“New Studio Door”
OK, moving is never easy. And downsizing your life is always hard. Not just the personal stuff, but how about all those art supplies. I recently moved from a 400 square foot studio with all kinds of storage to a 150 square foot extra bedroom with a tiny walk in closet. At least I have a separate entrance, but am a little tight on storage for all the art supplies. So, I started going through stuff with the intent to get rid of things I might never use. Problem is, I might use it all. Get rid of the oil pastels, I said. But then the inner artist said that perhaps you might use them for a project. I have never tried encaustic yet, so maybe that chunk of wax? Oh no, I’m for sure going to try that! How about all that drawing paper. Even if I keep using it, it might outlast me. Yeah but it is all kinds of DIFFERENT paper, so I must keep it. Do I hear the word “hoarder” rattling around in my brain? Where do you draw the line?
It ended up that I did get rid of some things, before and after the move. I also got a more organized way of storing all the stuff, so that I can use my space properly. And the move seemed to throw everything into a tizzy, so I ended up not painting for quite a few months. But just when I thought all was lost, even though the studio was still a ruin, I actually sat down and painted. I think the knowledge that in a month people would be coming here for an open studio set the engine in high gear. Forget about where the pots and pans go…… Keep Making Art.