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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Art Studio Tour

Studio Tour
If you've followed me long,
you know I love the internet.
And this is one more reason.

A group of artists are inviting you into their studios for a look.
At the end of this post is a list of other artists links you can go to and see their studios and sign up for some great discounts and other freebies.

My studio is used for lots of my artistic endeavors.
I like the creative process in its many forms.
I like to sew, make jewelry, calligraphy, quilt, scrapbook, 
and on and on it goes.

Please enjoy a tour of my studio and many others
 by following the links included. 

 This is where I paint.  
I just realized I didn't take a photo of my easel, but it's standing 
to the right of this table because I'm left handed.
I paint in acrylic mainly so I use a stay wet palette.
I have several lights on the desk and overhead lights as well.
I bought this drafting type desk at a school auction.

It's good and solid and I love it.
The paper is just protection.  And I have written notes and things on it, so it's almost a journal of my art journey.


On my left I have these drawers.  You can't see it but they are marked with contents.  
I have my packing supplies, small supplies I take with me for a show, drawing pads and pencils are in a drawer and sitting on top are two bins that hold my panels waiting to be painted.  

 Then I have a cabinet with 9 drawers in it on the bottom and shelving on the top.

The little stack drawers have tapes, glue gun,  glue sticks and other supplies, some for painting some for other crafts.

  These shelves have my art books and magazines, small paintings
 framed and unframed.  I can load for a show from here in about 10 minutes.

The drawers on the bottom you can't really see are full of fabric.
You know what they say, She who dies with the most fabric wins.
I might be in the running.

 Turn the corner
I have a print rack with other finished but unframed art work in them.
I don't light those candles back there.  They got brought down from upstairs and I set them there because I love the candlesticks.  Maybe they will end up in a painting soon.

The two plastic storage systems back there have jewelry making supplies
 and more sewing supplies.    I told you I like to sew didn't I?
I've been sewing since I was 8.



This is my framing area.
I have learned how to do my own framing and I enjoy doing it.
What I don't understand is my fascination with hammers.
When I go to flea markets or antique stores I am always drawn to old tools.
I have several hammers there that are hand made and they just feel so good in my hand.

Up above what you are seeing here are two shelves.  I have a lot of florist supplies in baskets and totes and of course, fabric.


Ya gotta have something to drink when ya work, 
so here's my mini fridge.  

here's my sewing area to the left of my mini fridge.
Need thread?

I have a lot of scraps there on the right.
I make doll clothes for my granddaughters and I work out of there a lot.

I have a small table in the middle of my studio, where I teach my young art students,
I frame here, I'm on the computer here, blogging and adding things to my website.

I recently decided I would open this gift I gave myself this past Christmas.
It's a Chinese brush painting kit and it's been pretty fun.
The paper you can almost see on the table is from my first effort in this endeavor and it's
of an orchid in black and white.

So now you've seen it!
My creative room.
I stand at my easel and paint and am surrounded by all my creative stuff.

I love it and spend a lot of time there.

Here are the links for other artists studios.
There are freebies all over the place so check them out.



Marla LaubischCarol SchiffKaethe BealerJo MacKenzie
Michael ChamberlainCharleen MartinSally BinardJacklyn Karabaich
Sharon GravesSea DeanJohnna SchellingTaryn Day
Julie Ford OliverSarah SedwickKim RempelCindy Michaud
Joanne GrantCarmen BeecherCindy Williams http://www.cathyengberg.blogspot.com
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Since you made it all the way to the end,
leave a comment and you'll be entered in a drawing for 3 of my most popular note cards.

If you purchase a painting, contact me at slgraves6@gmail.com and I'll arrange free shipping for one week.

Click here to go to my website to view all my paintings. 

28 comments:

  1. Great job! A studio chock full of goodies.

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    1. thanks Johnna. There's a lot of "stuff" in there.

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  2. Wow! You have a fabulous studio Sharon! Plenty of space and well set up. I'm enjoying my tour of studios...this is a brilliant idea!!

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    1. it is a great idea. Wish I could take credit for it, but it was Marla's idea. I'm meeting so many great artists through it. Too fun.

