Creative Minds Are Rarely Tidy

March 10, 2009

The Un-Tidy Truth About My Studio!

The Un-Tidy Truth About My Studio!

I have a poster that says this above my work table.  I love it, because there is nothing tidy about the way I work…or play.  I am the painter who loves to do abstracts with pallette knives so I can smear paint around.  I am the beader whose table is strewn with beads and treasures of all sorts.  I am the student whose desk is piled high with books, binders, bills and laptop all mixed together.  I am the mom who has saved every scrap and photo of my children’s lives…in boxes, but not in books (this is a goal before I die). 

I love the magazine “Studios,” a special issue of Cloth Paper Scissors magazine (clothpaperscissors.com) by Interweave Press.  I love to look through them over and over and covet other artists workspaces.  I love the organization!  Look at all the stacked bins and trays and cubbies.  Look at how it makes a statement about the artist…mine just says I’m a creative slob!

I want to be more organized – I really do.  I just don’t create that way.  Maybe instead of trying to change myself, I should embrace my slobbish ways and glory in the creative process, messy though it may be.  I should just celebrate that I can make beautiful things out of all that chaos!

So, in an effort to celebrate this epiphany with you, I am showing you a photo of my work area.  This is like standing naked on Main Street, let me tell you.  But I am going to risk it because I am trying to accept myself more for who I am.  And who I am is an artist.  And my mind is rarely tidy!

My Worktable Looking Tidier Than Usual

My Worktable Looking Tidier Than Usual

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4 Responses to “Creative Minds Are Rarely Tidy”

  1. kathy Says:

    Hi Diane, For some reason I’m not seeing the photo…I totally get the un-tidy room and mind…you should see mine…perhaps I should post a photo too! It’s really bad right now..just got back from teaching and I just throw everything in there to keep it from clunking up the rest of the house…gotta keep the husband person sorta happy.


  2. I got the photos up now – I accidentally published the post before I took the photos, and I didn’t know how to un-publish it. So here it is in all it’s non-tidy glory! I would love to see others who have real looking studios. Share, please! Wouldn’t it be fun to post them regularly here, so we can all enjoy each others?!


  3. […] at Sweet Annie’s jewelry who put pictures of her workspace on her blog.  She wrote a post called Creative Minds are Rarely Tidy.  (Amen to that, btw.) I am trying to help her feel […]


  4. […] at Sweet Annie’s jewelry who put pictures of her workspace on her blog.  She wrote a post called Creative Minds are Rarely Tidy.  (Amen to that, btw.) I am trying to help her feel […]


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