Monday, March 02, 2009


OK. I've been whining and complainting but most of you don't have a clue. Here's what has been my temporary set up for painting. My dining room. I'v managed to teach three students in here and put out an occasional painting while the chaos continues throughout the house. This doesn't look bad, and in truth, it isn't horrible, just close and difficult because I have to keep moving things back into the old studio to keep stuff out of the way while I search for materials for each project. Here's a pic of the living room with the dining room stuff stuffed into it.

It's difficult to control the light in the dining room because I'm surrounded by french doors and a couple of skylights. Here's the old studio. I spent 9 hrs yesterday putting a matting and framing table together. The project is in the foreground covered by a tarp. It's huge, but not as large as the photo makes it appear. Nearly everything is coated with plaster dust. I've put up and taken down tarps for five months. Forget it. I'll clean it all in a couple of weeks. It's hard enough to find things without me suffocating in a plastic baggie.

This next photo is of the chaos in the back of the old studio.
See what I mean?

OK. Here's a shot of my guest room which is housing all my paintings and still life objects so they don't get smooshed by the workers. I can't let my cats in here or they'll get lost. Seriously.

Last...but definitely not least of all, is a picture taken through the new french doors into the new studio. We finish mudding today and the wall texture goes on tomorrow. Then we paint. Add the wall switches and lighting and lastly, the floor. So in about three weeks, hurray! It will be done. I hope. Five months late, but done.

But then the real work for me begins. I'll have to get things organized, pictures hung, new furniture built and installed and all my supplies organized. Then I have to CLEAN MY HOUSE!!! So - all this to say, you won't be hearing much from me for a month or so while things get organized. I'll post whenever I can clear enough space to put something out, but I anticipate being pretty busy and burried here over the next few weeks as things draw to a final chaotic end. Wish me well and I promise to write.



Hi Sue,
Well if your going to make the change do it right,and that it is,looks great. good luck with the finish.

Joanne said...

Your new studio already looks fantastic! Well worth the wait, I think... looking forward to those new paintings you will produce in this amazing environment. :-)

Susan Martin Spar said...

Thanks to both of you! I agree it will be worth the wait. I'm still waiting!!! Not to sound ungrateful. Plaster dust makes me irritable. ;-) I'll post pics as the place gets done.

Art with Liz said...

Oh boy, now I can see what you had to put up with, but from the looks of things, it's all going to be worthwhile.