Tips For A Happy Art Studio
I’ve been feeling restless the last week or so whilst recovering from surgery, partly because I’m banned from doing a lot of things I’d normally be doing, and admittedly I’m somewhat of a control freak at home. I’m itching to spring clean my home (even though it’s still the middle of winter): I feel like a good tidy and clear out will help set my mind up for a new year and new goals (no, not resolutions), but for now, no stretching, heavy lifting or strenuous activity, so I just have to wait.
So I’ve been thinking instead about what it means to spring clean your art space, and why we should do this regularly to keep our creative and mental health in check. I’m a hoarder of many pointless scraps of material, paper and magazines for ‘future projects’, but is this really productive? When you’re not feeling at your most productive, can spring cleaning your art space really help? Well, I believe it can.
It’s believed that spring cleaning originated with the Iranian Nowruz, the Persian new year. This falls on the first day of spring, and is the day many Iranians practice khooneh tekouni, where the house is thoroughly cleaned from top to bottom. That includes curtains, soft furnishings and many things that we tend to forget about.
We’ve all heard the saying that a tidy house is a tidy mind. I swear to myself every morning that the first thing I’ll do is get up and paint, but every day I end up putting away the dishes, doing the laundry or sweeping the floor before I get to the easel. I feel like once I’ve got my house under control, I can reward myself by painting. But chances are, I’ll have to re-arrange the studio before I start painting, too. Then before you know it, the day’s almost gone.
So, having a thorough spring clean of your art studio can increase your productivity in the long run, and it can save you loads of time looking for materials, or simply freeing up enough space to paint/sketch comfortably. You’ll also be able to see your supplies at a glance, avoiding that mad-dash-panic when you need to go to the art shop but aren’t even sure which colours you need.
So here are my top suggestions for how you can spring-clean your own little art space, whether you’ve got a massive studio or a little creative sanctuary.
1. Get Everything Out This might not seem like a great idea at first, but getting everything out in front of you is the only way for you to truly see what you have. Don’t be overwhelmed by the massive pile of mess: there’s a method to going through it which will make the job ten times easier.