Garage to art studio project. And we have a studio!
There was a little sun this morning and the day promised to be not so bad, so I decided to do that one last push of work in the studio so I can actually get some work done and paint there.
I gathered the last amount of stuff to go down to the thrift store and took it away. Then I carried the acrylic and oils paint carts, the paint brushes, the large vintage lamp, some in-progress canvases and some of my art books down from the loft studio and set things up.
For a treat, I brought my computer in and listened to CBC podcasts while I was working.
Here are my carts. The oils cart on the left, and the acrylics cart on the right. I really love these practical Ikea carts. So easy to store and move things around.
Here is the old, white baker’s rack ready to store clean canvases, and the art table.
Another shot of the art table so you can see how the brushes and palette sit on it.
Here are some of my art books for inspiration. I want to bring more of my books into the studio.
Here is an old tool box requisitioned for my brushes. These are all oil and acrylic brushes. The watercolour brushes stayed in the loft studio.
This ironware bowl has a massive crack in it (a casualty of a table fall) but still is holding its shape, so perfect for some fruit in the studio.
And I think I forgot to tell you that I painted the back of the door with chalkboard paint. Still have to figure out how to temper it…you know, I think you rub chalk all over it and then wipe it off to prevent the first chalk lines from etching themselves in. I’ll look it up.
Well there we go. The studio is all set up and ready for me to have a lovely painting session…which I think I’ll do tomorrow if I can. For today, I’ve brought down all the old and redundant camera equipment and was just going thru it to take most of it down to the thrift store, when Chloe nixed that idea and decided to claim most of the cameras and lenses! It’s like one step forward two steps back round here…lol. 😀
What a beautiful space you created. Here’s to many happy and productive hours in it.
Thank you so much Michelle!
what a wonderful, beautiful space. I am very jealous! I live in a typical English mid-terrace, so no chance of such a space here.
I hope you enjoy spending time there
Hi Jen. 😀 Aw, but I love the sheds in E. We live in OXON in a semi-detached with a big garden, but many of our friends have sheds and outbuildings converted into work rooms and studios. Do you have a chance of a shed?
Debra She Who Seeks
A marvelous transformation! Congrats!
Thank you so much my friend 😀
I love the idea of ‘found’ space. Have you been wanting to do this for long? Is the garage attached to the house? Ours goes under the house – probably last saw a car in 1928 and is mostly an underused storage space. Well done!
Me too! This garage is free standing at the end of the garden and will probably always have my sports car in it…unless the public come to visit like the art crawl weekend. And that’s exactly the reason I decided to go for the project. My attic space studio, while I love it for painting on ephemera at my desks, would result in severely bumped heads if people came to visit. Also, I can;t really paint big canvases up there so can only paint them outside in fair weather. I think this is the best use of the garage for me. 😀
Congratulations! It looks beautiful. And that camera – oh my goodness, how lucky your Chloe is!
Thank you so much Sarah. I’m sure Chloe will have fun exploring all the lenses.
Wow, great studio space you’ve created!
Thank you so much Carole. I plan to 😀
Marvelous!!! You lucky girl. Now it just needs a beautiful cat curled up in the sunlight!!
Thank you so much Kathleen. I do feel very lucky to have this space. Morgan has started going outside now that the weather’s warmer, so maybe. 😀
Love it! So happy for you and your art. Enjoy, my friend ?
Thank you so much Sara. I’m dying to get in there and have a good day painting. Probably Monday.
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Inspiring and outstanding studio space. An amazing transformation. The light seems really lovely in this space. An art book collection that includes greatly admired, Churchill! I suspect you will enjoy many hours creating art in this new space. How nice for C to have the photo lenses from your collection. She must have your talent.
Thank you so much Susan. I love Churchill’s art. We live very close to Blenheim in E and hold season passes so I get to see some of his paintings. He was an amazing artist. C loves photography and I’m every so proud of her skills. Her talent has grown so much while she was photographing in Japan last year. Here’s her blog: http://chloebelanger.com
well done!!!! i cant wait to see how the tour goes, i am sure your studio will be smash hit
Your studio looks brilliant! I bet you are so happy. A blackboard door .. fabulous! And those IKEA carts are perfect 😀
I am so happy and delighted for you! The space is awesome! I am excited for all of us to share in the journey!