on my studio table
On Saturday I was painting all day and a friend stopped by unexpectedly to give me a surprise gift and said “Oh! I love seeing you amidst your creative slop!” Ha! Yeah, it gets pretty disorderly around me. This particular shot is actually pretty neat by my usual standards.
I posted the photo on Instagram and Jen Worden said that creative slop should be it’s own hashtag, which I thought was great. So here’s another shot of my #creativeslop and of what the floor usually looks like, especially when I’m working with my photos and other materials. My feet are usually surrounded by chaos. If you’re on IG and want to post photos of your #creativeslop, I’d love to see it!
I am not what I’d call a neat person in general, but I do like things to be organized. I think especially when messiness is in the equation, then organization is key. If I’m in the flow and I can’t find either a tool or a material then it disrupts the flow. I’m constantly rearranging my work space in order to make the organizational flow better. One day I have hopes that I will get it right.
I have been trying to get in the studio as much as I can to get ready for a show next month. It has been difficult with all the delays and closings and then on top of that, I got shingles of all things. I’m finally on the mend this week, but being in constant pain can be exhausting. Last week I was pulling my hair out wondering how I was going to get all that needed to get done done. But today I feel much better about things. My studio wall is filling up again and I can calm my anxieties down.
this no longer exists, but I really like the composition and hope to return it one day on a larger scale
I like sharing these process shots of my works in progress, but they are really notes to myself. As I work, I’m always following a thread. Often in the process something I thought was going to work, totally doesn’t. Or I create a composition that I want to come back to under different circumstances. These progress shots are notes to myself for future reference. I will forget otherwise. Sad, but true.
I’ve always liked this quote from Bayless and Orland’s book Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
“What you need to know about the next piece is contained in the last piece. The place to learn about your materials is in the last use of your materials. The place to learn about your execution is in your execution. The best information about what you love is in your last contact with what you love. Put simply, your work is your guide…”