Where there’s a will there’s a way!! The past few weeks have been challenging for me as an artist. As some of you may know from reading my blog, I’ve been struggling with space issues in our tiny Brooklyn apartment. I just kept running into issues (and walls) that kept me from working freely.
In order to save space in the apartment, I found a solution online, called the”Rue Wall Easel”. The first one I ordered came with the wrong size rods so it wouldn’t hold the size canvas I use. We contacted the artist that manufactures the easel and he’s been wonderful about helping me get what I need. After hanging it I found I loved it so much that I ordered a second one. I really should have been using these all along! If you’re interested, these are the websites where you can purchase one or two: watermarkstudiosllc.com , jerrysartarma.com .
We hung the easel in the hallway which is also where the kitchen is. There’s just enough space for me to maneuver without actually sitting in the refrigerator, which could have been an extra benefit with the hot flashes and what not! The second easel will hang next to this one and will help me work faster as well as giving me some drying space.
With the easel up, I’ve been painting like crazy and I hope to start posting new work in the next couple of days. I can’t tell you how good it feels to get back into some kind of creative rhythm. I’m going to buckle down and work like crazy in the next few months. I haven’t been settled like this since last October when we made the decision to sell our town home and move to New York City– almost a year!
So, it’s been a challenge but thankfully, with the help of my wonderful husband, I managed to find a way to function.
This past week, as I was dealing with my own stress, I read an article about artists in New York which made me a little sad. There was a day when all types of artists flocked to NYC. They lived in Greenwich Village and a number of other areas. They had studios to work out of. They shared a close knit community, friendship and they inspired one another. Collectors would stop by the studios and see what was being created in these thriving spaces. But thing have changed, The Village became a hot spot where everyone wanted to live and the rents began to increase. This cycle happens over and over again. The artistic community lives and works in a place and the neighborhood becomes “cool” which then causes people to move to that area which then causes the rent to increase and eventually pushes the artists out. New York has run out of places to go, so many artists have left the city for Pittsburg or Philly but others remain working out of small apartments, just like me. Working out of apartments, they’ve lost the beautiful community they once had.
As much as the government promises”affordable” creative space, it doesn’t really happen. The city continues to gentrify and the demand for luxury condos keeps the rents soaring to unreasonable levels.
Yet, some still maintain a desire to live and work in this amazing city. They love the energy and inspiration they feel and many will continue to hold on no matter how difficult it is. It’s strange, art is what draws people to a city like this and yet the city doesn’t make it easy for creatives to survive.
All that to say, I’m not the only artist living in New York and trying to figure this out. I’m thankful that, although our place is small, the layout allows us to make use of every square foot. I’m also thankful we were able to come up with a workable solution and I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to live in an amazing place like New York City. I’m determined to learn how to live and thrive in this town and I think the coming weeks are going to be much more productive!