The Studio

Because of the holidays and some other things, I haven’t spent more than a few hours of productive time in the studio for the last three weeks. I thought it might be nice to show a few pictures of my studio instead. After almost 30 years of just me, my table, and a set of plastic roller shelves squeezed into a corner of our home, I finally got a dedicated studio space. I was able to set up a large work table as well as have my drafting table, a nice set of rolling shelves with a butcher block top to put my art materials on, and a wall to hang my artwork. To make it easier to move things around and change things out (hopefully from sales) we used painted pegboard  and I think it turned out well. I put in daylight flourescents and have an Ott light over the table. I really enjoy having the space to spread out and not to have to put anything away.  I even have easy access to water.   I have a 1980’s vintage 13″ tv when I want a little background distraction and my trusty boom box for radio and cds.  If you look closely you can see the stained glass on the floor waiting to be foiled and soldered.  The kids took over that side of the area and I have managed to clean most of it up now. And that is a 2005 White Sox World Series win baseball cap on the light.  I can die happy.

Left side of the studio

Right side of the studio

The pegboard wall

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lindahalcombfineart
    Jan 08, 2011 @ 08:20:44

    Thank you so much for showing this! I have been thinking that it would be fun for the regular bloggers to show our workspace. Your post may get that started!


    • ruthsartwork
      Jan 08, 2011 @ 10:56:39

      Thanks. I am quite pleased with my workspace. I really enjoy having space to move around in (even if I spend most of my time at the drafting table) and being able to leave things out. And I have room for a large map sized flat file I was able to buy incredibly cheaply at a surplus store. How I managed to snag it before someone else got it is one of life’s grand mysteries.


  2. Sarah
    Jan 08, 2011 @ 15:16:44

    How absolutely delightful to have a space like yours… a dream come true! Love the “painted pegboard on the wall” idea…priceless!

    I thoroughly enjoyed my brief visit…thanks for the invitation.


    • ruthsartwork
      Jan 08, 2011 @ 20:04:13

      Yes it is a dream come true. I only had a small wall space before to hang anything on. With all the space here, I knew I could hang a lot more here and my husband didn’t want to have to be fixing holes in the wall as I moved things around. It has worked out very well so far. My problem now is more the expense of framing some of the new works and getting them up there. I do have a big matt cutter and am going to cut some new mats when I have time. Somehow, most of my artwork is in non standard sizes , so nothing is really cheap to frame. I have tried to draw into standard sizes but usually am not quite as happy with the finished work.


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