Late last fall, I decided on a new studio space in the house. We moved my big chunky homemade easel downstairs, but then I realized the placement was all wrong. Today, I rearranged everything. Its not ideal - not pretty - but its practical. And I love working down here! (after one day)
I can see out the front window to the street and all the comings and goings. I can see my work in progress from many different angles and distances. Use the big stereo. And, I have quick access to the fridge, the teapot, and the pantry!
Formerly, I worked in a room upstairs and at the back of the house - a lovely view of the garden and yard, but I felt very cut off and lonely up there. The other reason I've moved downstairs to a more public area of the house was a chimney leak and moldy walls. Its always something, right?
While a beautiful lofty studio with huge north facing windows and tons of floor space would be a wonderful thing, it isn't necessary to an artist. I'm finding more and more, that I can do with less. Especially if plein air painting or meeting V... at the coffee shop. I have a bag of sketching materials ready. I have my paints in a tote bag with travel OMS and brushes etc. at the ready. I have a small folding palette and that is about all I need. If I have too much to load, I figure why bother. I want to be ready to paint or sketch at a moment's notice.
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