I’m back today with the second half of artist interview & sneak peek In The Studio with Lisa Shimko. When I moved to Charleston about five years ago, Lisa’s work was one of the first I was introduced to through a friend. I am so glad I was finally able to catch up with Lisa and take a peek at her creative and beautiful working home studio! These photos are not styled so this is typical of what her studio space looks like on an average day.
In The Studio with Lisa Shimko-Artist Interview & Sneak Peek-Part II (See Part I here)
HKPS::How many projects are you usually working on at once?
Lisa::Depends how large the pieces are. Depends on amount of commissions, deadlines, etc. There’s always an ebb and flow.
HKPS:: Do you ever find it challenging to locate certain things when you’re ready use them? How do you store tools and materials you use frequently to make your process easier?
HKPS:: How do you store tools and materials you use frequently to make your process easier?
Lisa::Shelves, bins, etc. are mostly organized. i.e. hardware dresser drawers, paint brush bins, paint bins, shelves with primer and finishes, etc….
HKPS:: How or did you learn your organizing habits and systems?
Lisa::I guess in childhood. My parents always liked organization.
HKPS:: Do you purge, clean or de-clutter your supply stash and space on a regular basis?
HKPS:: What tips can you offer regarding your use of schedules, systems, tools or processes that help you maintain organization in your studio?
Lisa::Put things back in there places asap. (what an organizer would refer to as maintenance!)
HKPS::Do you use sticky notes, or make lists? Are these digital or on paper?
Lisa::Handwritten lists are key for me.
HKPS:: How do you store finished artwork?
Lisa::Most often finished artwork goes to the gallery or the recipient of a commission. Some paintings from past shows are on display at a friends’ “art cottage” rental. A few go to friends as gifts, others are on my walls and the rest stacked in corners of my abode.
HKPS:: Do you notice cycles or phases of projects that are more or less organized in your creative process?
Lisa::Yes, I definitely have to stop and clean my work space at times. When I have big deadlines tend to make more of a mess of my space then after paintings are delivered usually clean/re-organize to start afresh for the next round.
HKPS::Do you think your creative success and or your process is helped or constricted by discipline? Do you find that limitations or boundaries can help fuel your creativity?
Lisa::I find having daily practice is more successful in the flow of my art. If I take too much time out of the studio it hinders my process, but do need some time to take a break and come back. Need the balance here as in everywhere else in life.
HKPS::What kinds of limitations to you impose on your schedule, material use or in your process?
Lisa::Getting 7-8 hours of sleep is one of the most important things I can do in a day so I paint accordingly.
HKPS::How do limitations and boundaries fuel your creativity?
Lisa::I suppose the limitations and boundaries of my brain’s knowledge fuels my creativity via a healthy appetite to learn.
Lisa’s current show called Solace is up at Mitchell Hill Gallery through July 9th, go (quick) to see her vibrant work in person and maybe you’ll find a little something to bring home with you! There are still a few works available.
Thank you so much Lisa for inviting us into your little creative haven of a home and studio! It’s been delightful to see how you live, work and organize your creative space!
*The idea for the Inside the Artist Studio series began while attending an art retreat where I curiously observed the differences in the creative cycle of order and chaos and what that looks like for different individuals. I’m very interested in sharing 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.
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