Moved into my new studio in Leidschendam

View on the empty new studio in Leidschendam, the Netherlands, Sector V.

Although I received the keys to my new studio earlier, I moved my canvases, paint and other stuff today. And as with many of my projects, I properly underestimated the amount of work involved.

A week earlier I had made a fair deal with Jeroen, one of my 'neighbours' in the old building, to help me move four large pieces of furniture while I helped him out moving his stuff.

So how hard could it be? All the heavy stuff had been moved already.

Hallway just outside my old studio in building De Verlichting, Spoorlaan 5d in The Hague, the Netherlands. Filled with my paintings. Some finished, some not. Some new.

Easy

Confident this would be a piece of cake, I envisioned a nice early start at 09.00h. After which it would take just 'a few' hours around my old studio to load 'a few' canvases, a bit of paint, two office chairs and some random other stuff in the chartered van. Then it would take four kilometers, a five minute drive, and two hours tops to unload all the stuff into my new creative sanctuary. I even would have an hour or two in the late afternoon to do some work. Easy!

It turned out a little bit different.

The rented van filled to the top with Mr. Upside paintings, outside building 5D of De Verlichting in the Hague, the Netherlands.

Stairs and large paintings

First, the paintings. Apparently I had been a bit more productive in the past three years than I remembered. Second, quite a few paintings did have a size that seriously limited the possibility of handling more than one painting at a time. And third, I severly underestimated the amount of doors and stairs in the new building I had to conquer to get to my new studio.

My empty old studio, which will soon be demolished.
Door to the old Mr. Upside art studio, which is just emptied.

Satisfied

When I finished it was diner time. My legs felt I had run the New York Marathon after a night out with a few drinks too many. But I was satisfied. The old studio was emtpy. My new studio a chaos. But with all the stuff on the right location, I locked the door. Tired but satisfied.

Entrance of building 5D, De Verlichting, in the Hague, the Netherlands.
Picture 1 of the new Mr. Upside art studio, still empty in building Sector V in Leidschendam, the Netherlands.
Picture 1 of the new Mr. Upside art studio, still empty in building Sector V in Leidschendam, the Netherlands.
Picture 1 of the new Mr. Upside art studio, still empty in building Sector V in Leidschendam, the Netherlands.

Another upside

One other advantage of moving stuff is the re-discovery of some old stuff you forget you had. Sometimes it's a trip down memory lane. Sometimes it brings extra inspiration. The latter is the case with the artworks shown below. Most of them are unfinished but I still see why I choose to make them and why I should be making more, :)

Picture 1 of some older and unfinished Mr. Upside artworks, found in the archive of my old studio.
Picture 2 of some older and unfinished Mr. Upside artworks, found in the archive of my old studio.
Picture 3 of some older and unfinished Mr. Upside artworks, found in the archive of my old studio.
Picture 1 of some older and unfinished Mr. Upside artworks, found in the archive of my old studio.

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