Monday, August 14, 2006

I'm looking forward to having a studio again...

Yesterday I spent a long time in the basement trying to make headway on what will soon become my new studio space. Beth, the woman that once lived here, was a fiber artist-- and so the bones of a studio are all in place. All I need to do is just get all of my crap out of the way, then drive back up to Bemidji one last time to finish packing up my studio at the Arts Center. Without my paints, I feel a little bit like a mother without her child.

Art making awaits.

Lately I've been thinking about this book, Painting as a Language, by Robertson and McDaniel. It's an old textbook that I have from Intermediate Painting with Carol that is loaded with excellent painting and journal exercises. I've never made full use of the potential of this book but, these days, I'm looking forward to the possibilities. School will be starting in a couple weeks and there is something strangely liberating about the notion that, for the first academic school year in a very long time, I will actually have free time--to write, to paint, to read whatever I want. I've noticed that I've been writing about liberation a lot lately.

I still don't want to pack up my studio up north. Even so, I can't help but anticipate what will emerge from this place. I'm looking forward to our lives settling in a bit more--so that I might find out. My hands are starting to itch for my paint brushes and bare canvas.

These boxes be damned.


Anonymous said...

i'll be excited to see pics of your new creative space once you get all settled in!

Loralee Choate said...

I would love to have a studio! Even though I have the artistic ability of a rock, It would be cool to have a nice hidy-hole to curl up with coffee books and the smell of linseed oil.

kj said...

i've renamed my office my "writing room". i'm keeping the area where i write clear of all else, esp. bills and work and chores. i have a window that connects me to the world.

jessie, moving is a bear! it took me several months to feel settled. it's an up and down thing. the picture you posted of your bookcase, complete with books, confirms how cozy your space(s) will be.

and i'll bet it's great to be meeting the plants in your yard!

liz elayne said...

I love that your new studio space has the energy of another artist. This is fantastic.

And I love the way that each time I come here I feel like another layer is peeled. Then another. I can't wait to see what you create in this new space!

Belle said...

Hi Jessie,

I hope you get that studio and sit and contemplate your next project.

I have a studio. A comfortable
chair and a cup of coffee do nicely and it is soooo much fun !
All the best.

bee said...

i think that you will build a phenomenal studio, just because of the artist and person you are! i can't wait to "experience" it...

Kristine said...

Wow! So you'll have your studio there at home and then be able to step outside and go to the market or walk through the forest... Sounds dreamy.