Decompressing in Studio Eidolons

Lingering over Coffee and Journal inside Studio Eidolons

In the bleakest days of a bleak winter, Jackson took up pen and paper and began drawing again. During all of 1950, he had hardly touched a sketch pad. His ambitions demanded a far grander “arena” (his word).

Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, Jackson Pollock: An American Saga

Saturday in the Studio Eidolons finds me at leisure. Last night I completed my second of a series of three trout flies. I immediately blocked in the composition for the third painting, but this morning have yet to find the initiative to begin the actual painting.

2nd fly completed: Royal Wulff, 8 x 10″ watercolor

The morning has been given to coffee, journaling, listening to music, and going through some files of material I haven’t perused in years. I’m a little tired, not sleeping as consistently as I could, and feeling rather low on energy. I recall the critic Clem Greenberg in an interview discussing how Jackson Pollock, after an intense creative output, would knock off for a few weeks and just walk his property, smoking, thinking, not necessarily drinking, but decompressing, and over a period of weeks would purge himself of his mannerisms and seek a new direction for his art. The quote above arrested my attention because today I have gotten out sketchbooks and watercolor diary to see about returning to some practices I have not pursued in awhile due to a long line of commissions I’ve striven to complete. Days such as this no longer alarm me; I’m just on hiatus. It might last a few hours, or the rest of the day. But I know I’ll be back in the saddle, making new art. Already, the next assignment waits on the drafting table.

While perusing various reading materials, I came across a remarkable quote about the artist’s studio, taken from Lone Wolf Magazine (

There’s something undeniably romantic about an artist’s studio. They’re always filled with light, and paper covered in scribbles and sketches. We’re instinctively drawn to these safe spaces where something incredible can materialize out of nothing. An artist’s studio is the place magic happens (imagine being physically present in Picasso’s studio when he painted The Dream, it would have given you goosebumps). The artist’s studio is also a place for the most incredible kind of isolation, one that’s full of creative potential. It’s an escape and even torment. When everything aligns, your work space can be a source of inspiration, helping you become a better artist. The images below perfectly capture that bohemian life style we all dream of having one day. Get inspired by the beautiful organized chaos of these artists creative work spaces! [The article follows with the most delicious color photos of artists’ studios, including Cezanne’s and Monet’s.]

Natalia Borecka, “The Most Beautiful Artist’s Studios on the Planet”

Trying some new things

Thanks for reading.

I make art in order to discover.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself I am not alone.


2 Responses to “Decompressing in Studio Eidolons”

  1. sienablue Says:

    It’s definitely best to follow one’s instincts rather than sticking to a timetable.Take a break, shift directions without guilt or regret. I took a break from all the art and quilting things I had signed on to as a participant through most of July and into August. I feel much better following my muse and deciding what I should be doing, rather than feeling pressure of daily sketch prompts and monthly quilt-alongs.

    It’s still difficult for me, after years in a high pressure consulting job, to take a day or a stretch of days for recharging and reorienting. My old workaholic habits haunt me.


    • davidtripp Says:

      I can certainly identify with that. I’m more grateful at this age for these breaks in the routine. The creative eros is nearly always with me, and now that I can admit that those moments don’t always translate into quality finished work, they nevertheless keep the fire fueled. I’m grateful for this opportunity to live an artful life rather than a business-driven one. Being retired is certainly more delicious than all those years of reporting to a job.


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