Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Making do in a small art studio
I used to think that in order to be a good artist you needed a beautiful art studio with perfect north light. What I've discovered is although that would be wonderful, having a lot of space is not necessary to creating art. I've seen some artists paint in their unfinished basements and others take a small corner of a furnace room. Some have set up an easel in the corner for a dining or living room and others have used the breakfast table, having to clear everything away when they are ready to sit down to eat with the family. What I have is a quite small extra bedroom.
I've taken off the closet doors and put in shelves. Yesterday my husband added other shelves so I wouldn't feel so cluttered. The first photo is a stack of finished watercolor paintings dating back to some of my earliest ones. Looks like I need to have a giant sale.
As you can see I have an area for painting in oils and another for painting in watercolors although I usually stay in the same seat for either medium. This extra table is ready for one of my artist friends to come and visit and do a day or week of painting together. Any takers?