my favorite studio display bits, carefully boxed up in order to move and display in a new way... click to see bigger.
a friend of mine just called to chat~
a: whatcha doing today?
s: well, i'm in the midst of a big mess, i'm rearranging the studio.
a: weren't you doing that last week when we talked?
s: ahem, well, yes, but i've changed it all again and it's really great, much better now.
a: all part of the process... (she's an artist too, so she gets it... )
yup, so that's what i've been up to. cleaning, throwing away, rearranging again and again and again... trying to get the studio in order. it's all part of my process of creating, or preparing to create... but i always seem to have the urge to do a major re-do at times like this, right when i'm in the middle of a really busy stretch. i used to feel horribly frustrated and guilty, wondering why i wasn't just buckling down and painting (or whatever was "supposed" to be happening), what was wrong with me?! but today, after seeing this pattern emerge again and again over the years, i've made peace with the fact that all this nuttiness is a necessary part of my artistic process. you see, i have to make the space neat, organized and super tidy before i can dive back into my work, especially during the busy times. and yes, sometimes this involves rearranging all of the furniture and moving my work table to make the space feel just right.
so there. that's what i've been up to. a confession. a realization.
i'm happy to report that the studio really IS all better now, and i'm excited to get back in there to the "new" space and dive into my paintings.
what are your crazy creative process quirks? care to share?