Sunday, August 30, 2009

Before and After Shots? by Lenall Siebenaler

With an art studio there is never an after shot-- after is just what happens the next day. I thought I'd post shots of my current garage studio. This is what is right now. I bet you wouldn't call me anal? Detail oriented? Linear? Nope.
In my studio I live in creative havoc. I honestly have a method to my madness and I can find most things that I am looking for. Sometimes it might take a little longer than others though. This attitude does not move out of the studio into my home though. I like to live in a neat and fairly organized house (although full.)

I plan to go in there today and will sit down at my chair and finish the danglie project I have been working on. Before I do so, I will have to clean up a bit, don't you think? What is it about us creatives? Is picking up our first stage of warm up? If I left the space neat as a pin would it invite me back sooner? For me, I don't think so. As I mentioned in my last post, I always end a play session with things ready to be picked up and with a thought to where I am going. If I cleaned, all the elements would need to be picked out again, discovered, combined, etc.

This works for me. Although, sometimes I'd love to have fairies come in and put the things I don't need away so at least you can find the double 5 ft tables.... Kinda like I love to come home after my housekeeper has cleaned my house.

I am posting pictures. Don't be embarassed for me. I'm not. It is what is right now. When I get in there who knows what will be. Maybe it will improve, maybe it won't. For those of you who are familiar with my work, doesn't my studio remind you of it a bit???? LOL

By the way, I really admire you creatives who can live and work in a pristine environment where everything has it's place and purpose. (I really do.)

Lenall Siebenaler


Paula McNamee said...

Thanks, Lenall, for sharing your thoughts about your studio chaos. I often like to work with lots of supplies and materials around me for inspiration. Then, I have to do some clean up to start afresh for new projects. I'm enjoying your essays and thoughts on topics that we all struggle with at one time or another as artists.

Judi said...

Rah, Rah, Horay, Lenall. There is not one "Neat bone" in my body and I often feel badly about it when I compare myself and my work room to others'. It gives me courage to know that I am not alone our here in "bless this mess" land. I have found that if something is out of sight in in cupboard it ceases to exist to me. I have to see all the possibilities that are lying around waiting to be made into something.