Creative Itch

I’ve got an itch I need to scratch. Well, several actually.

I have all of these ideas floating around in my head I feel as though about to explode.  Ideas for furniture painting, artwork, business stuff, things I want to learn to do, like “Verre Eglomise”…as well as projects for my house…there isn’t enough hours in the day. I feel like I’m paralyzed by idea overload. Especially when the day is 105′ and it takes all of my efforts just to get one foot in front of the other. Anyone else have this problem? Its just a matter of carving out time to do it while honoring my commitments with clients. Easier said than done! I wish I had an army of elves to jump on my ideas and get them made. Actually it’d be nice to have an army of elves to do a lot of things…laundry, cleaning, bills…but I digress.

I’ve been thinking a lot about working on my own artwork and I think I finally have an organized direction. A friend of mine…Lori Wilson…was here recently and we had a long chat, er, discussion about life.  I don’t think I’ve had a conversation like that in years.  While staying at my house for the Proceed workshop we put together, she noticed some paintings that I had done a long time ago. She asked who had done them and when I said me, she was surprised.  They’re a different style than what I do now (if I have a style at all at this point.)  Earlier we were talking about doing your own art. She has recently completed a body of work and had a successful showing earlier this year. I had mentioned doing something with my dad’s radios, an idea that Paula Henry had helped me brainstorm but I really hadn’t found a direction.  I had talked about liking American subject matter like old cars, neon signs, architecture, etc and she had said that the paintings reminded her of Edward Hopper.  I was pretty happy about that because that was who I was into when I painted them.  Then she made the connection for me between the radios and those paintings.  It was like the proverbial light bulb went off in my head! Thanks Lori!  There’s a lot more floating around in my head than cars and radios that I’m still fleshing out so you’ll have to stay tuned.  I’m thinking that I would love to have a body of work by 4th of July next year to show at a gallery.

I’ve also thought about hiring.  Not sure if I should hire outright or subcontract.  I’ve lost work because of how far out work is booked. I’ve talked with a lot of people about that and there are differing opinions and I can’t decide what is best for me and what I feel comfortable letting go of.  What is my time best spent on? Would clients be upset if I had and assistant do some of the set up and preliminary stages for me?

I also want to find a real studio.  Perhaps one without snakes or mice or the parents upstairs. (I work on murals in my parents basement. Its my second “studio.” The wildlife is in mine.) But everything is way too expensive or doesn’t have any personality or in a not so nice area if it is reasonably priced.  If I had my druthers I would build a garage.  Or I would rent a place on main street in Ellicott City.  My dream would be to have a really cool warehouse that has a store front with a showroom where passers by could drop in and clients could come and meet.  The back would have a loading dock for easy loading and drop off, and one long uninterrupted wall with 20′ ceilings for mural work. Ok, I’d settle for 12′.  Oh and lots of natural light.  And I could leave my messes without anyone complaining about it. Anyone have a place like that within 5 miles of my house for lets say $500 a month!? Didn’t think so.

But a girl can dream!

4 Replies to “Creative Itch”

  1. I loved this post. I’m glad you qualified where the wildlife is! I know you will accomplish everything you set out to do but in the meantime it’s a gift to have you working here.

  2. Dee….I hope you find the perfect studio!!!! Have you looked at Oella? Not quite Main Street Ellicott City, but close. I’m so happy for you. It’s so amazing to see your work. I always knew you were incredibly talented 🙂

    1. Thanks Amie! I’ve looked everywhere. I really want to stay close to home, Oella would be awesome, but its slim pickin’s and what is available is crazy expensive. Too bad that mill got turned into posh apartments. Whats up with that place on the other side of the river in Sykesville? When Mike and I lived there I always thought it would be a cool place to refurbish and turn into an artist colony of sorts.
      Glad your shop is going strong, wishing you all the best!! XOXO

  3. I would love to work for you! It is going to be a while before I go back to work full time though since I have two young kids. I love to paint, but I HATE handling the business side of things; to have a boss would be a dream 🙂

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