A Big Decision and a Sneak Peek at the Studio Renovation

Heart and Soul Peonies Aflight
Heart and Soul Peonies Aflight, 16X12, oil

Studio renovation is approaching the finish line, and the artist is learning that patience is a virtue, and also that double espresso mochas do not lend themselves to patience. Another lesson she learned: the artist should take deep breaths and not hover while the professionals are trying to paint walls and trim and the new fireplace mantel. These guys aren’t interested in whether the paint trim is a warm white or cool white that also looks great on pansies, they just want a clean brush and a clear path without the artist underfoot, so they can do their jobs. One final tip – bacon egg burritos incentivize early morning crew arrival (thanks to Chef Carlos! Btw, if you don’t happen to have a Chef Carlos, I highly recommend you find one post-haste prior to your next studio renovation!).

Last week on my Facebook page, you helped me make a very important decision – which would be better: black or white paint trim on the new French doors. Hundreds of you shared thoughts and decorating expertise, and I’m so grateful you took the time. The majority voted for – black! I confess, there were some nervous moments when the paint cans were purchased, but I’m happy to report (teaser alert) – the black trim is in place and the French doors look amazing! There’s a sneak peek for you below.

By the end of today, the new fireplace should be in place, and I’m hoping we’ll have at least 2 weeks of winter, so I can try it out before flip flop weather returns to Flower Mound, Texas! Remember, leave a comment on the bloggy, and you’re entered to win a $100 art gift certificate – got studio ideas, I want to hear them! I absolutely love hearing from you. After all, who knows better what should go in the dream studio than an artist with beautiful, bold, big ideas just like you! Stay tuned flower friends, I’ll be sharing videos of the new studio soon!


Black doors

The votes are in and your verdict – black trim!

PS: The Year 2017 has been a whirlwind year, and my final workshop in Southern France at Le Vieux Couvent is filling fast. In 2018, big changes are coming for monthly online class members of The Joyful Brush, with cool new features and new paintings. Learn more here!

PPS: Want to win a $100 gift box of art supplies? Leave a comment here on my blog and share your dream studio ideas! I’ll announce the winner on January 30 here on the bloggy!


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  1. The black French doors are amazing! I can’t wait to see the finished room. Blessings for a great weekend in Flowermound!

  2. The black doors are perfectly elegant to go with your choice of chandeliers. I bet you will have fun adding other black accents to tie it all together.

    Something really exciting is going on with your paintings. You know I have always loved your art, your expression!!! …. now I am seeing new emotion coming through!!! Can’t wait to see what you do next. Love, Connie

  3. Love the black doors Nancy!!! My dream studio would be open cabinets and shelving so that I can see all my products! Lights on a track that I could move and swivel and of course a nice, beautiful chandelier in the center would be ideal!! All white and black with accents of color here and there! 🙂 Can’t wait to see you finished studio – sure it will be fabulous!

  4. Love what you are doing to your studio! I invested in some rolling utility carts.
    They are great and you can move them where ever you need them or out of the way. Great for holding paints and supplies. Ikea and Harbor Freight have various colors and sizes available. Look for Harbor Freight coupons for a discount!

    • Great tip Ellen! I love those things. Now I’m thinking I need to retire the old ones for new ones for the new space!

  5. Just remember you can NEVER have enough storage. Moving into your new studio would be a great time to purge your old supplies, etc. Now, have a blast getting setup in your new space. Oh, btw, the black doors looks great!

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