Sunday, December 27, 2009

I want to empty my studio...

HELP ME! THE MESS HAS TAKEN OVER!
The table in the middle of the room is piled
with reference photos from my last watercolor painting

floor creep - it's spreading!
I have to step over things to get to other things.
I don't like that.


all piled high


where am I supposed to work??
I've lost my work space to STUFF

watercolor papers and other stuff
I want my pretty table back!

I am so cramped in my studio...I find myself avoiding it lately. And I love my studio. It's just got too much STUFF in it. But I love all of the stuff. What's an artist to do?

It never fails- this time of year I get antsy and start major cleaning. Not sure what that's about, but I usually clean closets or organize cabinets. Yesterday I organized my spices. Today I organized recipes. I think I am working up to my studio.

I was sitting in my studio last night just looking and thinking about it. I think I need to rearrange some furniture. Do an ultra cleaning. Maybe consider eliminating SOME of the stuff. The stuff I have not used in maybe two years...or some 'rule' like that.

I see a bottle neck in one area and I think I want to move some things around. I am also thinking of giving away some items. I think what I might do is get a large box and put stuff in there that I just don't use anymore or never at all and give it away- to a local school or girl scout troop or group- maybe a woman's shelter. Some place where the stuff will be used.

Anyone have any ideas? Anyone have any helpful tips? I want to lighten the load. I want to streamline. I also want to make the space work better. Stay tuned...

2 comments:

Laura said...

As someone who has been reorganizing her studio for months, I wish you luck! (But then I go at it only when I am in that mode.)

The one suggestion I have, being the mother of an art teacher, is to ask a local school if their art teacher might want the supplies you are releasing into the wilds. They are very hard pressed for money for extras nowadays. I always let my daughter have first dibs on my stuff first, then give leftovers to a thrift store.

Kelly said...

Hey Chica!

If you're looking for a local school/classroom to donate your materials to, I know of one!! Perhaps the artist would like to make a guest appearance and lead us in a project??? We have a document camera and an interactive white board which makes it easy breezy!!

Happy Cleaning!