Well, it’s the end of the semester, which means that I have to say goodbye to not only great and helpful advice from teachers and other fellow artists, but alas, I must say goodbye to my wonderful studio. Truly, no other cubicle compares to you, dearest. No studio will ever compare to you, no matter how movable their walls may be.
But honestly, leaving a relatively large studio is a really difficult thing. Because that means that I have to transfer everything I had in that space to a much smaller space, AKA a tiny corner in my bedroom. This tiny corner is probably a fifth of the larger studio’s size.
Somehow, though, I’ll make it work. But not just because I want to make it work. I HAVE to make it work. One of the most important things about being an artist is to always have a studio space up and running so that you can always have access to it and be able to work. Never make it so you have to unpack and repack things every time you want to paint, because thinking about all that preparation makes you kind of change your mind about how much you really want to paint. It kind of reminds me of a Mitch Hedberg joke:
“I sit at my hotel at night, I think of something that’s funny, then I go get a pen and I write it down. Or if the pen’s too far away, I have to convince myself that what I thought of ain’t funny.”
Same goes with painting too. If you feel like painting, but know that you have to set up all your supplies, you’re gonna end up convincing yourself that it’s not worth painting anymore. So even if your entire studio is going to be crammed on a tiny desk in a dark corner of your already miniscule room, set it up as best as you can.