Stone Coal Studio

Stone Coal Studio

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

July Heat; Summer Clean Up

Like most of the country it has been a very hot July.  It is simply too hot and humid outside.  So to "beat the heat" I have been cleaning up the studio in between painting sessions.

This is not a major re-do or re-design.  I simply need to clean up the space and clear out the accumulated clutter.  When things get busy it is too easy to "dump and go"as seen in the photo.  Although the cat did not seem to mind, it was beginning to interfere with my painting.

The shelves were stuffed with too many half-finished and even abandoned paintings.  I sorted through them and saved the ones that are studies for future paintings.  Others were returned to the re-do box for a fresh coat of gesso.   Those paintings on paper were cut down to standard sizes.   A stash of collage papers were also cut to size and attached to canvas boards. The result is plenty of room for works in progress and for a supply of small ready-to-paint surfaces. 

The top shelf has paintings in the beginning stages.  On the bottom shelf just past the magazine/envelope are 8 x 10 inch, 5 x 7 inch and 6 x 6 inch painting surfaces which are followed by plein air studies.  Yes the table is still quite messy but that the organization above will keep me on schedule for fall shows and commitments.    

The heat is supposed to back off next week but until then I will be staying in the studio working on both small and larger sizes paintings.  

Thanks for stopping by my blog.  Stay cool!

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