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Josie’s Story – Introducing Art On The Go!

A few years ago Fred purchased a Roadtrek RV with money from an inheritance he received from his mother. He named his new Roadtrek Josephine, in memory of his mother. After a few years of traveling all over the country, Fred decided to sell Josephine and spend time with his new grandchild.

This is Josie on her maiden voyage with us. Larger than our old VW van, but still limited in space for art supplies.

This is Josie on her maiden voyage with us. Larger than our old VW van, but still limited in space for art supplies.

Around Mother’s Day, my partner, Paul, decided to purchase Fred’s Roadtrek with money Paul from an inheritance he received from his mother. We flew to Arizona and Paul bought Josephine, who with Fred’s permission, is now called Josie.

Although the actual sale occurred 4 days after Mother’s Day, we have decided to celebrate every Mother’s Day by taking Josie someplace special in memory of both Fred’s and Paul’s mothers.

Josie is only 19’ long, so she can fit in downtown parking spaces. I confirmed this when I met my sister-in-law and niece for pizza in Redlands, California on my trip back to Oregon from southern Arizona where Paul purchased Josie. Luckily there was diagonal parking in Redlands, so I didn’t have to try my hand at parallel parking. I’m not quite ready for that yet.

Josie is definitely larger than our old 1987 VW camper, but there’s still only so much room available for things like art supplies. I have one cabinet in Josie dedicated to art supplies. Unfortunately, I only get half of that cabinet because Paul seems to think he should get some space for his art supplies too. Since he’s the one who purchased Josie, I’ve decided to relent and give him some of the space.

This past week we spent 3 days learning a few of the intricacies of how use an RV. We feel we’ve barely scratched the surface. We have figured out the basics, like the refrigerator, stove, water and sewer. We’re still struggling with some of the electric. And we made numerous trips home to get things we forgot or didn’t know we needed. Luckily we were smart enough to camp only a few miles from home.

Our first visitor while camping, Sammy the Snake.

Our first visitor while camping, Sammy the Snake.

Now for the art part of this story, which starts with space constraints. It’s really, really hard not to have my entire studio at my fingertips. It means I have to plan ahead before we head out on a trip. I have a spontaneous nature, so this is a bit difficult for me. I figure others may suffer from the same condition, so I’ve decided to add a new category to my blog posts called Art On The Go!

Paul is working on his jewelry in the shade of Josie's awning.

Paul, working on his jewelry in the shade of Josie’s awning.

It is under this new category that I will talk about the art I do while traveling as well as tools and materials I use while traveling. I’ll try new things and tell you what works for me and what doesn’t. I want to encourage others to chime in with suggestions.

Happy Creating, Candy

 

Studio Organization

I was given this bar about 15 years ago when my parents moved. It's been in my studio ever since, storing my art supplies.

I was given this bar about 15 years ago when my parents moved. It’s been in my studio ever since, storing my art supplies.

My friend, Wanda, shared a photo last week of her newly cleaned and organized studio. I was envious of her beautiful environment in which to start the new year. Wanda’s photo gave me the push I needed, and I’ve spent the past three days working on cleaning and organizing my home studio along with the associated storage closets in the hall, garage and guest bedroom.

Here the bar is open so you can see how much can be stored in such a small place. I have inks, pastes, brushes, pens and all sorts of supplies. It has a marble top that opens to rest on the doors. And it's on wheels too. I think it is a must for every artist's studio.

Here the bar is open so you can see how much can be stored in such a small place. I have inks, pastes, brushes, pens and all sorts of supplies. The bar has a marble top that opens to rest on the open doors. And it’s on wheels too. I think it’s a must for every artist’s studio.

This morning, I arose to a completely cleared off drafting table. Ah, bliss! I have been happily working for hours. My projects are all in nice clear plastic boxes, all with labels on them. I love clear plastic boxes for storage. Being able to see inside the boxes is important for me, even when they’re labeled.

Although I have many ways and places to store my supplies, today I’m sharing my favorite, the bar my parents gave me when they moved about 15 years ago. It didn’t fit their new home. I immediately put it in my art studio, and although I have moved twice since, it has always had a prime location in my home studio.

What’s your favorite way to organize your studio or your art supplies?

Enjoy, Candy

For continuing inspiration, you can check out my Facebook page where every day this month I am posting a photo of a heart or hearts.