Well...my daughter is home from University and so we've made a few changes this weekend. My studio has moved back upstairs and her space has moved down. Change is always good for me as I tend to pare down and to be reminded of why I don't need things which I sometimes desire so much that it creeps into my every thought. And yet, once I simplify I feel content and at peace. It's a good feeling.
The 52 WEEKS PROJECT has been taken down and packaged up, they certainly don't take up much room like this (in the closet on the bottom right photo), and I don't have much work left at home with exhibits in four galleries and at the library. I'm odd in that I feel overwhelmed when there is too much around me and then I forget how much I've accomplished when it's all being exhibited. But I have to admit I am beyond grateful to have so many wonderful opportunities to share my work.
There are a number of reasons I love painting upstairs...the light, the proximity to the kitchen so that I can prepare meals for my family while still painting, and I'm working on another project (can't wait to share) so it's easy to pop in and out throughout my evenings as well.
Our house will feel a little lighter in fall when our daughter heads back to school as she will be taking furniture with her this time. I will try to remember not to fill the spaces immediately and just live with what is there for awhile. I often find ways to repurpose or reuse items already in the house when I don't rush. Plus, and this is a terrific bonus, it's much easier to clean which means even more creative time for me. And it doesn't get better than that.
AIRdirondack Art Project