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The "Start" Music

Years ago, our tiny home served triple-duty as living room, business office, and art studio.  We easily adapted our physical space as needed - the kitchen island morphed from stand-up desk, to ironing board, to painting surface, to chopping block.

As an artist and an introvert, I am at my creative best in that lovely, quiet, liminal space where time slows, the world disappears, and my thoughts can shift and dance and connect in unexpected ways. It was much more challenging to find that type of space.

Then one morning, seeking a way to shift my head from task-mode, I put on Chopin's Nocturnes and it was magic. The delicate notes immediately calmed me and the day-to-day world faded away.  We dubbed it "the Start Music".

To this day - at home or in my big, sometimes-loud, shared studio space - I put on the Start Music and am able to immediately drop into that creative place.

We hope this blog will be a place to share artistic ideas and processes, big thoughts and small successes.  And so it seems appropriate to begin with the Start Music.