and vendors, or fighting my ponderous indecision on some detail that will live on well past our ownership of this property. There are plenty of details to wrap up - trim, siding, and so on - but for the real intent of this structure, I am done. It's now so very quiet.

It's been weeks since we helped the mighty Burke get the rock up on the wall. Wanting the big walls to be smoother than any sane person would care, I became one with the mud, feathering out each and every seam as far as I could manage. Never ever ever underestimate how long it will take or how impossible it will be for the less experienced hand to achieve perfection. At some point I collapsed, tried to cough up an itchy lung and was swallowed by the dust. It was time to paint and move in.

It seems almost preposterous that all this work, all this angst was over what in the end is two simple rooms. I can look at any piece and tell you a story of decisions and choices - some even good. These nearly 450 square feet are smaller than many garages, smaller than those ignored rooms in many people's homes. But, as repeated elsewhere, for us these rooms are life changing. I don't know that the sternly grinning Martha Stewart or the adherents of the ever preposterous Feng Shui would approve of the space, but I do. The space is warm, it is welcoming, it is where I will spend the bulk of my waking time in the coming years.

I'm nearly finished moving in. I open the door, breathe in the quiet, and almost tremble as I imagine the possibilities. Now if someone would just clean my neglected brushes, maybe I'll paint something.


helikron    Mar 07, 2008  at  9:22 pm

Scott and Erin,

You both deserve this so, so much.



aardvark    Mar 07, 2008  at  11:02 pm

That is a beautiful sight. It must be a beautiful sound. Congratulations, Scott.

Don Gray    Mar 07, 2008  at  11:46 pm

Scott, congratulations on your beautiful new space, a true sanctuary. The good vibes come through, even in the photos. Wishing you years of joyous and productive time here.

derk daring    Mar 07, 2008  at  11:51 pm

The best pictures yet. Go to it.

David Brick    Mar 08, 2008  at  12:01 am

Fiine work, Scott. Congratulations!

Bob_M    Mar 08, 2008  at  1:04 am

Very nice!

Jessica    Mar 08, 2008  at  8:03 am

My God that is gorgeous!  Well done, sir.

Erin    Mar 08, 2008  at  7:55 pm

This space has changed our lives in more ways than one…. we now have a dining room and office in our house. smile
Go painter boy, go!

juan    Mar 08, 2008  at  9:04 pm

i loaf jour works.
i loaf your new spaice.
i loaf you.

Amy    Mar 09, 2008  at  3:45 pm

YEA!! That is awesome!  I am so happy for you guys!
Hopefully one of these days we can come out and see it!

sue    Apr 02, 2008  at  2:57 pm

Whoo Hoo!!! What more can I say! ENJOY!

maybank bank    Nov 24, 2017  at  7:35 am

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