Welcome to my newly reorganized studio. Would you like a cup of tea or coffee? My sister Marcy Voyevod, an interior designer with an amazing sense of spatial relations, came over last Wednesday night to give me some suggestions on how to rearrange things in my studio. I’d told her I wanted to move my easel so that it wasn’t in front of a window. I also wanted to be able to see my computer monitor from my easel so that if I was going to paint from a photo (or finish a plein air painting at home from a photo as I’m doing here) I could work from a more life-life image than a printed photo. As you can see from the above photo, we did it!
I was amazed when she started actually moving furniture around and coming up with one brainstorm after another. She advised me to clean out a closet in the next room (where I was storing random stuff and old clothes I don’t wear but was mostly used my by my cat for quiet napping during the day) and use that closet for all the canvases that were stacking up in the studio. Of course closet cleaning lead to the two of us trying on old clothes, deciding what she’d take and what would get donated, and lots of laughs.
Now the studio feels spacious again (without the extra furniture and clutter) and everything is organized and tidy. Click “Continue Reading” below to see more…
View into studio kitchen (which also got some cabinets cleaned out to make room for supplies that were cluttering up the place).
My watercolor/drawing table area
I’d been trying to figure out a solution for something to use in front of the easel to hold my supplies since it would no longer be next to the table where it was before. This butcher block cart that originally held my family’s very first microwave back in the early 80s and had been holding a plant for the past few years worked out perfectly! I bought a little bamboo drawer organizer from Marshalls and screwed it into the side of the cart for a little extra storage.
My son Cody helped me move the ceiling light with it’s special daylight bulbs (which went much faster than when he installed it the first time).
I gave Marcy a purple desk chair that didn’t look right in the studio but perfectly matched her purple combo guest room/computer room at her house and she gave me the drafting stool I’d been coveting for years from her house.
(oops…I’m giving that computer under the table to the kids next door…one more thing I’m getting rid of so it shouldn’t be in this picture). That’s my air cleaner towards the left there.
I posted these pictures and more with notes on them about individual items in the pictures on Flickr. You can get there to view them by clicking on any of these pictures. Just look for any of the pictures that say “Notes” under them and click on the picture and mouse over the little boxes on the picture.