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  3. OK - you are one of the neatest studio artists so far. I am so glad I didn't show my shipping or painting area. How do you manage to keep so organized and neat. Any hints?
    Loved seeing your creative room. Thanks.

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    1. You think? I've seen some really neat organized studios on here. Thanks for the complement. Your names in the hat.

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  4. Wonderful studio Sharon. I could live in there for weeks at a time! Thanks so much for sharing.

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    1. Thanks Carol. I'm sure my fam thinks I am in there for weeks at a time.

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  5. Great studio Paintster! Love how you have ALL your arts in one room. I still have all my fabric and yarns spread all over the house. It just won't fit! You look very organized.
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'vegotten more organized over the years, but my kids, at least some of them, will say, this is a mess and don't die and leave that for us to clean up. hehe.

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  6. I am so envious of that framing area! Thanks for the tour.

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    1. I actually saw it on Leslie Saeta's blog when she re-did her studio. I thought, now that's a great idea. That's one of the things about seeing all these studios, we get ideas from each other and we have that AHA moment, "Now why didn't I think of that"?

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  7. Thanks Sharon, very interesting! I love seeing everyone's spaces : )

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  8. I´m afraid my framing area (when I actually make it home) is my kitchen counter, but I don´t frame unless it´s a request or I have an exhibition. It´s interesting to see you use much the same paint as I do, although I´m developing a real love for Golden Open these days. Happy painting.

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    1. I have a pretty good section of the basement, so I can frame down there pretty easy.

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  9. It's so great to see everyone's studios on this jaunt today. Love that you have so many work stations.....and that you make doll clothes for your grandchildren. I used to make them for my Barbie.....

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  10. Pretty much fun isn't it. I made a boat load of doll clothes for Christmas. Way fun!

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  11. I could be very happy just breathing the air here surrounded by the many various tools used to create....I am fascinated that someone else finds it necessary to have so many different things handy at a moments notice...or whim. thanks for the tour, loved it.

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    1. Thanks Cindy. I might be a hoarder. Hehe

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  12. What a great tour!! I have to admit, it was great to see someone else with an obsession for hammers. Every time I go to a flea market I gawk at the old hammers...I got a hammer for my birthday when I was 8...I guess that is when it all started for me.

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  13. I don't know what it is about old tools, but hammers in particular I like so well, but I can't seem to resist. Thanks for the comment.

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  14. Your space is great Sharon and it looks like you have room for everything. I stopped the other day and visited some of the other sites, cool thing to participate in.

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    1. this was pretty fun and there are some super studios out there. Then there's Michael Chamberlain painting all those gorgeous San Francisco ptgs at his easel in his kitchen. TOOOO FUN!

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  15. Hello Sharon, great tour and well explained! And a well organized artist place you got. I especially love the photo with the hammer-collection and the watch on the wall! It made me smile, it has something surrealistic to me, almost like a Dali-like impression!
    The hammers -strong and disturbing- and the watch -fragile and time that passes by-... just a quick picture I had in front of my eyes. ;)
    I will keep in touch from now, I just entered your google friend connect.
    Saludos of a new fan from Gran Canaria,
    Nelly

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    1. thank you so much for your comment. Where is Gran Canaria? Isn't this cool. I love the internet for just this reason. I've met so many artists I'd never have known and then gotten to see so many great studios without the internet.

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    2. WOOOOO HOOOOOOOO!!! You are the winner of my notecards. Please email me at slgraves6@gmail.com with your snail mail address and I'll get them in the mail to you immediately.

      Thanks so much.

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  16. Your studio is so well organised Sharon! You are such a creative person who is willing to try so many different mediums, I enjoyed the tour, thanks!

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  17. Thanks Azra. I appreciate your kind comment.

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I'm a nature artist and I love to paint old barns, rivers and lakes, trees and fence rows and flowers. I work almost daily. You can purchase paintings by contacting me at slgraves6@gmail.com and there is also a tab across the top of my blog for available paintings and one for small paintings with buy now buttons. You can also purchase through my Etsy shop using the name of Fine Nature Art. . Thank you so much for stopping by.