A Month With Less
A slightly different post today as I catch up on our recent move and how it's impacted my approach to art-making. I've mentioned before that I've moved my drawing to digital tools using the Procreate App, my iphone, and ipad. I thought I'd share how that came to be.
It's been one month since we moved. The move started with a goal of making our way to the ocean and mountains. Selling our house was a major effort towards that goal. The cities we're looking to move to are rental markets so changing from house to apartment living comes with the deal.
Downsizing was necessary.
Yes, I saw the Minimalist documentary, heard of "konmari" and adore tiny houses; but didn't really think I had much work to do to live smaller since the house I owned was already considered small. Boy was I wrong!
Our house was technically only 1,300 square feet but it also had a basement, a small yard and a garage with an attic. Since my husband and I are both artists we knew we'd need a storage unit to hold our old artwork, kid memory stuff, and overflow art supplies. Our house sold quickly (yay!) and we moved into a local apartment building where our unit is 1,000 sq ft and the building has several common areas.
Now, I'm fully aware this isn't truly tiny house living or a minimalist lifestyle...we did fill up that storage unit (on the next move we want to downsize into a unit 1/2 the size). However, we did get rid of about 3/5th of our stuff and it was hard. Months of charity donations, online sales, and garbage piles. Every item had to be assessed on it's value and worth to us. Now we're being very careful about what we purchase. Every item that comes in must take the place of another. We need to take advantage of shared resources, like the building's gym, lounge, deck, grills, and we sold one car replacing it with car-sharing. It's not a lifestyle that would work for everyone but for our family of 4 and pup it's been working out great! So far we spend less time cleaning, fixing stuff, and yard work; and instead have time to do the things we enjoy.
This reassessment of things has me looking at my artwork differently. Seeking ways to spend less money, take up less space, obtain more portability, and share the art-making process more...just be more efficient. That's how I got to transferring my drawings into digital. I know there's a negative stigma to digital drawing like it's somehow cheating, but I find the process more similar than different. The screen and stylus is just a tool like a pencil and paper.
I'm sure the novelty of the apartment lifestyle and digital drawing will wear over time but for now I'm absolutely loving the fact that I can do so much with so little.