A multi-faceted term is the word 'grounded'. Describes this painter's current situation to a t. The pondhopping bohemian lifestyle I thrive on screeched to a temporary halt late in 2010 due to elder parents' needs. Felt like I was back in school, being punished and grounded for something I hadn't done.
And the 'impossible dream' I'd held for decades to have a place of my
own to create and live has materialized. My studio was flooded in July
of last year, resulting in four months of tent camping in a friend's
yard in Coeur d'Alene. Got a bit nippy in Oct.!! Desperation for
winter housing led to talks with the parents, and an agreement was
reached to renovate the 18'x24' barn on the property for a studio/living
Work began 1 Oct, and I moved in mid-Nov. Work has been done on
weekends and evenings, and there's still a good deal to go, but even in
it's unfinished state, it gives me a comforting sense of being 'home.!
Yet another form of grounding it is.....knowing there's somewhere I can
return to from wherever I've been, and finally be at HOME. Aye, I'd
prefer it was near a beach somewhere in the Western Islands, but for now
I'll be quite content for the wee pasture and lovely views here while I'm
painting Scotland on my canvases!