Reorganizing the Carriage House
Sometime unexpected things happen that cause you to "reorganize" your studio. I had a flood this week and after frantically moving everything out of harms way, today was the day to put it all back together again. We flew home from Salt Lake City early this morning and I spent the entire day organizing and cleaning and throwing stuff away. It sure is a great feeling to be done. Well, almost ...
My studio was in need of an overhaul and there were quite a few things that needed to be "relocated" to our attic upstairs. So I made some plans and went at it! No need to hit the treadmill today.
One thing I have wanted for quite some time in my studio is a cozy chair and ottoman. I have wanted a spot to relax and enjoy creative thinking, brainstorming and reading. I have hesitated to put a chair in my studio because I teach a lot of workshops and a lot of space is taken up with easels and other teaching accessories. But I came up with a hanging solution for the easels and now I have lots more floor space! If anybody in Southern California has a slipcovered chair and ottoman, please let me know!
I also went through all of my drawers and reorganized and "thinned" a few things. Old paintings and items not needed in the last year are now gone. Thank heavens.
I replaced a few light bulbs and added some new extension chords (ruined by the rain water) and switched all of my computers around. The desktop (which was in my studio) is now in my office and one of my laptops is in the studio to take it's place. The printer is hooked up and working (the wireless never worked) and the the old tubes of paint have been properly been disposed of. I even have lights for all of my easels!
The other big project I have been working on is setting up a VPN (virtual private network) so that all my computers can communicate and share documents. I also uploaded over 50,000 photos to icloud and the new Apple Photos program. Soon all of my computers will be able to access my photos via the cloud. The reason why I say "soon" is because it has taken a week to upload 25,000 photos. I only have 25,000 more to go. (But I did fee up 250 gigs of storage on my laptop which now works a lot faster.)
I still have a few more things to tackle but I have to get back to painting or else I will have nothing to post for the 30 in 30. And yes, the photo up top is from the first day I moved in to the Carriage House five years ago. It was too dark to take a photo tonight.
I would love to hear about any of your studio makeovers!
1/11/2016 06:37:07 am
I recently reorganized my studio space as well when my husband installed a new floor. What an amazingly freeing experience! Feels like the cobwebs have been banished from my head and allowed room for so much more creativity. I now want to live in my studio!
1/12/2016 08:45:13 am
Me too! I am still looking for the comfy chair although I need more space already!
1/13/2016 07:33:27 am
Isn't it funny that a clean and organized studio can result in more productivity and better paintings? Love it!
1/12/2016 06:07:28 am
I just started following your blog Leslie - your work is really lovely! I really need to get on my photos, too. Does is make you nervous to have everything on the cloud? I still do external hard drives. But, love that you can access everything from any computer/device. Enjoy your "new" space!
1/12/2016 08:44:09 am
I have my photos in four places. On the cloud, on a my desktop hard drive, on an external hard drive and on a back up drive. So I am not nervous. I think this should be enough! Haha.
1/12/2016 01:50:46 pm
I have a tiny studio (1 car garage) that my husband built in for me. The challenge is that in addition to painting, I have 2 other stations: jewelry (including a silver-smithing station) and a sculpting station. Since he has built most of it in, we have optimized the floor space. I have cubbies for all the beads/stones/metals for jewelry. A warming box for clay and we used PVC pipe to set up a display for all the artificial flowers. Bookcases line We just replaced the old TV, so he also installed the TV on a wall connected to my computer so that I can use it as a monitor for anything photo that I want to use as references.
1/13/2016 07:35:21 am
Is sounds like you have done a great job managing your needs for multiple mediums! Glad you have such a nice helper/builder. #jealous
1/12/2016 01:57:29 pm
Leslie, You are going to LOVE having the chair and ottoman! That was a must for me in my studio. I have a love seat very inexpensive from World Market and an ottoman. I work on my lap top there, read art books, brainstorm new paintings etc.! It's great to have a cozy space in the audio so you don't always have to be at a desk or easel.
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