Right now my space inspires me to eat a dozen donuts with sprinkles on them and ask for a big squishy hug!!!!!
Lately, I have been trying to figure out two problems.... Why did my creative mojo flee the premises? (My space where all things painterly and crafty should be going on...) and How I am going to get it back? My space is dragging me down and It's time to get out my big girl paintbrush and toolbox and fix it!!!
My oldest son moved into the old Off The Wall Studio over a year ago, which freed up his room at home for an in home studio/office/mom retreat… That’s when Jo (short for mojo), got so excited because he and I were gonna take our relationship to the next level and make beautiful art together…. so I thought. Jo is very fickle and only comes around when there is order to the chaos.
Being the totally smart mom who I know myself to be, I went straight into action. I moved my youngest son into his brother’s old room and I took over the extra bedroom turning it into an artist dream…. well not so much of a dream but more of a stopover for wayward artist and hoarders. You see, I went in with no plan of action, too much stuff (the hoarding issue I might have hinted at) and great big wonderful computer loaded with NETFLIX… Yes y’all I have been NETFLIXED, HULUED, AND AMAZONED. I was outsmarted by all the commercial-free any time you want it streaming of movies and television... I thought I was so smart because I was going to watch streaming television while I created the perfect spot to get my paint girl on... Instead I grabbed my all too willing booty and plopped it down in one of two comfy chairs with a bag of chips and started bingeing on every episode... of every series I could get my hands on… Result: My space still looks like an art store exploded and they could film an episode of Hoarders in here, which I purposefully did not watch. Now I have to clear out the space and start with a clean slate… and I have no excuse not to get started if I want my mojo back... It is vital to my well being that I create things and I have to have a place that soothes my soul so that I am better at being a human. But first I have to renovate my space and change my attitude toward it and I am inviting you along for the journey.
I am learning that lighting, organizing and the displaying of your work is so very important to the sparking of my creativity and my joy. I have to figure out what MY dream art space looks like and how to achieve it with what I have available to me… Do the best with what you have, to make that dream a reality. Since I can’t move into my dream of an old converted warehouse or barn at the moment I will have to WORK WITH WHAT I’VE GOT…
Painting the walls is my first item on to do list. (Mojo please come back!!) I only have one window in this 10 x10 foot room painted an avocado green….yuck.. it so does not gel with the vibe I want and really takes away from my art. My solution is to paint the walls a white and bring in some light. I am choosing to use BM linen white for my walls, ceiling and trim because it flows well with the rest of my home and I want it to be seamless clean lines. Melissa and I have used this as one of our 'go to' whites for clients for years because it never fails and goes with any other color you put with it. See how it looks in this bathroom... I love it!!
What do I need and want vs. what I need to purge in order for my space to work and be the most efficient and creative sparking? What kind of art table, lighting, storage and supplies will I need to do my work? This will be hard for me because my tendency to hold onto things is deep and real… Editing this space is probably going to be necessary for me to make the most of the small area and keep me on task….Stay tuned you might hear the screaming and the see tears run across the screen as this process becomes my reality. They say 'the key is to start with the essentials and you can always edit and add more later on'...They don't know me....
Lighting is so important to an artist especially me. I respond to light. Light or lack of light affects my mood and can totally hamper my creative flow. Right now I only have one window in this space so my solution is to use lamps, lamps, and more lamps. I can count two desk lamps and four swing arm lamps with the highest wattage of bulb in each…. Not to mention my girlie twinkle lights and red light up star. Lighting is therapy to me and is a game changer for my work. This is a must!!!!
Once my space is painted I will figure out how I want to store my supplies, props and tools so that it is easy to access but also pleasing to my eyes. This does not have to cost a lot of money. I usually make everything or I will reuse and repurpose things from my grandparents and parents attics. I typically gravitate toward glass jars and anything vintage-industrial I can get my hands on. I like my art supplies sorted into collections and grouped together in like containers (Yes… I even hoard glass containers under the disguise of organization… not a problem at all… “But if hoarding art supplies is wrong I don’t wanna be right”…lol). This seems to work for me and makes me happy to see them all displayed.
We all can be creative and we all need to have an inspiring space to allow us to do great things or simply sit in peace if we want…that sounds pretty awesome too. Figuring out how to make your surroundings work to amp up your productivity and creativity game is the biggest battle that is so easy to overcome. You might not have an entire room to work with; you might only have a table, a corner, or a closet, but you can make it work with a little thought and not much expense.
I have learned that the lighting, organizing and the displaying of my work and all the things that make up creative my space is equally important as the abilities and skill set I have that makes me a creative being in the first place. These surroundings matter to me and are a huge factor in my creative process.
Lets get started… Go claim your space and watch what I do to mine... I hope to have pictures of a fully painted room by next week… Yikes!!