So, today school was out, which meant that apart from a short morning meeting I had nothing I had to do. I decided to move the furniture around in my dining room so that I can use it as a temporary studio, as my studio is still undergoing renovations. One of my goals with this blog was to talk about the joys and conflicts of making art when your life is full of other people and obligations. One of the major issues for me, apart from time is space – I have been using our 3rd floor as a studio, with lights hooked up by extension cord and no heat, my husband decided I needed lights, insulation and heating, all wonderful things, but they are being installed by him, again wonderful, but he’s as busy as me, and that project is absolutely last on his list… so right now stuff is just randomly piled all over my studio so he can work up there, and I am totally frustrated by my lack of working space… and the fact that since he moved everything I can’t find anything. Grrr!! OK ungrateful and whiny I know, but again I say GRRR. Today was like a clearing in the fog in several ways, firstly I decided to stop whining about space and just take some, we are not a big “formal dining” family, we eat at the table on weekends, always on Sundays, but rarely during the week… so taking that space to work in is not a big deal, except I’ll be surrounded by my family in a way I am not upstairs, it is not ideal, but I have work to do, I will have to make it work! Secondly it was literally a break to get my bearings, and clear out the space! After cleaning and moving all day I have managed to wrestle my big panels into the dining room (with help from my son!) and now I can finally really get to work on them. The other plus is that now they don’t greet the casual visitor as they walk in the front door, as they had been living in the hallway!! Here are some before and after pics… (the before ones are slightly messier!!)
and just for inspiration… check this out, oh how I wish I lived close enough to take this class!