Artist Needs to Know: Setting Up our Home Art Studio
When we start out painting, we may
think - a home art studio? Why do we need a studio?
We don't all need a formal art
studio, but we do need a special place to do our painting. Art is exciting and
we are anxious to get started.
A dedicated space where our supplies
are available, puts us into an artistic mindset whenever we go there. That
makes it easier to get the creative juices flowing.
How artists set up their studios is
as diverse as our imaginations. But the basic requirements remain the same.
Artist studios include space, light, ventilation, supplies, storage and
Our Home Studio
How much space do we need in our art studio?
We don’t need a whole big studio
for creative painting. We just need enough space for us and our art supplies.
A dedicated painting space makes our
painting more convenient. Plus, when we have our own space, we are more likely
to paint often.
While visiting a fellow artist, I
saw her art supplies out on the short part of her ell shaped eating bar,
approximately 3 feet long. She told me that she paints there every evening.
It was amazing that she turns out so
many lovely watercolor paintings from such a small space. She said she enjoys
painting by the rest of the household, instead of being away in a separate
can we paint our artwork?
If there is an extra bedroom, a
dining room, the attic, basement, garage or any other unused space, go for it.
Even a walk-in closet will make a great home art studio.
We can paint on a desk, a fold-up
table, a roll-away cart, an easel in the living room or even part of the eating
When my husband and I lived in a
one-bedroom apartment there was no extra space for painting. When it was
painting time, my portable easel got set up in the middle of the living room
floor. It worked just fine. We use what is available.
One time my high school counselor
mentioned that she paints every evening. Looking around her living room, I
asked her where she painted. She told me she paints in her basement. She goes
there in the evenings to paint and unwind from work.
Painting takes total concentration
and gets our mind off of everything else. Relieving stress is one reasons we paint.
light and ventilation in the home art studio
Good light and ventilation are imperative for our special painting place.
The ultimate light for a studio is north light windows. Most of us don’t
have that luxury.
Even with north light windows, there is still a need for artificial lighting
on overcast days or for painting at night.
Artificial lights need to be a combination of warm and cool light rays. Daylight bulbs give the
correct balanced light for painting art. They are the next best thing to painting in natural light.
Regular incandescent bulbs provide only warm light rays. Their light is good for daily living, but not for painting art. The painted colors will look dull in natural daylight.
Daylight bulbs have a balance of warm and cool light rays. They
make our paintings look like we painted them in natural light.
Daylight bulbs are available at most
local building supply outlets and many art stores.
Regular florescent bulbs are too cool for painting. Their bluish light skews our
color perception. The colors will be off when the painting is viewed in
However, "daylight" florescent light bulbs are perfect for painting in the studio.
is great for both light and ventilation. If there is no window available a fan will keep the air
moving and pleasant.
When I was living in Florida, we installed a
range hood exhaust fan in the exterior wall of the art studio. It
could be switched on at painting time. It kept things moving and exhausted the studio air.
Good light makes painting fun.
Essentials for our home art Studio
We know light and inspiration are essential for painting art. But what else do artists need?
Most painting artists use an easel or a flat surface for painting. We may use a chair or stool while painting, resting or contemplating.
We need storage space for our supplies and paintings. We have supply of paper, paints, brushes, etc. We also need something to paint.
do we stand or sit to paint?
We may either stand or sit. Different people paint different ways.
Standing imparts a freedom
and vivaciousness to
paintings. Our arms and hands are both free for movement and expression.
Sometimes we have
to sit, but that doesn't stop us from painting. Some artist may even paint in their lap.
what Do we Paint on?
What we paint on depends on our painting medium. We may paint on an easel, table, counter or even a rolling cart.
We need paint, palette, brushes and an easel.
and acrylics are usually painted on an easel.
If we sit at a table to
paint, use a table easel. An upright painting gives a better view and
access for painting.
Watercolor paintings need to lay flat or only slightly tilted. We may use a desk,
counter, table or a drafting table.
I use a drafting table for painting watercolors. I sit for smaller pieces and intricate detail. But I stand to paint and view large watercolor pieces.
Then I place a 2x4 wood block under the top edge of the
painting. The block tilts the painting up for a better view and
comfortable painting access.
an Organized art studio is convenient
We need to have our painting supplies organized, handy and ready to use.
- Keep an adequate supply of materials. There is nothing worse than
running out of our favorite color in the middle of a painting. What paint colors should we have on hand?
are many innovative ways to store our paint supplies. We may use
shelves, boxes, baskets, cans, vases or glasses.
a fishing tackle box makes a good art box. That's what held my oil
paints and brushes for years. Necessity makes us very inventive.
A clean organized space makes painting pleasant and more inspiring.
probably have heard of writer’s block. There is also such a thing as an artist’s block. One of the ways to prevent an artist's painting block is to keep our painting area organized.
Without any distractions, our creative juices can flow and painting is fun.
What do we put in our home studio?
- Natural lighting or daylight bulbs
- Good ventilation
- Painting supplies
- Supply storage
- Things to paint, photos or objects
- Easel, counter or table
- A chair or stool
We need our own painting place
Make your home art studio comfortable and convenient, so it's always ready for more awesome paintings.
have fun painting!