As well as you
That everything has its place,
But she just didn’t care
so her room (studio)
was a real disgrace.
These are the opening words to my favorite-of-all-time book from when I was a little girl. The Big Tidy-Up, written by Norah Smaridge is a large, wonderfully illustrated book (Les Gray) featuring Jennifer and her messy room. It really could’ve been my biography at the time…my room was every bit as messy as her’s…and we even looked alike! Though I’m much better about keeping things tidy now, I still allow my studio/sunroom space to get very UNtidy from time to time. Well, no, let me rephrase that: UNtidy is actually the USUAL STATE of the room. Big Tidy-Ups are few and far between, much to my husband’s dismay. Early in the book’s description of Jennifer’s bureau drawer, it states that her room looked like it had been struck by a Super-Rocket. Such is the state of my drawing table (above) AND studio desk (below).
But what’s a girl to do??? Crag 2 crag creativity does NOT lend itself well to neatness! I go along happily for a good while, not even noticing the super-rocket look to things. And then, one day, I’ll come downstairs and SEE it. And it will bug me until the Big Tidy-Up begins. Jennifer in the book:
picked up stuff,
blew away fluff,
shook out the mat,
hung up her hat,
swept the floor,
tidied the drawer,
made the bed,
smoothed the spread,
And worked and worked for most of the day
Until every last thing was put away.
And so, I tidy, I stash, I rearrange, I sort, put away, put back, and clear out the studio. For what?
FOR THE CREATING TO BEGIN AGAIN!! Aaahhh, yes. That’s why we clean, isn’t it? To wipe the slate clean so we can make more marks on the paper, pull out more stuff to make things, start new projects, dream, and create! Jennifer at the end of the book, hangs up a very big sign, “Come In!” on her bedroom door. I do SO wish my studio HAD a door (it would be nice to create in a closed off space so I could leave my mess and not worry about who sees it!). But alas, my “Creative Space” is our sunroom, right off the kitchen.
It would be great if this post had before AND after drawings…ha! AFTER will just have to wait.
I’ll leave you today with the cover of this wonderful book. Maddie and I, we read it together all the time…great rhyming, colorful illustrations, a perfect book.
P.S. Strangely, Maddie’s room is exactly like my room of old…is UNtidiness a genetic malady?:)