36" x 48"
When I clean and organize, I am the type of person that empties everything out of the room and then puts it all back in. This has been my "motto" during my art studio reorganization this week. Thus, my driveway has looked like a disaster for a few days. My rule of thumb is “nothing can go back in to the The Carriage House until it’s been completely sorted through”. I am afraid my trash man is going to have a heart attack when he shows up later this morning.
To be 100% truthful, the really big and heavy pieces were emptied and cleaned out inside the Carriage House. It’s not worth major back pain for a month just to move them outside and then right back in. The hardest part of this project? The scrubbing and cleaning! We scrubbed the baseboards, walls, cabinets and just about every surface in my studio. Moving all of the furniture, emptying out every cabinet and drawer and adding wheels (aka casters) to my desk and trash cans also took a lot of time.
This afternoon Elizabeth (my intern) gessoed about ten large canvases (which were abstract paintings that I prefer not to see again). She also put a thin coat of gesso to about 25 Ampersand boards that had a pencil drawing of a painting I use to think I wanted to create. (Obviously I no longer feel they need to be painted.) I think I saved about $300 by re-configuring these canvases.
I have also decided that anything that isn’t absolutely necessary for creating art will get moved up to the third floor of our house. That includes a lot of my finished paintings. Unfortunately it also includes a lot of trips up three flights of stairs ...
Here are photos of the "stuff" that was moved out of my studio. A lot of it didn't make it back in!
The good news is ... we are almost done! I am going to film a video of the "finished" Carriage House and I promise I will go through all of my re-organization ideas and tips. I am hoping to post the video here tomorrow!
If you haven't been to the Studio Summer Clean Up facebook page there are a lot of great studio photos and re-org tips! Check it out here.
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