Corfu was great, fantastic sunny weather, great hotel and good food. I went on a trip to a local vineyard, bought excellent wine and visited a ecological bee-farm, learned a thing or two about bees and the proces of honeymaking.
Now I am back for just over a month and I almost bought a pavilion in a nearby community Garden.
The reason? Well, for the last four years I am using my bedroom as my studio. The small space did not stop me from painting and creating. It was a whole routine: dusting before painting, putting plastic on the floor for spraying the varnish after painting and cleaning up afterwards for multiple times and after all that finding the right spot and light for taking pictures.
But, after four years, the space feels crammed. It has become a storage place for my finished work, the new canvasses and materials. Not to forget there is also my bed, wardrobe and my other personsal belongings.
After thinking through several solutions, from creating space by buying a lot of furniture in the bedroom to buy a gazebo, none was or felt as the ideal working space.
So I decided to sign myself up for a temporary studio via SKAR. This is a initiative which offers permanent and temporary housing for professional artists in affordable and suitebale workspaces.
After signing up and sending in my portfolio, last week I recived the good news from them that I have been placed on the waiting list. Hooray!
Now I only have to be patience. Life has proved to me that everything happens at the right time.
In the spirit of making space, creating order in the chaos and simpely to close a chapter so I can begin a new one, I sorted out my paintings.
The canvasses took up so much space I decided to get rid of some of them, ten in total. first I stripped them from the frame and then after a good look I threw them in the bin.
I do not regret it. They where just representing different moments in the last four years in which I learned so much; about painting, the technical and the creating part, about the hard work and how as a artist you can stand in your own way of expressing yourself.
These moments, I did expres myself and that made be aware that, without painting or creating my thoughts I feel misrable, limited and disconnected from the world and myself.
So, with that in mind I made “collage”, took a snapshot and said farewell.
Time for new moments.