Tuesday, June 17, 2014

My painting space, 6.17.14

Imagine this- art on an art blog! haha! I know it's been a while, but things are settling down and I feel like I can finally start making some things and painting again now that I know where most of my supplies are. So, today I wanted to talk about my new painting space. This townhouse is pretty tiny, so I was wondering how it would work. But, surprisingly, it's working out better than any other painting space that I've had in the past. And that is mainly because of the light and using things that I already have that can do double duty.

So, this is the space when not in use. My old table top easel fits perfectly on my mom's old sewing machine table. Underneath, my paint box (a gift from my step-daughter a few years ago- I LOVE it!) sits on top of an old wine crate. The door to the right goes to the basement and I'm planning on putting some picture rails on the walls of the stairwell to store/dry finished paintings. To the right of that is Peanut's chalk board, hung at his level so he can draw on it any time.  The door to the far right  leads to the garage...

where I store my turpentine, extra rags, etc. when not in use.

Paintbrushes are stored under the easel.

And this is the space in use. The sewing machine table opens up to provide a space for my paint box, the paintbrushes are within easy reach when placed on the wine crate, two stools from the bar area (just behind this space) are pulled over to hold my palette and to sit on if needed. The Ott Lite ( a bargain found at Target- regular price $249 at Joannes, found for $45 at Target!) is pulled in from the garage when needed (if it's not a sunny day).

So, there you have it. Simple. Nothing fancy. Just using stuff that I already had. And it's very efficient.

So, my first painting of the summer is finished ( I haven't painted anything since last summer!). My goal is to experiment a little more, using the least amount of brushstrokes as possible, keeping things very loose and using thinner paint. And I have a few very abstract ideas in mind, which kind of freaks me out, but I'm just going to go for it and see what happens. The painting shown below will be listed in my Etsy shop as soon as it's dry. 

Have a great rest of the week. We are about 20 hours away from meeting Baby G., so we are pretty excited around here! 

Till next time-  Juli

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