I came into the studio this morning, much the same as I did yesterday morning, with the intention of painting. Somehow, I ended up building this new website on squarespace.com. While I love my old web host, (who actually isn't "old," yet, because this site isn't finished and I haven't moved the kimberscott.com domain over to squarespace, yet), I love the look, features, and functionality I can get with squarespace, even more, I guess. So, I'm moving. It's something I've been planning to do, but I didn't know I was going to start it yesterday. I do know, I'll be pretty much obsessed with it, until it's done, and then I'll go back to normal life. Like it never even happened. It's just the way I am. So, I'm rolling with it.
I'd like to give you a tour of my little studio. I just took this panoramic shot, (above), with my iPhone. It's a small space to do a pano in. That's probably why it looks bent in the middle. No matter. You can see most of the studio, except for my dogs, Lily and Bailey, on the floor, and my red, pondering chair, which is behind me.
Starting on the left, is the edge of my north facing window. If I had my druthers, the window would stretch the entire length of that wall. I should call and find out how much it would cost to put another window in. We'll see. Right now, I'll be happy with the way it is.
On that wall is a small study of my grandpa, Fred. I did it from an old, black and white, snapshot of him sitting at the breakfast table, in the morning before work. I miss Fred. I'll tell you more about him and my grandmother, Blondie, later. For now, here's a closer look at the study. I painted it several years ago, but I've never shown it. There's so much to tell about this little room and the people who occupied it. I'm thinking now, I'll go ahead and develop it into a larger painting.
Back to the tour . . . on the wall and on the drawing table, there are various other paintings and drawings, either waiting for frames, or just hanging there, while I decide, if they're frame-worthy, or not. Some things I just stuck up there to have something to look at. My latest painting, You Can Light a Candle in There, (the landscape with the little chapel in it), is drying. It has a story, as well. I'll save it for another post. On the table easel is a little study I'm doing along with a video lesson on New Masters Academy. The lesson is on using warm and cool light to turn the form. Something I'm hoping to really come to grips with.
On the back wall hangs my big, blank canvas. My nemesis. My future dining room painting. I have several ideas for the picture. Some I don't know, if I can pull off, and others I just don't know about. It's coming to me. It's a big canvas and will be displayed in a very prominent place in my home. I'm not sure what I want it to say. I know I want it to be about family and it has to be pretty. That's as far as I've gotten.
In front of that canvas, is the third or fourth evolution of the painting I started of my granddaughter, Angelique, last year. I like it now, finally. I changed the entire color scheme, (the old one was so drab), and made up the environment she sits in. When it's done, I'll tell you more about it. It just needs some finishing touches.
In the corner sits my old buffet and hutch that I use to store my supplies in, sort of. They're kind of billowing out here and there. New and used canvases an paper are piled on top. Behind it, I've stuffed old paintings, that I intend to remove the canvases from and reuse the stretcher bars. School work mostly.
Next to that I have my artist's bookshelf. It used to be pretty full, but I had a yard sale a few years ago and sold most of the beginner type books. I never looked at them and figured it was time they help someone else.
Above the bookshelf hangs a mirror, which I use to get a different perspective on my paintings, my color wheel, and the John Howard Sanden's Promix Color System worksheet I filled in, probably around 2002, when I bought his book - Portraits from Life in 29 Steps. I highly recommend that book for anyone trying to learn how to paint heads.
Sanden sells those colors premixed in tubes. In fact, I ran across them on dickblick.com the other day. I was suprised to see they were still around. When I did the charts, I just mixed the colors, myself, using the instructions in the book. Now, I know there are a million ways to mix skin tones. I keep the chart posted up there to remind me of some of what I can do. Besides, I just like the way it looks.
On the right, you can see the plaster hand I bought for cast study. I've done one drawing of the cast. You can see a part of it on the wall, behind the drying chapel. I need to do more studies. I'll do the whole warm and cool color thing on it. Right of the cast, is the studio door and lastly, you can see a part of the shelving system I use for my still life setups. I'll tell you more about that later, too.
Anyway, that's the tour. Hope you enjoyed it. If you have any questions, feel free to post them in the comments section. I'll be glad to answer.