As a creative, one of my favorite things in the world is to step into the creative space of another. I love when an artist shares their space, how they use it, a peek into their favorite tools and even what they are currently working on. I hope you will join me for the brand new An Artist Studio series! Each month a different artist will welcome us into their space!
I hope it will encourage you to cherish your own creating space. I started on the kitchen table, built our business in an unfinished basement, filmed our first courses in a transformed dinning room, create now in a big space and know that I will find a creative space no matter where we go next. The space you have is perfect if you are showing up and creating in it!
This month we have been welcomed into the studio of Sheila Atchley.
I’m Sheila Atchley. Artist-author, wisdom-chaser, preacher’s wife, life and creativity coach, and silver-haired ordinary mystic.
I’m a die-hard congregant, and a flagrant creative.
I have a semi-empty nest, a handsome preacher-husband, and seven adorable grand-wildlings.
And I over-use the hyphen. Proudly.
While I am equally drawn to words and art, words are my defining first love, and a big part of my art form. I’m here to encourage you with paint, prose, and poetry. Hence, the paint brush and the ink pen in my sketchy little home-made logo.
I have no shame. No really, I have no shame.
I’m here to unleash an army of women who celebrate for no reason – an army of women whose metric is grace.
My main mission is the middle age woman. This beautiful season of life is under-celebrated, and under-valued. Middle aged women do not get enough support. I aim to change that, when and where I can. I believe that (like Abraham and Joshua of scripture) “everywhere the soles of your feet tread shall be yours…the Lord will extend your boundaries…”.
Middle age is a vast and gracious land. It is a Promised Land…disguised as a battle. It is a land where many of us now find ourselves walking, a place where the potential fruit is enormous – if we are willing to slay some giants.
I’m busy doing just that in my personal life, in my art, and in my writing and speaking ministry. I want to help you extend your boundaries. I want to help you inherit what’s legally yours, in every season.
After all, if I encourage the women, I encourage the world.
I invite you to sit down, relax, and please overlook my hair (it is its own light source, my apologies).
Let’s talk about the things that really matter – and laugh about the things that really don’t.