Table Top Fun and Other Studio News

“The universe is always speaking to us – sending us little messages, causing coincidences and serendipities, reminding us to stop, to look around, to believe in something else, something more.” – Nancy Thayer

About five years ago, we broke the glass top on our porch furniture table. At that time, I was busy working in clay and still believing I couldn’t paint or draw. So Bob cut a piece of plywood to fit the space and painted some squares and stars to liven it up. Then we added a varnish which made it too dark. We lived with it like that for the last five years – hey -it’s porch furniture. But the other night I dreamed about that table top and woke up the next morning ready to re-paint it. Why I’m dreaming about porch furniture, I don’t have a clue, but it was fun to do a project and not worry about galleries – to just paint for the fun of it.

table top

table top

acrylics 17x27 wood panel

17×27 wood panel

Remember a few months ago I moved my painting studio from a small bedroom to our converted studio garage? I set-up all my clay tools and glazes out there too. Bob also has his woodshop in the garage studio.

Last week, I moved my painting studio back into the bedroom. I found I needed to create a more sacred space than I could accomplish in the garage. Too much else was going on while I was trying to paint and it just felt too big. I really need a space where I can lose myself. Working in clay can be done in a busier setting, but I need quiet to dig to those deep places while painting. And in this bedroom studio I also have a few of my favorite things. It feels more like it’s my space.

studio studio studio

I’ve started a new 24×24 cradled board. You can see in the above photo, I’m just beginning the abstract background.

I also continue to tweak my blog. I’ve updated the ‘about me’ page and removed the archived work – paintings and clay. I was getting requests for clay work and I’m not ready to work in clay again – yet.

“To have a sacred place is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room or a certain hour of the day or so, where you do not know who your friends are, you don’t what you owe anybody or what they owe you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be.” -Joseph Campbell

About Judy Shreve

Blogging for me is like keeping a journal which I have done in various forms since I can remember. But what's great about this format is it offers an opportunity to explore all the things that interest me as an artist with others. Blogging seems to strengthen that sense of being part of both something personal and something universal. It takes the journaling idea and expands it through visitor's comments creating a valuable dialog that connects us to each other no matter where we live. I enjoy responding to each comment and warmly welcome your visits. email: judyshreve at mac dot com
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4 Responses to Table Top Fun and Other Studio News

  1. The table is awesome and your space very inspiring. I would pick all that green over a garage any day.


    • Judy Shreve says:

      Thanks Lisa – yeah – the garage was just a garage even though we’ve set it up nicely. It will be great for clay work, but when painting I need to create a ‘mood.’

  2. I really like your bedroom studio setup. Handy and organized and big windows
    everything ready to reach for without having to move around to get it. I painted
    in my clay painting room awhile, but found a room in the house that was quiet and serene and suited me so much better.
    Great to see your studio~

    • Judy Shreve says:

      Hi Julie, thanks! I had been in the bedroom and thought having more space might be a good thing, but what I really like is creating a sanctuary to work in. I also do yoga in this bedroom, so it’s really MY space. Quiet and serene is the best place for painting!

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