When I asked for your ideas for a dream come true art studio last week, the suggestions came pouring in! Maybe you, too, are thinking/wishing/hoping to build your dream studio. Even if it’s not yet on your horizon, I couldn’t resist sharing the best ideas right here on the bloggy. Now, bear in mind, I’m still getting used to my new Web site, and the WordPress platform (if you know a WordPress expert, please send them my way!), so this won’t have cute bullet points or anything.
Growing Big Dreams in Flower Mound
A few of your ideas just absolutely blew me away. How on earth could I keep my six hanging shoebags of paint tubes handy without creating instant clutter? You had the answer! What about great lighting, for an artist who paints at night? You had the answer! Seriously, I just want to paint daisies, wake up one day, and have the whole studio finished, perfect, and waiting! (*insert reality check moment here*) Tomorrow morning, it gets real. We meet with the architect and the plans will be drawn up. Permits will be submitted, materials will be ordered, and there’s no turning back, so I had better have my studio ducks in a row! eep! Here are the top 10 ideas for building a dream art studio:
Add a small greenhouse from the French doors leading out to the flower garden
Include spot lights that point up to the ceiling on top of the wood beams for bounced light
Custom build a narrow closet with poles that swing outward for my shoe bags full of paint
Include north facing windows, with adjustable shades and/or windowcovers
Use faux wood tile floors, less slippery than patterned concrete and tougher than hardwood
Build light colored high ceilings for good ventilation
Include soundproofing in windows, doors and all walls (we live under a flight path!)
Include lots of windows and two sets of French doors leading to my outdoor studio/garden
Install two of the awesome new ductless air conditioning units to combat the Texas heat
Include a writing corner away from the work area with a soft chair and comfy pug beds nearby
If all this brainstorming has given you some great ideas, please feel free to share those here. If one of your ideas gets incorporated into my dream studio, you’ll be entered to win a cool prize! Stay tuned for the step by step shots of construction to come.
In the meantime, here are some photos from my Disney-sponsored flower painting workshop in North Texas last week. If you’re just hearing the news, I was absolutely honored (and excited) to be asked by Disney to teach a painting workshop to promote the premiere of Beauty and the Beast. Attending the event were bloggers from around the region, photographers, PR folks and some super cute kids. We painted poppies in brilliant acrylics, ate lots of cookies and posed for pictures for the big premier. I’m still pinching myself, and had such a great time working with the coordinators for the event. Talk about a super positive, super professional group, it was Disney all the way!
Photos from the Disney Flower Painting Workshop