My Studio

I have noticed that artists are intrigued by other artist’s workspaces/studios.  Therefore, I decided to take photos of my own studio to share with everyone. As you can see, I am blessed with a very spacious room in which to create my art.  It has two walls filled with large windows, so the natural lighting is generally pretty good.  This room was added on by the previous owners of our house as a “sitting room.”  I somehow doubt that they did much sitting out there…unless it was only in the summer.  This room is not insulated at all, so during the winter it is like a deep freezer.  Hence the space heaters in the photos.  I didn’t include a photo of the right front of my studio.  It is currently a mess and piled with various things that do not belong in there – like an entertainment center that will go to my daughter’s apartment after she gets married in June.

Here is a not-quite 360 degree tour of my studio.  I hope that you enjoy it!

Standing at the entrance of the studio. Can you spot the sheep outside the window? It's snowing, but you can't see the snowflakes in the photo.

Left rear corner. This used to be my colored pencil workstation, but since I took this photo I've rearranged a bit. Now I do my colored pencil work at my drafting table. It's better for my back/neck to work there instead of on the flat table.

To the left are the doors to the entrance of the studio. All of those bins/tubs are full of yarn. Yes, I'm a wee bit obsessed with knitting!

The view from my drafting table.

WIP – “Can I Have a Bite?”

Hello Everyone!  Thought I’d pop in and show you what I’ve been working on.  This piece is 16×20 and I’ve been using a mixture of pencils (Prismacolor, Luminance and Polychromos).  My sweet hubby got me an Icarus Board as an anniversary gift and I’m thinking about using it to help blend the background.Some people draw directly on the paper/board before coloring in the details.  With colored pencil you have to be very careful not to get too much graphite on the substrate – otherwise the colored pencil won’t layer very well.  Since I’m heavy handed when it comes to sketching, my process is to sketch the outline of the main figures on tracing paper.  Then I transfer the image with transfer paper.  If I don’t have any transfer paper available, then I lightly rub graphite on the back of the tracing paper and transfer the image by going back over the lines of the sketch.

Here is an example of the graphite technique:

the front side of the drawing on tracing paper

graphite lightly layered on reverse

the piece in its current state

As you can tell, I’m not one of those people who work one little area of the painting at a time.  My attention span is way too short for that.  I also had to change the layout from the original photo (moving my son’s head) because I messed up horribly while doing his face.  Perhaps someday I will be able to do humans….