Friday, January 30, 2015

I want my own studio

by Lorraine Bartlett / Lorna Barrett / L.L. Bartlett

There. I said it.

What kind of studio you ask?  Well, as a writer, I do have my own office. A dedicated space where I can create all my books.  Only ... it's so full of general clutter, and boxes of bookmarks and postcards, that I can't write there. (Here, actually. I can write blog posts, emails, etc. I just can't get any real writing done here.)  I write in my family room, sitting on the couch, during the cold months.  When it's warm, I write in my enclosed porch overlooking my backyard.  (And boy do I wish I could do that today. The fact that it's only going to be about 22F out kinda makes it a little chilly for that.)

I have a Canon EOS Rebel T3i camera that I'm insanely in love with, and I love to take photographs. I often buy cool stuff (well, cool to me) that I'd like to photograph. Then I could part with the stuff and still have a nice picture to remember it by.

Mr. L's best friend has a good camera, and a dedicated space (a closet) where he can take studio quality pictures of his artwork. He needs it, because he has to supply photos to galleries, etc. He's got umbrella lights, the works. I have a foam core display board. For the most part, it works. I can set it up on a tiny table in my dining room and get fairly decent shots of small items ... like tea cups, etc.

I took the above picture in 2013. I now know enough Photoshop to get rid of the line in the background, but ... I'm lazy, too. I'm not going back to older shots to make corrections.  If I had somewhere to put these pictures (besides my blog and Pinterest), I might.

If I was serious, I'd clear out my office and make a dedicated space for a tiny studio.  One that looks a bit like this.  But ... man, when would I ever have time to write?  It's my job, and I love it. But I sure wish I had more time to work on other projects.  I need another 10-12 hours in the day just to do everything I want to do.

If you had the time, what kind of hobby would you pursue?