This “quick” over haul includes:
- the landmark de-cluttering exercise of 2014;
- the functional re-arrange of furniture whereby we can paint, glue, keyboard AND nap in comfort;
- the massive art supplies sorting and putting away;
- finding storage solutions for finished work;
- honest-to-goodness cobweb clearing/elbow-grease cleaning;
- removing the non-art stuff that accumulated we-know-not-how;
- maybe we can make the window view more pleasant;
- and — last but by no means least — can we access the sink!
Whew. I don’t know about you, but I find these things take time.
Meanwhile, things have been stacking up because the walls are not conducive to hanging paintings. Too cluttered and no long open spans.
Slap-dash instant gratification fix of the day: Remove the goofy little shelf!
Now I can hang wet paintings and use the easel for *painting* instead of *propping*.
Next, the inspiration line needs to be reconfigured so I don’t have to duck under it to get to the sofa.
Imponderable of the week: Studio lighting seems to be every artist’s favorite gripe and I’m debating the situation here. The room is naturally dark (despite a sliding glass door) so I need supplemental light to work by. The overhead lights are high- wattage fluorescent fixtures, but from the artist’s perspective, fluorescent bulbs put out an odd color of light compared to actual daylight.
Both the studio walls and ceiling are authentic solid knotty pine paneling. It’s aged to a rich warm cinnamon-orange and I love how it makes the room seem cozy and warm during the dull, cloudy Oregon winter. But, between the reflected orange cast from the paneling and the green fluorescent lights, all the colors in my art look wonky. I am learning to adjust my color mixing and color choices to compensate, but this isn’t exactly ideal.
For now I’ve brought in a better, adjustable table lamp to supplement the ceiling lights, but in the long run solving this issue will take some thought. Obviously, replacing the lights and painting the room — walls and ceiling — all white would be the thing to do, but I am not willing to go there. Yet.
You can see the progress I’ve made so far by looking at my previous art studio re-organization post. Also be sure to check out everyone’s progress over at Jean Wilkey’s site — she is the instigating host of the art studio makeover challenge.
If you have any ideas about the lighting thing, please share them!