It was a tough decision to make, but I decided to move out of my art studio space and make a new one at home. One of the biggest reasons is the studio has been taken over by more musicians than visual artists lately and I if you are going to have an art studio, you may as well have other visual artists around, right? It's always great to bounce ideas off each other and just have that camaraderie. At the current studio, I formerly had access to the alleyway to shoot photos or let projects dry and now it's a driveway. The bathroom is a lot cleaner at my house. I have also found myself working at home more frequently than at the studio. I have a fridge full of good, fresh food here and space to be outdoors. The weather in California is nice enough to work outside so I often set up on the covered patio in the backyard. The power tools are here, cats are here, it's easier to care for the garden and who really wants to leave their house anyway?!
Of course I have to justify it because the studio has been my favorite spot for 4 years. It has an awesome brick wall and a huge storefront window. It was home for the last four years, but I think it's time to move on.
I have been dreaming of using this space as a studio workshop. It has a bench and storage, opaque corrugated roof that lets in lots of light and at 16' x 7'9", it beats my 10x9 size studio any day. It also has electricity. This is my new pet project.
As you can see, there is a lot of work to do. Old, rotten pieces of wood, home maintenance materials and just filth. This space is behind the cottage in the back (where we have a tenant).
There's a lot of random stuff back here: a bike, a scooter, plant cemetery, dried cans of paint, a door, etc. You may not be able to tell here, but the foundation is uneven as well. That's something I can deal with and worry about later. It will be a big undertaking, but I think totally worth it. If we can make it waterproof, give it some decent walls, it would make a great space for woodworking and bigger projects.
Do you see those shadows on the roof? I need to get up on the roof of the building and sweep the leaves off to let in more light. The above roof will be temporary since we need a new fence and the roof will need to be replaced when the fence does.
Lots of wood that has been getting wet for a few years. I moved all of this to the front part of the yard to an area piled with stuff ready for the dump. You can see the sad state of the fence here.
The new studio view. My current studio looks out on cars on a busy street, a big van and trailer that always blocks my view, plus has an ugly industrial fence in front of the window. I think I like this view a lot better. Isn't that wall amazing? I love that peeled paint and boarded up window.
In moving my art studio home, I know I will be working in different places. The printing/shipping area will be in the office inside and I will likely spend a lot of time painting on the table below since it is more out in the open.
Recently, I had a couple of friends over to paint together. The backyard made a really nice setting and it got me thinking I can not only have artists over to make stuff, but run workshops back here. I am really excited for this change. You can see some of my big ideas on this Dream Home Art Studio Pinterest Board and be sure to check back on the Home Art Studio Project blog category frequently.
The short list:
- Sweep rooftop DONE!
- Waterproof rooftop
- Remove all old tools (rusted), old paint and random things that don't belong
- Install pegboard on the wall (maybe - I have a love/hate relationship with pegboard)
- Fix or sell the bike
- Fix the scooter
- Build a wall and new fence
- Replace or level the concrete (there's a big old root that's pushing it up)
- Get a flat file for the office space inside (have my friend weld a frame for it to sit on)
The rest of the yard
- Repaint the metal frame of the table and chairs on the patio
- Buy new cushions for the seats
- Put better lighting in on the covered patio
- Build a fire pit with seating
- Buy more California native or drought-hardy plants
- Especially large plants that will provide privacy
- Get the spring food garden going