Artist Studio Spaces

Artists’ studios have a reputation. They hold secrets. They are brimming with works in progress, ideas half-realised. Notes, sketches, drafts – everything is piled in layers, and the layers are filmed with dust. They are not to be touched by the fortnightly cleaner. Visitors and grandchildren are escorted down by invitation only. They are almost sacred places. I did say almost.

So the Open Studio?

If you google artist studios lots of images come up. Not much dust in sight, but lots of activity in most. They are exciting places.

What was I thinking in February when I decided to open my studio for the South Australian Living Artists Festival? Something different for me. A chance to talk to some punters, hear what interests them and hopefully have some interaction about my work. It definitely will burst the dust bubble and force open the front gates. They are usually closed against the sand and salty winds.

Now for the BIG upheaval.

Adelaide, South Australia

Floor space: There is a track for me to step back about 10 paces from the easel to view my work. This has to change.

Adelaide South Australia

Seating: one usable chair on wheels, one buried lounge. More than one person might like to sit down.

Adelaide, South Australia

Refreshments: fridge hidden in the corner. That could be an asset.

Adelaide, South Australia

Walls: little nails banged in here and there to support a few paintings. Added a hanging track this week.

Works in progress: that’s easy, but they need to be small.

Adelaide, South Australia

Dust, paint splatters: leave the paint splatters, get out the vacuum cleaner, probably.

Adelaide, South Australia

After this: marketing materials, brochures, mailing list sign-up cards, catalogues. Perhaps I’d better do that first and clean later?

10 thoughts on “Artist Studio Spaces

  1. “CLEAN LATER” – that should be in crewel work hanging in every studio! Love seeing your space and hope the Open Studio goes well. I’d come but there’s no train from Vancouver…

    1. Good one John! We did some embroidery at art school in the dark ages – I almost failed. Cleaning around things will probably work. People don’t look for dust. Do you think ‘the public’ should be let in?!

      1. Absolutely let them in – just dust off the paintings and let them see your marine magic – they will be blind to the meager floor dust when they see your work…

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