Some time ago we wanted to write a post about this topic. After meeting several artists and illustrators, we have been able to see and understand that “a painting studio is the house of an artist“. Each space is designed to develop this work in the best way. And this implies a great variety of scenarios. We have not found a manual that shows how to make a productive and inspiring painting studio. In this post we want to present some tips that can help improve this type of space.
Create a painting studio
It is possible to create a painting studio in practically all kinds of places. In a house, a flat, a local, a warehouse or in a cowoking room. It is a physical space necessary to develop this activity in a professional manner, even if you paint outdoors. And is that, in addition to painting, this space should allow you to store your tools, prepare supports, manage your finished works, prepare orders … Therefore, although you think you do not need this space, it is more than advisable to have it.
– Size and production
Before creating your painting studio, it is important to keep in mind the dimensions of the works you are going to produce. Will they have a postal size? Would you prefer the large format? Or maybe you want to explore the full range of possible measures? The studio should be able to offer you all these possibilities, even if you need an auxiliary room to execute larger or special works. I remember an artist who used the garden behind her house to paint large oil paintings. Once the work was finished and the paint dried, he disassembled the support and stored the fabric in a cabinet located in a small workshop. Although it is not ideal, a studio can be divided into different rooms or rooms.
– The light, a key factor
Light is one of the main factors. As in painting, it demands special treatment. Therefore, it is important that the study be in a well-lit room. It is advisable to have windows facing south and / or translucent roof. In this way, it is possible to make the most of natural light. Therefore, we wonder that many painters, throughout history, have preferred to work in an attic than in the basement of a building.
If you have little natural light, you can work near the window or balcony that you have. You will need artificial light, which in this case is advised to be neutral. Today you can get spotlights or high-lighting lamps with a very low consumption thanks to LED bulbs.
Study of the painter at the Brandenburg Gate, by Max Liebermann (1847-1935, Germany)
– Organization and distribution
A few days ago we saw how important it was to have a careful and orderly workshop. These factors intervene directly in the productivity and the well-being of the artist. Assigning logically cabinets, shelves or tables to a certain type of tools is very helpful. In the case of painting, it will help you visualize the range of available colors faster and exploit creativity to the fullest. Who does not feel inspired when you see a shelf of neat paintings and clean brushes ready to use?
– Decoration and functionality
In the artistic field, it is important to be surrounded by objects that inspire us and generate a positive attitude. For this reason, the decoration will play an important role. Bet on pieces or other works that have marked you or that you admire for your technique. It is advisable to periodically change them and thus renew the environment. Remember that it is very likely that someday you will receive visits from customers, so it is important to keep the space tidy and offer a good impression.
No less important is the functionality. I know some very beautiful studios, with exclusive objects and vintage furniture, but they are not practical at all. If you have a low budget and want to make a good investment, focus your efforts on: a large and firm work table, a comfortable chair and good lighting. Here you will spend hours working and your body and mind will thank you
– Music for your senses
Finally, and above all, a painting studio should be a place where you can have fun. Eliminate all noises or distortions that do not let you work with peace of mind. If necessary, soundproof the room. Art requires dedication, patience and a lot of care. And if you lack inspiration or you are blocked, rest. Listen to music (you do not know how much it helps, especially if you work alone), get a coffee, take a walk, check Pinterest or dance.
What do you think? Would you add any other advice to improve a painting studio?
We leave it here. See you in the next post 😉