A NEW ART STUDIO!

     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 6 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 is already wired for electric, insulated, and mostly drywalled.  I will need to add windows on the north wall, add a few more electric outlets, then finish out the drywall and 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 and place 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 & white trim, so we will eventually paint it aqua with yellow or white trim to compliment the house, then underpin it with lattice.  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 is my poured artwork which sells at the 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! 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, as it saves time and money, 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 to have a son-in-law who is a finish carpenter and is willing to help us out with the work. He is very kind to say the least, and he wants one of my large paintings so it works out, right?  

     I am hoping to have an open house when it is all finished which will probably be around the end of January. In the meantime, I am locating and purchasing the necessary supplies for the studio and keeping up my weekly ZOOM classes.  I have a photo of building below as it looks now.  When it's finished I'll post some more, inside and out.  Take care and see you soon!


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