In Studio: Space Makeover

Sunday, December 24, 2017

We recently downsized to save money in hopes of buying a house in 2018. So we packed up and moved out of our adorable Seminole Heights rental to a more affordable location. In moving, I gave up a lush studio space with TONS of sunlight and storage space - but it will all be worth it when I can design the detached studio of my dreams when we buy.
The previous state of my "studio" was laughable. Scattered and disorganized. Feng Shui... nope! When I felt inspired and wanted to create, I would need to gather supplies stored upstairs and cart them downstairs to take over the kitchen since the light was lacking pretty much everywhere else in the house. Today, I decided that it was time to create a space that worked. I ripped the curtains off the windows and surveyed the upstairs guest room. Determining what areas offered the best light, sweet Andrew helped me reconfigure the room so that I could have a functioning space. 
Now all of my supplies, easel and desk are on one side of a spare/guest room (also being the room that offers the most natural sunlight in the house.) The above photo is far from finished but it is a space for me to create without much preparation. I need to be able to just get started when something hits me and the constant set up, tear down, clean up, pack up, haul up the stairs, put it all away routine was creating a funk for me that pushed me into not being creative at all. It's not a big space, I still have very little storage but I finally have a work space that makes sense for my process.

One of the most fun parts of resetting this room was gathering all of the randomly placed pieces of art I had throughout the space. Andrew and I created this gallery collage wall as the focal point of the space. Seeing my own work, mixed with other local artists is inspiring and gives the room something special. 
I am so in love with my new set up, that I was able to get right to work. I am working on 10 pieces of art for a new restaurant, I was able to throw down some texture on the first six of them and while things were drying, I played a little for myself. I just got a few new colors and used a palette knife to smear this trio around on a few pieces of canvas.

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