In the Studio…


My drafting table. overloaded with collage materials

I’ve been failing hugely with my planned “Timeout for Art” posts. Part of the problem is that I am not finding much time for art. I’m not getting work finished. Changes in ongoing work from one week to the next are subtle, and often nothing to boast about. In addition, I feel like I’m changing direction. So far, I’m just feeling my way, letting things happen, allowing the materials guide me. I’m not yet ready to talk about it. Still, I’d like to document the struggle. Perhaps that will act as impetus to make more progress from on week to the next.

These images offer just a glimpse of what’s going on in my studio. I’m not ready yet (OMG!!) for a wide view of the messy space, but clearing out and organizing is on my “to-do” list, so maybe…eventually. None of the artwork is finished; in fact, some of it may be on the way out, to make room for fresh beginnings. All of it is what surrounds me now, when I’m working in the studio. Enjoy!


Some good things going on here, but I’ve been studying it for quite a while, not knowing where to go next.




This is the bare beginnings of a large new collage


and this is a companion piece, somewhere – maybe – close to completion


Some drawings from a series (homage to my favorite authors) that I’ve had going on as a side-line for many years now


A couple large, textured stoneware urns waiting to be fired behind two ceramic heads (reminiscent of Easter Island, don’t you think?) that my daughter, Jen, made in high school


Finally, a view of the inside of the studio door


About cindyricksgers

I am an artist. I live on an island in northern Lake Michigan, USA. I have two grown daughters, four strong, smart and handsome grandsons and one beautiful, intelligent and charming granddaughter. I live with two spoiled dogs. I love walking in the woods around my home, reading, writing and playing in my studio.

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  1. Cindy,it’s so great to step inside your studio and to even see the back of the door!!!! it’s a great place to inspire your art, yet it is probably distracting at times – mine is, anyway – because there are so many pending items at hand, i sometimes decide against all of them – until a rainy day… well those rainy days have arrived so hopefully i’ll get some of the old projects finished so the new ones can be birthed!

    • Exactly, Lisa….I really have to make some decisions. Right now, I’m posing questions like: what if I cut that support in quarters (I’d then have two fair compositions to work into, and two supports to re-prime and start over)? What if I block out the whole thing with a fresh coat of gesso, and just work from the textures that are left? Will it be a huge waste of support materials if I just haul everything to the fire pit? Right now, things that I’m not totally enthused about are taking up too much space…in my head, as well as in the studio!

      • sometimes a fire is a good catharsis! i’ve done that once in my life, because all of those old projects connected me back to not-so-good moments in my life, and it was best to exorcise them… it worked… presently there’s a very large canvas with a half-finished work on it.. and i have no desire to finish it – and i need the materials for another new large painting… it’s tempting just to sand what i can off and recoat it and paint again.. i worry about if a new person buys that art and one day the new manages to peel away in spots and reveals the old.. would they be upset that the art was painted on old materials or would they be curious.. hmmmm….

        am heading home now, 8 hours most likely b/c it’s carnival weekend and the roads will be horrid.. but at least there’s no ice and snow!

  2. You express (and show in your works-in-progress) how I feel about my writing. I’m in the middle of working on a new book. Some days, I feel hopeful and happy about my characters, my plot, my scenes. Other days, I feel at loose ends: what am I DOING? Can I do ANYTHING? Where am I GOING? I suppose this is all a part of the creative process.

    • I guess, yes, it is part of the process…but one of the worst parts! Aaah, the angst, the self-doubt, the sure knowledge that it’s all for naught…what would be so bad about ditching all that? Is the fear that we would all become too big-headed, self-important and boastful? I promise, no, I won’t! Thanks for your comments, today!

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