Carving out Some Studio Space, by Wendy DeRaud

"The studio is less important than other things, like the burning desire to paint. If you don't have this disease, you can't catch it from a nice studio." Warren Criswell

Finally, that burning desire hit, and Mark wanted to start painting again.


This time, it was going to be in the garage. He was desperate enough now, and decided it was time to clear out all the clutter.


Six years ago before moving here, we had all been traumatized by having to move out of the house where we lived for 18 years. We also had to move out of my Dad's house, move my aunt out of her house, and move into our new house, all in the same year. We accumulated a lot of stuff that we weren’t able to sort through, so it just sat.


He was brutal and just got rid of most of it. That decision helped him to be able to sort through everything he wanted to keep, and put it in its proper place.





A messy room can mean a messy mind.

Clutter can be an irritant and a deterrent to creativity.


A few years back we had read, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, by Marie Kondo, and started the process of finding what gives us joy.


I am already feeling the joy returning. I know that having a clean and tidy studio in which to paint again is certain to bring it on.