Recently, this note popped into my email box. I completely related to her situation and thought some of you folks would as well.
... my art studio is a good walk from the house, I like it because I can leave it messy, and do not have to worry about spills. (But), it is cold, and lonely out there. Back at the house, I can only write with pens or markers. I find myself stuck at working on any journal (page), because for writing what I’m thinking, pens and/or markers are better, but for art, I have to get messy. I never know whether my little book should stay out in the barn, or be here in the house … Do you have any suggestions?"
Yes. I do. Scattered around this post today are pictures of vignettes from my studio.
My studio is on the third floor of my old house: cold in winter, hot in summer.
Good lighting: I have overhead florescents in the studio but I added lamps here and there to give it a warmer feel. When working in the evenings, I light a candle or two.
Sounds: I have a radio and iPod with its home base so that I can listen to music or talk shows. Sometimes, I'll even watch a movie on Netflix if I'm doing something repetitive.
Sights: Some of my favorite items are in my studio such as my singing bowl (left) and my stone collection.
These touches around my studio make it warm and homey.
Granted, this is my work space and I spend most of every work day here. But even if your workspace is an extra room, it may feel like just a place to land while you work. If you "warm it up," you may feel more inclined to go there.
This post takes for granted that your space is tidy (somewhat) and clean-ish. That is really important. Well, at least for me. I find it really difficult to feel comfortable in a totally trashed space. It is distracting.
If you do need some organizing, look at Julie Fei-Fan Balzer's Organization Week posts, here, for some tips. My best tip on organizing is that you can't get a dinosaur into a chicken egg. In other words, you have "X" amount of space. Period.
I frequently work in my journal at night. I have a space in the livingroom carved out for that. It is small and compact. My travel watercolors and some other supplies (really enough for anyone to journal with) are stored in that space. I'll talk more about that space in another post. At the end of my workday, I pack a basket to transport my journal and any other extra supplies that I may need for the evening. My pens are always in that basket and sometimes my Inktense pencils or markers make the trip.
Artistic blocks can come in many forms and confusion is one that is familiar to me. What to do and where to do it is a legitimate question for those of us who have studios.
I'd love ot hear if anyone else is in this situation and if you have solutions, let us know!