Fellow blogger, and animation artist, Eddie Fitzgerald has recently posted on his inspirational “Uncle Eddie’s Theory Corner”, an article about artists work spaces, (link provided here: http://uncleeddiestheorycorner.blogspot.com/), which I liked very much and responded to. He offered an invitation for me to show my space if I cared to, so here it goes.
As I mentioned my wife hates clutter because her mother was a messy artist, and she had to clean the house around her moms work area, which also spilled over into their living space. Well, my mother was a messy artist as well, and we lived in what she called 'creative clutter', which I loved!
Wanting to keep a happy wife and an inspirational environment, we have managed a pretty good compromise. I can’t show you our entire house, which is an eclectic mix of styles and cultures, but I can show my work spaces and touch on a little of how I work and what inspires me.
My office is pretty digitally oriented for computer animation and this over-view picture kind of shows the contained chaos. I have my messy bookshelf, walls of pictures, musical instruments and my sculptures and toys. Some of the details are an unfinished portrait of my daughter begun by my late mother, which hangs above my desk, and a picture of my brother in period clothing that mom did, on another wall. I also have paintings my mother-in-law did, and our mothers’ works are hung through out our house.
Downstairs I have a man cave with all my toys put in a wet bar, and movie posters on the walls. This leads to my other work desk reserved for messy things like sculpture, or painting. We have a cement floor in this part as it is also the laundry room, so I can drops brushes or cast plaster molds if I want.
There it is. I’m very thankful for what I have. Hope you all have a great Thanksgiving!
|Daughter by my mother|
|Brother in period costume by my mother|
|Wind chime (hung inside)|
|Another wall hanging|
|Shelve in office, (note the Vinton box for floppy disks!)|
|Rug hung on wall|
|Book case with sculptures I've done|
|Wet bar with collectable toys (sorry about the glare)|
|Basement desk for messy work, (portrait of grand-kids on easel started for Christmas, don't tell!)|