Lately I looked around my giant 500-something square foot studio and realized, “I don’t have any space in here.”

Why is that, I wondered. I don’t have enough storage, that’s part of it. Then when I looked at the storage I do have I realized:

  1. I have painted a lot of stuff in the last 3 years – at least 100 oil paintings, a handful of watercolor pieces, hundreds of sketches, and then all the paintings that didn’t work out, reference material, punch lists, and so on.
  2. I have a lot of SHIT in here. No, that’s not a funny acronym, and pardon my French – but seriously, what is even IN my vertical file? A survey of two of 24 cubbies reveals a lot of reference material from 10 years ago, a batch of bad prints also from 10 years ago, and a coil-bound sketchbook that got smashed and won’t open, from 16 years ago. Send help.
  3. Another survey of shelf space reveals a lot of empty drawers and shelves. Why? I couldn’t find the perfect thing to fit there, so nothing goes there. It all goes on the floor instead. Why am I like this?
  4. It doesn’t help that there is a piano and a bunch of stuff that doesn’t belong here in the middle of the room, I guess. The piano has to stay because the floors upstairs are 111-years-old and frankly, I don’t trust them with my heavy piano that is almost as old.

It’s strange how you forget how many paintings you’ve done until you’re looking at a stack of rolled canvas and paper. Even then, some of the paintings are hung up around the house, and some needed repairs or a coat of varnish, so they were tucked away somewhere safe. I have been discovering paintings I forgot I still had everywhere all week. I kept wondering why I wasn’t selling any originals, well…

I had about 12 of approximately 140 pieces of art actually listed online. It would probably help if I actually put them all up for sale, huh?

I have a lot of work ahead of me. I have barely gotten my backlog of OLD work posted online, I keep finding more, and I have a list as long as my arm, single-spaced, of paintings hanging up or paintings in archive clamshells. How did it get like this? When did I stop putting things for sale online? And how did I not notice that I forgot to ever post any of this stuff online? I blame the complication and overwhelm of having an online store, an eBay store, and an Etsy store, a wholesale division, art show stock, and probably some other stuff I forgot about. Simplifying everything down to just the eBay store means suddenly it’s very obvious what needs to be done, whereas somehow before it wasn’t as clear. When you add into the mix the chaos of working on a tarot deck and moving, I guess it’s not really surprising that a truckload of art has been just sitting here.

Hopefully by the end of this week I’ll have a good grasp on what’s actually here and have more usable space again. At the very least it will be December 1st and I’ll have a handful of goodies from our advent calendars and a fresh batch of cookies to soothe my sorrows.

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