When I named this blog “Just Make a Mess” I meant it. I meant to be willing to show the chaos that can ensue as a result of the creative process. Now I know there are artists that create magnificent works while their studios remain pristine. Their paints are carefully organized according to colour family, their pencils are all neatly sharpened and stored with their tips protected. Their palettes could be sold as colour-wheels. These kinds of artists do exist. I personally believe them to be alien life-forms, but I do believe they exist.
Unless you have the luxury of a studio completely separate from your house, or you have a house with tons of storage, keeping a studio tidy and dedicated to its intended use can be difficult. I live in a house that was likely built in the 40’s or 50’s and it is woefully lacking in storage space. The end result of this is that most of my spaces must be multi-functional. Which sucks for the studio.
Over Christmas, the usual happened. This kind of thing……
led inevitably to this kind of thing…..
That’s my poor studio, buried underneath the remnants of our holiday. Everything that needed to go “somewhere” ended up here. This mess enabled the packaging of soap, the storage of yummy Chrismas baking, the taking of many blog photos, the printing of jewelry packaging and the final polishing of tons of new jewelry pieces.
So tomorrow, this room stops living up to this blog’s name and gets a mucking-out. It’s a new year and I’ve tons of new projects I’m just itching to get at. This is one of them:
This is a painting I started a long while ago that I kind of abandoned to get some jewelry done. The plan is to spend more time on painting. Until this is done, it’s going to be one day painting, one day jewelry, during the week, Monday to Friday once the studio is in working order again. I have big plans for this painting. I want to take it somewhere I’ve never seen a painting go before. Stay tuned and I’ll keep you updated on that, AND the exciting new direction I’m going to explore with my jewelry. It’s going to be a great year, isn’t it? I’m excited and inspired and all of you are a big part of this journey. Let’s see what’s next, shall we?