Friday, November 05, 2010

I Broke Up With The Mess In My Studio...


If I told you I hadn't spent time in my studio for nearly two months, would you believe me? Well, it is true. Early September was the last time I spent any quality time in there. The time was right before ArtBliss when I was banging out kit after kit to be ready to teach. Then, I put about 100lbs of tools and equipment into boxes that were shipped to Washington DC for the event. Just three days after the show, I was in England for a week (which I still haven't finished telling you about, jeesh). I came home to a bit of chaos and finally, finally, as of this week, I can see a the light at the end of the tunnel. Life has the potential to start returning to it's constant shifting state of normal soon.

So... yesterday was the first day in the past month that I haven't had to run to an appointment, set up a meeting, call the doctor's office, or or or... for anyone else. (No, wait, I did run out at lunch to a dr. appt, dang it) Regardless, I decided that yesterday would be THE DAY to get back in my studio. Something had to give in there, every surface was a disaster. Plus, I am still waiting for my oxygen concentrator to be repaired, so, in the meantime, there was some cleaning what needed to get done. I have a lot of mixed feelings about the past few months spent away from the studio. Something I have learned about myself is that even through I am a very open and share-anything-with-anyone kind of person, as a writer, I am extremely introverted. I don't let things out until they have formed into a complete idea. Not a bad thing, it is just that I haven't gotten to a place where I feel I can articulate all the everything in my head right now. Eventually though, I will and we will have a chat, you and I, and all that I have been feeling and thinking.

I can say this... it is good to be back. And just being in that space, that is mine all mine, felt really fantastic.

A BIG thanks to Wendy over at A Girl And Her Brush for the inspiration to do a time lapse video of my day in the studio. If you have a chance, you MUST check out Wendy's work. It so bright and colorful and fun and true.

(ps... I set this video to the Barenaked Ladies song Break Your Heart, ((arguably one of the best break up songs E.V.E.R. and one of my favorites)) but then YouTube said that was infringing on copyright. Sorry Barenaked Ladies! YouTube did an "audioswap" with something not protected.  SO, I have no idea which song plays with this video now. When I see it, it is still BNL. weird.)

22 comments:

Barbara Lewis said...

OMG, Kerry, I loved it! And the finale put a big smile on my face. If only we could move that fast in real life! Now when you go to the studio you'll feel more motivated because your space is so inviting!

Christine said...

I really like the music that YouTube put with it, but I have no idea what it is!

Carol said...

Would you please teach me that dance! Or Better Yet - won't you come visit me and DANCE in my studio!!! Love the tutu (and the pj's). Your DANCE was AWESOME! and Inspiring. . .Thanks for sharing! I'm smiling, too!

Jerilynn said...

Big smile on my face to start the day. Funny, I just cleaned my sewing room Wednesday, and last night my main sewing machine, that had been in for repair since September 2, came back home! jerisew.blogspot.com

Laura Twiford said...

Kerry that was so cool! I loved it! I smiled so many times, like when you lined up the paints like soldiers, organized the wire by gradation of colors and when you pulled the chair away, the look on the cat's face was priceless! I guess we are all in the same cleanup and organize mood this month! Glad you are getting back to "normal"

Gardanne said...

Was that Carrie??? I would like to invite her to my studio.

Cindy said...

Kerry, you make cleaning look so FUN (and easy)...can you come help me tackle my desk?? I don't know if I just feel guilty now or inspired so I better get to work! The kitty on your chair is just adorable. You must feel fantastic to take on your studio and complete the entire task! Now I need to get off the computer and get to work....
and btw, this is one of your best videos ever - loved the time lapse effect!

TesoriTrovati said...

When you ever need to chat, you know where I am, Kerry.

I can't watch this here but I am very intrigued by the idea. I have wanted to shoot a video of my studio space for some time. I have been hardly in there myself. I have been working on new things, but they are slow going, learning curves and such. I really need to just sit down and CREATE! I am long overdue, but things are dancing on tightropes right now... I am just trying to keep my balance.

I will have to make a point to watch this soon!

Thanks for sharing.
Enjoy the day!
Erin

mairedodd said...

congratulations - i bet you felt so good when it was done... have fun in there now!
i have a white cat who lays in the black chair too!

Claire Maunsell said...

Loved it!
So funny!
VERY therapeutic...
Even just watching!
Now, I'm cleaning!

Wendy Brightbill said...

What a fun video! I need a good cleanup in my studio. Thanks so much for the mention!

Beadbug said...

I loved the video, and was glad to see that I am not the only one who has to organize by color. What a wonderful huge space.

Janet said...

That was just great!! Loved it!
Well with your oxygenator down you really have been able to get some much needed things done..so its been a blessings in some good good way.
And the music Kerry was just right...

jhayssen said...

Love it!! Love it, love it, love it!!! The blue tutu twirl was the perfect ending!!

Kristen said...

Kerry, that was awesome! :)

Jo said...

That was fun! And I love the tutu!

RockerJewlz said...

Now, WHY was it so satisfying to see you clean your studio??? I guess we type "a" personalities feel the pleasure no matter WHO is getting organized.

Your dance at the end WITH the tutu was a great splash of fun.

Yvette said...

Mesmerising and strangely therapeutic. If only I could tidy that quickly in real time!

Good to see some bounce back, missed you during your time out.

Kerry said...

THANKS EVERYONE!! *sigh* oh how I love to clean. If I ever give up being an artist, I will most seriously consider being a maid. I kid you not.

Libby Leuchtman said...

Dang I wish we could clean our studios in 5 min fer real. That would be totally rad.
I have to clean my studio at work everyday, but my studio at home...uggg lets not go there.

CraftyHope said...

I wish cleaning up the craft would only take me as long as it took to watch this video. . .sigh!
Anyway Congrats on the clean and shiny studio, now go mess it up!
BTW- BNL is my FAVORITE band. I love that you used that song for the video, whether we got to hear it or not!

hello gorgeous said...

love, love, LOVE this video of your tidy up! :o) Bet it took a LOT longer than five minutes tho'!! hahaha!

What a sense of achievement you must have felt at the end....and now your creative juices will flow freely once more :o)

hugs

hello gorgeous xxx