Work continues on the Studio Makeover Challenge.
I think the work for the Art of Personal Story show will be done in oil on panels. I ordered a selection of sizes of panels to try, and the box has been sitting in the hall for months because I didn’t have anywhere to put them. The oil paint was in piles on my studio table. I have new mediums and cleaning fluids. Where will they live?
The studio is already full, so making space means getting clever. I’ve had to move things around and let others go. Finally I was able to clear a shelf as a start.
I want it to be easy to grab a panel when I am ready to work, so I spent some time covering the edges with blue painters tape so they’d be ready to paint. I loaded them onto the shelf by size, then covered them with newsprint to keep the dust and cat hair off.
Not gorgeous, but functional. I get overwhelmed and paralyzed if I try to do attractive and functional in the studio. I get reluctant to use things that will shift a careful arrangement. This way, there will be no danger of that.
I am addicted to organizing devices
Before I moved from Penland School of Craft to Oregon I had a yard sale. The day of the sale I looked outside and realized everything I had on the lawn was some kind of organizing device. Every kind imaginable. And it didn’t include all the ones I was bringing with me. I was letting them go because they never really lived up to my expectation for how they were going to revolutionize my life and unleash my inner Martha Stewart. They were supposed to somehow make me a neat and organized person but only left me dealing with the unending tide of stuff.
When I get overwhelmed with too much stuff, I roam the aisles of Storables, The Container Store, even Lowe’s or Home Depot in a pinch. I’m sure someday I will find the perfect solution to all the art and supplies in my studio. Of course, they will also come in awesome colors and be easy to maintain.
Using what I have to store supplies
This time I decided I would use things I have to test my latest organization idea before I invest in more potential solutions that are destined for the lawn of a yard sale. I have one big table space. I work in a range of media on different surfaces. I never have enough space, especially if I have the supplies for one media all over the table. I decided I need to have a way to easily move each media on and off the table. Individual boxes seemed to fit the bill. I have a number of different kinds, including a bunch of cardboard peach boxes that stack. They aren’t beautiful, but they will be good for seeing if I actually move the supplies around how I think I will. I also had a small rolling wire shelf cart. The boxes almost fit on it, so it’s the other part of my proof of concept. It fit underneath an old over toilet shelf that is light enough to move as needed. [threecol_one]
The plastic box on the top shelf has oil mediums and brushes. The next shelf down is Gamblin Oil Colors, followed by Lucas 1862. The bottom is assorted gloves and tools I use with oil. I used other boxes on shelves for markers, watercolors, colored pencils, acrylics etc.
Thinking about the way things move in the studio
I’m hopeful about these changes because it is easier to move the media back and forth between the working table and storage shelves. I can also grab my markers and pencils and bring them into the living room to draw while we watch a movie.
I just have to be consistent about putting things away to make space for the next thing. This may be the system’s downfall. My tendency is to work on lots of different things at once.
What have you done in your studio, or seen other artists do to work with these challenges? I will say it was easier when I had a bigger studio space.