In March I started a year-long Master Studio Series with Lisa Call. I haven’t written about it, because it’s something I’m doing for myself and my art. My partner Mike isn’t even aware I’m involved in it. (You can see he doesn’t read my blog). There are a lot of moving parts to the program revolving around building a healthy art practice. For example, each week participants make commitments to three things for which they would like accountability and each month we set monthly goals. At the end of the week and the month, we post our successes and key takeaways from our experiences on a private Facebook page. Another example: participants have private, monthly one-on-one coaching calls with Lisa and a group call during which we review the results of a monthly challenge which Lisa sets.
In April, our challenge concerned sketchbooks. I can’t say I failed, but I did explain I don’t use one and never have felt compelled to do so. I know the sketchbook craze has become very popular over the past number of years, with the sketchbook becoming a form of art unto itself, but I feel the same way about sketchbooks as journals. I’m a writer who has never kept a journal. Right after I completed London City and Guilds in 1998, I spent six months writing the three pages recommended in The Artist’s Way. I was disciplined, never missing a day, during that time, but I stopped because I didn’t find it was helping me in any way. Everything doesn’t work for each of us.
Our monthly challenge for June was to purge and organize our studio. A painter named Mark has moved from a messy garage to a spare room with good lighting. I should mention this course is not limited to fiber artists. We have members who do mixed media, painting, weaving, and surface design. For me, this challenge could not have come at a better time. I’m readying my home to put it on the market in a quest for something smaller with a low-maintenance yard. I’m so over weeding and pruning a double city lot. I start on one side of the property, make my way around to the other, then have to start all over, just like housework. So here are my before and after photos. Things are not perfect, but I don’t want to make any changes to my studio since the big plan is to move. That’s of course, if I find a buyer–then if I find a house I want to buy. “The domino effect.”
Ta dah! Now for the after.
Are you inspired? I can’t express how good it feels to look at my work space. I’m planning to start something new this weekend. I’m on vacation the first two months of July, so whatever our challenge is for next month, I’ll have to get on it when I return.
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