Today, I am sharing my “working corner” of the studio…
I purchased the drafting table off of craigslist in PA for $100 and it’s been a great work surface for art. I clamped an old wooden lathe trip to it as a “shelf” to hold a palette, brushes, paper, etc. The clamps are antique wooden canning clamps! I picked them up any time I spotted them for sale, because they can be used for so many things!
The drafting table does need to be refinished at some point. I don’t ming it being splattered with paint and imperfect, but I don’t want a big water ring on it and it’s bringing a bit too much orange to the party for my taste.
There are bigger fish to fry at the moment, so it will wait until the mood strikes.
I still needed a chair, though, and spent quite a few late-night-Internet-scouring-sessions trying to find one that had a vintage/antique vibe, but also one I could sit in for a long time in reasonable comfort. After way too much angst over something as small as a desk chair, I pulled the trigger on this one…
I know!! It’s mid-century and I really don’t like mid-century style. I mean, I respect it, appreciate it, and I can understand why other people love it, but I personally do not love it for my house. That being said, this was the style of chair I kept going back to. It was a little surprising to me. I like that it was padded, had the warmth of the wood, and I felt like it’ll make sense with the 1960’s drafting table.
We’ll see. I might hate it. It’s possible. But, you never know if you don’t try and that’s what return labels are for!
To the right of the desk is the postal sorter that was a Lucketts Spring Market leftover. When something that fantastic doesn’t sell, I know it is meant to be mine. I put it on top of a table I purchased this weekend at Gold Rush Days in Oronoco, MN. It was $65. The warmth of the wood top, the quirky, yet sturdy legs, and the chippy blue/green paint won me over.
The top even has a few paint-splatters on it, so it’s perfect for a studio space. I also love how the paint color of the base picks up the aquas in the oil paintings perched on the postal sorter.
Some of the things inside the sorter are decorative, but many of them are functional as well.
Marmalade crocks can be used to hold water for rinsing watercolor brushes, ironstone butter pats used as mini-palettes…
Tins hold small tubes of paint and a small marble bowl gathers an eraser collection…
Crocks corral brushes, small rulers, scissors, and pencils.
It’s a little space that beckons… Come, create. Make mistakes. Make a mess. Practice, grow, and learn. This corner holds a quiet promise that every once in a while, something will be created here that is worthy of a frame.
So, I’m ready for rhythm, routine, and the boys being back in school, so I can spend some time with a blank piece of paper and a brush in that corner.