|'Desert Cool' 8x10 pastel ©Karen Margulis|
I'm not really complaining. I live in a beautiful green place and I have a wonderful large studio space. But it was in desperate need of an overhaul. I needed to organize my supplies so that I could be more efficient and so that I could make better use of my space. I have a plan but it is going to take some work.
Today was the day to start. I have students coming in a week so I have time to get things back in order before my class. Here are some of the before shots and my thoughts on why organizing your space will help you paint better!
|My working studio|
|My outer studio used mainly for storage since it has no heat or air|
I also want to make space to leave my oil and acrylic supplies out in addition to my pastels. So I will now have two stations...one for pastels and another for oils and acrylics. I will call this area the 'no excuses' easel. There will be no more excuses for not doing oils or acrylics since it will all be out and handy!
I am feeling much better despite the piles of supplies scattered about. I know it will be back in order soon.
- Sometimes an unorganized studio space can prevent you from actually painting. It can be paralyzing or you might spend too much of your time cleaning and organizing your space and not painting in it.
- Coming into a clean and organized studio space is like staring a fresh canvas. It is a fresh new beginning. I am back from my trip inspired and filled with new ideas so I need a fresh space to allow them to happen.
- Knowing where all your supplies are and making it easy to get to them will help you be more creative and intuitive in your art. You won;t have to break the flow to find that pastel or certain brush.
Today's painting was done yesterday on Black paper with Terry Ludwig pastels.