The Art of Sandra Busby...
Painter of Playful Light in Glass and Still Life


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Wednesday, 6 June 2012

The Perfect Art Studio Complete!!

Well, it's finally done!

I can not begin to explain what a HUGE difference my new art studio has made to me.
It is everything I imagined and a million times more!




...And I have just spent my first weekend painting in it :0))

It was so wonderful to be working in a dust free room, flooded with evenly diffused, natural light, in an even temperature, with everything I needed exactly where I needed it - and with RUNNING WATER!!! YAY!!


Paul made me a double sized desk, so I can have one side always set up for oils and acrylics and the other set up for drawing and watercolour.  The two areas weren't set up when I took the photo but now everything is all laid out, just where I need it.

This way, I don't have to clean everything down, put everything away and set up again every time I want to do something different in a different medium.
I have no doubt it will make for a much more productive studio! :0)







Here is my still life area. There are hooks on the wall behind so I can hang up background sheets of any colour.

Paul has also made a shelf both sides so I can choose which direction to shine my lamp. Here I am about to set up the bear again, so I closed the blind for a dark corner.

The unit beneath is also full of drawers for pastels, pencils, inks, as well as fabrics and things for textural effects :0)



This is a great space with ample room for two easels to be pulled out next to each other. This way I can work easily on two paintings at once! 

There is also an eye-level shelf for my iPad, if I am working from photo's  :0)











... More storage for my various paints, brushes etc. 

Also, the carpet has now been replaced with a vinyl floor covering.


...You just can't have enough storage!

















And this area is just amazing...

Here I have two drying shelves with dust screens,  shelves for canvases, paper etc and a lovely long shelf on the wall above for books, and still life objects. 

There are even hooks underneath to hang inspiring things!






...And the very best bit! My sink! 

In the cupboard beneath, I keep all my jars and rags :0)















 All that's left for me to do now is fill it with lovely, pretty and inspiring things! No doubt this will happen over time. For the moment, it is a blank canvas and I LOVE IT!

I feel so lucky to have this space to work in and it's all thanks to Paul. He is just the most amazing husband :0))



Anyway, at the weekend, I took a photo of my working space on the day that I completed Bear number 4! 
I had missed painting him so much!!

I am really happy with this bear and now he's complete, I will be posting it very soon, so watch this space :0))) 



42 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Sandra! What a wonderful wonderful art studio!! I cannot get enough looking at the photos! You have the most wonderful husband! Well, I am looking forward to see many paintings to come! Enjoy your new place!

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    1. Thank you Judy! I love looking at other peoples photo's on their blogs too. Somehow I get more of a sense of who they are :0)

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  2. Congratulations Sandra on your new studio. I know what it is like to have a nice place to work with all your things I the right places. I hope you have many happy hours in your bolt hole.
    Do you have an inspiration wall like me, if you do email me your address and I will send you a Doodly bird to put on it.
    Regards
    Lynn x

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    1. I just LOVE the idea of an inspiration wall! I hadn't thought of it, but I have now! Thank you! And I will email you today :0)))

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  3. I hope I'll have a REAL studio one day...the desk is beautiful! Arianna

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    1. Thank you Arianna! Well, at the end of the day, a great studio doesn't produce better art, so it really doesn't matter where the paintings are created - but it does make the whole thing a nicer experience though :0)

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  4. Okay, you know you have just made a lot of people really really envious!
    Nevertheless, that said, I am still very very very happy for YOU! So enjoy and paint in good health! It's awesome and kudos to talented husband who can and will do all this for you! Bravo to you both!

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    1. Thank you Lynn! I will have to be careful or his head will begin to swell, lol! :0))

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  5. Oh Sandra, you know I wish you all the luck in the world in your new studio.
    It's an artists dream come true.!!! What a great space for you to do your beautiful art work. Love it..!!!
    hugs, BJ

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    1. Thank you Barbra! It is the perfect space for me :0)

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  6. Sandra, the room looks SO organized...it really looks great and it looks like it has a lot of wonderful light which we all certainly need. Having the perfect studio means so much to an Artist...Paul is definitely a "keeper". Now I can't wait to see the bear!!

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    1. Well it looks organised in the photos, but no doubt in a few weeks it will be a multi-coloured studio, lol! Bear coming soon, I promise! :0)

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  7. Your studio looks simply amazing!! What an absolutely fabulous husband you have. :))) My favorite part of your studio is what you talked about, the diffused light. I love how it's soft, but bright. It makes me so happy I want to come paint there too!! Can't wait to see what inspiring stuff you put in there, not to mention the latest bear painting! Post him soon please!!

