I have found in the last few years I love working from home. The peace and quiet during the day allows me to focus on my painting. I live in a small utilitarian home that requires purging every year and be creative with the space. Right now my home studio is my living room. It has a lot of natural light. The basement just doesn't cut it. Even though it's finished and carpeted, it's just too cold, not cozy and no windows. It's hard to get motivated and inspired in a space that's not comfortable. So over the years I've come up with small space solutions to hide most of my art supplies and be able to paint where I'm most comfortable and inspired. That's my living room. I have access to everything. I have music playing on the television and the kitchen right next to me for a quick beverage or snack.
My oil paintings are done in front of the living room window where there's lots of natural light. My book shelf has been a smart purchase for having access to my necessities. Organization is not a skill I was born with but living in a small home has forced me to be creative with small spaces and try to be organized.
The large format computer screen is where I view my photos to paint from. It's the perfect spot next to my easel. My brushes and paints are at arms length.
A handful of Impressionism books and business related books for inspiration and reference.
I love this dresser I recently added to the room. My great friend Jan gave it to me for my daughter's room. I was so happy she didn't want it.!!! I started making plans for storing art supplies. I painted the furniture in a night, roughed it up to look vintage and added new oil bronze knobs from Home Depot.
Easy access to everything I need. This dresser is an art store in itself!
I found this hope chest and turned it into a coffee table. A perfect place to hide my supplies. Acrylics, pastels, paint mediums, lights and whatever else I've picked up over the last several decades.
Lastly, this is where I do my computer work and paint my abstracts on paper. It's a large table perfect for creating on! And when it's clean off..... we eat here too! :)
One day the girls will fly the coop and I will be left with two empty rooms left to be transformed into an office and my art studio. :( They are growing into fine young ladies and I've enjoyed girl conversations and attending their sports.
It's a busy life raising two girls and working from home makes life easier. Until then, I'll enjoy every moment being their mom. xoxo