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Frantic Paces & Studio Spaces

by mize , March 31, 2009—12:00 AM

Topics: Exhibitions, Family, Studio Spaces, painting, teaching art

The past couple months have been frantic and exciting. It has been a dizzying blur of activity both personal and professional that has often threatened to cause my brain to atrophy into something that closely resembles a raisin. It is the kind of busy that makes you feel as if you need to consciously prevent your eyes from crossing. It should be noted though, that I__™m not complaining. It__™s been an enjoyable frenzy, one that has encouraged and challenged me creatively. However, it also should be noted that I__™m eagerly looking forward to things slowing down a bit in the near future.

I continue to prepare for my first real public exhibition, a fact that gives me a big thrill. It is honestly a small potatoes event, I__™ll be the featured artist in a tiny museum gift shop, but as far as I__™m concerned, it__™s space in a gallery with my work being highlighted and I couldn__™t be more excited. My time in the studio is very limited and I__™m racing the clock to finish a canvas depicting the story of Jochebed, the mother of Moses. (You can catch a glimpse of it in the photo). I__™m also hoping to complete a block print of my painting The Fiery Furnance I__™ll be sure and post images of both on my blog when completed.

My teaching schedule this year has also been more demanding than any year prior, and while I have sincerely enjoyed the challenge of its rigorous pace, I__™m anxiously anticipating the summer months and recharging my educational battery. I__™ve decided to return to teaching summer classes through the local university after a five year hiatus and should, hopefully, uncover new material for future blogs.

I__™ve not written a teaching kids art blog in a little over a month simply because I__™ve not been able to afford the time to sit down and do it. In all honesty, this blog is as much an effort to simply keep myself on the Artid radar as it is an excuse to share this picture of my daughter working in my studio. I enjoyed Mike Barr__™s blog The Artist's Studio earlier this month and having been thinking it would be fun to try and start encouraging people to write some blogs sharing pictures of their own studio spaces.

My studio was initially designed as a greenhouse on the back of my mother__™s home. I__™m actually living in the house I grew up in and enjoy the rare privilege to raising a second generation in the same house. The entire south wall is windows; however, the only time I actually seem to work out there is at night, so it__™s irrelevant. The space measures about 9__™ x 17__™ and as you can see has been crammed full of all the random materials and supplies that my pack-rat mentality insists that I keep because, ___you never know.___ As an art teacher I seem to be a jack-of-all-trades and a master-of-none so as a result I have a lot of odds and ends I can__™t seem to relinquish.

I am completely spoiled by having my own room which is specifically for art making. It certainly has an impact on my attitude and approach to my work. The very act of opening the door and walking inside gets my creative juices flowing and I__™m immediately ready turn up the radio and get to work. Equally addictive is the ability to walk away and leave a mess if I__™m too tired to clean up. I__™ve positioned my easel right in front of the sliding glass door entrance so I can easily step backwards into my living room and perform impromptu 10 foot test I work. This picture was taken during spring break when my daughter was ___arting___ with me out in the studio.

I__™ve always thought it was interesting to get to see the spaces in which artists work. There seems to be an innate sense of personality in those spaces and often times an interesting contrast between those spaces and the work that__™s created within them. So I__™d encourage other artists to follow suit and post a picture of your workspace with a description of how you interact and work in that sacred creative environment.




  Rebecca Wise Girson ( homepage )

03/31/2009 * 18:55:11

Hi Michael,

Good luck on your upcoming exhibition. I'm sure you'll be great. I really like the vibrancy of your work and the underlying messages, though how you attribute specific verses to some, I'm not sure:).

Thanks for posting a pic of your studio. I think I'll do the same sometime. I just joined ArtID this weekend and have a lot of ideas about things I'd like to write about, my studio being one of them.

BTW- as an art teacher, you are what I dreamed of being when I was a little kid. Somehow I was sucked into corporate life and it didn't happen. But from the outside looking in, you have one of the coolest jobs in the world.

Great to meet you!

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