Monday, December 19, 2011

A Look Inside the Studio

When we bought this house a few years ago, we fell in love with the basement and the potential it held. We could have a guest bedroom and a studio AND if we played our cards right, maybe a place for Daniel to have band practice (when a band was formed). Here we are four years later, and my art stuff is overflowing.

It's a Hot Mess.
I admit, I'm absolutely awful at keeping this area clean.

It's a Hot Mess.

It's a hot mess, isn't it? I am planning on cleaning it today, but I wanted to show off the area I'm working with. It's maybe 12 feet by 8 feet, so close to 100 square feet of space. There's a closet that stuffed with more supplies, and in another part of the basement there's an 8 foot tall project I'm working on. There's also little piles of paintings here and there. The entire basement is a mad house.

I'm a a point in my artistic journey where I can entertain the idea of maybe renting a space. I've thought about this for the past few months or so. Can I afford it? Can I justify another expense, especially since I don't bring in a LOT of money from my art? Is it going to tank? What if? What if? What if?

One of the positives of having a separate space is the lack of reasons to procrastinate. When I work from home, I have a tendency to look at other things to do, instead of painting. Look I have dishes to wash! Look I have laundry! Look I have to take the dog out! If I don't work from home, I don't worry about home-stuff.

I do have a space in mind, and it's right behind the Arts Council (where I work every Friday) space so it's almost perfect! I've talked to the landlord (who I've known for years) and she's supposed to get back to me soon. It needs a little work but I know several handy men who would work for a six-pack and pizza, and the rent is reasonable, so this is looking good! So, it's a bit of a waiting game now, which is expected since I asked about the space right before the holidays.

Fingers crossed! I'm looking forward to taking my art to the next level in 2012!


  1. I just gotta say I love your creative space, hot mess and all.

  2. Good luck with the new venture. Moving is a traumatic time - whether it's home or work.

    Happy Christmas anyway.

  3. Anonymous7:11 PM

    I agree with Ellie! Your room looks like such a fun creative environment to me. But I know it is to need more space (don't we all?!). Good luck in renting a studio. I really hope it works out for you! :)

  4. I think your space looks great and I love all the photos on the wall. Good luck with finding your own studio.

  5. Looks like quite a project! Good luck :) I'm in the midst of organizing as well.

  6. Your studio space looks super creative and inspiring!

    So nice to meet you through Etsy Bloggers.
    All the best,
    Mixed-Media Map Art


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