Hey guys!! So here it is, my art studio. Man I LOVE this space. Like big puffy heart this space. Before 2008 this was a non-used walk through room on the way to the back yard. It is totally open to our kitchen, making it one big L shape. This was my "pretty room" complete with awesome orange couch (storage unit now). Slowly, as very evident from my posting earlier this week, it has become a lovely nest of artsy treasures! It took about 6 hours to overhaul it Monday. But it feels soooooo good now. Everything has its place, is labeled and ready for me to touch it and make some artsy magic. What a great feeling. So here's the tour:
Visually, it is a little overwhelming at first to visitors, but too me, it's homey, inspiring, and loved. I've tried in the past to simplify and purge. But recently I have come to terms with the fact that I love my stuff. I do. I am not talking grand expensive stuff from stores either. In the cabinet below you will find a nice collection of clay pieces made by my children, sweet prototypes I've made, nests found in the yard, cherished nic-nacs and of course tiger, my little pompom tiger I've had since age 5. There's a tiara from my childhood, books, treasured yarns and more. This is also my most favorite piece of furniture we own. And we've got a lot of furniture in this house! As I look around the room I see so much that has meaning and truly comforts my creative spirit. A lot from the past, a glimpse into the future and as evident by the paintings in the works, plenty for the now.
This is my happy face. Yep. Makes me smile all the time with his orange mouth.
Below is a picture at the exact angle from the messy desk photo you saw earlier in the week. Like I said, 6 hours. whew is right.
And here is Mailey's art desk. A little cleaner too. I pinky promised her that I'd keep my messes off her space. Since Monday she has been so busy working in here it's crazy! And now we need tape. (mental note)
A few other favorites below: 1.the painting is "Mattie's Social Circle" kind of what started this whole crazy art career path of mine 2.camper toy from junkin' with buddy Valerie...good times 3. framed paper, a true keeper from William's K class where he had to write "My Mother makes the best....ART (I am thinking the teacher thought each child would say a food item. Yep tears a comin') 4.I love typography so some letters of my name 5.total folk artsy paint brush face 6. felt sculpture that William made me one day that makes my heart so full 7.of course it all sits on top of a cabinet I found out back of a store for FREE that holds an unbelievable amount of art supplies!
Here is my favorite find for all the jewelry junk, I mean supplies, that I own. These two units stack on top of each other. They have handles too. Organize puffy heart there. I am also a label making fool. The large white incised art is for a client. I've been too chicken to start painting it....I know guys. I'll get over myself and start painting it soon. Also stacked are my canvases ready to come to life! Love that crazy Phillip and my frames!
Well, that's it. It's not that big of a room, but it's just perfect in my eyes. Seriously I feel as though I am living in a dream having this space to create. Well, kiddos just invaded the art studio. It seems the first week of school was a success. It was a success on many, many levels I have to say.
I'm off for the weekend to do this and that. I hit an estate sale today and am pondering going back. Also going to Auburn to my other junkin' haunts tomorrow. I'll have to share some of my finds. Maybe I should start blogging about these adventures. hmmmm...See ya next week!