Laura’s new studio, organization & rediscoveries…

studio desk

Hello Sweet T & good friends,

Thank you for sharing the postcard swap with everyone! I am really enthusiastic about participating in it and hope some of our readers will join in. To answer your question, YES I do remember swinging on those swings at Goddard! Those are fond memories for sure. The picture you posted of your family swinging made me smile. They took down the swings in our nearby park so I haven’t been on one in a few years~boo hoo! Someday I will have one hanging from a tree in my yard. I have ALWAYS wanted one!

As you know I have been busy moving my studio. The picture above is probably the cleanest my desk has been in a while. Although for the most part I am pretty organized I do tend to have miscellaneous piles I just don’t know what to do with. Needing a “pep” talk  to keep me diligent in aligning myself with my goals for the year I am revisiting a favorite book,    Clear your Clutter with Feng Shui by Karen Kingston (more on feng shui and how I have been using it in my studio in an upcoming guest post). It is just a small, little book but perfect for reminding me to let things go that no longer serve me. When you let go of things you make room for new things to come into your life. This includes books, clothes, art supplies, and other miscellaneous clutter. Books have been a hard one for me. I think I suffer from the “just in case” mentality, which is something I have  really been working on in both my home and studio since the beginning of the year.

studio bookshelf 2

*I have two bookshelves that house my teaching ideas, magazines, little treasures and my most favorite books. I hung some of my new and early paintings in one of my studio nooks. It was fun to see how my work has changed over the years.

studio bookshelves

In reorganizing I realized had been holding onto books from grad school as well as TOO many books I was saving for altered book making. I will keep a few and release the rest. Karen Kingston states in her book,

“Good things cannot easily come into your life if you block the flow of energy by persistently clinging to outdated clutter. Relax your hold a little and see what happens.”

I am ready for “good things” to come my way. I feel gratified in what I have accomplished so far but want to take the time and go through  everything in my studio, even if it takes me awhile. 

lotus flowers with ink.wmAs I moved things I came across supplies I hadn’t used very much. Some I will give away and some I will revisit, experiment and have fun with. Ink was one of the materials I was drawn to and decided to try some contour line drawings with an eyedropper. I found it difficult to get a “perfect” line but was really drawn to this imperfection. My lines were fluid and a little messy. I had to give up any control I though I had in these pieces and “let go”. I am not sure where they are going but I really dig them right now. It was a good reminder to always allow time for play. Still more to do in the studio before “the big reveal” but I will keep you updated.

Keeping things “just in case” indicates a lack of trust in the future.

~Karen Kingston

Is there an area of your life where you feel stuck or a room that doesn’t make you smile? I would love to know. Maybe try experimenting with letting go of any clutter you have in this area. How does it feel? I for one feel a little lighter today.

Sending cheery smiles & love your way…Laura

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7 thoughts on “Laura’s new studio, organization & rediscoveries…

  1. You have inspired me to completely rethink my studio space. This is a project for December when my teaching for the semester is complete, but I am starting to draw up some plans. Glad you found some materials while cleaning that have inspired you!

  2. I have that book too! I like to pull it out and read it occasionlly to get inspiration to clear my space! I have a hard time letting go of books and art supplies!

  3. Glad to hear you are remaining ‘diligent’ with your feng shui and your love of the ‘new’ space, always keep things movin’.

  4. Hi Robin,
    That is so cool that you grew up so close to me! I looked at your website and love your artwork. We share a love of color for sure and your artist statement really hit home to me. Thanks for stopping by. I will be sure to follow you and see all the goodness you have been up to. Also, I really loved all of your videos! I have been itching to learn how to do this myself. Hope to stay in touch!

  5. Carla,
    That is a good book, isn’t it? I find I need that inspiration! Feels good to let things go, doesn’t it?

    & Sue, THANK YOU again for all your feng shui help!
    Happy day to you both!

  6. Ahhhh, such a beautiful and perfect space. So many lovely, quiet touches. I like that you put up an “old” work. It’s such a great reminder of our journeys with art. Enjoy!
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