Portland Open Studios: October 9, 10, 16, 17 from 10 am - 5 pm. La Maison Magnifique du Malarkey is studio # 56 on the tour map at www.portlandopenstudios.com.
There is a flurry of activity here at Malarkey Central!
Paintings emerge from boxes and bins and find their homes on the walls, on the floor, on shelves, in corners. Some of them want to hang from the ceiling, but I put my foot down on that one. :)
Labels find their way on things. The glass wall of my studio staircase becomes a whiteboard - paint markers and glass! OH MY! I think about tidying...but this is a studio. There is no room for tidying here.
It isn't my habit to hang my own art on the studio walls. In the past, it caused me to endlessly fuss with, critique and frown at the work and was a distraction from creating new things. But maybe the work was just waiting for this space? Because here in the new studio I am finding myself giddy over the mass of things that have sprouted from my heart, mind and hands. Whoa.
In two days, the doors will open and people will wander into the studio. Years of creative work - the insides of me displayed on the outside - am I nervous? Maybe a little. Mostly just thrilled that I am here, in this place, doing this.