Black wall, White paper
Late for Studio Friday, again - but better late than never, right?
What's that? It doesn't look as black as it is - but it is. This is the "black wall" in my cube. The rest is painted this nice teal, but this is smooth, matt black. This is the posting wall, with a tub of push-pins on the top. Usually there will be wet watercolor paper stretching on it, inspirational/reference images, various "to-do" lists and papers, storyboards, etc. Right now - it's empty. Just by coincidence.
But than there's the other effect this empty wall creats - the fear of the void. The white paper has the same effect. I can have deep discussions about the fear of what's expected of you to put on the wall/in a portfolio/on your website/ in your sketchbook with you, but I'll spare it. Yes, the void that needs to be filled is scary, mind blocking, stress inducing, confidence shattering, you name it. But it's also good. This is space to fill with great new stuff, a room to make your little own genesis in (or something less heroic, a doodle will do). It's fresh ground to be worked. Once you got over the stress, you see the good parts.