Its that time of year again…… Open Studios. What does that mean? Among other things it means I have to clean my cluttered studio. The hardest part is deciding when to stop painting and start cleaning. I often wonder about other artists’ habits in this regard. Some people by virtue of their temperment and personality are very organized and tidy. I do keep a pretty clean home overall and things are for the most part in their place but somehow I do tend to just want to get down to business when I get into my work space while I try to keep it simple – I can see that I could use some downsizing in the area of useless stored materials. I have promised myself to “get on that” and “deal with the pile” that is taking over valuable real estate that could otherwise be used for secondary painting space. It could be time to hire an organizer because it just seems to not happen and now my guests will have to gingerly navigate through the junk. Its really not that bad. I’d just rather paint up to the last minute!
Open Studios is always lovely because the studio is tidied and presented and paintings are available for exhibition and sale throughout my home and studio space. I have an “Off the Wall” sale where collectors can negotiate on purchase pastels unframed right off the studio wall complete with a discounted coupon for framing at Eureka Art and Frame. There is usually a nice flow of visitors throughout the weekend and my family chips in and hosts our guests and gives tours and offers refreshments. Living in an arts friendly area is rewarding and always amazes me. I’ve gotten to know some pretty cool folks over the years in my own home!
If you are in or near Eureka this weekend please do come by Open Studios. I will be open from 11-5 Saturday and Sunday at 2286 Ralphs Ct., Eureka. Guidebooks will be available in the paper and around town. Posted above is a recent local landscape from a day in Loleta. Winters in Humboldt have their own beauty. As I was painting, the song “Blue on Blue” kept going through my mind, thus the title. I guess its an old song but if you’re a boomer it’ll come to you.Learn More