It may be obvious (or may not) that I haven’t been as active on here for a little while.
The desire to create art is not uncommon for me. I feel the urge at times, I get ideas, but then I look around my space-
It’s worth mentioning here that life has been interesting, to say the least, for the last couple of years now. I have moved far too often in that period of time, I have pared down belongings and regained them, only to pare down again and again (and again and again…).
My latest move, and I hope the last move for some extended period (A year, Maybe? Do you think that’s a short period? I would be lucky to feel that way), has brought me back to the city of Toronto. I went to school here for Psychology, living in Regent park alone for a bit in a basement apartment, and then with a boyfriend (in a basement apartment). Life happened, I moved away, and life happened again. And then I moved, and life continued happening and I ended up back in Toronto – in a basement apartment with a boyfriend.
You see, I’ve moved around so much, joined and separated partners, that most of my art supplies have been jostled about, broken, leaking, lost, given away to lighten the load, or simply left in boxes. A reliable studio space hasn’t been common in my living situations. So there’s never been a space for me to simply walk into and to have all my needed supplies awaiting me.
Ideally, I would have my ongoing projects all out and in their own space, a table for this and an easel for that, their needed supplies in arms reach. There would be ample light, a radio, maybe a few chairs, and no care for splattering the floors and walls and ceiling. It’s my own space to make any sort of mess I please in. Hasn’t happened yet.
As of right now, my art supplies are in boxes in my workbench, accessible, but only if I move everything else out of the way first. It is another apartment, a place I don’t own, so I can’t just make a mess of. I don’t live alone, so I have that to take into consideration as well. Sometimes, we just get too busy, too tired, too overwhelmed by the simple task of moving things around to draw a picture or work on a painting.
I have several projects “on the go”, but as of right now, they are stalled. This happens. It is my creative and living process. In some undetermined period of time, I will finish those projects (but hopefully in less time than the painting I started in high school and have yet to finish a baker’s dozen years later).
Speaking of baking- I haven’t been idle. I’ve spent a lot of time in the last five years learning to cook and bake. It is another creative process for me, and one I find consistent, consistent enough that I have decided to take the plunge. This September, I will be a full-time student again at George Brown College. I will be taking the Chef’s Training program, with the intention of starting my own food related business in the future.
So, for the time being, those unfinished projects will remain unfinished (unless some intense urge strikes one day and I manage to get to one), at least until school is on and I need to procrastinate from a project. But, seeing as how this is college and not university, I imagine I will be fairly exhausted from the day-to-day class and work schedule.
Don’t abandon me though! Art is in my blood, and while not a lot may be going up all at once here, they are all still swirling in my head and heart, and will be here eventually. Until then, I still have my Etsy and Society 6 shops running, and if you live in the Toronto area, you can always stop by to see what I’ve got stowed away in my bins.
It would actually help if you did stop by and lighten my load a bit!
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