Monday, August 1, 2011

Mull it Over Monday: Work Clothes, mmmph.

Painting aprons don't actually work for me,
I don't like that strap around the back of my neck
I'm no longer in denial about my work clothes.  Yes, I cleaned out my closet and all illusions were shattered.  I thought I was one of those organized artists who knows the difference between work and regular clothes.   Work clothes are the ones stored in a small tidy laundry basket for the exclusive purpose of painting.  Regular clothes are to be taken care of, dry cleaned and/or ironed on occasion if necessary--and they are always properly displayed for easy retrieval.  Work and regular clothes are never to mix.  Yeah, right.  An interesting thing happens when I'm in my happy painting place, regular clothes become work clothes with nary a thought.  It's deplorable!  ...and nearly impossible to quit.  As the paint flies, so too does any hope of salvaging whatever I might be wearing. 

What would Carol do?
 
I realized upon tackling my closet:  what was once a reasonable pile of work clothes had become a un-manageable mountain of paint splattered ruination!    In an effort to gain back workable space, I threw away most of the unsightly mess.  My closet is in order again, but I'm not sure what to do about this issue.   Painters & fellow bloggers, do you have your clothes properly managed and if so, how do you do it?

14 comments:

  1. Not a chance. I purchased a smock to wear over regular clothes, but always forget to put it on. Best intentions aside, that happy place has been the ruination of many items over the past few years. Don't tell my husband, I am always harping on him to change his clothes before he works in the yard or on a vehicle. He's as bad as I am, if not worse!

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  2. Have good intentions of wearing my painting clothes when I paint, but soon regular clothes become painting clothes because I too forget to change into the "painting clothes".

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  3. Come over to the watercolor side:) This is no longer an issue in my World. When I feel the need to paint I can do it in my Sunday's best. One less deterrence when it comes to getting to the easel. I will say that I used to paint murals with acrylics in peoples homes. Everything in my closet was fair game and I like you had far more painting clothes than clothes I could look presentable in. I have had the same buttoned-up over-sized mens shirt for years that I can easily throw on over good clothes to paint in. It's also my hair dying shirt but that maybe tmi:) But I do empathize with you when the right side of the brain takes over watch out your best clothes are doomed. Good luck and "may the force be with you"!

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  4. All of my clothes are work clothes :) For the rare occasion I need to look presentable I borrow something from a friend.

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  5. I thrifted an outlandish, over-sized, rainbow polka-dot, snap-front smock. Part clown, part lunch lady. It is hilarious when I put it on. But it offers plenty of coverage (and pockets), so I don't need to bother changing my clothes if I have a whim to paint. Did I mention ric-rac?

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  6. Me? Properly manage my clothes? Ha, it is to laugh! Like you I tried to keep them all separated, which worked for a little bit. I don't know what happened! My clothes and closet have minds of their own ..... yes, they do! I think Dar Presto has a good idea and I think I will give it a try. :-)

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  7. Yeah, I think I need to do what Dar said and try to find some sort of "part clown, part lunch lady" painting frock. (Love that!) I converted a few summer dresses into work clothes and that has helped.... Funny Carrie: TMI, heehee, I do the same thing when I "refresh" my color. (:

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  8. I'm usually okay with my apron that has pockets. I end up sticking my paint rag (paper towels actually) in them. This all goes down hill fast though when I'm holding my paint rag(left hand), put my fist on my hip to stop & have a look at what I'm doing...so I have paint marks on the left waistline (and elbows/backs of arms) of so many garments. Same thing happens that Judith mentioned. I try not to wear something 'nice' to paint in...but sometimes it just works out that way. Maybe I should try the 'lunch-lady' smock thing!! :-)

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  9. My main wardrobe comes from Goodwill. I only paint in the mornings when a caregiver is here with my handicapped husband. So when I get up, I put on my multi-painted outfit. I love being able to wipe my hand or brush on my slacks. At noon I put on my wife hat and take off the fun clothes.

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  10. That's so funny. My work clothes are atrocious - a black shirt worn without a bra and really loose ugly brownish pants. Covered in paint. What gets me is I don't feel like working until I put them on. Sometimes company will come over and I will be petrified. But I never change for them. Maybe i'll get brave and post them one day!
    Dee

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  11. I'm always wiping my hands on my jeans but fortunately pastels always wash out.
    Unfortunately I frequently forget to change my clothes and wash my face (yes, my face gets painted also)when I run an errand.
    I did by a gorgeous apron but it hangs on the mannequin in the studio . . it's too nice to use ;-)

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  12. Good clothes keep turning into work clothes, lol. I just jump in and paint no matter what I'm wearing, I'm bad.

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  13. Thanks for the comments all. Yeah, a light weight lunch lady frock for summer and something warmer for winter, I should see what my local Goodwill has to offer... They would need to be throw away clothes afterwards--as I've already put paint clothes in the washer/dryer by accident and the dryer has (dried) paint smears to prove it. Heh, Goodwill is handy for still life props too, so it's a win-win! (:

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