Here are a couple photos of my new/old studio. You can see that it's been finished, with plywood all around. I love this. It was cheaper than most of the alternatives, but still gave me wood. I love the feel of it, the smell of it. I love seeing the grain of the wood, too.
You might not notice that there are lights in the studio now... and you probably wouldn't notice that there are plugs in the walls, but for me, this is a big deal. No more extension cords, no more quitting painting when the day's light fades.
Right now, I only have the one oil-filled radiator, and believe me, it's cold out there. Even though I ran the radiator for an hour before I started painting yesterday, the temperature in the studio only reached 37 degrees. Painting for an hour or so in the freezing cold is one thing; painting for four or five hours in 37 degree temperatures is entirely another thing.
But I will get heat up there, and, more to the point, it won't be this cold forever!
In the spring, when it's warm and sunny, I will have an open studio day, and you'll all be invited.
Meantime, a friend who receives these blogs by email tells me that recently, the pictures are intruding into the writing, especially if she sends me a response to the painting. Is anyone else finding this? Please let me know!
Thank you for reading.
Hearty (and warm) congratulations!! There's nothing like having a designated space to pump up production and inspiration! Heat will help too!
At least winter's half over - and you can look forward to many seasons in your new space.
I get such a kick every time I see one of your pet portraits. You've inspired me to paint "adoptables" for a local shelter, though mine aren't nearly as imaginative. Yours have both an endearing quality and spirit.
Hi, Patrice - Thanks for your warm congratulations! All I need to do is wrangle myself an electrician, and I will have heat. It's 34 degrees in here, and the little heater has been on since 6 a.m. Where do you live? If you're from around here, or you're going to be around here (Gales Ferry, Conn., near Mystic), make sure to come for open studio day (some warm day in the future)
So glad you like the pet paintings. I'd love to see yours - and when you finish, post them to the Art for Shelter Animals Project. I bet yours are every bit as wonderful as mine!
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