Cleaning Up for Winter Art Projects
The obstacle course that is my studio has to be dealt with. I’ve been cleaning in here for a few days, a little at a time. I can see the floor now. Small spaces get cluttered quickly, so I use two baker’s racks to store as much as I can fit into the closet. It’s a tetris game behind closet doors. All it takes is sliding a frame out to measure it, and pulling a bin out to find a particular print, and a few more like that, and I’m bumping shins on things. I’m not complaining, because I had no studio for decades. And I accept that this is part of the deal of being an artist. Clutter messes with my creative flow, so it’s time to sort, purge and tidy up.
Multitasking to Make Cleaning Fun
I listen to podcasts or books when I clean. If you’re getting ready to streamline the space where you sketch, paint or doodle, here are some short-ish options to consider in audiobooks and podcasts:
- Sergio Lopez and Joshua Lawyer have a podcast called Waiting to Dry, where they talk about being painters, and interview painters and illustrators on topics like methods, branding, marketing and influences. You can check out the details here.
- Antrese Wood is an amazing painter I met when we were both still working at Disney. Her popular podcast – Savvy Painter – is loaded with interviews of artists from every painting genre, and each of them are full of great nuggets of wisdom and warm profiles of fellow creatives. Give one of them a listen here.
Less Than Glamorous
I suspect you and I are both juggling this month. Jobs, grocery shopping, laundry, pets, emails to answer, family members to help, art waiting to be finished, holiday-related tasks… it’s all a bit too chaotic. I know it would be good to finish this studio clean up, and then go for a walk. But I’ll probably answer a few emails and make dinner instead. I’ll at least get some sketching time just before bed tonight. Have you explored that option as your winding down routine? I hope so. And I hope there are pockets of space for deep breathing, a walk, a podcast or an audiobook to squelch the running list in your mind. It’s a mini break on the brain to listen to an hour here and there of artistic inspiration, ideas and encouragement.
Wishing you a week of checked-off boxes on your list, cleared space in your art making space, and new ideas for upcoming art projects.
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In The Music Lesson, Edith DeCamp sits patiently listening to her daughter Sally practicing the piano. The play of light on the backs of the figures, casting their faces in shadow, reinforces the notion that, in his “portrait pictures,” DeCamp was more interested in dissolution of form and generalization of figures than in the greater degree of modeling characteristic of his male portraits. “I am painting a girl in a beautiful dress,” he once noted, “but I have to keep remembering that it is not a dress I am concerned with, but a piece of light.”
~Joseph DeCamp, Laurene Buckley