Studio for Acrylic Painting
Painting Studio Fundamentals
Great art can be made on the floor of a garage or in the corner of a tiny apartment, and it often is, but it really helps to have some designated space, such as a room where you can just close the door when you are done. Otherwise, you spend too much of your time setting up and putting things away, which is how I spent years working, literally on the floor most of the time. I know how fortunate I am now.
One of the most important things a painting studio can have is natural light and enough space for the artist to step back and see the composition as a whole. This studio was made for painting at night because that is when I have the most time to work. When I do get to paint during the day, I slide my easel out into the living room which has windows looking out into the neighborhood. When I paint at night, I often have to step out into the hallway when I want to view the canvas from a distance. I also find myself looking over the easel, across the next room and out the window just to rest my eyes. So, this studio is somewhat compromised in terms of natural light and adequate distance for viewing, but there are the ways of working around limitations as mentioned above.
On the other hand, this painting studio is ideal in a number of ways:
- adequate bench space with rolling tables
- multiple easels for displaying color studies and works in progress
- ample shelves for paints, media, tools and materials
- small half-pint jars for storing mixed paints
- a drafting table for sketching compositions
- a tracing table for copying drawings
- a computer with Internet connection for referencing photos and instructional info