Any studio space requires few specific component: lighting, easel (work space), and storage for materials. Arranging them all to fit the artist needs is quite the challenge, and can drive some of us simply mad.It has been nearly five months since I moved to my smaller blank studio. It has taken me most of that time to research studio setups, build in storage, set up lighting.
I recently started building in a wall easel to accommodate larger paintings without sacrificing floor space. It is effectively a large 8′ x 8′ easel with multiple vertical masts to accommodate BIG paintings or multiple panels side by side. Thankfully, the simpler design requires very few major tools. I did find the auto leveler quite useful for the 8ft expanse. I still need fabricate the bar clamps (awaiting parts), but I am excited about it!
The wall easel is quite brilliant and inspired by Jason Tueller http://paperbirdstudio.net/wall-easel/.
Meanwhile all this time, I continued to struggle to really get a feel for what my studio space should be. So much to my frustration even after installing the wall easel, my studio still felt out of sorts. I kept turning around to find myself walking back out of the cave, even more frustrated.
So this morning, I resolved to flip the layout of my studio in hopes of opening up the space. We took down the wall easel (sanded down any fussy spots) and reassembled it on the opposite wall. This required me to relocate the lighting to the opposite side of my studio. I have also realized I should down size my giant taboret to soon to something more smaller.
After much help from my loving husband, I have achieved a better layout and better energy for working. I have room set aside for future still life area,more shelving, a work desk and a resting / thinking spot. I even worked in a short still life study to find myself positively happy even after whipping it off.
Tonight, the studio feels so much better with open wall space and balanced lighting.