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Monday, October 19, 2015

Your Studio is Wherever You Paint (or Write)

The artist Robert Burridge always seems to inspire me in some way. I look forward to his "Bob Blast" each week.
Artists in a Magic Studio (GAMi) ©Mary Montague Sikes
Yesterday I watched his short video and found him urging artists to "own" their studios no matter where they might be located. He pointed out that some might be a small section of a room, others could be on the kitchen table. One woman in assisted living claims a portion of her bed as her studio, he said.

"Wherever you paint is your studio." That's the Burridge message.

"Wherever you write is also your studio." That's my thought.

Burridge says he always writes down his goals before he starts a painting project. Then he chooses the brushes and the paint colors he intends to use, and, because he is right-handed, he puts them to the right of his paper or canvas.

I like the idea of writing down the goals for an art project. It's a little like making a synopsis for a book or  writing down the ideas for your day's project as an author.

Organizing your writing space before you begin the day is a great idea. I don't, but it would solve a lot of problems for me if I did. Although I am right-handed, I have items I use to the right and left of my computer space and also behind me.

Robert Burridge calls his painting space his "Magic Studio". What he creates from nothing is like magic. What writers develop from nothing is magic as well.

He has three important rules he follows in his life as an artist:

1. Paint what you know.
2. Teach what you've learned.
3. Love what you do.

The same rules can apply for a writer. Perhaps that's why memoirs have become so popular. Write what you know. In the end, if you love what you do, you are on the road to happiness.

7 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I guess that means I have a Magic Desk for my writing!

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Of course, Alex!

Birgit said...

I love that quote because I believe one has to love what they do or they couldn't create. As long as people are inspired, they can create wherever they feel comfortable and feel their creative juices flowing

Birgit said...

I love that quote because I believe one has to love what they do or they couldn't create. As long as people are inspired, they can create wherever they feel comfortable and feel their creative juices flowing

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Monti - great concept - we do create our own space and we need to remember that, and thus create from it. Cheers Hilary

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hi Mary! How are you?

I agree... I never seem to get THE space where I can create and shut the door until the next time. I've worked in all types of dos Ed throughout my life, and it's true ... Your studio can be anywhere or anything... Even in the park.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Birgit, you are so right. You must love what you do to create! Thank you.

Hilary, yes, you are so right. Thanks.

Michael, so good to have you drop by. Even in the park--what a perfect place to paint, or to write! Thank you for visiting.