Seriously, that is the question. We had numerous roof leaks when we first moved in. You may remember my posts about it. Hubby got on the roof and did a sizable repair and all seemed well. This new batch of fall rains has really tested our patience, in the months following his repair a roof solar array has been added. It is awaiting inspection before being activated. We watched carefully as they installed it expecting the worst but they were so careful with all of it. One of the rainstorms resulted in two small leaks, unfortunately, in the same places as before. Hubby went on the roof once more and the last big storm found us snug and dry, thank goodness! Especially since we are preparing for the Open Studio Tours this coming weekend. I do hope you will try and make time to visit our dry studio and gallery.
Trump!! Now that I have your attention, let me tell you about my artwork. Seriously, sometimes it is difficult to focus. Children, husbands and pets demand a large amount of your attention and today, it seems like there is a new world crisis every day.
My answer; I binge watch my favorite shows on Netflix while I work. I set up my work with the screen behind it, so I can watch both at the same time. This only works when I am beading my latest skull project. Easel work requires both hands and full concentration, if I want gecko colors on the geckos and not all over the studio and in my hair.
Bill's answer is music, preferably loud. He is mostly careful when I am home, but sometimes when I run errands, I can hear Disturbed from the driveway when I come back to the studio. That's okay; he is the cheapest labor I have ever hired, and he can do just about everything.
Remember the Open studio tours this weekend Saturday and Sunday. October 27 and 28. Check out all the open studios at the link below. I will be open at 1302 N Alvernon Way, Tucson, 85712
The fall Open Studio Tour is coming up and one of the things people ask is why do you have your studio and why open it up?
I came back to Tucson (we were here in the 80's) after my husband retired. We had been in San Pedro, CA. There is a large art community there. Our live/work space was wonderful, I could get up and walk a few steps to my artwork any time. The problem there was getting people into the studio to see the art. I did festivals and pop up galleries in vacant spaces. For a short while we ran and antique store and showed my art there. I was sad to leave it behind but we wanted to be near kids and grand kids.
I was amazed at the thriving art community here in Tucson and all of the artists I have seen and heard about. I have shown work at festivals in Saddlebrook and Green Valley and at a Galleria Senita during the Loteria art show. We were so lucky when we changed locations to find the space we are in now at 1302 N Alvernon Way. I live in my art gallery and it is wonderful.
I can work on my art and show it in the same space.
I hope you find time to enjoy the Open Studio Tour there are many amazing artists out there.
Open Studio Tours for the South of River Road artists will be the 27th and 28th of October. I am so excited. It will give me a chance to reach out to a wider audience and meet new people and of course to have more people see my art. The motto of the tour is not subtle "See ART, Buy ART" but in truth it is what every studio wants to happen. I have been looking at the very long list of studios on this tour and some of the artists are just so amazing. You cannot go wrong there is definitely something for everyone.
I am working on a few new pieces and at least one of them should be ready. I will have the others in my studio portion of the gallery so you can see the progress and ask about the process it you want.
The Northern part of the tour is the following weekend Nov. 3rd and 4th.
I hope you have time to stop by on Saturday or Sunday as the tour is the whole weekend.
Below is a picture of the antelope skull and some bark and leaves for a mixed media piece.
Looking forward to seeing you.
As an artist working alone in my studio, often I need to refresh. I look up from my work and engage with the world. Artists are always looking to be refreshed and encouraged.
One way to do this comes to me in a weekly email. It is called Painter's Keys. This is a series of articles, that were published as letters by the artist Robert Glenn. His son has collected these in a book and they 're being republished by email, weekly. The letters themselves are about artists, places and sometimes answers to artists with questions. The letters are well written and very encouraging and informative. They is always an afterword with quotes from various sources that are applicable to the letter.
While the letters do not always apply to what I am doing at that specific moment; they are a welcome addition to my day as thoughtful pauses.
I highly recommend these to anyone who is creative. http://painterskeys.com