Corner Art Studio
When you live in a small apartment and your spare room needs to double as a workspace and a guest bedroom
I’ve envied those artists' studios on Pinterest where a perfectly diffused light streams in from a beautiful garden and there is space for everything. An “artist at work” photo would never work for me, as it would show me on the floor, typically, defending myself from the cats. But, gradually, I’ve turned the spare bedroom into a place where I can draw! (And there is still room to pull out the sofa bed for guests.)
The three basket IKEA RÅSKOG trolley was one of my best purchases. At the time of purchase, it was £39, but now it’s £50. The Daylight Company Lumi Task Lamp, which fixes to the side of the table, also was a good investment.
Brushes should be stored upside down, so I glued a brush holder thing to an IKEA Mosslanda picture ledge and use the ledge itself for storage. I’m still recovering from the trauma of putting up that ledge, but when I’ve recovered, I’ll put a few more up for the cats to climb on — that’s the idea, anyway.
It only took me a year, but finally, I got framed my dad's portrait (so that's two Christmas presents for my dad from one painting), and my homage to Franklin Carmichael of Canada's Group of Seven. C. M. Marr of Leith did a wonderful job -- being encased in gold is a good look!
Congratulations to my dear friend, Vera Dohrenbusch, for being in the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition 2017 -- second year running! Her work is dreamlike and peaceful. I am proud to be a collector and have it on my walls!