Has been a slow start to the year due to building work going on upstairs and a complete lack of soundproofing. It has been impossible to work some days and others its just possible to tune out banging and clattering from upstairs, but working has been a nightmare and my studio , which has always been my creative safe space feels like it is being assaulted and there is nothing I can do about it. The work was supposed to be finished by end of December, then the end of January . I assume it will be eventually finished by mid march when the people who own it arrive for a visit. And possibly the ugly scaffolding which is right across my house will be gone by then as well.
I have tried to look on the bright side- but there isn’t one. At first I tried to believe that some of the improvements upstairs would benefit me- but actually I was ok before. I have problems with my roof but that is not changing because of the work upstairs. In fact some of the problems with my roof started with a previous set of builders.
Then I may or may not be losing money because I am either not working or working really slowly. I have been getting up very early to get some time before the builders arrive- some days they are here at 7.30am. I can forget having a siesta as they stop for a short lunch and straight back to work. It is not horrendous every day and in fact it sounds like it may be coming to an end- but its 3 months I won’t get back – and its not finished.
If I had had enough money I would have moved out but that was not an option. A lot of what I have been feeling is because its january – the month of many bills ,and to be unable to get working to pay them has given me a lot of sleepless nights.
But enough of that.
I have done some work in the last few weeks. I completed 2 commissions and 2 small portraits. That is about a third of what i would normally do.
But its only another month and then it should be finished. I will get my garden back and maybe my house will become my safe space again or I will sell up and move to somewhere with no neighbours above………
Some of the ideas not yet started are to write the childrens book I have been meaning to write since college, paint one painting a day and put on internet, go plein air painting in the calanche ( new idea), paint a family portrait which I really like……..
Have begun to free write for 30 mins every day- and is helping me to come up with some other ideas, have 4 small portraits drawn and ready to paint, have organised a trip to scotland via malta ( taking sketch book) and back by florence ( go to art galleries) (courtesy of ryanair special deals and AIRBNB)
So hoping that some peace and quiet will result in a much more cheerful me next time I write this.