When I am, as it were, completely myself, entirely alone…my ideas flow best and most abundantly.

-Wofgang Amadeus Mozart


I have often fantasized about a huge studio with a view (of the ocean, preferably) a twenty-foot desk with my different projects set out, inviting my attention – and many different paintings standing on easels awaiting additional brushstrokes. I would then sail from one work-in-progress, to another.

Most creative people need a space to create which they feel is their own. From here, they can waft freely into their heads and spend time exploring their beckoning ideas. But this place might be tiny – just a small table in a corner of a room. Yet, it needs to feel like a creative home. “More important than finding that ideal space is finding what is inside your head, understanding your emotions and following your hunches, More important than the ideal space is spending time alone with yourself.” (HAVE YOU EVER HAD A HUNCH? The Importance of Creative Thinking)

It is fun though, to imagine an ideal place in which to create!

The Marsupium

What I would like to do

is draw a kangaroo.

Its tail would take an hour.

Its marsupium—forty-two!

I would design a splendid pouch

featuring a squishy couch,

a desk with drawers,

shelves with books,

shiny floors,

cozy nooks.

An ottoman,

a vased bouquet,

a Van Gogh nicely
 on display.

But I need a thousand hours to draw a kangaroo!

Marsupiums are too intricate—

I’ll try a cockatoo.


the toucan