There are people who can sleep anywhere–in a car, on a couch, even standing up. I’m not one of those people. And it is the same for when I find the time to make art–I can’t just plop down and do it anywhere. It doesn’t feel right, and I get distracted too easily by other stuff. But I don’t have the budget to have a separate studio somewhere that I can go to get away from it all.
|That’s a lot of brushes! Be mindful of what you really need
if you are working in a less than spacious studio area.
And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this. Many of us have to get creative and find ways to do our art in our homes that allow us to focus, spread out, but also clean up and store away work easily. The biggest hurdle many of us have to overcome is finding enough space. I’ve worked on the floor, at a table, with my work pinned on a wall, and at an easel, and I definitely recommend experimenting similarly before you decide to draw or how to paint one particular way. You want to use all your space optimally and not stretch and reach for things, but beyond that be open and let your process guide you.
I also never give into the impulse to keep my art supplies scattered around. Putting things here and there disrupts your flow when you set out to work because you may constantly have to get up and search for an ink pen or paint tube instead of actually working. That’s why I have a single box of stuff and everything goes in it and it is always in the same place.
|Maybe not ideal, but you can learn to paint
or draw in a small space. Even with a model!
It can also be a really good idea to be kind of cutthroat when it comes to hoarding supplies and materials. I stay really lean in terms of the collage materials, paints, and sketchbooks that I keep on hand so that I have more space to make art–not store art supplies.
And once you are in the studio, I wish you the best of luck making the most of your creative time there. For me, it takes awhile to settle down and get in the right mindset and I am thinking about starting each session with a few quick exercises to get my head clear. The Days of Doodles: Zen Coloring Kit is chock full of inspiring zen doodles to clear your mind, warm up your hands, and get the creativity flowing. I hope you try it and it is much the same for you. Enjoy!
What is your studio like and are you happy with it? Challenges you’ve faced? Leave a comment and let me know!