Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Workspace Wednesday...

with Chris of Christine Marie Art

The centerpiece of my studio has to be the large table (actually 2 cabinets) that holds all of my art supplies. I had long admired a beautiful table that was in the Pottery Barn catalog each month, but it was out of my price range and didn't offer storage, so I went online in search of something that would work. I found these cabinets and thought that if I put them back to back, they would make a nice workspace. The cabinets and deep drawers offer so much storage, and the table is a nice height on which to work. When I work, I cover it with tyvek so nothing seeps through. (Did you notice the Michelle Caplan original collage on the shelf in the corner? I love her work.)

There is more inspiration on the other side of the room with an inspiration board. Part of it is filled with work from my kids, but I use about 3/4 of it for Pantone color palettes that I'd like to use, pieces of work that inspire me, two clipboards with lists of upcoming arts or craft fairs & calls to artists, and generally anything I don't want to forget. Also on that side of the studio is my computer, where most of my design work is done, printed on various papers or emulsions using an Epson 2200 printer, and then incorporated into mixed media pieces on the table. Sometimes those pieces are run through the printer again for another layer over the mixed media layers.

I have to admit my obsession with art books. I have more magazines and books about collage, digital art, acrylics, and the art business than I could read in 10 years, yet if there is a new book out, I am the first one in line. This is just a little bit of it.

And, just so you don't think my table is always this clean (it only looks like this when I have major holiday company), here is what the room usually looks like, complete with my favorite studio companion Little Bit, my mini-daschund.

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