Here I am at long last in Maine one day, four weeks, and 5 years after I started this moving process. My new studio needs a lot of work to change it into my vision. It is not just the studio and workshop which needs work but also the grounds. It is definitely like starting a giant art project only I am working in wood and nails, grass and flowers and trees. This is a conversion project and we’re starting from scratch. So lots to do and helping hands and ideas always welcome.
In my head I have a beautiful space but the rough draft is still in the preliminary stage. I know it looks like a garage but Monet used a carriage house let’s not forget. Grounds to become a painting garden. And the house a place to cook for friends and fellow artists.
So I will being taking you through the step by step process of my conversion. The Loft I plan to leave in roughed in for now, just to insulation and heating to make it comfortable. The bare bones that I started with are good and allow me to do that fairly easily, it is just a matter of working around the gear (no small task)
The Garage will be more involved since it will be my studio and also a place to display works as well as a place to host workshops and I get further along. It’s a decent space of 28 ft x 28 ft. So far I have unpacked for about a month and taken the recycling 30 loads donated to Salvation Army as part of my clear out the space and we still have a little more to go however the work on the conversion is beginning this month.
So first step of the conversion is clearing and cleaning, since I will also be using it at the same time to paint after plein air painting this will involve clearing out as much as possible and then moving things so work in each quadrant.
So that is where I am at on the inside. So far as the outside studio I have been doing a lot weed whacking and turning over the soil in preparation for plantings. The front garden is already started and planted with next year’s garden. A backdrop of white aster and New England aster which was here, and I cultivated, a start on the white iris and I just planted the black parrot tulips in front. I plan on adding a small bush to one side but decisions decisions decisions. The front garden is bordered by a rock wall and a variety of wild flowers and aster and I plan on leaving those to fill in. On my side garden I am developing a rose garden. Lining a path to the lower garden with peonies. I am also building a path down to the pond with wood chips so each part of the garden conversion will be my painting in soil and plants.
I estimate that this project of conversion to full flower (if you will), will take 5 years, but I think we’ll see results starting pretty quickly since my roses started immediately blooming the minute I put them ground. So those are the rough lay in and materials I have to work with.