Paul Cezanne's studio (mouse-over the links for more)
The artist's refuge, domain, island of creativity, sacred space - whatever you want to call it. The space we claim to create something. Is a studio necessary to create art? These days space is at a premium. There are many other demands on space too especially in a family. Before you know it that spare room is being rented out for a recession-cash-injection.
Let's calm down for a moment and consider why a studio space is important. Firstly claiming a space to create your art is a declaration of intent. You are telling others that you are serious about being an artist. Plus you are talking to your other "self"- the one that tries to sabotage your dreams. This is a challenge that must be met with bold action. Stake your claim!
A studio can be a room, a corner in a room or the garden shed. It does not matter just so long as it is yours and nobody can pack it up behind your back. this is critical to your sense of self and your creative spirit.
I recently posed this question on my Facebook page and one artist said his space was a table in the bathroom! Brilliant - the most peaceful room in the house and evidence of a committed artist.
My first space was the bedroom corner. Imagine having paint splatters on the bedroom wall and the smell of paint in your bedroom. Yes my wife is a star! I could work at a moment's notice and that is what carried me through a few years of juggling regular work and a fledgling art career. If I had to pack and unpack materials every few days then I would have become irritated and procrastination would have been a problem.
All that you need is an easel and a small side cupboard on wheels next to it. Everything else is nice but unnecessary in a cramped space. Think plein air kit but indoors. Focus on the art and you will achieve success.
So my challenge to you, if you are holding off painting for want of space, is this - take the plunge and claim you space to paint. Anywhere, but make it a reality. A nice little project for the weekend? Send me a picture if you can.
Need some inspiration? Have a look at these great studio ideas.
Malcolm Dewey: Artist. Country: South Africa