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.
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.
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!