ABOVE: The table is now clear! Even the kitchen counters have lots of free space now. Note the deck at right, ready for outdoor painting.
Painting Studio in the Cabin
Had to smile when I glanced this evening at the angel card I had drawn last night: Transformation. In truth, the cabin has now been transformed into a painting studio. I see now that earlier it was sort of half-hearted. To make heart paintings, I need to be whole-hearted!
I love the fact that there are blank spaces in the closet and on shelves. There are even some empty boxes on the shelves! Breathing room, room to expand, makes such a difference.
There are a few loose ends. I have a wonderful labeler over in the office to bring over. I bought it to label my life partner's art supply drawers and boxes. At the time she had some memory loss and confusion, so labels in large print gave her a big boost. Now I'm benefiting from that extra organizing help. I like to be able to reach for a tool or supply and -- there it is!
Below are some more images of the cabin studio. Might as well show it now, before it becomes a total mess again! That's inevitable when I'm working.
Painting Studio - More Images Below
Below are some more images of the cabin studio. Might as well show it now, before it becomes a total mess again! That's inevitable when I'm working. Starting with the closet:
Painting Studio Organizing - Closet
ABOVE: Even the closet is organized now -- with extra supplies plus free weights and nice things for massage, Pilates, stretching and other floor work.
ABOVE: Here are the main bookcases --- earlier filled with books, now mainly filled with art supplies. The wall at left has some extra foil-covered bubble wrap insulation. It's still cold here on some nights, and the cabin was built as a temporary shelter. The rope goes to a pulley that lets down stairs to a sleeping loft -- but I'm a little scared to sleep up there now. It's been several years since I've fallen and broken bones, but I'm leery about ladders now.
ABOVE: Here's the other side of the bed -- paint stored out of direct sunlight, and music of course. The window greenhouse is holding lots of samples of oil pastels, colored pencils and markers, to test their lightfastness compared with blue wool cards. (You can take a woman out of a craft, but you can't take the craftsmanship out of the woman.)
ABOVE: Here's the kitchen counter corner reserved for painting supplies. The water jug holds distilled water, since regular well water can include contaminants that will eventually show up in a painting. This corner is lots less cluttered now that I decided to store the paintbrushes elsewhere.
Other painting studios here
I still have the Nest for the oil pastel studio and for now, as the launch pad for painting excursions outdoors. Still to come is Studio2 -- a larger studio for acrylic painting and collage. That building still needs loads of repairs before Studio2 is what I call "workable." (A "workable" studio space can be used for work even if it's not very convenient or attractive. That's an important distinction because it's easy for artists and craftspeople to devote more time to finishing a nice studio space than to making stuff.)
My plan is to sell my blacksmithing and glass fusing equipment to fund the most essential steps in getting Studio2 workable. It may take some other fundraising too -- whatever it takes. I really, really want to make BIG paintings!