I had no plans for yesterday, but I was feeling an urgency to be productive.  Next Friday is the end of my Summer 4-day work week.  My Fridays have been full of appointments and errands and being out of town so I felt compelled to spend the day at home doing something that I not only enjoyed but would make me feel like I accomplished something.  I decided to start a watercolor.

I walked into my studio with a feeling of excitement.  I haven’t painted or done any artwork  for way too long.  Over the past few years when that creative urge would hit me, there was always something pressing to take care of and I’d been stifled over and over and over again.  Part of me was terrified that the urge would disappear altogether after having squelched it for so long.

It became evident in the first five minutes that I was going to spend a great deal of time looking for paint, paper and brushes AND a clear spot on my desk.  There was really nothing that I could accomplish without first doing some organizing and clearing away.

So I spent the entire day yesterday, not painting, but working toward being able to.  But my, oh my, that was an experience.  I can’t say it was hard work.  Confusing maybe, and a little overwhelming at a couple points… but I enjoyed it.  After all, my studio is where I’m comfortable and surrounded by things that I love and which inspire me.  I found things that I’d lost long ago and/or forgotten that I even had.  I could write an entire post on that stuff alone.

I really should have taken some before pictures because you can’t really appreciate how hard I worked getting to the after part. As it is, the pictures look like a page out of Where’s Waldo? I would never believe that I could have accumulated so much stuff.  Some of it I need (supplies) but some of it I need (for inspiration, reference, etc.)

My Version of Where's Waldo?

You’re probly wondering what the heck it must have looked like before I spent hours filing away papers and labeling containers, right?  Well, let me tell you… it was a bit crazy in there.

By the time I stopped last night (and no, I’m not finished) it was ridiculous to even think of starting a project.  I have a bit more work to do in there, but at least I know that the next time the urge hits me, I can walk in, grab what I need and start painting.  And that’s a very good feeling.

Can You Say "Clutter?"

Do you have a place in your house where you keep all your stuff?  A place where you can relax and dream and be yourself and play?  We all need one.  And we need to go there often and not neglect it.  I’m vowing to spend more time there, maybe even go up right now.

9 responses to “SEARCHING FOR WALDO

  1. I did a post on this subject back in 2007… some things never change… : (

  2. It looks really nice Linda…very well organized. 🙂

    I have a place to go and get away from it all and it’s my computer/extra bedroom for when the grandkids come over. It’s located off of my bedroom and can shut the doors and be still.
    We all need a place to hide out like that.

    Thanks for coming to visit me and wishing you a very pleasant weekend. 🙂

  3. I wish I had a place like that. Closest thing I have is the bathroom!

  4. Marian, thank you. It’s kind of an exercise in organized chaos, but I guess that’s the nature of the beast… I’ve often heard people refer to artists (starving or otherwise) as a little left of the dial if you get my drift.
    Would love to read a blog post about your refuge place ; )
    I’m sorry I don’t get to your blog very often, I’ve mostly lurked over the years. I’ll come more often.
    Amigo, you of all people I know, need a hide-away. Maybe a tree house is a possibility? PD practically lives in the garage.

  5. WOW. Too bad you didn’t take a before, because this is amazing! Good job!

  6. Glad you did this for yourself. In the end, even if you didn’t get to paint yet, the important thing is that it was your time spent in your space.

    Just make sure you show us the next painting.

  7. JuJu, Thanks. I found a letter that you wrote to Santa and filed it in my very exclusive Special Stuff box : )

    Mark, yeah. When I finally do accomplish that it will be momentous and I definitely will share!

  8. wow, i am jealous. really this is fantastic. so glad you did this for yourself. i think we talked about it a million years ago 🙂 can’t wait to see your work, but no pressure.

    i do not have a space like that really, i’ve made a spot in the garage where all my crap is but to have an actual space is (agreeably) something we all need.


  9. You know, I’ve been trying to get back in there ever since. Life is working against me 😦 I did, however, manage to find the time to make a card for someone and that made me happy.
    The world is your space, sweetheart!

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