I typically strive to stay positive and upbeat in my life… and with my blog posts. Today I have to share a bit about my current studio situation, which has rather quickly turned a bit sour.
One of the downsides of sharing a studio space is that I really only have control over me and my art (there are, of course, more downsides and plenty of upsides). I’ve learned that the behaviour of others can sure be a big wildcard, especially when it can affect my creativity and work habits.
So, first the GOOD NEWS: I’ve had a new studio space (very close to my current location in the Santa Fe Arts District) under contract to BUY for several weeks now and expect to be moving in at the end of October! This will be a space that I’ll own and I plan to make it a really great space for creating. So, I’ll have more exciting announcements and info on that coming up very soon!
But, there is some BAD NEWS: The sub-lease for my portion of our shared space isn’t being renewed and I must move out at the end of September. So, I’ll be studio-less for several weeks. This development was quite unexpected and it has created some operational issues (like rescheduling the carpal tunnel release surgery for my left hand) and has soured the creative atmosphere at the studio. Rodney Wallace (who holds the lease to our studio and subleases to me and the other two artists) abruptly served me a written notice on September 1st that my lease would not be renewed – no “heads-up”, no discussion, no flexibility, no nothing. I call that pretty sad behaviour.
I know many artists that are pretty particular about their creative space. I know I’m one of them and I’ve worked pretty hard to stay flexible in our shared creative space. I just sure wish that would have counted for some good old fashioned professional courtesy in a situation like this.