Secrets Of An Artists Studio
Artists Studio Essentials
Artists studios, come in all shapes and sizes. There are however certain elements that make an artists studio much more enjoyable to work in and offer greater functionality. Three key items that are indispensable in a studio are:
1. A decent easel
2. A Large mirror
3. A comfy chair, a lounge chair or a settee
Of course, there are many other things that contribute to making a studio not just functional, fun to be in. It is important to remember that your studio space contributes to how you feel when you’re painting and therefore can significantly influence how you work in that space. Creating is a complex process. We often create at our best when we are in a nurturing environment. If we have to hassle with the elements or feel uncomfortable with the surroundings this can create a barrier to the way we connect with our creative flow.
The fewer external distractions we have the more connected we care to our creative process.
Now you may think that my three indispensable items are not what you expected them to be.
A Decent Easel
For many years I made do with rickety easels. When I first came to Australia I painted out on a veranda, which was rather chilly in winter as there was no room in the house where we lived, to have my easel or a studio. We do these things because we have to and if you are motivated enough you will paint under all kinds of difficult situations. However, that doesn’t make them ideal.
It was only last year that I bought my first easel that winds up and down with a handle. What bliss. Expensive bliss, but bliss nevertheless. If I had realized sooner, how much easier it makes my artist’s life, I would have saved up and bought one a long time ago.
A Comfy Chair
I have found over the years that having a comfy chair in my studio has become an indispensable item. At times, when I need to take a break from painting, I will sit in my comfy chair which is set up so that I can see the painting I’m working on, in my large mirror.
A Large Mirror
This means that as I’m taking a break I can look at my work from a different point of view, which is valuable because when you are working alone you need to be your own critic and discover your own mistakes. Sometimes a mirror is one of the only ways you can do this. I have found a mirror to be an indispensable tool in my studio practice as it offers me a different point of view about the painting. Not only am I viewing it from quite a distance away, but also I’m seeing a reversed image. I find that this allows me to see mistakes that I wouldn’t otherwise pick up.
The photo above shows the painting I’m working on, in the mirror. It is taken from my comfy chair opposite the mirror. I have positioned the mirror so I can see my painting from a sitting position. Sometimes this can be a bit tricky and will take a few goes to get it right.