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I am Confessing My Sins Today

carolyn-dube-artistic-sins-2-600I am confessing my sins today.   My studio sins that is as I join in Seth Apter’s Studio Table .  The real studio table, not the cleaned up ready for company kind of studio table.  Be sure to check out all the wonderful real, in use, studio tables that are being shared!

What happens in my studio?  I leave my brushes in water all the time.  For days sometimes.  Hence my love of cheap brushes.

I have wonderful counter space to work on and it is usually piled high with supplies I’ve pulled out to use. No matter how big or small my space, this is what it looks like most days.   Apparently, I love digging things out from the bottom of the pile because that is where what I need always seems to be.  Does that happen to you too?

I'm confessing my artistic sins today!

My sink is not clean and I don’t care.  I have cleaned it before but it just gets so dirty so quickly, I have given up on the white sink.  And I am much happier for it!

I'm confessing my artistic sins today!







There’s paint and spray ink all over the floor because my studio is a splash zone.  And the walls.  None on the ceiling…yet.

I'm confessing my artistic sins today! I'm confessing my artistic sins today!






I feel so much better now that I have come clean that I am a studio slob.  I know you all thought I kept the studio pristine and ready for a white glove inspection…

If you’re looking for the 21 Secrets giveaway, you can find it here.

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  • Barbara September 18, 2014, 7:30 am

    So glad to find out that I am not the only one!!! Lol….

  • Ruth L September 18, 2014, 8:28 am

    I feel home Carolyn 🙂 love it!

  • Boo September 18, 2014, 8:45 am

    I feel so much better after seeing your studio. Mine looks similar. I think being creative and being orderly are opposite.

  • lin collette September 18, 2014, 9:08 am

    I don’t feel so bad now B-)

  • Sharon Morrison September 18, 2014, 9:51 am

    I love your sink!

  • gem September 18, 2014, 10:09 am

    This should be an eye opening day for all of us, haha! love your colorful mess – but mostly I am SUPER JEALOUS YOU HAVE A STUDIO SINK – dirty or no!

  • Kathryn Dyche Dechairo September 18, 2014, 10:26 am

    . . . and I thought I was the only one who left my brushes in water for days. Cool peek into your work space.

  • Monica aka The Creative Beast September 18, 2014, 12:49 pm

    I think your studio table and sink look WONDERFUL!! But I am big sucker for color, color and YET MORE COLOR =)
    Thanks for sharing your studio table with us all today!

  • Jane September 18, 2014, 1:07 pm

    I have two studios, one for lampwork (glass bead making)’ and one for painting, and they both look like earthquake zones! Lol.

  • Erika N September 18, 2014, 2:32 pm

    I feel right at home here. I think I actually work better in a mess than when its clean. Not sure why, but maybe I feel less creatively confined.

  • Susan Tidwell September 18, 2014, 2:34 pm

    OMG that’s my space! So glad to know I’m not alone and, yes, what you want is always at the bottom of the pile! How wonderful that you have a sink in your studio. I do have to clean mine because I have to use the guest bathroom sink. Thanks for sharing!

  • Judy Shea September 18, 2014, 2:50 pm

    NOW.. THAT is a well loved art studio.

  • Kay Wallace September 18, 2014, 3:10 pm

    Just posted mine, too, Carolyn…I think you win! 😉 I would kill to have a sink with running water in my studio…lucky you! This little “tour” of other artists’ studios has done my heart good today! Thanks for joining in!

  • Mary in IL September 18, 2014, 3:16 pm

    thanks for a big laugh today Carolyn!

  • Angelika September 18, 2014, 3:42 pm

    wow, your sink shows a beautiful grungy texture!
    I LOVE to see your workspace. No matter how hard I try a half day after emptying mine it is messy and full again. But there is only one thing, that is important: you have to find what you search for and I have a super memory for what I put where 🙂

  • rivergardenstudio September 18, 2014, 5:09 pm

    Oh, how lovely. I wish I had a sink like this!!!

  • Marjie Kemper September 18, 2014, 5:33 pm

    Your space looks great and I covet your messy sink…. a water source is high up on my wish list!

  • Paige Barlow September 18, 2014, 6:06 pm

    Wonderfully gratifying to know that we Share the Mess – keep it up!

