No one will ever accuse me of being a neat freak. Messiness seems to run in the family. Here’s a photo of my studio.
Somehow, the disorganization hasn’t kept me from efficiently doing art…in fact, I think it helps. I’ve seen studios where the colored pencils are meticulously kept in color coordinated containers. I think it would be very inefficient to have to stop one’s creative train of thought, to think of finding the exact spot where the pencil goes.
I keep the pencils out that I need. There are not too many, I use a a limited palette in order to create a cohesive color scheme.
Just in general, I think creativity is a messy process. I know some people plan carefully the work they’re going to do. The work before the planning has got to be messy, and experimental, or else you’re going to end up with a pretty unimaginative work of art.
Even during the times one is not working, one’s creative mind is not turned off. Creative thoughts intrude on the most organized thought process. I often see ideas for pictures during my off time from artwork. It’s not compartmentalized. Sometimes I use the ideas, sometimes not, but they’re always there.
So, welcome to my studio. I have a friend who also has a messy place and says, “You came to visit me,not inspect my housekeeping”. So there you go, I hope you come to see my artwork.