Designing My Dream Art Studio, Part 1

I promised to post a picture of my very dirt-y new studio, so here it is:

Me in My New Studio 1

It gets a little chilly when the sun goes down and the breeze picks up! Pasha keeps me warm; she’ll be my little studio mascot.

I decided that it was time to pull out my studio wish list and see if I had forgotten anything. This is what I have come up with over the years for my Dream Studio:

- A stained-concrete floor

- In-floor radiant heat

- Fresh-air ventilation (maybe an air-to-air heat exchanger, or whatever they’re called these days)

- A bathroom (so that I don’t get paint on door handles, etc.)

- A sink, with towel bar and paper-towel rack (so that I don’t have to clean up in another room and get paint on door handles, etc.)

- A wall where I can hang paintings and paint on them while they’re on the wall (I love going around my house and “revisiting” paintings, where I see something that needs a quick fix)

- Flat-file cabinets to store paintings, paper, office supplies, etc. (these have very huge but very shallow drawers)

- Vertical partitions to store canvases, paintings, matboard, etc. (maybe outside of studio)

- Hooks for aprons and smocks

- Small desk space for computer, printer, stapler, etc. (the one thing I have problems organizing is PAPER, so this must be kept small!!!)

- 2 file-cabinet drawers

- Area for shipping supplies – labels, tape, stamps, bubble wrap,  etc.

- Large table in center of studio for framing or painting; on casters so that it can be moved around – storage underneath/inside it

- Drawers to store all my notecards and envelopes, reference photos, etc.

- Display shelves around perimeter of room for leaning wet paintings and viewing them often, until I pronounce them “Finished!

- Mirror on wall for viewing paintings backwards (maybe on bathroom door)

- Cabinet with doors for all my books and videos

- Drawers for my caulk-tube paints and tubes of paint

- Shallow top-drawers at painting areas for brushes and knives

- Neutral-gray Formica counters (this will make any counter a perfect palette for mixing paint – therefore, I must have the next item on the list!)

- Glass tops on counters for easy cleanup

- Entrance to outside, so I can get deliveries easily, paint outside easily, have a separate entrance for studio tours, etc.

- Small refrigerator/freezer to store my wet oil-paint palette to keep the paint soft

- Floor space for extra easels (so I can work on more than one large painting at a time)

- Counter space for table easels (so I can work on more than one small painting at a time)

- Ceiling light fixtures, equipped with “daylight” bulbs, providing uniform lighting throughout the room

- Slide screen mounted to ceiling

- Beautiful plants inside and out. And a hammock! And a lounge chair! And a margarita bar – woohoo!

What have I missed? What are some of your favorite space-saving ideas? What are your must-haves for your studio?



1 comment to Designing My Dream Art Studio, Part 1

  • I can’t wait to see your studio unfold. What a great list. I wish I had more bookshelves for my art books. Please keep us up to date with the build.