Tidying Up Your Painting Studio
To tidy up or not to tidy up the studio, that is the question!
Be inspired by Japanese houses or the house of chaos of sculptor Thierry Ehrmann?
Everything is allowed to express your creativity, but today I share with you a principle that makes me feel comfortable to work more serenely on my paintings and creations: “Tidy up your studio”, a text that will inspire you… or not!
The Artist’s Studio
The artist’s studio is a dream for many people who like to work with their hands.
Having a studio for an artist is like building a hut or den when we were younger. “I would like a studio for ….” A sentence that makes one dream.
By creating a studio or a creative corner in a room at home, the artists seek to live differently and as they wish. They escape the worries and responsibilities of everyday life. They find the freedom and serenity necessary for their creative process and express themselves. They hide their wildest secrets, and above all installs their equipment there without the risk of disturbing the rest of the house.
Contrary to what artists are used to thinking or seeing on social networks, it is not necessary to have a huge studio with a view of the sea to be a fulfilled artist. The perfect studio is one that allows the artist to express themselves.
Don’t rely on the amount of square metres in the photograph, but rather on the quality of the installation. The smaller the studio, the more disciplined and organised you need to be. Tidying up controls space and time, tidying up is a victory over chaos!
Tidy up to better order your thoughts
As the Japanese say, order is a daily treasure. By de-cluttering your workshop, you reduce the causes of dirt, clutter, discomfort, confusion, forgetfulness and leave more room for self-esteem. If an object has no use, there is no need to keep it.
The tidy artist seeks permanent solutions to organise his environment in order to save time and space. The disordered artist feels the need to assert himself, seeks an outlet or simply prefers to put things off.
Why tidy up your creative space?
- Establish a place for everything
- Facilitate automatisms and gestures in the placement and access of materials
- Save time in the search for paints and brushes while allowing us to appreciate our creative space.
- Prefer square/rectangular boxes that can be stacked or combined more easily
- Select transparent boxes to better see the inside
- Organize paints, pencils and pens by colour “Colour Bar”
- Organize materials by function and size. Put small pots in front of large ones, light ones on top of heavy ones
- Keep track of stock and locations through periodic inventories
- Sort out and throw away unusable materials or dry paint to clear the clutter
- Pick up ideas and tips on Pinterest to optimize space or find solutions
Favourites for easy storage
- Art Bin box
- Thick plastic storage box (example in blue)
GOOD TO KNOW : These products are currently available at GreatArt Online or in the art supply shop in London Shoreditch..
Content provided by Amylee Paris
The passion of Amylee, fine artist and author is to share her paintings between galleries, art collectors and her community. Amylee is also recognized as one of the most influential French artist-entrepreneurs. Since 2009 she has mentored thousands of visual artists guiding them to thriving their art career.