A Peek Inside My Barn Studio

My Oasis

If you are like me, you enjoy seeing how artists set up their studio spaces, so I thought I would share mine with you.

For years (too many to count), I worked at our kitchen table. This meant that I was continually setting up my work area then putting it all away at dinnertime. It also meant that I didn’t paint as often because I would have to spend time getting everything out to paint and therefore, wouldn’t take advantage of a few available moments here and there.  It was certainly doable and better than nothing, but I was so happy when I was able to purchase an art table and create a little corner space in our bonus room. Eventually, the time came when we decided to finish out an old feed and storage room in our barn and so we hired a contractor. Here is the before photo.

As you can see it was pretty rough.

Drywall, windows, closets, hardwood floors, gallery rails and a heating and a/c unit were added.

Once completed, here was my view when entering the door. My art table sits in front of the north facing windows which create the perfect lighting for painting. Straight ahead are the two closets.

To the left is some more storage I created by puchasing two unfinished single base cabinets, painting them and then adding a pre-made formica counter top. Notice my sophisticated water source: aka the red igloo water container. Since there is no plumbing this works great.I also have a lightbox and CD player on the counter.

Above this counter top are my gallery rails which are one of my favorite parts of the studio. It makes it so easy to switch out my art pieces for display.

Here are a couple close-ups of my actual workspace.  I still have my original art table.

I bought a little antique table, covered it with a sheet of acrylic, and placed it to the left of my art table (since I am left-handed) to hold my palette, brushes and water.

As you can see in the photo below, I have a lovely view of our pasture. Before you walk out, I have a print rack in the corner filled with finished pieces and some in process pieces.

I love my studio. The first thing I do when I go in, is turn on music to help me get into a creative state of mind.  Some of my favorites are Lisa Lynne’s Celtic Instrumentals and pretty much anything by Fernando Ortega. My studio is a wonderful oasis. As a matter of fact, I really lose track of time when painting; and my husband has been known to come down to the barn after dark with a flashlight to get me because I haven’t realized how late it is!

Hopefully, you have enjoyed this peek inside my studio!



18 Replies to “A Peek Inside My Barn Studio”

  1. Absolutely great. You must have so good moments in this paradise. Thank you for sharing this personal corner. Happy painting !

    • Laurence, it is a little piece of paradise and contributes to happy painting! Thanks for commenting.

    • Robin, it’s funny how fast your space fills up! Those closets are already jam packed with painting supplies, packaging materials, and framed paintings! How did that happen? 😉 Thanks for commenting!

  2. Wow! That’s great! Love the windows. I’m so glad you included the “before” picture. Thanks for letting us get a glimpse of your Magic Space!

    • The “before and after” photos really tell the story. I love those windows–perfect lighting. Glad to share! Thanks for the comment.

  3. Oh Annie, this is so lovely & I am so happy for you! One day I hope to have a space like this. Right now, my art studio is a card table shoved in the corner of our tiny living room, but I’m thankful for now. And I love love love Fernando Ortega also! I bet you put that space to good use. Keep creating beautiful things, and God bless you indeed!

    • Maybe one day you can make a day trip and join me in my studio! God bless you too!

  4. Having seen your studio in person, I can attest to how beautiful it is! And your view out those windows is so peaceful and inspiring. My office is too small for my art table, so it currently resides in a corner of our bedroom. It’s not an ideal setup, but the table does rest before two north-facing windows and overlooks a farm field, so I’m not sure I would move it even if I had the space elsewhere.

    • Thank you Susan! It sounds like you have a nice view as well. North facing windows give the best light for painting. Thanks for the comment!

  5. Wow! What a transformation and it looks so inviting and relaxing. No man cave could beat that! Congratulations.

    • You got that right! Thanks for the comment. I hope you and Gene are doing well!

  6. Thanks for sharing your beautiful space. I am a gourd artist and I have a studio its big and it i messy. I wish I could get it to look as beautiful as yours is. But I guess my type of art I have to much and cannot do anything with it. Enjoy your beautiful paradise.

    • LouAnn my space is getting packed with too much stuff lately too! It happens before you know it! By the way I looked online at your lovely gourds–beautiful work! Thanks for commenting.