Studio Spaces – How do you set up yours?

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    Robert Egbert
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    Hello, I’m Robert from Seattle!

    Since I watch the show on YouTube I always get a little excited when Im one of the early number of views lol so being one of first few on the forum is just as exciting haha

    I wanted to suggest a forum section for about studio space -ask, share and show off tips, tricks and clever solutions for in the studio. And to share studio space pics, I always enjoy seeing other artists work space

    #58683

    Gazza
    Participant

    Hi Robert,
    Gary in Bundaberg, Queensland here.
    My studio:
    I have a small space in a garage which is used to store house hold effects. I purchased an old metal computer table from an op shop for $5.00.
    Converted the keyboard shelf into a drawer to hold my oil paints.
    On the top I screwed a section of wood with a white wall tile glued to it and use this as a palette to mix my paint on. To this piece of wood is screwed a back board which holds two L brackets. These support a length of 20mm thick dowel. I use this to hold rolls of paper towels etc for cleaning.
    The shelves underneath hold a selection of small plastic containers for acrylic paints, thinners etc.
    to the left side I have attached a wire basket from a kitchen supplier and this holds three containers for my brushes and knives
    I can wheel this to where I want to work and have evrything close to hand.
    My easel I built from a plan from a USA company. It cost me $40.00 for the plan and I built the Cadmium H frame easel for $550.00. I used Tasmanian Oak and Kwila hard wood. It is a very stable easel and can be moved easily on its castors. It is a heavy easel and weighs in around 80kg; but holds very large canvases.
    If you would like to view some photos for your reference email me on [email protected]
    All the best
    Gary

    #58719

    JennyO
    Keymaster

    Hi Gazza,

    I’d love to see some photos can you post them in the forum?

    Thanks
    Jenny

    #74619

    WthrLady
    Participant

    We used to move every two years. After 24 years we are finally done moving around! I have had anything and everything for a studio space; tv trays. fold and store tables, full room to anything I wanted, little desks, and just a back pack.

    I have been allowed to experiment due to the constraints of different spaces in different places. I thought I would be happiest in a large – all to my self- dedicated studio, where nothing ever had to be put away for other events. Where projects could overlap and over flow.

    I was wrong.

    For me, I need to be in the middle of everything. If I am tucked away, I feel claustrophobic and isolated. I forget to keep house and forget to feed my family! LOL.

    My current workspace is an antique school master’s desk pushed up against a giant bay of windows overlooking our property. I can be in the middle of everything, and still keep up with my art at the same time. Since it is easily accessible, it is never out of sight/out of mind :D

    Photos of my space are on my blog.

    #74621

    Narelle
    Participant

    living in a small rural town, with limited options for a studio in a building, i bought an old 22 ft caravan and revamped the insides to suit what I needed for my art studio, at one end I have where there is great light, this is where I paint, and the other end is used for the framing areas, it also has an area where I can teach my students, and an outside area so I can sit in the sunshine, absorb my surroundings and be inspired by beautiful gardens on my property., I am not only a painter and delve into several forms of art, i have also created another studio area for my glass art, mosaicking, and general arts I choose to do at my other house, giving me 2 types of different spaces for the types of art forms I do.
    I do believe that u can do art where ever u are, and may only require a small space to achieve this. I usually carry a backpack with a drawing book and pencils to draw whenever I get inspired or a notebook to write down ideas before I forget them.
    cheers
    have fun in your art
    live in love and art
    Narelle

    • This reply was modified 2 years, 7 months ago by  Narelle.
    #74629

    traceyleedawes
    Participant

    I have a corner of the shed in our yard – and being in North Queensland, summer can get a bit uncomfy, as you can imagine.

    When I work with acrylics, I like having a space I can throw paint around without worrying about making a mess, and being able to head to ‘work’ so to speak, every day. I like having a separate space from our home, even if it is only in the back yard.

    When I work with watercolour it’s a bit different – I find I don’t need as much space, so I tend to do that at night at the kitchen table.

    Whatever works!!!

    Happy Days, Trace

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