One of the most important aspects of having a perfect studio is being able to find exactly what you need in a really fast amount of time. There have been times in my studio when I was in the groove, painting along and creating a painting I was really excited about. Suddenly, I need something. Maybe it's a tube of white paint, my tube wringer, a new palette knife or more wet wipes. Regardless, I stop what I am doing and start looking. And looking. And looking. Of course I can't find it because it's not where it is supposed to be.
Minutes later, regardless if I have found the item or not, I am out of my groove and not feeling creative. What a wasted opportunity!
It’s really important to keep your studio organized. The purpose of having a studio is to paint and be creative. It's not a storage room for absolutely everything that has to do with your art. It should be a clean and well lit space that has everything you need to create art at your fingertips.
It is especially important to be organized if your studio is small. It might be time to take a day or two and re-organize your studio. Take the time to plan out a very logical and organized plan. Create “areas” in your studio based on the flow of how you create your art. I have a dry and wet side in my studio. My painting supplies are stored and I actually create my art on the right side of my studio. That's what I refer to as the "wet side". The "dry side", or left side, is where I do my computer work, marketing, framing and mailing.
You need plenty of storage, both flat and vertical. You also need a place to write and a place for your computer. But do these need to be located in your studio? Absolutely not! If you have the space then go ahead and create storage and a work station. If not just locate them somewhere else. It's not likely to need to do these two things simultaneously while creating your art.
Finally, add some creativity to you studio. Take some time to scour flea markets and tag sales to find some really fun but inexpensive storage containers. Re-purpose things to use as bins, baskets and shelves. Build some small shelves on the walls to hold your paintings. Especially the wet ones!
Just remember that once you get your studio organized you need to keep it that way. The best idea is to always clean up and put everything back in it's place at the end of your painting session. Of course, that's easier said than done!
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