Well, it so happens that it's my forty-wunth birthday today, lol!
When Paul asked me what I'd like for my birthday a few weeks ago, I said that what I would really like, is for him to strip out my art room and turn it in to a proper art studio. I sort of said it tongue in cheek, to test his response ;0)
I already know how lucky I am just to have a space of my own for me to work in and I have always SO appreciated that. But anyway, as it happens Paul was very happy to redesign it with me!
Wow! It's the perfect birthday present!!
So, without meaning to sound at all unappreciative of the space I already had, there were five main problems I faced...
- DUST: Coming mainly from the carpet! Dust and oils are NOT a good combination!
- LIGHT: You wouldn't believe that you could have too much light in a room would you? But you really can! Having already put a daylight strip-light and diffuser in there for dull days, last year Paul also put two skylights in the roof which made a wonderful difference to the light in the room. The unforeseen problem was that when the sun came out, it turned in to a greenhouse and glared so brightly on to my working area that there was at least two hours during a sunny day that I couldn't paint at all!
- NO WATER SUPPLY: This was probably the biggest draw back of all. The garden is quite long and I used to trek up and down the garden time after time, sometimes to fill up my pots, sometimes just to wash my hands and sometimes just to wet a cloth so I can clean up! Great for burning calories but not so great if you just want to get stuck in to a days painting!
- NO INSULATION: This means it got really cold in the winter. I had to run the heater constantly when I was in there. In contrast, in the summer it became unbearably hot!
- WOODEN WALLS AND CEILING: The darkness of the wood absorbed the light and it felt a little oppressive.
So, on a mission to turn my 'Art Room' into an 'Art Studio', Paul is, as we speak transforming it completely for my most perfect birthday present EVER!
- The carpet is being replaced with vinyl floor covering, which will massively reduce the dust problem!
- The skylights have been frosted so that the sunlight diffuses through them softly.
- Paul is running a mains water supply down there with a sink and taps! I am SO excited about this!
- The room is now insulated to keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter.
- The wooden walls are being boarded out in white, which will bounce the light around the room.
As if all that wasn't enough, Paul and Charlie are making bespoke furniture for me...
- A large square table with one side always set up for watercolour and drawing and the other always set up for oils and acrylics.
- White blinds for all the doors and windows, which I can open and shut as I need
- Work tops all around with an area specifically for drying my paintings under dust screens
Well, I am feeling suitably spoilt! I can honestly say that I am SO grateful for what he is doing for me. He is just the best husband!
Anyway, I thought it would be fun to share the progress with you :0)
So, here is my art room at the bottom of the garden. And while Paul began work on the room its self - I began working on the view from it - the pond garden!
This is the inside of my art room before work began...
...Almost stripped and ready to start
Preparing the skylight for frosting...
First layer of frosting. What a difference...
...The first few wall and ceiling boards go up
Paul and Charlie making my drying shelves...
And while that's been going on, I've been working on the pond...
My little work of art:0)
So, today the floor is going down, the walls and ceilings will be trimmed up and the drying shelves will be put in.
But Paul has banned me from going in there for the day because he wants me to be surprised later on :0)
Hopefully, by the end of next weekend it will be almost complete!
I'll take some more pictures as it progresses. Meanwhile, the bear who is so nearly finished is safely tucked away waiting to go back on the easel.