Lea and I have purchased a very small house (lot is 4m X 20m) one block from our current house in Merida. The house will be a garage and my painting studio. We will begin construction within a few weeks. The interior will be kept simple, plain and matter-of-fact. This will be my permanent home for oil painting. It will not have sleeping quarters other than keeping the hooks for a hammock when I need a rest. I am very happy with this purchase and look forward to having a room of my own. Ever since I read Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own in 1971, I have longed for a place that I can retreat to and create. While I do have a very nice studio at our house, it is difficult to leave my “mess” laying around. That room will become my photography and drawing studio. It also must be kept presentable since it is within the house boundaries. The new studio will evolve to suit my work. By the time we return from France this fall, I will be able to dive into painting and, most importantly, leave the space to serve the work not the other way around.