My studio after a major cleanup
When anyone visits my studio, they often remark that it seems abnormally clean and neat.
But I must confess it’s because I usually know they’re coming in advance. And just like anyone who straightens up the house before company drops by, I always quickly put things away and tidy before a studio visit.
About once or twice a year however, the accumulated paint drips, saved paper scraps and dust bunnies begin to weigh me down. Some artists thrive on clutter. An artist acquaintance of mine has never cleaned her studio and puts everything in piles. She calls herself a ‘Pile-omaniac’ and says it helps her feel inspired. Apparently the late British painter, Francis Bacon was like this too.
Personally, I find it challenging to be creative in the midst of clutter. Usually right after I finish working intensely on a body of work for a period of time, the resulting mess seems overwhelming. That’s when I know the studio needs much more attention than simply tidying up.
My Studio Painting Table Before Cleanup
This is what one of my painting tables looked like last week.
It was actually worse, but I’d already put away the tubes of paint and gotten rid of the dirty rags, paper towels and used palettes.
In fact, I couldn’t even see the table anymore. I forgot to take a picture in all its glory, but you would have been horrified.
So along with everything else on my plate at the moment, this week and last are cleaning weeks.
- every single surface gets swept and washed
- tools and materials get sorted and put away
- work table get new plastic drop cloths
- sketch books get organized
- all my office paperwork gets filed
It’s a lot of work but therapeutic in a strange way.
This is the first time in years I’ve tackled the job myself. Harmony, my studio assistant, is in Argentina on an extended Bio-Art project. Of course I could have hired someone else to help until she returns, but there is a certain sense of satisfaction in making the effort myself.
At least I now know where everything is.
Just like always, the recent incentive to do a clean sweep of my studio came after an intense burst of painting activity.
I’ve just completed a series of twelve mixed media paintings on paper that were submitted to my print publisher in Texas for consideration. New Era Portfolio represents me exclusively for fine art prints and so far they’ve published twenty-three of my paintings.
They informed me last week that they’ve decided to publish four of these new paintings.
Mixed Messages ID#P-1411 © ShirleyWilliamsArt.com
It’s always thrilling to hear they love certain pieces enough to publish them.
These four chosen originals were packed and shipped to Austin for high-resolution scanning.
New Era’s room-size, flatbed scanner is one of the largest in the world and it produces exceptional reproduction quality.
Mixed Messages ID#P-1413 © ShirleyWilliamsArt
The scanning, color correction, proofing and publication process usually takes about four to six weeks altogether.
Be You ID#P-1403 © ShirleyWilliamsArt.co
I’ll let you know when they’re available as Prints on Demand through my website.
Be You ID#P-1404 © ShirleyWilliamsArt.com
And of course the originals will be available for sale once they are returned to me from Texas.
ID# P-1404 all measure 13 ½ x 11 inches
@ $350. each unframed
ID# P-1411 measure 13 ½ x 18 inches
@ $450. unframed
Meanwhile, I now have a fresh, clean studio which feels so uplifting and inspirational.
It’s time to start painting again!!
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