Art Studio Tour; Come on In!

Art Studio Tour; Come on In!

Hey friends! Let me welcome you (virtually) to my creative space: My art studio! 

Artist studio with paintings on the wall, a cart of supplies, and an easel

 My morning routine looks something like the opening lines of Dolly Parton's "9-5." Especially the part about stumbling to the kitchen and pouring myself a cup of ambition. Although she doesn't cover letting the dogs outside to go potty, rain or shine. Still... I'm NOT a morning person, so the fact that my commute to work is a short walk down the steps is really ideal for me.

Let's jump back a few years, shall we?

I started painting in earnest in 2019. At the time, I used some empty space in our basement. Painting between our freezer and the laundry pile wasn't exactly ideal, but it was all I had at the time. Fast forward to lockdown during the early days of Covid in 2020. While my husband and I were working from home, we made a list of projects to keep ourselves busy. One day, my husband suggested turning a storage room in our basement into my art studio. That way I would have a dedicated space to paint and be creative. (And my supplies would be out of the way.)

Grungy basement room with blue paint and crumbling drywall

So in April we turned on Netflix's "Tiger King" and got to work turning a grungy, spider-filled storage room into my light and bright art studio. It required some new paint (a neutral white), updated lighting (something with a neutral color temperature), and a little bit of drywall work (thanks, leaky basement). But by the end of that month I had a new space that would become a catalyst for the growth of myself as an artist and my business.

Brand new art studio with a makeshift work table and easel

Professional artist's home studio, featuring an easel, worktable, and paintings on the walls.

My studio is a relatively small room, but it has space for a work table, an easel, and a large enough area on the wall to photograph my work. It is the epitome of efficiency - it serves all of the needs I have. As such, what I choose to have in it has to make sense. I can't have any extras, and everything that I have and use has to serve an important purpose. Here are a few of my favorite studio items:

  • My worktable from Ikea. I wanted something large and sturdy, and I've been quite happy with it so far.
  • Rolling carts. I have three in my small studio: my main one with paint and brushes, a second for my spray paint and mediums, and a third for tools.
  • Storage racks. (Any will do. Mine are from Home Depot I think.) I can store a decent amount of work in my studio, so I use racks to keep it organized and off the floor.
  • My trusty easel. This is where I do most of my work, and I needed something sturdy that could handle big canvases.

As an artist, I think it's important to always try to do the most with what you have. Whether you're working at the kitchen table, in a spare bedroom, or a repurposed garden shed in your backyard. I am immensely grateful for the space I have and the creative freedom it gives me. Is it perfect? No, but I am so glad to have it.