Friday, February 6, 2015

A Studio Detour

9x12 Water Soluble Oils on Stretched Canvas
©BEDeuel Bronson Hill Arts 2014-15
Caught up in so many other "details" of everyday life & other such distractions, I have to force myself to go up the stairs & visit my own studio. 

Realizing that I still haven't done any new pieces (Grrrr!!!), I thought it'd be nice to bring you along on the visit.

When hubby & I designed the house layout, we had his 3 young girls staying with us regularly. We opted to make it a 4 bedroom house. And, in the process, we wound up having an enclosed loft area on the 2nd floor. After the girls moved on into adulthood, we also found that we have 2 oversized spare rooms upstairs.

Somehow, I've managed to fill almost 2/3rds of the entire upper floor with art materials & work areas. 

The loft holds a work table used for mat & paper cutting, an old artist table with a computer & paint supplies for glass painting. In between are rolling carts & Yaffe squares full of supplies & goodies.

The framed picture on the one rolling cart is a print hubby made for me for one Christmas that showcases our original logo design for Bronson Hill Arts! He is my best fan & supporter.

There are 2 large windows that look out over our backyard. This is the best spot for the drafting/painting table. Again, the table is surrounded by carts & tables. If I want to keep something on the tilted table, I attach some rubber feet to the bottom & that generally works. I've been using a small cosmetics holder for tubes of watercolor paints with the sticky feet keeping it nice and steady!
I've got several fluorescent lamps around the area which helps to give me better lighting at night for working & for quick photos.

My favorite part is the easel area, though. I have a large wooden easel on one side & a small metal easel. In between is an old desktop computer table that is great for storing oil paints, brushes, water buckets, & as a working area with its "keyboard" pull-out. 

The next room over is for storage & photographing paintings. After 4+ years of doing this, I'm still struggling with taking a good photograph of a painting. But, I think we're gaining on it! This set up seems to be working better than any other I've tried to date.

So, now that I've taken a solid look at all the fun to be had in these rooms, I have to force myself to enjoy it!

Hope you have a ton of fun, too, this week!


  1. How wonderful to have so much space, I have to work in a corner of the kitchen, but I manage! Valerie

  2. I'm so jealous! Your studio and paintings are fab!!!

  3. I LOVE your loft area! I so wish I had one!! And two extra rooms to boot! lol Thanks for sharing the're braver than me. It's the one (literally) area that I am not organized in (the studio). Someday....someday. LOL

  4. Oh, I always love seeing inside other people's studios, thank you so much for sharing!

  5. Val, I've been where you are & I can appreciate trying to work within a small area! When we built this place, the morning room was going to be the "studio", but, until the kids were grown, the opportunity to practice art was too limited. I know I am SO spoiled! Stephanie, if it looks organized, all I can say is "Hahahahaha!!"... Thank you, too, ladies for visiting and your kind words!


  6. This is a deluxe set up! Originally I could have had one large room but it was too far away from the hub of things. Much like Valerie I create in a small area of our family room. It's cozy.. I am most comfortable and creative in this spot. The energy has to be right for me to create!! I am close to everything and that's what works for me. I often write in the upstairs loft on my pc and visit blog only because it's a bit faster. Beautiful set up...wishing you some creative abundance in this New Year!! Thanks for sharing your set up. I enjoyed this post a lot!

    Hugs Giggles

  7. Wonderful the way you have your rooms set up to be your studio. Many artists are envious of all that space, I'm sure. I have moved from one room upstairs to my dining room downstairs. The only drawback is the white Chinese rug which I have covered in plastic.


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