Making Art: The Studio

Source: Idha Lindhag
Source: Idha Lindhag, studio of Tenka Gammelgard

An artist’s studio is the boudoir of creativity!

Above, in Tenka Gammelgaard‘s studio, an artist who works primarily in black and white has allowed herself to splatter paint on her floors. Art can be messy (that’s part of the fun for some), and being too careful about spillage–even in a white studio like this one–can really inhibit the juices from flowing.

Notice, however, that Tenka is extremely organized, and that she has arranged her art supplies in a way that makes sense to her.

If you design your space to work the way you do, this optimizes your workflow, whether in the studio or the kitchen or the office.

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Source: Paradis Express, studio of Claire Basler

Claire Basler is an artist who merges nature, art, and home successfully in a repurposed iron works building outside of Paris. Although this post focuses on the beauty of art studios as sites of inspiration, wonder, and creativity, do yourself a favor and check out Basler’s home.

Flowers are not merely decorative for her–they are integral to her environment and experience of being alive in a place.

All of us will have different levels of comfort with order and chaos, organization and clutter. There’s a space for every person, and every person shapes their space as their space shapes them. Check out the happy, rambling studio of artist Isabelle Tuchband below.

Source: Messy Nessy Chic, studio of Isabelle Tuchband
Source: Messy Nessy Chic, studio of Isabelle Tuchband

We might not get to make art and live in an old factory building with cavernous ceilings and glorious light streaming in, but it’s also not necessary if you want to make art and be an artist.

Source: Mae Chevrette
Source: Mae Chevrette, studio of Mae Chevrette

What’s important is that you make a space–a corner, the kitchen table when nobody’s using it, a guest room, the garage–anywhere, really–into somewhere that reflects what you believe is beautiful, and encourages you to keep creating beauty.

Source: 12 Months of Creativity, studio of Eric Sloane
Source: 12 Months of Creativity, studio of Eric Sloane

Art does not have to remain on the canvas, but can surround you in a passionate embrace.

Featured image source: Claire Basler

5 Comments

  1. So gorgeous, all of them! I want to pretend to build a greenhouse/potting shed and then immediately turn it into a studio space. It is wrong that I aim to repurpose rather than create a dedicated studio?

    1. Is it repurposing if its purpose was always to be what you wanted it to be, but just *look* like it was something else beforehand? I mean, there’s nothing wrong with buying fashionably torn jeans (so I’m told), and I do know that industrial-styled lofts are being constructed all the time that were never meant to be fortresses of industry, and always residences.

      I think you should just go for it–a studio that looks like a greenhouse/potting shed. Like jeans that look like you’ve worn them for years! That’s the beauty of fashion as high art: it extrapolates the practical into something no longer purely utilitarian, but possibly purely aesthetic. I hope your faux potting shed will have great amenities compared to the real thing!

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