I’m expecting some warehouse steps to be collected today, Sunday 9 Feb 2020, (hopefully the current high winds won’t cause delays on the motorway for the person collecting them).
It was lovely having the steps in the last studio. The Studio was vast and they were really useful. Even if only for being able to take a lofty view of work in progress, The new studio is small and they are taking up too much room.
I have spent time rationalizing what I do and do not need/want in the new studio so that the room is maximized. Even so I love having certain things around. Things that may not be immediately necessary to painting etc. However somethings just feed the process, they make me feel good when I look at them. The driftwood is like that. It’s the next best thing to me having a studio near the sea.
After the hiatus of the last few three to four years I thought I’d get straight into painting but then realise I need to get some things photographed. Anyone who has to photographed artwork will know this is a very time consuming activity. I am still expecting the studio to be invaded by folk completing Trades type activity so the studio is still feeling not completely mine yet.
This is the first time in a long time I’ve felt the ‘memory muscles’ (as a dear friend reminded me it is called) start to stir properly. Even so, when it comes to using my Nikon D90 camera, the muscles are sluggish!
I asked for help from another dear friend, a photographer, he suggested some settings for the not so easy task of photographing drawings (I’m talking high quality photo for reproduction here, not the usual phone camera shots I share on social media). I have to admit to not having listened to him attentively enough (even though the advice was written in a message) so that yesterday I took some photographs that were not up to scratch. However, that’s OK because what it did what kick start the memory muscles and I’ve re-read the advice, looked up stuff on youtube and will be ready for the next session.
I’ve been really enjoying drawing, it eats huge amount of time and I am often astounded to discover how many hours have gone while I was engrossed. Studio time will be occupied as needed while the new space wraps itself around me.
So many skills needed in other than the creative one chosen!
Wish me luck with the photography!
Just had a message to say the guy coming to collect the warehouse steps is not coming because amber warning issued for people with vans. Relieved really as would hate to see someone at risk. Can’t be too much fun on the motorway in this wind. #stormciara