Saturday, June 11, 2011

transitioning studio space (a process)

It's time to move.

Currently, I have a whole room to myself to use as my studio. That will change in this move as we transition to a tiny little place in town. Exchanging the luxury of space to spread out for the convenience of close proximity.

So, the plan is that I shall fit my 'studio' space in and around our 'living' spaces: The corner of our bedroom, the east wall of the front room, the extra storage space in spawns room, the porch?... (I think my speedbag will go perfectly in the kitchen, but DH is pushing against that just a bit. We'll see how that goes down.)

Anyhow, I am past the mourning phase, but by way of coping mechanism I shall be photo-documenting the transition on twitter. I'll probably add some of those photos/notes to this post, as I progress.

But for now, let's just do this.


June 11, 9:30 pm update: it's amazing how much just 'stuff' I held onto, just because I had the space to hold onto it. Tackled one shelf today. Here is the "before and after shot". Most of it was hoarded rusty stuff and collected odds and ends that I just needed to let go of. Sheeesh. Took several hours.

June 12, 9:00 AM. spent an hour going through (and mostly discarding) old studies and sketches and scratch paper doodles.

June 12, 10:00 PM. Not much studio prep, just spent the day painting the new place. (Red, yessss.)

June 13 4:00 PM. Started out going through old sketchbooks. I had planned to throw most of them away, but it was difficult: I used to keep sketchbooks in an intensely personal, life-record keeping way. Hard to throw out. Lessie, John, Lucia, and xJane talked me out of discarding them.

June 15, 11:30 AM: Studio transition took backseat to painting the new place. Mostly finished there, except for a deep space mural in spawns room.

June 17, 9:00 am: Yesterday I went through all my old paints and inks. Bottle and bottles and tubes of acrylic, oils, alkyds, inks, watercolors, and gouache (plus brushes, painting mediums, solvents, gels, etc). Kept only what would all fit nicely an old hard-body suitcase I picked up somewhere.

Also, eliminated a lot of just *stuff* I had accumulated/held onto thinking I *do something* with but never had. Slowly fighting my way through these shelves.

June 18, 9:00PM today, I made a galaxy in my offspring's new bedroom:

June 19 , 10:00 PM: Making headway on clearing out, consolidating these shelves.

June 21, 10:00 PM. finally started to take down "my wall" (keeping some things, letting go of others) Here's a few detail pics.

June 22, 10:00 PM. last of all, I dismantled my speedbag for relocating. The studio is packed up, ready to move. Next step is finding how it will work out in the new place.


  1. Thanks for sharing this, I love the red wall. Still need to come down to Tucson for a visit :)

  2. K!! yes you really MUST come to visit!