This past weekend, Jeff was working both days, again, so the kids and I opened up the studio & I spent a few hours moving things around. The way I had my tables all pushed into the middle wasn't actually conducive to good creating. I couldn't reach anything in the middle of all those tables and there wasn't enough room around the perimeter for all the kids to just come in and sit down & begin working on their projects.
I found I was having to juggle the kids in shifts to give them decent space which meant I wasn't getting any time to create myself. And ok, even when they do have room there still is not much time for my own creating but its nice to just be in there with my stuff. To soak up the surrounding arty stuff & the creating going on around me and to just hang out with the kids when they are making. I've been teaching them how to use different paint mediums. In years to come they will become more independant in their making and my investment in all of us will be worth it.
So here's the kids at their new long long bench. They each have their own space and their own crate of supplies collected over the years. To the top left I have 3 desks for unfinished works that are drying. To the bottom left is my painting desk which I have moved up to join my paper/drawing desk in an L shape. On one desk I prepare collage papers, make cards if I ever need to and do lots of scribbles. Its basically a 'dry' desk. My painting desk is for exactly that, 'painting' and there's water & brushes & mediums etc. I face out of my studio and face the kids. Its more comfortable than before so I think I will feel safer at night. The dynamic & feel when you are working is super important to me. Its either makes or breaks my motivation. Its the vibe, you know?
I love how the kids and pull up a chair to my desk and I can show them a technique or they can sit and watch me do something while we chat away. I always wanted to be a teacher, not so much now, but I'm loving that I can teach my kids something and I love that they are so interested in it. Its a skill & passion they can have forever. Just like how Jack on Titanic with his pencil & fresh sheet of paper felt like the luckiest guy in the world. And ok, he was aboard a ship too and we just have a studio in a garage, BUT its not about to sink. Its only going to get more colourful & fun!
The back wall of bookshelves, I think theres 3, all house supplies of paint & mediums, canvases, tools etc. I supply paint and canvas sheet to the kids if they are ready to work on more 'serious' [!!] projects but for the most part they are using photocopy paper. I'm getting them into the habit of sketching out ideas when they are using canvases so that they have put some thought processes into their work before they start. I love when they have freedom to do whatever they want but I also know the excitement and temptation that comes along with paint, often if there is zero thought, just complete freedom, a whole pile of supply is used and we end up with a boggy painty mess. So there's a little balancing required. Childhood imagination & freedom yes, but having a broad idea first before lashing that product on!
So here was the mess left on my desk after the big move on Saturday. Those scraps were enough inspiration for me to get cracking on a new piece. I've done my background and 2 more layers already. I'll share that soon.
So things are up & looking good in our arty messy space. We did a bustling trade on Saturday & Sunday & are all eager for more. My best customers were Charlotte and Amelia this weekend, although all them spent considerable time creating. Both Char & Mimi were very interested in progressing some of their art on canvas. So cute. They are using acryllics for these paintings.