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04/19/2004: "Studio Organization"

Since I took today off from work to paint, I decided I could spend some time getting better organized. I bought some of those little plastic twisty things you put on the end of tubes of paint so you can squeeze out every little drop, I put them on all my half used tubes and got them all snugged up.

Then I seperated all the oil colors into seperate containers based on if they're hot, cool, or neutral. I also seperated out different types of brushes and pallet knives, and got a plastic container that I put dish soap in the bottom so I can stick brushes in there and when I'm done and not in the kitchen sink. I also got the new fan in the window, which took about 5 seconds. Now my space is much more organized and I feel ready to start actually painting again.

bird (21k image) bird1 (21k image) bird2 (21k image)
Osiris hunting window seal finches.

organization (31k image)

organization2 (28k image)

The only problem I haven't figured out yet is what to do with my pallet when I'm not actively painting. I usually paint, eat a snack, paint, go for a walk, paint, change the music, paint, take a nap, paint, clip my toe nails, etc. However, I have two cats, one of whom loves to get into everything he can. He loves to jump on the little table where I keep my pallet, and I can't tell you how difficult it is to get Prussian blue out of white carpet! I need to find a way that I can leave my pallet out without my cat getting into it. Any suggestions?

Replies: 2 Comments

on Tuesday, April 20th, leahpeah said

stick the palette in the fridge. it will keep for days if you want.

on Tuesday, April 20th, Elise said

That works for oil paints? I don't need to cover it or anything? Does it emit any harmful fumes that could contaminate my food? Sounds interesting anyway.