Saturday, March 13, 2010

Get Ready, Get Set ...

For a while I've been dreaming of custom shelves that would be just deep enough to display all my still life stuff, but not so deep I have trouble getting things out. My husband thought I was crazy, but I asked for 8" deep. We went to Home Depot to get the wood and he forgot that dimensioned lumber is actually less wide than it says, so my shelves are 7 1/4". But it worked out fine. Here is my husband installing them. Meanwhile I was frantically moving all my stuff from the old studio and putting them temporarily on the floor (left).

And here is the moment I've been waiting for! For some it might look like a bunch of junk - to me it is a lovingly managed collection of superb still life junk. There was just enough room. Apparently I am banned from ever going to Goodwill again.

Here is my painting corner, complete with my new Sorg easel, rolling palette and paint holder (awsome!), and shadow box.

And here is where I'll be taking naps ... I mean resting and pondering my paintings. You may notice the mat on the floor - it's a "Cadillac" mat from uline.com. I got a 10' one (3' wide) so my feet don't hurt - I back up constantly to look at what I've done.

And here is my beautiful little desk with a frosted glass top. I got it from Ikea and I really love it. And the cute little rug by the door (Target). I'm very happy.

Next we'll install another row of shelves for all my other stuff (books, etc.) and build a work table for shipping, etc.

22 comments:

  1. Carol, it looks great!. How many square feet? I'm dreaming of building my own too.

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  2. This is beautiful and amazing. You two did wonderful work. Congratulations!!

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  3. From the photos it looks like your studio is the back room, or the North end of the building. I was wondering if you have much inventory that you store and if that's what the front of the building will be used for...or do you sell most of your work? Also, how are you heating or air conditioning the space? Love your nap, I mean viewing and pondering chair! and your collection of things to paint.

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  4. Carol, I love your studio; I'm building one, too. What are the dimensions of your large windows? I'm thinking of putting in 4' x 6' but yours look larger. Are they double hung or does only the bottom part slide up? Love your paintings and your work ethic is an inspiration.
    thanks! Linda

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  5. Oh Carol, this is so super! I can just imagine how excited you are about doing your first paintings here. Can you give some more detail on the rolling palette and paint holder? Where you using this one previously in your smaller space? Can you share your criteria for choosing this one, who makes it, and what others you considered?

    Happy painting to you (#999 here you come)!

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  6. What a wonderful space. Congratulations! Happy Painting!

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  7. Wow,,,how far you have come with this project...just great! AND,,,,all your "crap" looks wonderful on their very own shelves,,,how cool is THAT! Wow, I am excited for you,,,really! I know what you mean about not yet painting in there,,,I did the SAME thing when we moved into this house. Everything was so new and it took me about a month and 1/2 till I actually painted but LOOKOUT once the paint starts flying....it will feel soooo wonderful out there,,,and I NEED that rolling palette of yours :) Good luck and wow, # 999,,,,wow

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  8. Wow. You are so deserving of your new studio! I do have one question - where did you get your shadow box? Did it come with the tripod? Let me know. And congrats again. What a beautiful space! I do hope #1000 is painted in your new studio!

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  9. So happy for you, Carol! Your going to have so much fun painting in your new studio! Enjoy!

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  10. Great space! Now you just have to get it dirty with some paint and break it in. :o) Where did you get that great rolling stool with the tractor seat?

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  11. This turned out GREAT - can't wait to come christen it! CONGRATS!!!!!!! XOXOX

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  12. What a WONDERFUL space! Have fun there and HAPPY PAINTING!!!

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  13. SOOO exciting Carol!! Congratulations!! You are an inspiration to me. I can hardly wait to see what you have painted every day!!

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  14. you are going to LOVE the mat Carol. i have one as well and walk back and forth as you do and wow, it's really been a great help. i LOVE your studio, so organized, so much room. woo hoo!

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  15. Thank you all so much!!! For the person who asked about the size of my windows, the 3 large ones are 3x6 feet. I have one smaller one that will be near my workbench.

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  16. A studio to dream for! I love it all, Carol!

    Hugs,
    Sheila

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  17. Dear Carol,
    Thanks for sharing your studio in such great detail. I especially like how you stored your 'still life props' so neatly.
    gratefully,
    Dale

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  18. Dear Carol, just read about you in Professional Artist Magazine. I met an artist in the VA area who also uses A Painting A Day. You confirm what she advertizes and it inspire me as I am searching how to sell what I create.
    A real joy to be able to learn from others and share what one can do and how! Happy New Year in your New studio. Christine

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  19. Great Studio Carol!!! Awesome work. Customized personal work spaces add to the pleasure of working. It gives you an environment to completely blend into your work and be more productive and creative while still enjoying your work.

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