So Tommy and I decided to downsize from a 2200 square foot house to an 800 sq ft apartment. After two months of downsizing our furniture and stuff (hello craigslist and goodwill) -we actually did it! It's nice to have everything at our finger tips and less to 'take care of' as far as having a big house goes. We love our new apartment! It's cozy, quiet, faster to find my phone when I loose it, and it's super bright being on the second floor. While I originally thought we could share an office, that was just not gonna happen once I took the measurements. Our desks took up the whole room! SO, I've rented out a small room right downtown for my studio space. And I love it! I'm getting used to the driving to work thing and packing a lunch. But- getting out and having a dedicated space for work outside the house is allowing me to get more done in a concentrated way. No more doing laundry and getting side tracked with house stuff. No more yelling up the stairs to Tommy every five minutes and distracting him too. Although I miss seeing Tommy whenever I please, it's good motivation to get things done while I'm at the studio.
At first I was was kinda bummed to give up my big home studio, but leaving for work daily may just keep me a bit more sane and able to relate to others easier rather that burrowing at the house for days at a time and forgetting how to socialize. Knowing that I can still burrow when needed AND come to the new studio most days, just feels good. I'm looking forward to meeting other artists in the building and having my home be my relaxing and rejuvenating sanctuary and my work be my work sanctuary. Time will tell which one prevails over the other, but for now I am enjoying both of my new spaces.
Here's some pics of the new studio:
Basically half the room is my desk and the other half is for painting.
Studio doggie included. That's Wasabi under the desk. He's our newly adopted doggie. Love hims.
A painting in progress that I started at the house.
All my 'stuff' fits and there's a nice big closet next to the door.
This is kinda a dark picture, but you get the idea.
Plenty of paints!
I just love this old radiator! It is so beautiful and gets SUPER hot!
Oh and did I mention I'm right over a Starbucks and an Indian shop. So I smell coffee all day and incense in the afternoons!
Pics of the new apartment to come...