Musings from the Moonroom

Thoughts on Art, Inspiration, Creativity and Spirit

An Empty Studio Is Like An Empty Canvas

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Last week the cleaning company was here to inspect my studio carpet and to remove the water stains left by this winter’s ice dam damage. The thought of a cleaning company coming into the studio caused a bit of anxiety in me. This meant I’d have to pick up, pack up, and clean out the studio.

Arrrgggghhhh!

Here is a picture of my studio’s current layout:

Now you understand part of my dilemma. Like any good artist, I have a LOT of stuff. The thought of packing and moving artwork, books, tools, etc is enough to send shivers down my spine. Where are those fairy godmothers when you need them?

Well, I’ll save the fancy carriage and all for later….

Anyways, with a little “Bibbidi, Bobbidi, Boo” over a few days, the books were packed, artwork stored, and tables moved.

Soon the studio looked like this:

and

My studio was transformed into a nearly empty space. An empty space that now felt a little intimidating, like staring at a blank canvas and not knowing what to do with it.

Clearing out the studio has had its benefits. As I packed each box, I was forced to decide if I want to keep all this stuff. Sometimes, I would set aside some items before the box was packed. If not, I told myself I’d have to go through the box when it is unpacked and thin the art herd.

Since the studio is scheduled to be painted in the coming weeks. I can’t move everything back into it. Only essential items are allowed (and other things I’ll have to go digging to find them.) This too has been a good practice because I’m getting used to having fewer items out and around me. It opens more space physically and creatively. I know from past experience that the more cluttered my studio, the more cluttered my head, and the harder it is for me to be creative.

Here is my current, temporary layout:

This period between carpeting cleaning and studio painting is a good time to try some different layouts. It is a little too early to say whether I like this layout or not. I do like having my primary work table facing into the studio. Not sure about the L formed with the other tables. And of course I haven’t thought too much about the other floor lamps and stacks of storage drawers that are still hidden away and how they’d fit into this layout. (Or maybe they don’t and I’ll condense the materials.)

So here I am with a half finished canvas. I’m open to hearing your thoughts. Seen any studios that inspire you? If so, post a link in the comments section. Silly me packed my artist studio books & magazines.

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2 thoughts on “An Empty Studio Is Like An Empty Canvas

  1. I love your space, Amy. What a great clean slate to work with. I think once the painting is finished, you’ll get a good sense of how you want it set up. With new colors,it may change your feelings completely. You have enough windows, so wherever you work you’ll have light. The one thing is when you walk up those stairs you want to feel good about going in to be creative.

    • Judy, the open space is definitely inviting. The challenge is how to keep that feeling yet still have access to my tools and stuff. Definitely a good time to clean and clear out the old stuff.

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