It is such a lovely and busy time of the year. Late in the evening, we see an orange fox in our late autumn garden that is covered with ocher coloured leaves. The colours of the garden and the fox match so beautifully, for a moment I think there is nothing more pretty as the scene of this orange fox visiting our ochre winter-garden. The shy, hungry fox checks out our bird feeding corner. Winter is coming and Fox will eat anything, small bread crumbs or even seedy fat balls. Then there is this black-white magpie sitting in a white birch tree, surrounded by a few yellow leaves. The magpie stands out so brightly against the soft autumn colours. I think there is nothing more beautiful than a late autumn garden with a black-white magpie. But I’m wrong. When I arrive home and park our car in the drive way, I notice a wood pigeon feeds itself rowan berries. The soft greyish-blue or the bird, with its neat, white collar eating the deep pink berries makes me think that this is the most beautiful autumn scene of our garden. I must run for my sketchbook! For the orange fox, before he escapes me. For the magpie, cheeky bird. For the rowan eating wood pigeon, eating away all berries. Who cares about the winter being dull when autumn brings so much inspiration?
How about you? You also need a few extra hour per day to catch up with all your ambitions, inspiration, gift hunting, home- and garden work?
Sometimes I see blog posts with ultra neat and organized artists desks. They leave me wondering, these desks. My workplace looks so much different. I love neatness and I do a good deal of home keeping. In fact, I like it when our rooms are as organised as Ikea show rooms. Neatness creates space and space is the best furniture ever. But when it comes to my studio, well that is a place where I and my daughter work. And work means creating and creating demands concentration; a focus on one thing which can be a drawing, a text or framing. It demands a single role: me as an artist, not me as a home-keeper. Studio keeping comes after the work is done (although there are basic rules like never leave an unfinished cookie in your studio, or do not store your quality pencils on the ground). So, a neat desk for me? Certainly, but only for a brief period after a good clean.