Nothing ever remains the same in my life. It is always in a state of fluidity..which is an oxymoron if I ever heard one. Anyway, I am making a few changes in the workshop while working on several projects at the same time. Fluidity! Remember that!
I decided some weeks ago to possibly rent out my house next year…or at least a room…so I could have someone here in the house while I made some other arrangements in my life. I will maintain my studio and am in the process of converting it into a temporary apartment for me when I come to check on the house or do maintenance, or just to make some art in the studio when I get tired of rambling around.
The back corner has become my painting corner so I guess I’ll just leave it that way, but am moving my large wooden desk from my house, into the corner to serve as my paint table, instead of the fold-up table I now use. This gets the big desk out of the house and turns it into a useful addition to my studio. The computer, printer and scanner that was on the desk will just have to find a new home…like me.
One of my current projects is moving along, albeit at a snail’s pace…a very slow moving snail I might add. That project is the 4 color serigraph (silkscreen) print that I am re-doing from 40 years ago; “The Flaming Ford”. Before I made it a small 9×12 size print and only made a few. But this time I am using all new materials and equipment as I delve back into the silkscreen printing process. The new version is about 10 x 14 inches on Rives BFK paper with a nice wide white margin. I have the screens made and am currently mixing the four colors. I will soon be printing the first color on 20 pieces of paper for the edition of 20 prints this time. I have some older paper that I will cut down and do a couple of proofs on that before I start the edition on the new paper.
This studio workshop is taking forever to get finished! Right now it is a chaotic mess inside with tools strewn all over the place and projects, both art and workspace related, half completed and laying around everywhere.
One problem is my time is split between here and traveling to Georgia to visit my little wife who is working up there and has her own apartment. She wants me to spend all my time there, but I really need to be here doing things here! Oy veh! What a predicament!
I finally got my drain sewer pump and line installed so my drains work; shower, washout sink, vanity, toilet, and I completed installation of the small water heater and got all my pex lines connected and crimped inside. I just need to crawl under the house and tie in to the main water line. Hopefully there will be no leaks! I also got my tiles laid on the bathroom floor. I just need to grout to complete the floor, then I can install the vanity and toilet. Once I ensure there are no water leaks, I can finish the sheetrock work and move on to to the rest of the workshop walls and shelving. It seems like a never ending job.
My fourth bird painting still rests on the easel where it needs to be painted soon. I have gessoed canvasses leaning everywhere; large and small!
Colder weather is coming and it would be nice if I could get my heating and cooling system installed and working, but that is a ways down the road. I will probably have to rely on my trusty kerosene space heater again this winter. The main issue in this area is the interminable hot summers. I’m just glad for some cooler air, even if it did have to go through two hurricanes to get here.
Well, that’s it for now. If you are reading this, I promise to have some more art work done real soon! Don’t give up on me!
I got this table from an art supply store in Atlanta back in 1986. Binders is the name of the store. I worked at their picture framing production location in Buckhead at the time and this table was damaged merchandise that I got at a very good price. Since 1986 I have done many, many drawings and small paintings on this very table. Every time I moved to a new living arrangement I would dismantle this table and set it up again as the second piece of furniture…right after the bed, if I had a bed. Once or twice I ended up with just a fold out mattress or futon on the floor. Those were the days!
Once I lived in a large warehouse in the Castleberry district of Atlanta, on Peters Street. While I was there one of our other roommates was hospitalized and died of AIDS. The landlords, a couple, lived there as well in the far end and had a very sweet bulldog named “Big Head”. He really did have a big head, and scared off all the homeless and vagrants that ended up in our parking lot. I had the windows of my vehicle busted out twice while there. And this table was the primary focus of my existence when not at work. I recall doing two major drawings on that table during my time at Peters Street.
I have taken down this table and re-assembled it a lot of times! Each time I hoped would be the last time. Luckily it isn’t hard to take apart and set-up. Just awkward to do by myself, but I find as I do it each time, it brings memories flooding back of times and places where I had it set up to draw on.
The studio portion of my building is almost done inside. I just need to put up all the finished walls over the studs and build in shelves, etc. Of course the bathroom in the front corner is nowhere near complete, but the bathroom is not really necessary for me to work on most things. Moving this drawing table and my file cabinet out to the shop from the house are some the final furnishings I have to install there.
I think this will be the last time I have to set up this drawing table.