Saturday, January 21, 2006

Art Studio Before Cleaning

Fellow blogger Elise suggested in her blog to search Google Images for 'artist studio'. I had just taken some pre-cleaning photos of my messy corner of the garage workshop (I can't justify calling it a 'studio'). So - I decided it was worth a laugh to post those photos here. Sorry - I don't have any after shots - and since it's a bit messed up at the moment with my current projects, I don't anticipate taking any pics of the newly reorganized, though slightly-now-messy, space.

This is the trim I was working so hard to refinish and paint. Boxes of tools and stuff got piled on my workbench - totally preventing any artwork going on there!

The good thing about the garage is the previous owner put in a bunch of built-in cupboards. They are just plywood, and in need of a paint face-lift. Maybe this summer. Actually, we want to tear out some of these cabinets, and put in some nifty quilted stainless-steel cabinets, and a rugged stain-resistant, kind-to-your-feet rubber tile floor.


Blogger Elise Tomlinson said...

It looks like a studio to me! It's great that you have so much room. I don't have a garage though I would love it if I could have a similar set up.

Let me know if you ever post an image of your newly organized space. I really do love this kind of candid working artist photo.

9:21 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

LOL Elise! Well - there's only lots of room because our two vehicles were parked outside. I squeeze in between the front of my Subaru wagon. Actually - it's not really a squeeze, cuz there's a big post between me and the car - the one I hang my saws and aprons and bench brushes on!
I promise to post a later photo, after my current mess is cleaned up.

Yeah - I love to peer into the mind/soul/spaces of other people. Blogs are a good way to do that. So is looking at photos of studios, or going to open-studio tours, or looking at people's bookshelves when you're visiting their homes!

9:29 PM  
Anonymous greg said...

Hi Jackie - I've seen you "around" but didnt realize you were a fellow seattlite transplant! I had to write because I mentioned to elise I'd post some pics on my new blog of my garage-studio, and had to laugh because I also have that dang trim sitting in similar fashion in my space! :D
Other coincidences I noticed are you must be a month older than me (your bday in Sept?), and I have some paralegal friends downtown. I was considering getting a certificate this summer, until I decided to go for Game Animation instead at the UW.

Anywho, a hearty well met, and wish you great success with your art ... and baseboard trim! :)

9:29 AM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Greg: yeah - I just noticed when reading some of your comments on Elise's blog that you were in Seattle too. Glad to 'meet' you! That's pretty funny about the trim in the garage. We have a whole big pile of it atop the lower cabinets that is 'my project' from 3 years ago, when we first bought our place. We only put the trim back in 2 rooms upstairs, and the big family room downstairs so far. Ugh.

Paralegal work can be interesting - and a whole lotta boring along with it! I've done this work for about 16 years now. Before my current 5-year stint at a public agency, I had always worked in private law firms. I must say, I'm making better money now than I did before, and don't have to worry about billable hours. We are a Union shop, so we have good benefits and guaranteed pay steps.
Anyhow - doing the graphic art sounds like more fun! Hey - I show my work (occaisionally) at the Art/Not Terminal Gallery - stop by and check it out sometime. It's a fun place - full of all kinds of interesting characters.

See you around!

12:29 PM  
Blogger Jackie said...

Oops - Greg - sorry - you are not in graphic design - it's game animation! SOunds like a dream come true for 2 of my nephews!

9:30 AM  
Anonymous greg said...

Interesting characters indeed! - Kringen! :D
Last time I was there a few yrs ago, an artist who I was working on a production set with, had a show - I can't think of his name ... but he painted these huge lifesize figures in various bizarre interactive poses on plywood, and cut out holes for their faces. You could put your face in the hole and become an old man being led on leash on all fours by a domiantrix! cool stuff maynard!

I think game animation is graphic arts too ... certianly not graphic design *shudder*

Well you and Elise inspired me to clean up my studio, so I'll take some pics and post em by 2morrow ... baseboard trim & all *L*
... a friend with a nailgun is a friend indeed! (Plus I need to get some crown moulding too!) :)

9:58 AM  

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