Thursday, September 15, 2016

A New Studio Space

 I thought I would share a photo of the studio in our new home.

The space is divided into three zones: the active studio, the library, and the computer area. This is not a huge room, but it does allow for some separation for the different work tasks.

New Studio
The picture ledges are aluminum trays made to hold chalk or markers.  They are light in weight but super strong, and they are easily attached to the walls using screws into the studs behind the wall board.  The trays do NOT come with any holes in them for mounting, but a 3/8" drill with a steel bit easily drills through the aluminum.  This way you (or your handy person) can locate the screw holes where the studs are in the wall.  I purchased the aluminum trays online from

I wanted to have picture ledges that were continuous along the wall, and I also wanted them to be simple and sort of blend into the background so that the art sitting on the ledge could be the focus of attention.  Any wooden picture ledges I found or thought about making would have been much heavier, requiring stronger attachments, than these aluminum trays needed.  I'm very pleased with how they turned out.

A rolling tool chest houses the majority of my painting stuff - brushes, paints, etc.  I shamelessly borrowed this idea from Carol Marine who is one of my favorite contemporary artists.

An inexpensive rolling "trolley" from a beauty supply chain holds my palette and can be easily moved around the room.  A clamp-on lamp is attached to a tripod stand and provides plenty of light for artwork. The easel is made up of a camera tripod and the Guerrilla No. 17 Flex Easel. A panel holder is set in the Flex Easel to hold the small boards I use.