I enjoy reading Hyperallergic’s A View from the Easel. Artists send in images of their studios along with a written description. I like the messy spaces the best. They make me wonder what’s going on under all the stuff, and I’m envious of the people who have a huge space in which to spread out. It got me to thinking about own my workspace, which I love but have never called a studio. It holds my easel, a large work table with space for my paints, computer, and stacks of miscellaneous items from my current projects, a bookcase, and a smaller table for my watercolors. I share the space with our dog Louie and his toys. The space in front of my easel is his favorite daytime location.
Louie sharing his space with “Floating”, acrylic painting on canvas, 30″ x 40″, ©2015, Pamela Atkinson
It’s a sunny space. I’m grateful for the floor to ceiling windows, except in the summer when it gets too hot. From early morning the light filters into the room and illuminates my easel. I’m addicted to the light and all the shifts and changes it makes throughout the day. I used to paint through the night under bulbs balanced for daylight, I still use them to work on my watercolors, but for my larger paintings there is nothing like sunshine. The light helps to define the colors and show off the many layers of pigment I use to create the forms. In return, when the light begins to dim the mood of the painting shifts and the colors take on a mysterious glow.
I’ve always liked working at home. I get feedback from a very knowledgable man and our dog keeps me from taking my painting too seriously. Where do you do your best work? I’d love to hear, please leave your comments.