|The studio of British artist, Francis Bacon|
|An art studio in the laundry room?|
Why not? It's called multi-tasking.
The primary considerations in designing and building a modern-day art studio are:
(1) The artist's personality. Are you a "Messy Bessie" or a "Neat Pete," as I mentioned a couple days ago? Are you more comfortable in an office-like setting or a workshop?Beyond these guidelines, anything else could be considered in the realm of a luxury depending upon your financial wherewithal and space available. In any case, your work environment is, in fact, a vivid picture of how serious you are in being an artist.
(2) The media you customarily use. If you paint with watercolors, even large ones, your work area can be more modest than if you do even medium size canvas paintings on an easel.
(3) It used to be artists felt they had to have huge windows delivering natural northern light. Now, few artists work from three-dimensional models so it's not so much the light, but the capability of controlling light that's important. Too much light is as bad as too little. Fortunately, the quality and sources of artificial light are much more customizable today than in the past.
(4) Creature comforts are important. A small refrigerator, a sink with running water, and a bathroom nearby constitute near necessities in most working environments today. Heating is a must, air-conditioning almost a must.
(5) It almost goes without saying any area you choose to use as a studio will be one converted from some other purpose. If you're lucky, you might have available an unfinished attic or basement but both those areas come with multiple problem which need to be solved creatively.
(6) The studio should be at least modestly attractive. There was a time when artists felt their studio walls should always be white. Perhaps, but there's a lot to be said for neutral colors as well, warm or cool grays, or lighter earth tones work just as well. Avoid the bright primary and secondary colors. Let your accessories and, indeed, your art be the center of interest as to color.
|The "cubbyhole" studio of a watercolorist. (The black cat in the chair is optional.|
|Studio of Adriaen van Ostade, 1663,|