Resting in Motion: My Sanctuary Studio Summer

This summer, I’m taking a big, huge break from online stuff (digital) to have more time in the studio (analog).

Instead of rest and relaxation, I’m called to deeply rest and rejuvenate.

Sanctuary Studio Summer

Sanctuary Studio was the name of the first incarnation of my blog, circa 2002. Sanctuary is what my creative practice gives me.

It may sound paradoxical, but I’ve found that the best way for me to recharge is to be in the studio. Painting. Writing. Dreaming. Playing around with new art supplies.

So yeah, technically I’m working. But I’m not in the studio to necessarily produce anything.

Also, one of my teenage nephews is visiting me for his summer vacation. So I get to be eccentric auntie full time for a couple of months. A total delight!

Here’s my studio space, where I wake up on the blank page every morning.

How do you recharge your creative energies?

If you’re wondering how you, too, can find the energy/time/focus/space to be regular in your creative work, check out Creative + Practice.

My dog Macchiato loves to help out in the studio. And steal paintbrushes.

This is Macchiato, one of my rescue dogs, with me in the Art House studio. He loves to steal paintbrushes. Don’t let that innocent look fool you.



Seems The Universe has been supporting my analog studio time by making my website not work at all (although it looked like it was working on my browser), so had no idea. For over a month!

Here’s what you missed or got annoying 404 errors when you tried to look:

My Small Victory In Overcoming Overthinking (edgy business cards inside)

Writing, Art, Astrology & Yoga: A New Year’s Retreat in Mexico

I was wondering why things were so…quiet… not even the sound of crickets!

Tell me you’re out there.

Thank you, Universe for having my back. Even if I sometimes doubt (curse!) your methods.

6 Responses to Resting in Motion: My Sanctuary Studio Summer

  1. Kel July 21, 2017 at 7:11 pm #

    Love that your studio is a sanctuary for you …we’re on summer vacation on our boat and I have so much solitude and time to rest and rejuvenate…and I bring my art supplies with me

    • Lisa Sonora July 25, 2017 at 10:12 am #

      Kel – How wonderful that you’ve made a creative sanctuary on your boat! …floating down the stream!

  2. Christine July 20, 2017 at 2:07 pm #

    Thanks for sharing this, Lisa. I always enjoy your posts and especially videos of your studio and work. Happy Summer!!

  3. Angeline Marie Martinez July 20, 2017 at 7:41 am #

    I’ve been reading. <3
    I have a few old paintbrushes Macchiato may have!!!! Give him some love from me, please. I miss him…and I don't miss dogs very often, lol.

    • Lisa Sonora July 20, 2017 at 9:02 am #

      Aw…. Angeline that is sweet. I hope you we will see you again here in Mexico. maybe a private art retreat?!

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