Studio Tour


4-by-6-online.jpg Here I am sitting for a minute before I start the painting…..probably wondering what will I paint next. Often, I plan, plan plan, but once I start, I usually forget the plan and just let the painting decide what it wants to be.

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 Here are some small pieces of paper waiting for me to just get a few minutes to start a painting.    I think I was gessoing these .. I usually do the priming in an assembly line  because it can get messy. 

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I don’t like to store all of my seldom used items in my painting area preferring to keep it tidy. Especially since My painting area is small.
Behind all these completed paintings are several things, a big box of mat board, slides, a light box and related equipment ( some things I can’t seem to throw out even though I haven’t used them in years) and framing supplies. Also framed bios which are ready to be hung with my photo for outdoor festivals or street shows.

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I have a small TV in my work area that I can watch. Often I will watch DVDs or videos of other artist’s painting or giving instruction. Its a good way to learn and its very easy to trade DVDs or videos with other artists so you can always have something new to see and possibly learn a new trick of the trade.

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This is a walk in closet that I keep most of my frames and also larger framed paintings.   Many of these paintings are stored here after being in a show or in a gallery.   As you can see…  I also store my Bike here to keep it dry and clean.

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Here is a sneak peek at many of my small paintings just waiting for someone like you to buy.  They are stored flat and by size. I have four big drawers full of Daily painting.

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This is my little area that I use to pretty much do everything from painting to shipping.  The green cabinet straight ahead is of course my flat files with all of my stored paper which I buy in bulk, all of my customer information and my daily paintings, also many larger works and drawings.  I got this flat file at a newspaper that I used to work for because as most of you know newspapers now use computers. Of course I’m old enough to remember when back in the day they did something called “cut and paste ” these files were used to store all of their materials for this job.  These flat files became obsolete and if your lucky, you’ll get one for next to nothing from your local paper. These large files are sold for $500.00 in most artist’s catalogs.   On top of the flat files is my mat cutter ( I highly recommend the Logan 650) but from this distance you can’t see it very well… also along the sides of the flat file are stored all types of supports and foam core.  My router is on top of the flat file and my computer is across the room on a small table I use to package the paintings and get them ready to ship out.

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This  large cabinet is full of art books, sketch books,  video tapes  and DVDs of art instruction and art history books.  I really love these books and go thru them on a regular basis.  

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This is a photo of my daily painting table with my dog SAM lying underneath.  I have three large dogs and there is always one under the table as I’m painting.  
If you go to watch my video on Utube this part of the video is bascically black because it’s evening and a black dog in the dark is a dumb thing to video unless of course he opens his eyes.

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This is a table I use for pressing the daily paintings. I also do most of my own framing and matting for the watercolor paintings.  I will usually send out larger works for shows but most smaller paintings I’m comfortable with matting and framing myself if I have time. The square item at the-top right is what I use to flatten out the small paintings. I place the painting right side down in between paper towels inside the little press. Then I use books or heavy objects to keep it weighed down till it drys.. the final result is a perfectly flat painting, ready to mat. All you need are two boards connected with a hinge. This was my brother’s idea, I used to just put a lot of books on top of the paintings which were placed inside of paper towels.chubbs.jpg

My cat is my best critic… she watches  and comments..  Everyone’s got an opinion!

I had a plan to up load a video with music or some fancy editing but as luck would have it no time… so if you would like to see my work space you can go to YOU TUBE and I uploaded a soundless video of my painting space you can look for it by going to youtube.com and putting in “Shantiartist” and my studio tour should come up. I was really under the gun today so I didn’t have time to really put much together. I hope you have enjoyed this slice of my life and a view of my work area. 

 HERE IS MY PAINTING FOR TODAY….  DID YOU THINK I WOULD FORGET?
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7 thoughts on “Studio Tour

  1. I don’t understand about putting a watercolor painting in a press “until it drys.”

    Could you explain, please? All I can imagine is a reverse image of my painting, on paper towels!

    Thanks!

  2. Just had to tell you that I LOVED your studio tour. What a great, warm, inviting space you’ve created. I believe that a studio is not complete without dogs and cats so yours is perfect. I liked reading your comments too, especially the flat file stuff as I used to be one of those paste up people cutting and pasting and putting the pages of the local daily newspaper together. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This is a wonderful studio tour. I felt like I was standing there, watching over your shoulder. But honest now, did you have to clean up before you took the pictures? 🙂 I sure would have had to spend days getting presentable.

  4. Great studio with so much storage space! Wow you have a lot of paintings there! I see you also have some furry companions…seems they always find it restful to be near a quiet, creative mind. I particularly like your antique china cabinet and dresser/buffet which you’ve cleverly turned into more storage. Great idea.

  5. Thank you for sharing your studio workspace! Isn’t it wonderful to have furry, four-footed critics? Some of my best studio work is annointed with kitty hair.

    You have such talent and I am proud to have you at Southern Plein Air Painters. :o)

  6. I know how you feel with the art. The only thing that keeps me painting is the enjoyment of me looking at the completed work and feeling a sense of improvement inside of me. Your words in this days blog really are meaningful and show your wisdom and experience. I too have been painting for a long time, 25 years now and I can honestly say I get better each time I paint. Thanks again.

    Derek

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