Back in May I began renting studio space at the local art guild. I've written before about the office I set up in my apartment, and for a time it suited my needs. Eventually I grew to need a bigger space where I could paint with abandon and not have to worry about getting paint on the floor/walls/ceiling. (As I am fairly certain my landlords would not be particularly pleased by that.)
As it so happened, I had come to the guild to hear the poet laureate, Kelly Cherry, speak about her experiences and to read some of her new works, when I found out that spaces were available for rent. Needless to say I jumped at the chance!
|A little sparsely decorated at the moment. That will soon change. The easel is located beside where I was standing to take the picture.|
The biggest difference for me has been that now I am conciously putting in the time and effort to drive out here and work. When you're paying for something, you tend to invest more in whatever it is. At least that's how I'm wired to believe. :) So while it is a fifteen minute drive from my apartment the benefits far out way the costs. Not to mention the fact that painting keeps me sane. ;)
One of the things I love most about renting from a guild is that sometimes people stop by while I'm working and will poke their heads in. Their first reaction is always, "Wow! I love it! It's all so colorful!" For those of you who know me, this will not come as much of a surprise. I mean, this is me we're talking about...the woman who wears neon colored chucks or turquoise cowboy boots to work. Still, I suppose newer acquaintances just have to take some time and get used to it. ;)
Here are a few close up shots of some of my finished pieces:
There you have it! My own little corner of color and whimsy. Hope you enjoyed the tour. :)