My 'newly renovated' work space.
In my last blog post I mentioned that my studio had gone through a major renovation. This prompted several of you to send emails asking for pictures. After nearly three months packed up in crates, I have everything pretty much back in order.
My studio is an example of creative thinking. It is my 'den', my 'FASO tech support work station', and my 'art studio'. As you take the tour around the room you will see what I am talking about.
The white furniture you see are the remains of an old bedroom suite. It is the 'wall hugging' modular type you might see in a childs room. The chests are only 19' deep and 29' tall. The perfect desk height.
I've used glass coffee table tops to create 'work spaces' between the chests for my computer station and my painting area. I found the glass at Hobby Lobby...quite reasonably priced.
||"My FASO Computer Desk"
I've always had a need for a "Nest". This is my comfortable chair, with everything I need close at hand. I sit here to THINK and read. There are pads of paper and pencils in the basket beside the chair. I can make quick sketches or even do a not too large lay out drawing.
The small table is handy for a 'drink' and even has a favorite scented candle on it. My Bose Radio is on the chest to the right...for playing some 'soft jazz' to stimulate my creativity. A foot stool for my feet, a glass of wine, some soft music - what more could you ask for.
The second picture is my FASO work station. For those FASO artists who have spoken with me during a Tech Support call...(I'm sitting in the white office chair right in front of the window). Here you see how the glass coffee table top works as a computer desk. Everything is close at hand. I can reach to my right and grab something from the printer, the drawers to the left contain the usual office supplies and a few frequently accessed files.
||"Close-up of glass top"
The photo above on the left is of my painting area. This is on the wall opposite my 'nest'. Once again you see the glass I used to create a work area for the art side of my world. The coffee table glass is 28" deep and 52" long. Extending out further than the depth of the chests, it provides a nice sized area to paint and draw.
I do smaller works most of the time, when working on larger pieces I use an easel - but I still try to sit to paint. I've stood 35 years as a hairdresser...I'm done standing, the body just wont take it any more.
The TV and the books to either side of the work space are sitting on what used to be book shelves hanging on the walls. I painted the book shelves the same color as the chests, turned them upside down and used them as 'risers' for the TV. The basket under the shelf on the right holds my most used drawing supplies.
Directly across from my FASO computer desk is the Work Station where I do my final lay out drawings. The table shown is a counter height bar table I picked up at a garage sale for $10. I had to replace the glass top...but still a steal for the price! It works perfectly. Some times I stand others I perch my self on the stool.
The cabinets on either side of the table were actually made for 'stampers'. I use them for various painting supplies. I also have several drawers dedicated to projects I'm working on...unfinished drawings, painting sketches, pre-cut mat boards and probably a few other things I've forgotten about. Just a great place to stash what you don't want laying out.
Well, I believe that concludes the 'studio tour'...just short of opening the closet doors, (and you really wouldn't want to see that)!
Now I think you should share photos of your studio set up. It would be interesting to see how other artists have adapted their space. After all, we are creative people at heart and making something work is part of that. You'll have to come back and post a link when your pictures are up so others can follow you.
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