Annually, I move my art studio temporarily for a month-long stay at our remote mountain cabin. And every year it is a challenge to figure out how to suddenly take my lovely spacious studio down to a car load. I don’t have a nice set of check lists, though I suppose that would be a good idea.
Have you ever tried to do this? It is all about choices. What do I take? What can I leave behind? Do I really NEED this or that?
Over the years I have built up my supplies and art stuff to the point where I have access to materials that satisfy most of my creative whims. I am grateful and I love it. However, this is not possible in a small room in our cabin.
Before I begin gathering up “stuff” – those lovely art materials – I try to ask myself some general questions, such as, “What is my opportunity to explore this year? Is there an area or subject I want to focus on?”
What Do I Pack for My Temporary Studio?
Usually I have a series that I am working on or a show to paint for, but this year the slate is clean, which is kind of scary and a topic for a later post. Hence, do I pack my studio to accommodate wherever my painting inspiration takes me or do I pack with limited materials?
Often, I have discovered, fewer options forces me to dive deeper into my creative sphere. I also remind myself that this self-imposed retreat, which I cherish, is only for a month.
Moving my art studio temporarily is still not easy. I look at all of my brushes and palettes knives and ponder which dozen or so go with me?
Then there are all of my paints, things I use to create textures, color charts, sketch book, tracing paper, photo reference materials, etc. The list can go on and on. Oh, and I cannot forget some of my favorite art books!
For fun, even if you do not transport your studio anywhere, try to decide what you might take and what you would leave behind. (BTW, this is different from painting on location where everything you bring is portable and you can carry on your back.)
For my art business materials and information, I have a laptop computer and a portable plastic box for hanging files, paper and general office supplies.
Then there are those special items you just cannot forget ….such as chocolate! It does facilitate the creative process. 😆
Do you think it would be easy or difficult for you temporarily move your art studio?
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