Buying used books on Amazon and regular visits to Barnes & Noble means that the bookshelves in my office and studio are always in flux. I’m constantly having to arrange and rearrange to accommodate new acquisitions. So, a couple of weeks ago, I took some time to get the shelves in both my office and studio tidied up.
Yes, I organize my books by color and size. It just looks neater on the shelf to me and I can still find what I’m looking for, because books that are similar in topic are stored on different shelves in different rooms. All of my art and design books are in my studio and my home and business books are in my office. This method isn’t going to work for everyone, but it works for me!
I also decided to hang my guitar next to the bookshelf. I find that I’m more likely to pick it up and practice if I have it at the ready. I also love that guitar! My dad gave it to me as a just-because-I-love-you gift a few years ago. Musical instruments are my dad’s love language, evidenced by all of the guitars, mandolins, banjos, and ukeleles my parents own! There might need to be an intervention.
I also removed the wood magazine files and am now storing the magazines I want to keep in the antique wooden box I purchased a few weeks ago and in stacks on the top shelf. I originally had the wooden both on the shelf, but it was just too dark and heavy visually, so I found a new home for it. I don’t keep every magazine, but I keep ones that I’m featured in or contributed to or ones that I find particularly inspiring or informative. And I do revisit them!
Some magazines are so expensive these days $15-20, so I try not to buy ones unless I think I’ll keep them as a resource.
I also added one of my little paintings to the shelf. It’s funny, but I almost always sell my work. I’ve only kept a few pieces, but I need to start keeping and displaying more. I love it when I see an artist’s work displayed in their own home.
I used a scrap piece of MDF that I gessoed for that painting. I have a whole stack of those scraps, so I’ll paint some more to sell. It’s a nice little size for a landscape.
Anyway, I’m off to paint my studio some more! I’ve been working on painting the floors and will be sharing them here (along with a tutorial) next week….