Creating space for creativity

Now that the craziness and excitement of the holidays are over, I’m taking the opportunity presented by a new year to get a fresh start. And the first thing I find myself doing is organizing: my home, my studio, my hard drive. In part, I’m inspired by the wonderful book, Discardia, and accompanying blog. In part, it’s the opportunity presented by found space: the air hockey table that once took up half of my studio space has moved outside, giving me lots of room to play with (I’m so glad I resisted my first instinct to replace it with a large workbench – there is a lot to be said for having elbow room). But mostly, it’s because I realized that clutter was intruding on my creativity. Before I could paint, I’d have to dodge the air hockey table and the pile of paintings and frames on the floor to reach my easel.


Before I could find the photo I wanted to upload to my website, I’d have to search through numerous folders before I found the right version. Before I could make a pair of earrings, I’d have to pull the boxes of beads from the closet, find a place to spread them out (usually the coffee table or dining room table), then clear the materials away so I could eat dinner.


So I’m investing the first couple weeks of the year in setting up my studio to be a one-stop shop for creativity. A small counter-height table is the perfect size for cutting glass or making jewelry. A tall multi-drawer unit now houses all my tools, beads and findings.

After two painfully tedious days of consolidating all the photos from my laptop and desktop and organizing them into folders, I can now find photos of my artwork in seconds, and know exactly what format each is (full-size, thumbnail, etc.). I also put all my inspiration photos in a single folder entitled “stuff to paint”, so I know just where to start browsing when I’m staring at that blank canvas waiting for the muse to strike.

And speaking of canvas, the studio is beckoning.

Finally blogging

After thinking about blogging for some time now, I'm finally setting up my blog, in conjunction with revamping my website.  Here you'll find my musings on art, inspirations, my studio, and life in general.  Thanks for reading!