cleaning the studio...

...and other adventures in art

Welcome to my new blog!

Why “cleaning the studio…?” Well, first of all, because it has to be done. Sometimes.

And it’s better than cleaning my house!

When I’m ‘stuck’, feeling uncertain about what I’m working on, I clean my studio. Cleaning gives me time to think, ponder, cogitate. I find things I’ve lost…tubes of paint, a forgotten canvas. “I wondered where that was!”

Sometimes I unearth projects I started and never finished, and am surprised to see that they still hold interest for me. I see new value  in long-neglected pieces, or see that the painting that I was so sure I finished yesterday isn’t finished at all.

When in doubt…clean. Is my studio clean? Not particularly. But I’ve found my way again.

Barbara Downs studio