As many of you know the last few months have been a challenging, albeit overwhelming time for me. A lot of what made life difficult is not important but what I can say is that I am finally moved into my new house, the Jeep (Wilma) is broke down, and I have some pretty awesome accommodations at the new place.
First off, I have an attic studio which is rustic, not too hospitable, but a bit of a man-cave where I can write at a proper desk, smoke a cigar when I want to, have a drink, work on some artwork, or simply enjoy music or watch TV. In fact I am writing this very post on an old writing desk I planned to give away years ago, while sipping a beer, and listening/watching the movie, Skyfall (James Bond, 2012). A few well placed antique lamps, chairs, tables and an easel make the space quite comfortable for me. The fact I am out of the house, yet only a 20 second walk away, makes the attic studio a nice getaway where I can be as loud as I want to be or enjoy the peace and quiet. Did I mention my neighbors? I live by a cemetery on one side, state park on one side, and everyone else is at least a tenth of a mile away separated by trees and more trees.
Inside the main house, I have a proper studio and office with a few easels and a drawing table. I find the space perfect for working a sight-size style still life, working from photos, and simply drawing while still having the convenience of running to the kitchen for the perfect snack or taking a break to watch whatever binge-worthy show is on TV.
The Jeep breaking down really hampered my plans this fall. I wanted (and still have plans) to become much more productive painting en plein air using the pochade box setup but I guess it is what it is. With the 7 acres of woods I am sitting on, there are still many opportunities to paint outside. The fact that I am only a mile and a half from thousands of acres of state park land, I am sure I can find something to do.
I could ramble on about what I am up to and I could share countless stories of the past few months. Just know, I am doing short videos (I’m planning a YouTube Channel for the videos), I am busy making art, and I am busier than ever. I still do the occasional photoshoot, and I even do a few commercial photo assignments from time to time but I am prodigious at standing at the easel these days. The peace and closeness to the woods have inspired me beyond comparison and I am happy that we moved away from town.
The only downside is that I seem to always be working and I don’t have as much free time to spend with friends. Yes, I cancel my artistic plans often and find myself less than productive when a friend calls but I say, “no” more than I want to when someone asks me to hang out. In fact, I got a text from a great friend today when I was painting. It’s just too expensive to scrape up the oil paint and stop every time I get a chance to hang out. I know, I know, we all need decompression time with people we care about but I also must make art. The anxiety I get when I think of not making enough art before I die can be wicked crazy at times.
This blog post is more of a ramble than I cared to write but I needed to share. I want you all to know I am working and I am happy. I’ve learned that my personal well-being is directly tied to having a place to relax alone and make art. I need time in front of the easel, at the keyboard, or simply away from distractions. I look forward to what the future holds for Michael Warth Studios…I hope you stick around too!