A Studio Journal

All that measuring of artwork for my previous post gave me an idea: why not do the same thing, only by the week? And report on other things going on in that little room upstairs where I spend so much time! I have plans for changing some things around in there (it’s way too crowded right now), and it occurred to me that a weekly deadline of having something to say about it might get me up and moving.

It also occurred to me that some of you folks out there might be interested in following along on that — maybe you have studios, or are thinking about setting one up and would like some ideas (I love looking at other people’s studios!).

This week, I only have words and one piece of art for you, but I’ll get up there and take some “before” pictures. Actually, I should have taken them a couple of days ago, before I cleaned up the Santa’s Workshop mess — ribbons and paper and bags and boxes EVERYWHERE! I cleared two tabletops so I could work, but there is still plenty of chaos to be mortified about, so I’ll take some pictures tomorrow as a starting point.

I needed to warm up with something before I got started on the comic I’m supposed to be working on. This is not procrastination, truly — I really do need to warm up after not working for a while, or risk ruining a more important piece. So I started on this week’s prompt for the Zooly Weekly art challenge group (if you’d like to join in, here’s our Facebook group page) which was “wolf”.

I’ve been wanting to play with drawing costumes for quite a while, and decided that I could do my Zooly critters in costumes! So I got out my costume books, and took some different elements from some outfits from the Cavalier Era (mid-17th century England) and came up with this guy:

wolf cavalier colour

Ink (brush-pen) and watercolour, 7 x 10 inches

The other thing that happened in the studio today was that I was dive-bombed by a ladybug, which almost caused me to put a lot more gouache on this than I intended. She was duly captured in a jar, and taken out to the back porch (enclosed, so I think she’ll be fine) to capture any aphids that might dare to show their probosces in the plants I keep there).

Next week I’ll have some pictures of the studio, and hopefully more art than just one picture to show. If you have studio tales to tell, or even links to pictures of your studio, I’d love to hear and see them — post them in the comments on this or any of the future studio posts!

5 responses to “A Studio Journal

  1. My studio is an ungodly mess. Challenging to get down there to clear it up with my one year old grandson. He has this thing about unpacking. This year, in so many areas, is off to a rough start. On the up side, I’m eating well and last year’s health concern is dissipating. Regardless of my studio, I’m able to still work out scripts and crotchet doll clothes, so all isn’t lost. This year is primarily about building my portfolio.


  2. This is a great idea! I love snooping/seeing other artist’s working spaces. It always inspires me to spend more time in mine. I’m always tinkering with the layout in the limited space I have, trying to get the best arrangement (and sometimes just to change the view).


    • Hi Susan! Yes, it’s a never-ending process, the studio, almost a work of art in itself. I like seeing other people’s studios too — already a couple of people who have commented here have posted about their own studios, and I love getting ideas from other people’s creative spaces. So if you post anywhere about yours, feel free to link it here!


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