When I moved everything into the studio, I knew that they might not stay that way. I had an idea of how I would use the space, but that was based on the idea that the drafting table would be my primary work surface.
Since I’ve been doing more painting than watercolors and drawing, I’ve been working mostly at my easel. That puts the work/storage table that houses my palette, brushes, paper towels, etc., on my left. As a righty, that means I’m reaching across my body constantly. I haven’t thought too much about it, but it is awkward at times and not ideal.
The postal sorter is also monopolizing quite a bit of surface space on the narrow table, so things are a bit cramped.
So, I’m going to move the easel where the drafting table currently is and I’m going to hang the postal sorter on the wall, freeing up table space for my tool box, palette, and brushes.
This also makes things a little less crowded in that corner, so I have some free (and accessible) wall space to hang all of the color charts I am making for reference. (I’m going to start over and make charts on some MDF panels primed with gesso. Those will also be more durable than the oil paper.)
I’m not 100% sure where the drafting table is going, yet. Since the move, it was been a bit wonky. I bought it sight-unseen off of craigslist. I’ve done that a lot with very few problems, maybe only a handful, but this is one of those that wasn’t quite as good as I thought it was. We think it may have been stripped for parts, since most of the mechanical pieces are missing. That means it doesn’t tilt or lock into place properly. I have to rest the work surface on my lap when I’m working. It’s not something that needs to be replaced, but I’m keeping my feelers out for an upgrade.
I’m also going to save up to upgrade my easel. This one was a great price and a great easel as I was just starting out. I would like something that’s on wheels, easier to adjust, and sturdier. It’s not a high priority, though. Just something out on the horizon. I will do some rearranging in the meantime, since that’s a free way to tweak a space.
Lastly, I still need to paint this wall! It’s one of those projects that won’t take very long, but I just haven’t done it. I think I’ve shared before, but we’ll also build some custom shelves to flank the mini-split heating/cooling unit and they will meet up with the hardware cabinet. I cannot wait to get that extra storage and make that side of the room more functional.
And I just ordered some linen to make simple shades for all of those windows. The light coming into the space is amazing, but it’s also intense and I need to be able to filter it. I looked into different shade/blind options and, given how many large windows there are, it was going to cost thousands. There are some places I’ll splurge, but I felt like I could make something that would look great, work just as well, and cost a lot less.
I’ll share my plans for the shades (along with some more light control) in another post.
Creating a functional and beautiful space takes time and some trial and error as well. Sometimes things fall into place right away and other times, it takes years of tweaking to get things just right.
Even though I can be impatient at times, there is a lot of joy, discovery, and sharpened skills to be found in the process of working on the details of a space. And that might be worth more than a completely finished room.