New Studio!

New studio space

 I think one of the hardest things about being a parent is that your child grows up.  And they move out.  And they leave an empty space behind that no amount of things can fill.  Your heart is broken, you feel at a loss as to what to do.


On the other hand - they move out and leave an empty space.  What can one do with empty space?  Why take it over and have a bigger studio of course!
This is the 4th re-do that I am aware of.  The upstairs is part of the original 100+ year old farmhouse.  When I came on the scene it was 2 bedrooms.  You had to walk thru one bedroom to get to the other.  The stairway was back where that orange bi-fold door (a bathroom now) is.  There was no heat upstairs at all.
When we inherited the farm about 8 years ago, we set about gutting the entire house right down to the [real] 2 x 4's.  This upstairs room became one room, we moved the stairway to the other side and direction and put in a 1/2 bath.  5 windows facing east, west and south.  Lots of light!  Our son's room.
Fast forward to now.  Move stuff out, fill holes, repaint.  Move studio upstairs.  Enjoy!

carving station at left center

I print standing up at this 8ft. long work bench.  Drawing board is in the back corner.

New to me flatfiles (Craig's List purchase) along stairway


Annie B said...

Fantastic! What a great space to create in. I see places to sit and ponder, to draw, to carve, to print. I can't wait to see what you make in this room. I print standing up too. Eight feet is a great size for a work bench, and helps put the size of this room in perspective! Congratulations.

Diane Cutter said...

My idea of heaven!!! What a wonderful space. I love the workspace in the middle of the room and I spy those flat-files you got for a song.

etcherman said...

Looks great!

Enjoy your new space.


jerelee said...

Im really identify with your comment about your kid leaving and your need to fill that dead space - emotionally and physically. WOW! Your space is fantastic and I especially love your long table. I keep waiting to make a studio when my daughter leaves (maybe it's just an excuse for me not to begin my work as a full time artist). I am so blogged down with being a teacher that I don't have much creative space in my brain left for printmaking. Enjoy your space as you enjoyed raising your daughter.

Andrew Stone said...

WOW; great space; I can feel great work coming out of it.
Transitions are always "interesting".
Love the work table and like how you placed your flat files.

I'm jealous.