Tuesday, December 18, 2007

My Studio

The Daily Painters decided that they wanted to view each other's studio and decided that this was the day we'd do it. My studio is my married daughter's old bedroom. It measures 16 X 14, and I added the white built-in storage to the right and the wood floors nearly 2 years ago. I paint mostly standing before a small easel on a huge old drafting table I acquired back in my desktop publishing years. Larger canvases are on a floor easel on the other side of the room with a rolling taboret. My lap-top computer is on all the time next to me. I use it for reference photos I have taken and to respond to e-mails quickly. At any given time, I probably have 3 to 5 paintings in various stages of completion.
I have no room for packaging and shipping stuff, large framed paintings, blank canvases, large frames, drying canvases or a printer. In addition, the ventilation and light in here is dreadful (windows face North West and South West). So we are adding yet another room on to the house (starting this week, hopefully) that will be twice the size of this room, have good North light and should be able to contain all my artistic related stuff. We hope. I am really looking forward to a larger, flat screen monitor and a printer, too. There will also be a large bathroom, a work counter with a utility sink, high ceiling to provide lots of room to hang paintings and an outside entrance. My current studio will revert to a guest room and also have an entry into the new studio.
I know some of the DP's manage to put out incredible work under much more trying conditions than this, and it amazes me! I know the studio does not define the artist, but it sure is easier to think of yourself as a professional if your space looks that way.

Matthew 1:18[ The Birth of Jesus Christ ] This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.


Delilah said...

nice work area

jeanneillenye said...

Sounds like you're going to have an incredible new studio soon! Your current studio is great, but I totally understand about requiring large work surfaces for packing, etc. (I usually spend a little more and let UPS do all the work for my very large paintings.) Great space and good luck with your wonderful new studio...how exciting!