Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Some of the Changes

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studio 2

I went to bed last night thinking we might have one more vacation day ahead of us had we gotten the 12 inches of snow the local meteorologists called for. There was no snow though, just bitter bitter cold. So instead of curling up and relaxing a bit longer, a studio day happened. I wasn't really sure what my first official 2012 day in the studio would bring when I woke up this morning. As I sat at the computer, and sent important emails (what are those deadlines dates again), paid bills (like my studio rent!), and then packed for the day (broccoli soup, camera, and sketchbook... check), I knew exactly what would happen... a move.

I have been begging the building manager at The Hungerford, pretty pretty please with a cherry on top, to find me a new space in the building. One that doesn't face a brick wall, that gets some good/better natural light, and is a bit closer to the other artists I visit with in the building (my hallway is rather empty and lonely at times). Two months now of pleading and nothing has opened up. And for some strange reason, apparently, it is poor etiquette on their part to kick someone out of a space just because I want it. So, I got it in my head that if I can't have a new studio, I would treat mine like it is brand new.

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I set to work as soon as I unlocked my door. I let that OCD side of me take over and things started getting rearranged. I didn't have a plan, I just started unloading sleeves and clearing tables to push/drag them around. I really don't know why it never occurred to me before. My jewelry desk was in an area that had me using artificial light and my torch table was by the window in the natural light. Hmmm... doesn't it make a bit more sense to put the torch, which in bright natural light causes me to struggle to see the flame, in the area where you need artificial light? And further more, doesn't it make sense to put my jewelry desk by the window in the natural light? Yeah, sometimes I don't have a lot of common sense. Ahem.

As I slid and dragged each piece of furniture into its new place, I swept and scrubbed the floors... Cinderella Style... hands and knees and all... till the water turned black (again and again). And as I washed and organized, I was thinking a lot about the changes I have planned for myself and this blogging place.  These are by no means resolutions of any sort. These are changes I have been feeling brew for some time now. I'm not ready to tell you all of them yet, but one is happening right this minute. My post is happening... at the end of my day, not before it starts. I have been loving the way Heather (Beauty That Moves) has been sharing journal style posts that reflect on her day on her blog. I feel like I have been a little too guarded recently in what I write, though maybe you don't get that feeling. I want to share more about the things I think and do through my day... I think it's a good place to start.

And so far... it feels very right and very good.

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studio 6


Catherine Denton said...

Now I want to rearrange my studio! Yours looks so airy and peaceful, by the way.

Wendy Brightbill said...

hey where did you get that calendar? ;) i think that's a great way to start your year off right. i started cleaning the studio just haven't finished it yet. i have a billion scraps of paper all over my floor. maybe this weekend.

KelleyWenzel said...

Rearranging has been in the air. I've had the itch to turn the house upside over the last month, but settled for rearranging just one room. And then the kids caught the bug and turned their beds sideways to open up more floor space in their rooms. Change is good.

Jen V. said...

You are a nut! Enjoy your shiny "new" space!

Cindy said...

Oh my what you bring on to yourself, Kerry! Rearranging that beautiful studio? I wish I had that urge to scrub the floor, but alas, I do not. Looks like you are heading in a nice new direction for 2012! :-)

Cindy said...

I never wash floors any other way than on my hands and knees. It's fun to re-arrange things.

I did this all the weekend after thanksgiving. Washed walls, purged, cleaned and shined everything in my path.