Organize Your Studio In Proper Manner

There’s never a better time to organize your studio than the week

 

There’s never a better time to organize your studio than the week after New Year’s Day. The gifts have been opened, vacations have ended and resolutions have been set. Your creative space has either recently been neglected in favor of holiday revelry or filled to the brim with new materials collected over days of Secret Santas and bargain shopping. Any way you spin it, the beginning of January — ushering in a new month and a new year — is just begging you to dive into the corners of your painting or photography studio and make room for inspiration. Keep your paintbrushes straight by stashing them in a planter.

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A key component to surviving as an artist is to work everyday– not when you feel like it, not when inspiration strikes. In this realm, you make your own inspiration. Being an artist is a fulltime job just like any other profession. Either get serious about making art or find another calling. So let’s take a look at where you’re making that art– your studio– and at those countless hours you’d better be spending diligently drudging away, producing copious boatloads of work. The endgame here is figuring out how to channel your boundless creative fervor, thereby maximizing the value of your aesthetic stock.

Your studio is in a sense like a laboratory. You go there not only to make art, but also to experiment with new mediums, applications, compositions, types, styles, methods and even ideological aspects of working. Allowing yourself complete freedom to create– both to succeed and to fail– inevitably leads to confidence and certainty about your art and your direction. Through the painstaking process of trial and error, you discover where your strengths lie, what you want to pursue, where you want to go, and what’s better left by the wayside.

One of the goals of this “research and development” process is to establish a sense of mission, a purpose to your work. Most artists start out basically making art at random, mapping out their studio time with an agenda like, “I think I’ll make one of these, then I’ll make one of those, then I’ll make one like this,” and so on. Now randomness is fine, don’t get me wrong. Exploring the vast expanses of your creative muse and letting your artistic inclinations run wild is integral to your evolution as an artist. But at some point, you better begin to zero in on the essence of what you’re about as an artist, and what you want to communicate with your art.

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