  • Corrine September 18, 2014, 6:34 pm

    I know you are messy and colorful always. I like that sink too. You could clean that sucker every 10 minutes and you would do nothing else. Let it be another colorful creation. xox

  • gloria browning September 18, 2014, 7:11 pm

    yes, its me…. still commenting so I can won what……. your pull class…. did I do it?

  • tracey fletcher king September 18, 2014, 9:15 pm

    Lovely to visit and see your desk… More than your desk I liked seeing the evolution of your blog and seeing how fresh and fabulous it is… It has been too long since I have visited ….

  • sandeeNC September 18, 2014, 9:51 pm

    aaaccckkkk, days on end?? lol Poor brushes! lol I’d still love to get creative with you, I’ll just have to clean your brushes for you while I’m there! 🙂

  • Jean Marmo September 18, 2014, 9:52 pm

    Looks like the studio of a creative genius! I use the second floor bathroom sink and really need to do a better job of cleaning it out. I too tend to leave brushes sit.

  • William Charlebois September 18, 2014, 10:37 pm

    It’s you! I’d recognize that colorful header anywhere! I love your mess. Now I don’t feel quite so bad.

  • cHim Prints September 18, 2014, 11:34 pm

    Yikes! “White gloves” and “studio” in the same sentence? The look into your studio makes me feel more comfortable with my own … um … mess.

  • Bleubeard and Elizabeth September 19, 2014, 12:38 am

    Wow, you really DO have a studio that is a splash zone. Your walls look like mine, but mine were planned! I somehow feel a bit too clean for this blog hop (grin).

  • Rachél Payne - Creativity Tribe September 19, 2014, 12:58 am

    Haha! I was looking through your post and said to myself….She’s messy, and I love it! Then I saw you called yourself a Studio Slob. You go!!!!

  • Stefanie September 19, 2014, 6:58 am

    My stuff is always at the bottom too!

  • Ann Isik September 19, 2014, 10:10 am

    Hi Fellow Studio Slob Carolyn (familiar face). Actually, I can hear your voice so must have watched a good few of your videos! Thanks for sharing your dirty secrets. I have paintbrushes standing in water and all sorts of strange liquids too.

  • Lor September 19, 2014, 1:41 pm

    Your photos are still bright and beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

  • Cheryl September 19, 2014, 10:15 pm

    Nice to know there are other “studio slobs” out there. My studio is half of our guest bedroom and I have lots of supplies. Once I’m engrossed in a project, there’s a huge mess until I’m done. The only difference is that I have to use the bathroom sink, so there’s no choice but to keep it clean. I do wish I had more space though, as my mess often encroaches on my work space, which can ruin a project if I’m not careful…and it can get frustrating looking for things.

  • Kara September 20, 2014, 6:40 am

    My space looks the same, and I make effort to tidy it up but within minutes it’s a mess again! That’s why I want the space, so I didn’t need to clean it up constantly, that why I have a door to shut!!!! 🙂

  • Fern Edwards September 20, 2014, 8:51 am

    “That’s the way aha aha I like it
    aha aha
    That’s the way aha aha I like it”

  • Lynn Radford September 20, 2014, 9:44 am

    Awesome, Carolyn! Love your work and this post just brings it all to life! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Terrie -Creative Explorer September 21, 2014, 12:01 am

    What a fabulous work room – or should I say play room? So much good stuff happens here I know because I follow you regularly. Thanks so much for sharing your fun space.

  • Cathy B September 21, 2014, 4:14 pm

    Carolyn, I think we must be related. My space looks so like yours! hehe Thanks for being brave enough to share. :0)

  • Jill September 22, 2014, 5:42 pm

    Hi Carolyn,

    I love all the color showing in your studio pics! I’m jealous of your sink even if it is messy – that’s one thing I’d LOVE to have in mine.


  • Jackie P Neal September 24, 2014, 6:42 pm

    holy moly!! I’m still making my way around everyone’s workspace- but I got stuck here in yours Carolyn!! I can’t find my way back out!! teeheehee A true creative genius’s lair! hugs “)

  • debramseyer September 26, 2014, 1:35 pm

    I thought I was looking at a picture of my own work table!

  • Christy October 17, 2014, 5:46 pm

    love that sink! love it!