Here we are, 5 months into the year and I have finally been able to offer this… my first post of 2018! I could spend the next paragraph expressing how disappointed I am with myself for not keeping up with my blog or producing more artwork – for which there would be no blog. That would be a waste of time and keystrokes. Besides, I have become much less tolerant of complaints and excuses – including my own. I have recently undergone a major life transition. This transition, albeit gradual and costly, has allowed me to eliminate one of my biggest excuses for not making art.
In previous posts, I lamented about not having a dedicated creative space. This was not entirely true. I did have a bit of space in which to paint and draw. I simply didn’t like that space. I didn’t feel comfortable there. And if I’m not comfortable, I’m not creative! So, I decided to invest in my comfort/creativity by renting a small apartment. Obviously an apartment is far from an investment unless you’re the lessee. But, the purpose of this apartment is to serve as a quiet space where I can feel comfortable and creative enough to produce wonderful artwork. In fact, I refer to it as “the studio”.
In it’s current state, it looks more like a storage area than an occupied living space. Inside, there is nothing but art supplies stacked in the corners and lining the walls. The only piece of furniture is an old desk that I bought from the Re-Store years ago. It’s top is a large piece of tempered glass that I grabbed from a roadside pile of junk which was set out for the neighborhood’s bulk pickup. So, that’s it. I now have at my disposal, a tiny apartment with a “frankendesk” (no chair), and a few creative implements. This will do just fine until I paint my way into a larger space.
Now, that I have secured a humble creative environment, I need to find a way to eliminate my next impediment to art-making… lack of time. Between my day job and the shared responsibility of child-rearing, there isn’t much time left in the day(or the night) for creativity. So, it’s time to plan and execute my next major transition. From languishing employee to thriving entrepreneur. Let’s make this thing happen!