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State-of-the-Art Studio Mess

September 2, 2009

Here are some progress pictures of the big painting project that’s happening in the studio right now.

Studio with Dog

View of the studio with drying panels being guarded by studio dog.


More panels drying on the small high table

Panels on Low Table

Panels drying on the low table made from a set of bifold doors on paint cans

Paint Skins & Textures

Paint skins with texture

Paint Skins

More paint skins – these pieces came from a larger sheet. I got too impatient and tried to remove them from the freezer paper too soon, so they tore apart. If I had waited, I could have had a huge single paint skin.

Paint Skin Strips

Paint skin remnants, strips that were cut away from the edges after adhering them to panels

Big Mess

The half of my work table where I allow myself to make a mess

What I really want is to have a big studio cleanup after each painting project and put things in their rightful places. In the past, I’ve just left everything out. But eventually that leads to very non-creative chaos, anxiety, and general stress.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. September 2, 2009 4:05 pm

    Truely inspiring how quickly after moving in you are completely engaged in your painting. I like the skin idea and will try it out sometime in the future. I am not even moving but it is hard to get into new directions in my work. viva the experiments.

    • September 2, 2009 8:35 pm

      Diane, you would not believe how truly experimental every single piece is. Sometimes it’s a struggle, and when that happens I just have to make a big mess and keep going!

  2. September 2, 2009 4:50 pm

    Love the glimpse into your space, it’s good to see you settled in and creating already! The skin remnant strips make a pretty interesting composition the way you have them! I’ve got some skins waiting on me in the studio, I’m thinking this weekend I’ll have time to play with them.

  3. Sherrill Pearson permalink
    September 2, 2009 6:54 pm

    Oh boy, oh boy, Martha, these look like they are going to be gorgeous!

    I have noticed that you are using wood panels – do these need to be gessoed?

    I just don’t get how you can have so many balls in the air and still keep your sanity!


    • September 2, 2009 8:38 pm

      They are masonite panels, (or fiberboard or hardboard.) They might need to be gessoed depending on your end goal. I do gesso them. You can buy them already gessoed too.

      Well, as long as the balls in the air involve art, I’m a happy person!

  4. Sherrill Pearson permalink
    September 2, 2009 7:00 pm

    Hi Martha,

    Me again…in your first photo I see a painting on the wall of three dogs. I believe I recognize them as your dogs. Did you paint that picture Martha? I just love it. Mind you, I had to blow it up to 400% to try and get a good look and the clarity is quite off.


  5. September 2, 2009 11:55 pm

    I love it when you get into full flow and U think I detect more earthy colors in your work,surrounded by trees you cannot fail to be influneced by them…Hug a tree!

    • September 3, 2009 4:50 am

      How interesting you should say that, Chris. At my Florida house I had one huge oak tree in the front yard — one we had planted when we moved in when it was about 4″ in diameter. But other trees were just ornamental and not indigenous to the area.

      Here we have several big trees in the front and back yards, and I’ve been talking to them and getting to know them. Across the little street are 2 big vacant lots with more big trees. One of those two lots is woods. And of course these give rise to beautiful songs from all the birds.

  6. September 3, 2009 3:17 pm

    You’re all settled in and full into projects already!

    I usually do a quick organization in my studio before I start each painting session. One day a month a do a full straightening and cleaning up. Otherwise I waste time looking for tools, brushes or other items. – When in full art making mode I can lose my glasses on top of my head!

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