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    1. Thank you Crystal! The light really is perfect in there now. It was pretty bad before! You are welcome to come and paint with me any time, lol! If only we could :0)
      I can't wait to pretty it up with inspiring things. Little clippings from magazines, pretty china to paint, creative words...
      And the bear is coming very soon! I just need to take a photo of him and I will probably post on Monday :0)

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  8. Sandra, your studio is every artist's dream! It is so beautifully lit, tons of work and storage space ... everything!!! Paul is the absolute best! :) ;)

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    1. Thank you Kathryn! I think his head will soon be too swollen to get out the house, lol! He is very supportive and it's lovely that he made it possible for me. He is wonderful :0)

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  9. Votre atelier semble formidable... J'imagine votre excitation, j'ai eu ce même sentiment lorsque j'ai eu mon atelier au fond de la propriété que je nomme ma dollhouse...
    Gros bisous.

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    1. Merci beaucoup! C'est un plaisir d'aller là-bas et peindre! Je veux juste être en tout le temps: 0)

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  10. Paul did a fabulous job! Well done to him and congrats to you for having such a beautiful space - and garden too, I might add :)
    May you produce masterpiece after masterpiece, happy in your new surrounds. xx

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    1. Thank you Pat! Though the space won't make a difference to the end result, it will be a much more pleasurable experience to be in there :0)

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  11. What a fabulous studio! My garden art room is at most half the size but it is so nice to not have to keep packing things away! To be able to walk up the garden, rain or shine, and just sit and doodle is wonderful. Enjoy!

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    1. It is lovely to have a space I can leave as I like and it's just ready anytime! Painting with oils in the house isn't nice either because it smells so much! :0)

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  12. Awe-maze-ing Sandra! Enjoy your new wonderful creative space.

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  13. Sandra, that is AMAZING!!!! What a fabulous space! I can feel the creativity ooozing all the way across the pond:) Can't wait to see the masterpieces that emerge! And what a terrific hubby you have to support you and help you make a special space! So excited for you!

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    1. Thank you Carrie! Well, it's certainly easier to be creative without the interruption of having to go up and wash my hands, fill my jugs, blah blah... Bear 4 will be posted on Monday! Yay! Now I just need to find a new bear!!!

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  14. Well Sandra, your man has done a first class job. A huge amount of thought has been put into this art room and it seems to have absolutely everything you could wish for. Just make sure you don't forget to pop back to the house from time to time. ;-)

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    1. Lol John! Paul has just taken up tying flies, which is great! So he comes down and shares my space now - he ties flies and I paint! We have a radio on in the background and it's nice to have the company, even if it only to hear the odd curse flying around the room, lol!!

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  15. Congratulations on your beautiful studio.

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    1. Thanks Sue! It's made a difference to the amount of time I can put in :0)

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  16. The Running Water - MAJOR! The insulation - MAJOR! Light - MAJOR! Storage/washable floor - ALL MAJOR. I guess you should promote him to chief husband.

    I bet you're like a dog with nine tails ;0)

    Looking forward to the bear portrait.

    I've just got back from London - my granddaughter had booked us into Soho!!!! You didn't stay in the 'Z' hotel by any chance?

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    1. Oh wow John!!! Yes we DID!!! Right opposite the 'Singing in the Rain' theatre!!! It's an immaculate and modern hotel - alarmingly snug! But wonderful complimentary cheese and wine! Can you imagine? A couple of weeks earlier and we could have been in the same room and not even realised??? I wonder if we would have looked at each other and thought, 'he/she looks familiar.......'??

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  17. that was quick work ! ...enjoy your new space sandra !!!! ...look foward to seeing your new bear painting

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    1. Thank you Jane! Yes, it was quick! I have just posted the bear today :0)

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  18. Sandra, how wonderful for you! I love it and can't wait to see you enjoying your space.

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    1. I am loving it Liana, thank you!! :0))

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  19. Your new art studio looks just perfect! The big deks, all the storage, the light, and of course the sink. It looks such an inspiring and inviting place to be and to create. I'm sure you'll spend many wonderful hours in there! And your garden just looks wonderful too! Happy creating!

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    1. Ah, thank you so much! Yes, it does make painting in there a whole different experience! :0)

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  20. Fantastic! I've looked at a few of your pieces now but this is a real standout. Congrats.
    Love your post & the way you have photos of all the steps. very nice your new bear painting!!

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    1. Well thank you very much! I'm so glad you stopped by and hope you visit again soon :0))

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