Tuesday, November 1, 2011


I did it.  I survived Blogtoberfest and managed to post every single day.  It was fun, and it got easier as I went along, but I’ve gotta say I’m glad it’s over.  I was getting a little crazy and stressed last week and don’t ever want to feel like art and blogging is a chore.

In light of this, I’m signing up for NoGoPoNo.
Not Going to Post every day in November.
I might make myself a badge.

But now that I've given myself permission NOT to post,  all I want to do is post. So I thought I’d show you how I spent my day.  Work was cancelled for the second day in a row due to lack of power, so to keep myself from devouring all of my son’s Halloween candy, I decided to clean the studio.

 Here’s the really scary corner before I started cleaning:

(not visible under all the other piles of stuff: large pile of drift wood and beach stones that have been on the floor since our August vacation)

Here's what it looks like now: 

Okay, maybe it doesn't look that different to YOU, but it's downright amazing to me!  The biggest thing I did was pack up all the old children’s books and professional books I’ve accumulated over the past 20+ years.  I’m such a ridiculously sentimental person that I can’t bear to part with them, but I no longer need them taking up prime studio real estate.  They are now neatly boxed and stored in the attic.  The step ladder is back in the garage, everything's off the floor, and some of the art supplies that were overflowing from the other shelves have been moved to this side of the room.

I failed to take "before" pictures of the closet, but trust me, I took my life in my hands every time I opened it.  Much better now.
 I even made FILES.  (files!!!)
 This shelf still looks like chaos, but it's a HUGE improvement.
And my work table is still in it's perpetual state of disarray, but that's not a battle worth fighting.
I'm feeling very accomplished.  Everything's more accessible and there's a lot more room to move. There’s even room to fold down the lumpy futon into it’s rock-hard bed formation, which is a darn good thing since we’re having an actual GUEST Friday night.  Imagine that.  I might have to start accepting reservations.  

And then, since it’s sort of like Sunday night (and we’re all reluctant to go back to school/work tomorrow) we had our traditional end-of-the-weekend family movie night.  We watched Rio and ate quesadillas in front of the TV and I doodled in the sketchbook to keep myself awake.


  1. What is rio? I hate cleaning my space up - but i find so much good stuff that I forgot that I had- so that part is okay,
    Hate houseguests... Have fun with that :)

  2. I love the NoGoPoNo!! I'll probably be ready for something like that after this month.

    Wow....when you clean up the studio you really do it big time! It looks great, and compared to what mine looks like right now I have to say I'm embarrassed!

    Great doodle, too.

  3. great job! now you've inspired me to clean up my space :)

  4. I love a clean studio and actually find great pleasure in organizing it every once in awhile. I like working in the hubbub of a slightly messy room, but big messes just make me want to run away. I like your idea of not posting every day, but I just committed to AEDM (art every day month) so I'll be busy creating AND posting...Dec will be my rest. :) Thanks for sharing.

  5. I love cleaning my studio because I find good, stuff and I get inspired. I know what you mean about not blogging everyday in november. But every tme I say it, I feel to the need to blog. Great pics of the studio

  6. Blogging is hard enought the once or twice a week I manage now...I don't know how you did it?! But, I wouldn't have laughed so hard in my life either...thank you very much :D

    Your studio looks great! Feels good doesn't it...when it's all done....makes you wan to go and play...and subsequently dirty it up again *sigh*
    Fun while it lasts, though!

  7. We finally have power back, hope you do too. Fantstic organization, I need to do the same at home now that I can see! xox Corrine

  8. I like the sketch, liked the quesadilla, didn't like the movie.