Are you considering a long-term relationship (or, as we used to call it: marriage) with an artist?
You will be living with art, not just with Bill or Zac. Art will be everywhere, and not just finished pieces on the wall or the mantle. Art will dominate your world – and life.
My case may be somewhat extreme, though I have a feeling that there are some levels that have been spared me – in exchange for some maybe less typical ones.
Early on we determined that the spare bedroom would be Robert’s Studio (in other words – just consider it condemned…). That’s not so bad, you can contain “it” and shut the door. For a while the room was actually still useable as a guest room, in a pinch, but that meant figuring out a spot in the already overstuffed garage for Robert to paint in. Somehow, he managed to be really, really creative and productive in that inadequate spot during an extended summer-stay by my Mom. But, time marches on and projects become more and more involved. We later carved out a private corner in the family room for Mom when she visited.
It IS an expanding Universe, folks!
Robert uses an airbrush to create his paintings. This requires a fair amount of consistent pressure, so he’s got a 1HP compressor for that. And, of course, there’s the easel. He also scratchbuilds and customizes scale models and builds dioramas, in addition to making pilot sculptures, etc., which requires a large flat surface. Supplies need to be stored, many out of airbrush overspray harm’s way – such as all the as-yet unbuilt scale models in their boxes (guess what the closet is full of?).
Not so bad, huh? I mean, the door is still functional and does close.
Have you taken a look at Robert’s work, yet? You should, before you go any further. You’ll understand part 2 of “creativity” much better!
Check out the “VAULT” (archives) for Robert’s 3-D work!
About that expanding Universe: the bedroom/Studio is your typical 10’x11′ of the early -60’s – it fills up fast! And, there is the issue of the airbrush overspray. You saw and read the detail of Robert’s work when you visited the link, above. He doesn’t just absorb the knowledge from the ether: there’s the research library – real books and publications. Lots and lots of books. And there are artifacts, too, although they are a small fraction of the total research establishment. Well, all those sources are pretty valuable – a lot of hard-to-find and collectible titles, some with quite a price tag these days – they need to be stored out of harm’s way. So, yes, our house has bookcases pretty much everywhere you can fit one. To be fair, we’re both book lovers, and there are a lot of other interests represented so it is not ALL Robert’s Fault (but, I’ll blame him, anyways!).
Filled bookcases make a good impression on visitors, so that’s OK. 🙂
Ah, yes, research. For each creation there is associated research, which means multiple (!!!) books/publications need to be retrieved for consulting. This makes an initially neat, but still annoying, stack somewhere in the living room, usually by the couch. In no-time, it de-stacks and spreads onto the couch, coffee table and nearby floor areas, with accompanying bits of paper for bookmarks. Some (softbound) books are left spread-eagle on the pertinent pages. This situation varies in duration, depending on the project at hand. Once enough knowledge has been gleaned it is on to the drawing – but the books still have to be readily accessible, for reference throughout. So, there they repose and taunt me.
Our walls are 80% full of RK’s art (the rest I claimed for some of my sentimental pieces), so when new pieces are finished they have nowhere to go (hey – help us out here, buy one!) but on the floor, leaning up somewhere (and, of course, not in the Studio – overspray, remember?). Aaarrgh.
The only room in the house that has not (yet?) succumbed to the artist is the guest bathroom. Seriously, because even the master bath has one drawer dedicated to trade magazines, believe it or not.
The garage? Frames that just aren’t quite the right size; special storage for lithograph prints; shipping supplies; old, decrepit dioramas & models – in need of refurb, but can’t be stacked; rough models for shadow studies, etc., hanging from the rafters; vending set-up paraphernalia.
SO – BEWARE!