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.
The Fall issue of Cloth
Paper Scissors Studios is chock full of inspiring studio ideas, from supply
storage and workspace solutions to making your studio a reflection of your
artistry to selling your work straight from your studio. All in one magazine?
What is your studio like and are you happy with it?
Challenges you've faced? Leave a comment and let me know!