Now that I’m a full-time artist, I decided that making my studio a functional space should be my first priority. Before it was so messy that I could barely find a space to walk. With some help from my sister Harmony,who is a master organizer, I was able to clear out the clutter. My mom faithfully attended yard-sale after yard-sale helping me collect heavy pieces of furniture. These finds help to provide storage for things like jugs of turpentine, paint sets, and book-making supplies. I think the most I spent was $10 for a rocking chair.
I placed my easel in the corner so that I could take advantage of the natural light from the only two windows in the room. Corner shelves help provide storage without taking up a lot of space. Two wall-mounted shelves from the dollar store are the perfect place for my brushes.
A tall set of shelves was given to me by my mother-in-law. It’s a great place for all of my art books, and old bottles for still-lifes. The smaller set of shelves holds my fabrics for still-lifes and fabric paintings. The image on the right is of my rest area. It’s a good place to sit down and take a break. The low cabinet next to the chair provides more storage as well as a place to rest my cup of tea. The wall behind the chair has a bunch of nails in it. I can place my paintings here when I’m not working on them. The painting in the picture is Harmony’s work-in-progress.
Pictured below is a low desk that my brother made for me a few years ago, because I like sitting on the floor. I also love how the desk has a large surface area, but isn’t tall enough to block any of the windows. This gives me a great place to work on stuff like this blog and bookmaking.
Well, there you have it! My new and improved work space. It went from a place I tried to avoid, to a place I don’t want to leave. Thanks for reading!