Art and Crafts

It’s a funny thing, but the more serious I become about my art, the more crafts I need to draw upon to supplement it. No, I don’t mean I’m suddenly pouring candles and gluing seashells onto picture frames (which I’ll admit to having done in the distant past). I mean instead that, though I’m not constructing frames from scratch, I sometimes build them from pre-cut pieces; selecting, sizing, and cutting appropriate mat boards; and completing the professional-quality framing process until the artwork is ready to display and sell.

Work desk with always-available tools.

Work desk with always-available tools.

My studio, which started out with such simple supplies as watercolor paints, brushes, and paper, eventually came to house drawing implements of various sorts, oil and acrylic paints and their related mediums, gessos, and varnishes, canvases and painting panels, easels, palettes, drying racks, storage shelves, … and did I mention all the reference books?

Supply closet and easels

Supply closet and easels

I wish I could say that my studio has more recently expanded to incorporate a full-sized mat cutter, frames and framing equipment, as well as a supply of tools (whose handles I’ve carefully marked with pink paint so my husband doesn’t try to claim them for himself). But although I have acquired the equipment, and have managed to squeeze it all into various nooks and crannies, it’s a bit unnerving to realize that the space hasn’t automatically expanded to accommodate it all! It has definitely begun to encroach into my work space. Or is it merely that my need for extended work space has simultaneously increased? In any case, despite my best efforts to keep things organized, my nice little studio sometimes feels a bit tight these days for all the extra demands I’ve been placing on it. Even clearing out unnecessary stock and who-needs-it supplies, my space is still overflowing. Maybe that’s what is meant in saying that a Creative’s nest is messy.  (And no, I haven’t even shown you the messiest parts!)

Drying racks, storage shelves, reference shelves, and more

Drying racks, storage shelves, reference shelves, and more

So as much as I’d like to, I don’t expect to be offering an open studio tour any time soon. You might have a hard time getting in!

 

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