Studio Plans

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I have been mentally planning the placement of a studio space and where to build it.

In the front yard or the back. If I build in the back I will need to move as much soil out of the existing vegetable garden as possible to the front lower yard. In the front, the light and the area is brighter, more open and flat which would be ideal for the garden, but the ground is on the hard side and tends to be rockier and I will have a lot of work to do to prepare another growing area. This area is also ideal building ground and good light for studio work.

The back area on the other hand is becoming more shaded each year due to the surrounding trees, not optimal for growing but still very good, but do I feel the light would be insufficient for the studio? Also would I feel more comfortable with a small building in the back of the house or plunked in the front yard, albeit off to the lower side.

Then there is the consideration of using the basement, a finished off, mostly unused space that has a futon couch, (when the kids come for a visit) heated, clean and possess straight walls, an asset the main upper house doesn’t (yay A-Frames! ), along with a tiled floor so no big worry about mess; whatever I throw at it can be wiped up- not that I’d throw stuff, but you know what I mean. Mess is integral to creation.

The big issue with this space is it is on the dark side, especially in winter months; it is partially below ground after all, but it has beautiful recessed lighting in the ceiling and extra lighting in the way of floor lamps will boost the brightness.  At first look the basement space feels non conducive to creativity, not “Studio” but rather “Grotto”.

Just in writing this out has it become obvious that  judicious practicality has to prevail here.

Since I haven’t done a serious lick of painting or even a drawing in god knows how many years (at least 28, since my last big graphites while living in Victoria) perhaps before investing too much in exterior building costs (on the island no less with it’s inherent added costly logistics, etc.) I am better off to see how I do with what I now have at my disposal.

The indicator to build a separate studio space needs to be when I fill up the basement with work and it begins to overrun into the upper house. Then I can feel ready and confident to warrant my own work space. To build before then could make me feel pressured to “produce” in some stupid arcane way, to “validate” the money and effort in it’s building.

Am I overthinking? Perhaps but I think that this is the approach I need to take. Let it open up organically, and hey I’m a Taurus, I’m supposed to be Practical!


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