Inside the Artist Studio::Whitney Kreb Part II
Today we return Inside the Studio with Whitney Kreb. Whitney spends part of each year in Nantucket so I’ve been coordinating with her schedule in Charleston and a current show she has hanging at The George Gallery to have her share her studio organizing tips and participate in this interview. Whitney keeps a studio outside her home at Redux and I dropped in on her a couple weeks ago for the interview. These photo’s are not styled and are typical of what her working studio looks like on an average day. If you missed part I please see it here.
The idea for this series, Inside the Studio began in while I was attending an art retreat at Penland. While there I observed the differences in the creative cycle of order and chaos and what that looks like for different individuals. In this series I’m interested in showing how organizing affects the artist’s creative process. Some systems and order are vital to our creative PLAY and learning to find a balance that works to enhance your creativity is what I hope to share with you through these interviews.
Whitney Kreb’s Interview and Studio Sneak Peek Part I I
HKPS:: Do you consider yourself to be an organized person? How or where have you learn your organizing habits and systems? Have you ever worked with another artist or gallery that you learned any organization from?
WK::Yes, I am pretty organized. I have always been a list-maker and have folders and books with everything written out. I have to have all my busy work finished in the morning- dealing with clients, commission emails, working with galleries, etc.- and then have a large block of consistent time to only concentrate on the actual painting. I’ve always been in a studio with other artist studios around, so I’m sure I picked things up here and there from my piers.
HKPS:: What tips can you offer regarding your use of schedules, systems, tools or processes that help you maintain organization in your studio? Do you purge, clean or de-clutter your supply stash and space on a regular basis?
WK::I do a big purge a few times a year. And I wouldn’t be able to live without a big old school calendar to see the month mapped out.
HKPS:: Please describe how creative cycles of organization or dis-organization affect your creative process? Are there certain phases of projects that are more or less organized?
WK::I need a relatively clean studio to work in which isn’t all that typical for a painter. I also use a disposable palette so I can start fresh every day with all the colors laid out around the boarders- organized in warms vs. cools.
HKPS:: How much thought do you give to your artistic body of work in terms of historic value and the overall legacy you will leave behind? How do you store/archive your work or records?
WK::For me, the ultimate compliment would be for someone to say that I have a style that is all my own. I think we all strive to be unique as artists, but it takes a while to evolve into a look that is all your own. I photograph every piece and document all paintings in a notebook and save them all at home in case I need to reference back.
HKPS::Is there anything you keep in your studio strictly for fun or inspiration? Is there anything you intentionally don’t have in your studio due to distraction?
WK::I have a bulletin board and put up some pictures of family and friends. Sometimes I leave my computer at home, so I am not tempted to get on email or troll all the blogs I follow. I usually put on big old headphones and zone out to full painting mode.
Thank you Whitney for sharing with us a bit about your space and how you work! If you are in Charleston, go check out her beautiful work on view at the George Gallery or see more of her work on her website.