The is-ness of my studio

Day 5 artists blogathon ignited by : C4 Atlanta March.5.2014.

The prompt today is crafted by Gina Thompson

What gives you satisfaction in the studio?

Just being in the studio is always a bit like stepping out of time for me, time both stands still and is brilliantly focused/present when I am fully engaged in making an art work. It often means struggling with resolving a problem; it’sbvisual and conceptual at the same time, then it feels like a kind of delicous puzzle.

What are you currently exploring there?

Currently I have been doing a review of my past art works,  a process that seems to occur about once a year for me. It involves seeing what there is to learn from past work, to carry over, just ‘take stock’ of my visual markings.   Also I’ve been working on a collaborative piece with a writer in Seattle : Ronna Dettrick, I actually met her through the web and was attracted to her blog because the heading read, Renegade conversations, Feminism and Faith.  Being a feminist and also having a sense of my own Sprituality her words spoke to me. She put a call out for an artist to work with her. The project we are now collaborating on stems from Ronna’s  writing. The theme is to  depict 30 women from ancient texts/scripture whom are then re-envisioned  through a Feminists viewpont, the result,  empowering to women,  a contemporary version of Spiritual mythology for Women.  I have now done 5 of those paintings from which I create giclee prints (available : ). It has been an engaging and growthful experience for me, and I really love working with Ronna, she is one of kind, brilliant and geniune.

What is the wish list for your work?

I would eventually like to have a seperate building of about 1,000 sq ft at ground level with lots of windows.  I’d also like to find representation/gallery  for my paintings that supports exposure and also sustains me economically.  It is important to me that my work ‘get out’ and hopefully have meaning to others.

What studio goals would allow for ecstasy?

Having increasing time, un-interupted, to do my work and more community with other artists. Lastly to continue to experience my craft/talent maturing and growing.


  1. Vickie Martin Coniso March 5, 2014 at 7:09 pm #

    i love your studio – love the lighting and the space. I also love your collaborative project .I feel there are alot of opportunities for artists on the internet to collaborate, get your work out there etc. I have to find a gallery too – mine is closing – bummer. I wish there were more opportunities around town in places that had buyers. Somehow it will all happen for those of us who work to make it so!

    • Callahan March 7, 2014 at 9:06 am #

      Thank you so much Vickie, also just posted on your blog. Admire your goals, energy and stick to it ‘ness.

  2. Hallelujah Truth March 5, 2014 at 8:36 pm #

    Callahan you are one powerful artist, feminist, spiritualist, friend, and community member. Any space you inhabit seems full of light! You inspire me with your vision, dedication, and outrageous on fire love for ALL. Wishing you all your ambitions are realized cuz you deserve it!

    • Callahan March 7, 2014 at 9:07 am #

      thanks Ruth, yes agree we I do we all do deserve to be fully exppressed with our talents and desire to contribute to our communities. You do one great job of that as well.

  3. Maggie Davis March 5, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    Now this is an inspiring STUDIO! Love the floor and the wracks of paintings. It’s a work spec for sure. Admire your answering the call to collaborate. What a great opportunity to explore new ideas through your collaboration with a writer. I share your dream for 1000 sf studio. May we all be blessed with our desires.

    • Callahan March 7, 2014 at 9:09 am #

      Thanks Maggie, collaborating is really stimulating and also challenging, well worth both. Yes, may it be so that we are all blessed with our desires.

  4. Richard Hecht March 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm #

    love the photo of your studio
    I also love the designs on the floor that paint and art materials create

  5. Callahan March 8, 2014 at 4:48 pm #

    thanks Richard. Yes the floor can get cool looking after many years of making art on top of it.