New Studio Door

“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.