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not exactly Ideal Ikea Land, but it will be organised soon...

Today I moved. No, I didn’t move out of my home, I just moved all of my “studio stuff” (folding tables, chairs, assorted cabinets, drawing table, supplies… oh, and many large paintings) into my small loft-style apartment.

I am looking at this adjustment, this shift, as a challenge.

Whenever I have seen those Home and Garden Design television shows and magazines and websites, I’ve always been most impressed by the smaller scaled situations. How to make something practical, usable, and appealing? How to save space, store thoughtfully, and retain a pleasing aesthetic?

Some of my favorite TV and magazine examples are for small garden ideas. Honestly, I would love to have a balcony. I would tier my pots of vegetables and herbs and flowers… Or to have one of those “postage-stamp” sized yards! Again, pack all the veg you possibly can into the space, and think vertical. (With no balcony or yard, I’ll just have to remain happy with my Community Garden Plot.)

Back to my current reality I go… Sitting amongst the piles of paintings, boxes of goodies, and “new” cabinetry, I am up for this challenge. I think this is my impetus to clean for Spring (finally!) Out with the TV, in with creative storage! Maybe I’ll see about getting some tomatoes in a window, too!

Natasha Henderson, Montreal

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 Mary Blaze is a Vancouver area artist, whose works traverse from painting, to mixed media, to performance. You can see more of her works at http://artforcecollections.com/.

Artist In Her Studio With Ceramic Vase 18" x 12" copyright Mary Blaze 2010

 What to Do with an Old Water-Stained Piece of Building Paper?

             Creation begins coincident with my husband’s attempt to discard an old, water-stained roll of building paper.  In a spontaneous act, I retrieve it, lop off an eleven foot length onto my studio floor, and go to work.

            My stack of newspapers, used to protect studio surfaces from over-brushings and roll-outs, is at hand.  Therein are my first images for collage.  As I place them randomly on the substrate with acrylic medium, I begin to see window frame forms, across the horizontal length.

Artist In Her Studio With Candle and Candlestick 18"x12" copyright Mary Blaze 2010

            Onto the suggested squares and rectangles, I collage scanned and printed drawings from my sketch books, along with some recently completed drawings and prints.  From this point on, the work is directing me, as different from me imposing conscious determinations onto it.

Artist In Her Studio With Ink Bottle 18"x12" copyright Mary Blaze 2010

            I am in my studio, driven to using things at hand.  I look around me and my ink bottle comes into focus, so, with Aquarelle water soluble crayons, I draw it.  A friend had left a luscious looking, red skinned pear, and I draw it, too.  This work is becoming a very personal statement, but now a shift takes place.  As I add my Dad’s lantern and my Mom’s lamp into the spaces at each end of the paper, these two, coupled with my own central candle and candlestick, bring the work into the realm of heritage, and here it is: the cross-over of my two abiding passions, art and genealogy, having come unbidden into visual coexistence.

Artist In Her Studio With Wild Flower Bouquet and Lantern 18"x18.5" copyright Mary Blaze 2010

            I wonder if, during the elapsed year of this work, the undemanding nature of the remnant from our house building project, gives me the freedom to work at a sub-conscious level, to create “Artist in Her Studio with . . . ,” but whatever, it is something to do with an old piece of building paper.  

Artist In Her Studio With Teacup and Lamp 18"x18.5" copyright Mary Blaze 2010

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