The Studio

So many people I talk to are so adamant about their workplaces of art, also known as their studio. Some artists are clean and neat. Their work space gets tidied up after a day of creativity. Other artists prefer the disarray to organization. For me, it is a little bit of both. I’m a stickler to cleanliness, but when I’m in my studio, I prefer to leave things where I can find them the next day. There is no right or wrong way to have your studio. The point is to get into it each day and create, create, create. For many artists, that’s a hard task to do. Sometimes, creativity can be stifled by other events of the day. When you have a studio that is fully functional and addresses all your needs, your creativity can be endless. My studio is in my basement. There are no windows. I painted the walls white, to brighten up the space, because basements can be a bit drab. I also did the same to my workbenches. The brightness of the color helps me keep track of small items that can flick away when I’m using my saw on the bench pin. It is not a professional studio by any means, but it is my own. I’ve added to it over the years, always with the dream to someday move it into a tiny little storefront that I can call my own. Take pride in your work space and relish its possibilities. For the artist, it is a lifeline.

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