I spent a few days this week hanging art, and unpacking the last parts of my studio that have been in boxes since moving from the desert to the coast over the summer. As much as I loved seeing those previously inaccessible art supplies, I also realized I haven’t missed some of them, and I’ve been storing supplies for “just in case” scenarios. In an effort to de-clutter, focus, stand down and apply myself like Gorilla Glue to just printmaking and watercolor, I boxed and donated all supplies I haven’t used in the past year.
Earlier this year, The Huffington Post published a slide show of 44 artist studios (you can see it online here) and the images affirmed my conviction to keep things neat and as uncluttered as possible in my 11 x 9 foot studio. Printmaking – especially with a press (mine takes up a footprint roughly the size of a twin bed) can swallow a studio in supplies, so I stick to just a few methods; collagraphs, drypoints, and relief prints (linocut & woodcut). My challenge has been to fit everything I need inside my studio without tripping over it all. I’ve configured and re-configured the closet several times to accommodate my computer desk, carving tools, reference photos, video-making equipment, frames, print inventory and shipping/framing supplies. It’s not a glamorous, or even noteworthy studio, but I love the space and feel very at home to create and think and plan the next project in this little room. I’ll post a studio tour soon, if you’d like. What are you doing to prepare space for art-making in your home this year?
No matter how wonderful things used to be, we cannot live in the past. The joy and excitement we feel here and now are more important.
Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest. By doing this, you can reset your life and embark on a new lifestyle.