Monday, June 11, 2012

Thanksgiving Day Stroll

I decided to paint a full painting for the first time in my newly organized studio today. Well, I first touched up a painting I needed to make some changes on (may post that later). But that didn't take long and just wasn't quite enough. So I pulled out a reference photo I took last November when visiting my sister Amy and her family for Thanksgiving, in North Carolina. One of their family traditions is to go for a walk on the beach at Fort Macon State Park and this year the weather was wonderful for it. The whole family went, and I took a photo of my nephew Chad and his girlfriend Shannon. This was done on my usual 9x12 Art Spectrum paper with a variety of pastels.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

My Studio

One of the things I was excited about with my new home in Florida was that I was going to be able to have one entire room to devote to being my studio! Except I've been in my house for 8 months now, and the studio room was the one room of the house that was still a wreck with boxes stacked all around. I also love quilting and fabric arts (though have not done much of it lately) so my studio also needed room for my sewing machine and fabrics, and I had boxes and boxes of fabrics and nowhere to put them.

Not to mention paintings, boxes of pastels, beading supplies, quilt batting, canvases, pastel paper.... I just needed more storage space. So finally this past Monday I went out to look at storage units at Home Depot. I had planned to just buy an open metal shelving unit, but while I was there I was quite taken by this inexpensive Martha Stewart 9-cube organizer that can accomodate fabric boxes that fit right into the cubes! The oraganizer is stackable so I bought two of them.

I had to shift things around a small bit to make room for the organizers, but that gave me a good spot to put the IKEA children's easel that my grandson and I love to use when he comes over for visits.

And the organizers look great. Some of the cubes I left open, and some I bought boxes for - so I now have boxes for things like acrylic paints, beading supplies, picture hanging supplies, small bits and bobs of fabric.

It looks so nice I may have to paint a picture today. :-) Or start a quilt!