Having decided to make myself a dedicated workspace, then there was no stopping me, I have been trying things out and with the help of fellow crafter at the centre, I have finally found the right spot.
I wanted to be by the window for the light and I am hopefully going to start getting Fin, my constant companion at the studio, use to not being behind bars and able to move around the studio a bit more freely. He is very good and hasn't run off for a long time even though he could leap over his bars very easily. I will be putting his bed under the desk and the bars really are just to contain the bed from moving all over the studio.
I will be moving all the pictures round and I am tying to get hold of a proper studio easel, which is proving a bit frustrating, but I guess there is no real hurry now.
I also visited another set of local studios to get some ideas and to confirm that I have been daft keeping so much space for the visitors and not enough for me. I had a lovely long chat with Karen Edwards at the Walled Garden studios at Wrington. If you get a chance you should check out her work it is amazing.
and realised that my studio should always have been more about me than the visitors, I am just glad I realised it before I gave it up. Why is everything in hindsight so clear!
I also have been having a student session cull. I have been letting people know I will be shutting down some sessions at the end of July and rearranging how I structure the rest of the time, most people are taking it well and I am sorry to do it, as I know it wont suit everyone but I am also relieved as I can start to get some painting time back. Of course I have my main stay of students who seem to support me through anything and for that I am very grateful, I am such a lucky girl :-)
I am very settled again, although I think its in my nature to want to constantly change things, probably why I never stuck at real jobs for any length of time :-)
Catch you all later, hopefully with lots of new work