Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Little Tour

Before I get into all the art work, I thought I would give you a (very) little tour of my studio.
Don't blink (as they say) or you might miss it!

My workstation.  I always like to see how other artists set up their studios so I'd like to share some of my set ups for a small space.

The drafting table is a nice size, 40" x 60".  The whole tops lifts up at varying degree of angles.  But I usually keep it flat because I just don't have the room to add another table to keep the pallette and paints.  I have a small box to just prop the surface up while I work.
That little cabinet on wheels is great as an extra surface and storage.  And it scoots under the table when not in use.

The pictures on the wall are from a series of Christmas cards I illustrated in pen and ink of my family.  I'll post them sometime soon.

The basket on the left helps with poster storage.  These are mostly for student visuals when I introduce a new project at school.

To the left of my drafting table I have a slim cabinet to hide extra storage and house my music.  That basket is just full of great CD's,  everything from 70's folk, broadway shows, and classical.

The bulletin board is a recent addition.  I need somewhere to keep finished paintings that are either waiting for the next sale at Michael's to be framed or that I just want to view and rework later.  Hence the amazing Homasote board.  I was looking around for a really large display, but ran into crazy prices-like hundreds of dollars!  So I looked around on the internet and found this great site with easy instructions.  My board is 4' x 6'.  It would be great anywhere.  I covered it with outdoor canvas material on sale at the end of the summer.
Here is the site, if you'd like to try it.


They will cut the board at the home store to the size you need and you artists can use the extra board to staple larger sheets of watercolor paper.  Just coat both sides with an acrylic varnish first.

The other side of the room for more books and computer work.
I hide a lot of larger boards and paper behind the desk.
Also I keep baskets on either side of the desk loaded with 
supplies.  And it still looks nice in the room.
And this little black beauty was a Christmas gift this year.   A big improvement over the slightly padded stool I've been using.  It's a SAFECO chair ordered from
A good place for art supplies.  They have everything, good prices and fast delivery.

Well, that's it (I told you not to blink) This room was formally a one car garage inside an 80 year old house.  My work space for many years was in our basement.  I'm not talking finished, I'm talking dungeon-really.  Once I had a greeting card assignment due ( never miss a deadline) it had to be in the mail by 2 pm. (before computers) It was pouring rain that day and the basement flooded and the sump pump was not doing it's job.  But there I was at my desk in goulashes, having to get up every now and then to slam the sump pump with a broom handle to get it working again.  Made the deadline, tho!

1 comment:

  1. Spiritartartist said...
    WOW Carmella! I didn't know you started a blog!! AWESOME News!! I am excited and really looking forward to following and commenting on your posts! So GREAT to see you here ! ! !
    January 3, 2012 8:46 PM


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