Setting Up and Organizing Your Art Studio
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Digital painting is one of my mediums, so I need a place for my professional Epson printer, and all the various archival papers I use to print on.
If finding time to make art is an issue, use what time you have for making art, not searching for your supplies. I have all my supplies organized and accessible.
The computer workspace is in one corner of the studio. Six letter size file drawers are to the right of the computer, between it and the large flat file.
A large flat file and a second storage cabinet complete the area next to the letter files. A shelf above the flat file brings the counter top level with the rest of the counter space, and gives me a large flat area to show unframed work to studio visitors.
Next to the end cabinet, there is space for storing watercolor boards, larger framed paintings, and a couple of 3x6 folding tables I use when I need extra table surface.
I have enough wall space to display a rotating exhibit of finished work.
One of the most useful pieces of furniture in the studio is the rolling storage cart shown at the right in the photo below. It has an open top shelf large enough to store my painting palette and/or blocks of watercolor paper and my water containers, plus cabinet storage below.
When I am working on a large painting and need more surface than my adjustable drafting table has, I can roll this cabinet up next to my drafting table, and put my palette, water containers and brushes on the top, leaving plenty of room for my stretched watercolor paper and board.
I couldn't ask for a more pleasant place to work! Large windows face the front yard and towards one side, the driveway and street. There is enough counter and high shelf space for the cats to lounge around and watch what's going on outside (and keep me company). I don't need any artificial light during the day, but can always turn on the overhead track lights if I want to see how a painting will look under artificial light.
My drafting table surface can be tilted to a variety of angles (for letting paint run in a more controlled way) and is height adjustable as well. I prefer to paint standing up, and I'm tall, so having a higher table surface keeps me from stooping over for hours on end. I also have adjustable drafting chairs for both the computer and the drafting table when I need to work sitting down.