I have a beautiful wooden desk in my art studio where I work on my computer, doing sketching and more. It’s too nice a piece to go with my paint splattered folding tables and Ikea bookshelves, but it didn’t fit in our New York apartment when we moved so I got to use it in my studio instead.
I wanted to protect the surface from scratches where I slide my computer in and out of the way, so I taped down a large piece of drawing paper in that area. I use it to write down short notes or unconsciously doodle/stamp/stencil on it. When one side gets full, I flip around the sheet and continue filling up the opposite side. I looked down today for a place to add another note and realized it was completely full…no empty space available. Obviously, it’s time for a new blotter sheet! Maybe I’ll save this one to use in some of my collage work. 🙂
I love being able to split my time between two homes, one in New York City and the other in Vail, Colorado. And while I love escaping to Colorado, especially during NYC’s hot and humid summers, I have found it a challenge to manage the supplies in two studios. I can never remember what items I have at which place and often end up without the supplies I need or accidentally buying multiples I don’t need (which is how I now own four staple guns). The easiest solution would be to just duplicate everything, but that’s a financial commitment I’m not willing to make as I can easily transport some of the more expensive specialty tools back and forth in my suitcase.
However, the one item I won’t transport is paint. It’s heavy, you can’t always bring it in your carry on and it likes to explode in my suitcase at higher Colorado altitudes. It was time to get organized!
I started by painting these acrylic paint color charts. They let me see which colors I have in stock and figure out which colors I need. For example, for the soft body (fluid) acrylics, I can see that I’m missing a cool yellow, a blue/violet and a dark warm brown (to mix with the blue/violet to make an awesome rich black). So I’ll ordered bottles of hamsa yellow opaque, ultramarine blue and burnt umber. I might even splurge for a fluorescent pink I’ve been yearning to try.
If you split your time between locations, how do you manage tracking your belongings? I’m always looking for good ideas.
If you’re in NYC this weekend, stop by my studio and say “hi”! LIC Arts Open is this Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5 pm. Over 200 artists in Long Island City are opening their studios to the public and I’m one of them. It’s just one subway stop out of Manhattan in Queens. Take the E, F or M train to the Court Square station, then it’s only a three block walk! Drop by my studio at Reis Studios (43-01 22nd St., LIC) . I’m giving away free candy…okay it’s not much of a bribe but it’s better than nothing!