I almost have my studio put together – yay!! I waffled back and forth about what to do for a studio in this new house. It’s only three bedrooms, so I wasn’t sure whether I should take up a whole room for myself or squeeze into the corner of what would be the guest bedroom. In the end I realized that A) I have way too much stuff to NOT have a whole room and B) I work much better in a dedicated, peaceful space.
Two weeks ago, this is what my studio looked like – a big mess!!
I hate white walls, so I decided to paint the room a neutral green color to darken it up. Here’s a view of the room after I painted and organized a bit (those are Aspen’s first watercolors on her easel to the right!):
Right now I have my palette on a table that Nate threw together in five minutes with some scrap wood. I’ll eventually replace it with something that has some shelves underneath and doors so I can store all my extra paint/mineral spirits/brushes somewhere out of sight:
This house has 10 foot ceilings, so I can extend my easel enough to do a 30×40″ painting without having to adjust any knobs (I still love my easel, by the way), which is really nice.
My frames are stuffed in the closet and leaning up against the wall, along with finished paintings that I’m getting ready to send out to galleries and shows. This is the part of my studio that I hate – I’m not a big fan of clutter. I’d love to have a studio someday that has a separate room for framing!!
I recently bought some vertical organizers at the office supply store to put small finished paintings in. I stole this idea from another artist who had these in a studio picture, and while I don’t remember who the arist was, I’m really grateful! They’re a good cheap way to keep plein air studies organized while they dry.
I keep one up on a table that I put wet panels in as I finish them – the great thing about these plastic ones is that they don’t touch the panels anywhere where they’re wet.
Anyhow, that’s my studio. Here’s the view from the window – lots of big, blue sky!
I’m thrilled to have a studio inside the house again! Working in the garage at the condo was functional, but a little bit demotivating (who wants to spend the day in a garage with no windows?).