I have a studio, with 2 art tables and easels. I have 2 art tables set up on the patio. And still, many, many times I paint on the kitchen counter.
It doesn’t really make sense.
Especially to the someone who has gone above and beyond to assemble said studio, those tables and the gear for this ‘persnickety’ artist.
What is it, about the kitchen counter?
What does it have, that the other places…. don’t?
I’ve never paused to contemplate this until now.
Til the post of yesterday, “How much do you paint?”
This post, it made me think, it caused me to question things. How? Why? Where? When?
All great questions, insightful, if we dig our way to the bottom of them.
Where, do I paint?
It does have a little bit to do with Light and yes with space too; but more than those, its about: Feeling.
When I’m in the art studio, I am in isolation.
I’m cut off from the other rooms, from whats going on elsewhere.
I’m not part of the rest of the house.
And that sensation fosters a tightening up.
When I’m in the kitchen space, I’m perfectly at ease.
All rooms connect. I feel Free and in the zone.
I paint when no one is home, so there is a feeling of aloneness, but not, loneliness.
That is a huge difference to me as I create.
The kitchen area, its not a big space.
Nor is it infused with an abundance of natural light.
Its not the best lit room of the house.
But it comes down to how I feel, when I’m creating in that space vs when I’m in the other spaces.
I will always paint better, create better, when I am comfortable.
I do love to paint and create out on the lawn; sitting near the rose garden.
I feel free and loose and at home there.
There is no sense of being cut off or isolated.
I’m part of the whole.
Thus, painting is easy there.
I guess, the bottom line is that we just need to paint, create in the space – wherever it may be that makes us the most comfortable.
How many of you, paint at the kitchen table or counter?