All artists fantasize about their perfect studio space. Most are lucky to have a small area in the house or apartment, or maybe even a patio or garage to paint in. But an actual studio in a separate space? doesn't happen much.
BUT ... I just got a free, yes FREE, studio space, courtesy of my husband and his great idea. I will now occupy space in an unnamed (and unrented!) strip office mall. It's about a mile or so from my house, and I can now leave my easel and paint supplies and general mess out for the duration. I can't wander to the studio in my PJs (can I?), but I'm not generally one to paint in the middle of the night.
I will use some drop cloths (which I hate because of the potential for tripping), but I do have a responsibility to keep it clean, esp. since it's not really an art space. Cleanup -- especially in someone else's space -- is time consuming, although I am neater than I used to be as a result of hating to clean up so meticulously. Using the lovely green product, Turpenoid Natural (Martin/F. Weber & Co.) helps me tremendously with cleanup and I believe it is a
requirement for every studio.
I have not seen the interior of the space yet, but on my wish list: good lighting (natural and artificial), good ventilation and lots of storage. But beggars can't be choosers, as my mother would say. That would certainly be ungrateful. But there's nothing wrong with hoping....
Photos of the new space will follow. Stay tuned.