A lot, and I do mean a lot, of things changed for me in 2020, but I believe this holds true for many of us. For me, the largest change has been two-fold. First, my disabilities, more specifically the neurological manifestations of Sjogren’s Syndrome, an autoimmune disease, have become readily apparent. Secondly, I found myself at the creative crossroads of should I set aside my writing to focus on my art. The former, has developed into a gargantuan case of why bother, but the neuropathy that sometimes comes with Sjogren’s has progressed. All I can do is manage with the help of my doctors. As for the creative, um, er, crisis, and it truly did become a bit of a crisis for me, I decided to set aside the writing for the rest of 2020 and let the art happen, and my word did it ever happen. If you’ve looked around my website recently you’ve seen the word Shop appear in the menu. Yep, I’ll be opening a storefront come March, but that storefront will include signed copies of my novels because I am now writing again if only in a smallish way. Bits and pieces of that writing will begin appearing here later this month.
2020 Was the year I faced my illness, what might be, and then told all the negative voices from my past and current existence to piss off.
2020 wasn’t a year I discovered I was an artist, rather, I’ve been one all my life. 2020 was the year I faced my illness, what might be, and then told all the negative voices from my past and current existence to piss off. 2020 was the year I learned to give myself some much-needed love and stand my ground in new empowering ways. Enter the pint-sized art studio. It began in March as a table and chair in our unused dining area, but my wife wanted me closer so she could see my creative process, so we bought a desk and storage and moved me into the den. More storage and shelving in the guest room soon followed. The grand tally of my work in 2020 will be the topic of another post, but looking back I’m amazed, especially since I also wrote and published one novel, rereleased another, edited an anthology, and created the cover art and formatted all three (all in a day’s work for the pros, I know, but I have numerous issues to work around when I do most anything).
So what’s my studio look like now? Glamorous, it’s not. In fact, I mainly work from my recliner, so we’re going to look right, at my cart. It’s a cheap but highly effective one from Michaels that I can move when I drop things because I regularly drop things with my right hand (the neuropathy is worse there). And then there’s one of the studio mascots, Hans. Say hello, Hans. Sorry, he’s not amused. Beside my cart is a small three drawer file cart that holds stencils, mark makers, tapes, unopened paints. On top of that rests the topped for my cart that can create flat space in a pinch and one of my working baskets/pans that I use for projects. More on my basket/pans system in another post as well.
Yes, I use my art desk, but generally for shorter periods and mainly small Gelli printing sessions, book binding, and painting. Oh, and what you don’t see to the left of my cart is my computer stand, which rotates so I see my laptop from either my chair or my desk.
Short partial tour of a small, divided studio space that’s growing. We have plans in our house, bigger small studio plans, but more on that after I finish the entire tour. Next up: the cube, drawers, and chair. – Love and light, Jeanne