wendellmyersart

Wendell Myers Fine Art

Category: No More Excuses

Ok, so that plan had mixed results.

My painting studio mirrored painting wall

Mixed results:  I did manage to get ALL of the finished paintings OUT of my studio. Which means they will be out of my way for CREATING!  However, I was not able to hang as many as I would have liked.  My family has a very contemporary aesthetic, and didn’t like the way my paintings were beginning to “clutter” the nice, white walls (!).  I have to admit, things were beginning to look a little cluttered.  Think “art fair” vs. gallery.  So, now I have 63 finished paintings hung around the house, and another 55 stored in various places…In my studio now, are ONLY:  10 paintings in progress, and 15 prepared canvases, as well as all my “stuff.”  Paints, brushes, worktables, palettes, etc.  Of course, since my studio doubles as the family’s exercise room, I have to share it with a Nordic Trac ski machine and a large (foldable, thankfully) treadmill, but I do manage to work around those issues.

 

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No Storage Space

After painting seriously for more than two years, I am encountering a common problem.  I am being crowded out of my studio by finished paintings! 

Painting studio

You can see by the photo above that my studio is getting cluttered with stuff, and this photo was taken several weeks ago, so it’s even worse now!!  Every time I try to work, I find myself relocating stacks of finished paintings before I can actually DO anything. Then I invariably find that something I need is hidden behind one of the relocated stacks, and I move it again!  This scenario is repeated multiple times during each work session.  This has become a major disincentive to getting into the studio!!  NO MORE!!  I have spent a lot of time this weekend hanging finished paintings around the house.  I want this to accomplish two things: 1) Get the clutter out of my studio so I can work.  2) Make it easier to show the occasional interested visitor my work (this is actually a good potential source of sales–so it should be as easy as possible).  I am starting to hear complaints that I now have too many paintings up around the house, so I will move my hanging efforts down to the level of the kids’ rooms, family and exercise room.