THE NEW ART STUDIO IS FINISHED!
The past couple of years have been good for my art business! I have sold quite a few paintings even with the pandemic! I have stayed busy painting and even started teaching art classes via Zoom. But....
I have outgrown my art space! Actually, my husband and I were sharing an office and over the past 5 years I have slowly been squeezing him into a smaller and smaller area. His area now consists of about 4 feet of wall space, lol!
The good news is that he took action and has bought me a large portable building to turn into an art studio! It is 12 x 20, a repo that the original owners were finishing out inside. So it was already wired for electric, insulated, and partially drywalled. I will need to add windows on the north wall, add a few more electric outlets, then finish out the drywall, paint, trim and flooring, then it will be ready to move into. I'm very excited that I will have room for students to come work with me and patrons can come to view my finished pieces and work in progress! It will sit across the driveway from our house and form a courtyard with our garage. We will also add window boxes, lattice underpinning, and potted plants around it to make it look like a little cottage. It's very cute as it is, built to look like a small barn with trim around the double doors and windows, but we want to add a few more touches to make it look even better!
Currently it is soft green with white trim. But our house is yellow with aqua trim, so we will eventually paint it aqua with white trim to compliment the house and possibly yellow shutters. Right now though it is fine as we're more concerned with getting the inside up and running.
This will be a big boost to my business because my "bread and butter" work are my poured paintings which sell at a local gallery. (due to the pandemic, I left the out-of-town galleries) The pouring work is currently taking up our screened back porch but needs to be inside where it stays clean and dry, not to mention air-conditioned here in the FL heat! It will also allow me to clear my drying table for students to use when I'm not pouring. I tend to pour a large batch of paintings at one time which is much more practical, plus I will have the room to buy in bulk and store the needed canvas and frames. These factors are important if you want to make a profit.
We are very fortunate that our son-in-law Louie, is a finish carpenter and is willing to help us out with the work. He is very kind to say the least, and he wanted one of my large paintings so it works out, right? Oh, and I am throwing in a new set of golf clubs he really wants, lol!
I am hoping to have an open house when it is all finished. In the meantime, I am purchasing the necessary supplies for the studio and keeping up my weekly ZOOM classes. I have a photo of building below as it looks when it arrived and the progress in transforming it into a studio. Take care and see you soon!