Sunday, June 30, 2013

Artist Studios Online Tour!

Here's a chance to visit the studios of some wonderful artists. Click the links below to go behind the scenes and see the spaces where these artists create!

Marla LaubischCarol SchiffKaethe BealerJo MacKenzie
Michael ChamberlainCharleen MartinSally BinardJacklyn Karabaich
Sharon GravesSea DeanJohnna SchellingTaryn Day
Julie Ford OliverSarah SedwickKim RempelCindy Michaud
Joanne GrantCarmen BeecherCindy WilliamsCathy Engberg

Below are a few pictures of my kitchen/studio. I have a cottage out back where I paint larger work but most of my painting days are spent right here in the kitchen. There are north facing windows so there's plenty of indirect light. 

The floor is an old speckled linoleum that hides the paint splatters pretty well. Even though I try to be good about cleaning up, every few months I have to get down on my hands and knees and scrub it clean. I just cleaned it a few weeks ago so it's looking pretty good in these photos! I use the same easel set up that I use when I paint outdoors. I leave it up and just drag it into the dining room when I'm not painting. It's a Julian half box so it's easy to move around. 

As you can see, my palette isn't too pretty. It's just a 12x16 piece of masonite. I made a brush holder out of canvas which I attach to the easel drawer with a binder clip. 

When the paintings are done they're moved to the dining room for drying. I usually set them on music stands or the middle shelf of the corner cabinet. The photo above is the view you get when walking in the front door of my house. 

Hope you enjoyed seeing my workspace, be sure to visit the other artists listed above!


Sharon L. Graves said...

love it! Thanks for posting and telling us about where you paint.

Julie Ford Oliver said...

Hi Michael. I certainly enjoyed visiting your studio. I have used my kitchen more than once and it always worked great.
Love the idea of the music stand. Going to look out for one.

Anonymous said...

Hi Michael, I have a little room upstairs I use for a "studio"... more utilitarian really, its got some ugly walls behind all those shelves!

I love your artwork, it just goes to show,no matter where you are, you can make a masterpiece :)

Sometimes, so I can spend some time with the hubby, I bring my paints, etc, into the living room and I work on a little tv table, and watch tv :) And I can talk to the hubby whilst working.

I went to your website, I love all your paintings! Keep up the fabulous work! :)

Cathy Engberg said...

Wow! Everything looks so NEAT! I used to try to paint in my dining room where the North light is. But I kept making such a mess I had to move to an old bedroom.

I love your paintings and really enjoyed seeing your workspace. Thank you for sharing!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Hi Michael,

I have ALWAYS loved your I love your house too!

Thanks so much for allowing us to peek in.

Marla said...

Wow, you are really efficient. I've been telling everyone, having more space just leads to more mess.

Would you believe I have THREE easels? The huge indoor one, that was my first, and was FREE. Then a half-French for plein air (a gift), then the plein air setup my husband built for me, which is more practical than the French.

Kim Rempel said...

Nice! Ad I love the piece you're working on.

Sea Dean said...

It never ceases to amaze me what wonderful work can come out of tight spaces. Lovely to meet you so to speak.

Susan said...

You have the neatest cleanest space imaginable. Wow! Loving this jaunt into artist's studios. Mine is a disaster.

Cindy Michaud said...

efficient and effective! and great work, thats for the introduction. San Fran is about my favorite town in the world, you just gave me one more connection!