Seth Apter , The Altered Page, has given us all the opportunity to share our REAL art spaces. Not cleaned up and photo-spread ready, but the way it looks when you're in a creative frenzy.
Here's my table space - it's a reclaimed door so 8' long by 3' wide. This, unfortunately, is what it usually looks like. My vision for this big table was that on the left by the window is all my stamping and collage stuff and on the right (near side) where all the paper is stacked, would be my painting station. Well, I barely have enough room to make a postcard and NO room to paint!
This stack of paper (on the right side of the table) is probably 3" tall......oh my goodness I wonder what treasures are buried there?
Behind me while standing at my table is this controlled mess of paper. I keep trying to find ways to organize it and keep it close to hand, but....well.....it gets messy. But it IS a place to stack....and stack....and stack!
This card table is my 'sewing station' - fabric, fabric sample books, some deli paper and ribbons....all waiting for a project.
What a fun idea Seth had - I'm going to try to make plenty of time to visit lots of other art rooms....can't wait to see yours!
#254 - I've been working on this off and on for a while and am finally liking the direction it's going. It needed collage! :) And I'm liking the color contrast/use.
#255 - 257 - I've been playing major catch up in my inspiration or restraint journal (as originally inspired by Hanna at ihanna) I can't believe how many inspiration pics I'd accumulated to put into the journal. Sheesh!
I've been looking for ways to incorporate my photos with my mixed media & so have collected a few inspiration images to get me started. (above)
Usually I use table bits and pieces to collage with my inspiration photos, but this time I used all washi - I have so much and decided it was time to USE it!
I use these restraint/inspiration journals to inspire (obviously) but also as a reminder - of something I want to try or a direction I want to go. Sometimes I'll have a start to a painting or a card or a digital project, but get stuck. A flip through these inspiration journals (I'm on my 3rd) often helps me resolve my lack of direction.
Stay creative - do something different this week.....try a new technique, bring something outside and make something inside.....have a blast with your art!
#250 - further work on my canvas.....couldn't figure out where to take it and then realized what it needs.....collage! Now I have an idea of where to go next.
#251 - gelli printing for a swap
#252 - documented life week 36, black and white theme
#253 - sometimes my creative activity is prep work for a project. I'm committed to making a few journals as Christmas gifts and so am getting started. I began by pulling some of my stash of scrapbook papers and cutting.....I decided on a 6x9 size and have 4 journals to make. Lots to do but this is a beginning.
Also this week, I went to the annual library overstock book sale. I love that sale! I spent 2 hours and $44 and came away with 42 books. I have novels, non-fiction travel essays, art books, a couple to cut up for collage, and a few for gifts - a fabulous couple of hours. I got there after it had been open about 45 minutes and there were over 1000 people there already. I have a couple familiar authors, but most are ones I don't know and books I've never heard of.....I just picked up things that sounded different and interesting.
AND - our little local beach (Seahurst) is open again after the removal of the sea wall that took all summer, so of course Dan and I had to go spend some time. We went after work Friday and didn't have much time because it was almost high tide....you can see we're losing our beach!
"Join me (Seth) on Thursday, September 18, as we celebrate the studio table: uncensored, unedited, and most likely unkempt.
So many times when we are presented with images of artist studios, they are pristine - almost as if nothing goes on in the space..... Let's go behind the curtain, throw any feelings of shame (or embarrassment) out the window, and show the world the underside of art and craft. I'll show you mine if you show me yours!
To participate you simply must take a picture of your work table in its full glory - that is to say, its most messy state and share it on Sept 18."
Click through here and leave a comment on his blog letting him know you're going to participate, then post on the 18th. He's going to list all of us so we can vicariously visit all these fabulous working creative spaces.
As a one-time only explanation, I have been enjoying Carlene's (Taylor Maide) Wordless Wednesdays for months and intending to participate, but keep forgetting..... Inspired by Right Brain Planner, it's an opportunity to share photos of whatever floats your boat......