Friday, September 30, 2011

Alright Already!

Okay... okay... I know...!  Some of you have been asking... Yep, I'm finally back in my studio (everybody do a little happy dance - you won't have to listen to me bitch and moan about no studio anymore!) There's still a closet to build and I have to figure out what I want to do about a baseboard and ceiling, but I'm back in and settled. Just gotta bring the fish in from the pond for the winter :) Some of you asked me for photos of the space, so here ya go.  It's not the fanciest studio or the biggest or the prettiest, but it's all mine and I can do as I please in it. Heck, Bailey even came down yesterday - twice! - and hung out with me.

Remember? this was my office area... Everything piled it.
 Here are a couple of old photos to refresh your memory.
And this was the lovely paint wall area, before the waterproofers came in.

Ugh! It was awful... couldn't function at all in it.

Now, here's the "new, improved" space:
This is the drafting table area.

This is the larger painting area. There used to be a loveseat here.

Willy and friends aquarium awaits their arrival from the pond...

My robots hang-out...

My bookcases behind my desk, which create a divider between the office and paint area

The easel area

The paint wall. Note, in the left back corner is where a tall storage closet will be built.
And that's pretty much it.  The old studio upstairs is now a sewing/craft/art journaling room. No pictures just yet.

Alright, gotta get back to work... doin' a little happy dance....

Tuesday, September 13, 2011


It's been a month now since the studio wall was waterproofed.  It's been a month of s-l-o-w forward progress to rebuilding the wall, i.e. figuring out how to frame out the walls with studs, without damaging the thermal barrier or the drain under the floor; the actual construction of that frame; reattaching the luan panels; filling the seams; endless sanding; more filling; more sanding.... I did have plans to put in a new baseboard, since the other one was destroyed during "demo day" and I did plan to finish the edge of the carpet where I cut it away to create a larger painting and work area, but somehow today those things just don't seem important anymore. Oh sure, it would be nice, it would look more polished and complete, but would it make me paint any better? I don't think so.

Maybe someday, if I'm feeling ahead of the game and want to tackle those additional finishing details, I'll do them. But I've absolutely lost any and all patience with it all today. I want to put my studio back in place. I want to be able to get up in the morning, grab a cup o' joe and go to work in the studio - with paintbrushes and pencils, not hammers and nails, not spackle and sandpaper. So, you're probably wondering why the heck I'm sitting here, instead of putting everything back together in the studio. Well, I'm waiting for spackle to dry.  That's right, one more round of sanding. I'd already done the filling before I "hit the wall" of patience. Waiting... something that I'm so tired of... waiting.