Friday, August 24, 2012
To remember again...
This week I was challenged to get back up (for real) in my studio. This has been a struggle for me for a multitude of reasons that I don't really need to get into or rehash. I spent time cleaning it a bit this week and taking pictures of it to remind me how lucky I am to have a space to work in and to remind me of how many paintings I have created in this space. As I was struggling to write the words for this entry I had an idea! Five years ago I wrote a love letter to my attic studio and I thought it would be valuable for me to read it again so that I can remember how I used to feel about the space. So, this week I am re-posting that entry with new photographs of my studio. I am looking forward to making it just so and getting to work! See you next week! Until then enjoy going back in time with me.
July 6, 2007
I am busy in the studio preparing for my upcoming summer and fall exhibitions, and I thought that it might be a good time for a virtual studio visit. I always enjoy my studio when it is littered with new paintings in various states of completion. The smell of fresh paint, walnut oil, and charcoal permeates the room.It is full of new energy and potential. It is always an exciting time to be in this space.
As I work, I prop up paintings in a corridor that is made up of a low shelf on one side of the room, and the stair railing on the other, this is where my paintings wait at attention, to see if they make the cut or need reworking. On the west side of my studio, I have an office area with a file cabinet, and flat file as well as other necessary tools for business. This is where I write thank you notes, keep track of inventory and plan for my future shows.
And for now this studio is just what I need, it is always patiently waiting and ready for me. I don't have to drive across town to get to it. I don't have to struggle to pay the rent on the space, or worry about loud studio mates, or if my music is bothering them. I can wear old funky clothes covered in paint and be completely free while working and I don't have to worry about anyone dropping in on me. There are many positives of having a home studio, and this is the nicest studio I have had since being in school.
I have had studios in a tiny apartment basement, an abandoned floor of a rental house (I lived in the apartment above the abandoned part) tiny back porch rooms (it did have the only sink, I have ever had) and now in the attic of the house I grew up in.
My current studio is the room that my two older brothers slept in while growing up, and while it was their room, I once had a field day scribbling all over the walls (and their stuff) in orange marker as a young child. Perhaps this space has always inspired me...