Because my whole house is in perfect order and clean (HA) I decided to take apart my studio and re-do it.
Here’s what it used to look like:
I moved out the big black cabinet because my daughter needed the storage in her room AND I like to be able to see everything. If I can’t see it I tend to forget about it.
I also built a separate desk out of a long table and an old door to use as a journaling and art card station. That stuff tends to spread out and stay out. Now I can work as time allows and the big table is freed up for other projects.
It’s not quite as “pretty” as the previous configuration, but I like it. I believe it is more practical and will be more functional.
I’m finding that I’m less and less concerned with the overall appearance and tidiness of the studio. I think that it has something to do with my attitude and confidence with “being an artist” rather than “looking like an artist”.
It’s a shift in thinking that I’ve been working on. Before I used to think about how to be an artist. Now, I’m thinking less and doing more. I’ve really been working on looking ahead and not looking left or right. (I’m stealing that terminology from a blog I read, but I can’t remember which one and I can’t locate it to properly credit it. My apologies and thanks to whoever wrote it in the first place). It’s all about looking in the direction you wish to move rather than concerning yourself so much with what others around you are doing.
Anyway, I’m worrying less about what other artists are doing to be artists and finding my own way.
Now, what to do? Deal with the piles of stuff leftover from cleaning the studio or make some art?
Maybe a little of both.