It seems like the majority of my blog posts have me say "When we moved to Saluda," at one point or another. It's because this moved changed so many things for us.
Our cabin sits on 3 acres of land with a wooded area we've carved out walking trails, a rock wall we've turned into a lavender garden, a pond full of about 200 goldfish (that's a story for another time), and a janky two-story barn.
Earlier this year we started a renovation project on the barn - first working on the second story to provide Ethan a writer's garret and office space.
ETHAN'S WRITER'S GARRET - BEFORE & AFTER:
I had my sights set on the ground floor to turn it into a studio. Of course, I also needed to figure out where I was going to find the equipment and whatnot to actually have a studio, but as they say:
IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WILL COME.
My former gallery, Hagan Fine Art, was making a move to a wonderful new location back in the heart of Charleston's French Quarter. Their landlords were a couple that included an artist named Margaret Peterson...
...and she just so happened to have an entire printmaking studio she was planning to sell. I was blown away by what I was purchasing and how generous both she and her husband, Harold, were to help me make this happen.
And so, with a deadline to get the equipment moved, Ethan and I busted our butts to get the downstairs space emptied of all we'd been storing it in, lay down subfloors, put up insulation and walls, and get the place ready for a printmaker's dream studio.
MY PRINTMAKING STUDIO - BEFORE & AFTER:
I AM THRILLED!!! And now there are no excuses on why I can't put a little focus on the art form I am so passionate about.