Look! A real studio, and it's all mine! With the help of many family members, Ben, and my future inlaws, I now have all of my art supplies in one place!
As I mentioned in my last blog, Ben and I have had a crazy time of moving from place to place to place the last few months, and now we are in a great two bedroom apartment. The second bedroom has become my official place of business and it overlooks our cute little backyard. As you can see, it's a complete mess right now, but my goal for this next week is to get it all set up so that I can proudly show this "before" photo with a great "after" shot! Most of the furniture and organizational stuff is from my most favorite place, IKEA, (which also has the added "Look how awesome I am" factor every time you build something correctly). The small white organizer in the top right corner, I got from Target. It has 15 small compartments, and it's the best for organizing my paints and brushes. I'd highly recommend it to anyone who paints, or really anyone who has a lot of small supplies for arts and crafts. It's great!
All this organizing has given me lots of motivation to complete my portrait commissions, now that I have space to spread out! I am grateful to share that I now have FOUR portrait commissions I am currently working on. Unfortunately, all of them are being used as gifts - for birthdays, a wedding present, and just a surprise gift - so I can't show any progress shots. But once they're given I'll post some high res photos so you can see some of the beautiful faces I'm lucky enough to get paid to draw!
This post has got me thinking about this magazine I recently read in Barnes and Noble, maybe you all have heard of it - I'm not sure if it's new or not - called Cloth Paper Scissors - Studios. It's really great, the issue I read was just pages upon pages of different artists showing their studio spaces and the creative solutions they have for hanging their work while it dries, or storing supplies. I saw a woman who hung inspirational post cards on a random headboard she had, and someone else who stored her lace for mixed media works in decorative antique cigar boxes. It was pretty cool just getting to see other peoples' nests. I worked for a gallery a little over a year ago and my favorite part about working there was going to the artist's studios and seeing them and their work in their natural environment.
Hope you all have a great rest of your weekend!
Hi friends! Welcome to the blog! I'm Mandy and I'm an artist, blogger & founder of the "Artists to Know" interview series. Here you'll find photos of my latest art adventures, furniture makeover projects & advice from successful artists!
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