My Studio Setup

So it’s 8:30pm, and I’ve spent the day painting our living room (not the most enjoyable kind of painting!)

I really don’t feel like writing a blog post, but hey, I guess that’s why they call it a challenge! My wife says I have to do one or I’ll feel bad tomorrow, so here it is!

I enjoy seeing pictures of other artists’ studios, so I thought I’d give you a look at mine.

My studio, if you can call it that, is just a small study that doubles as my office. I face west, I’m at work, I face east, I’m painting 🙂

Here’s a photo of my painting area:


The easel is a Winsor & Newton folding table easel, which sits on top of a wooden kitchen trolley that I use for storing paints and other equipment.

I usually have a plywood board sitting in the easel (as shown) so that I can tape smaller pieces of canvas/paper to it. If I’m working on a larger pre-stretched canvas I’ll remove the board and just place the canvas directly into the easel.

I have a big roll of paper towels just behind the easel, which you can see dangling over the top.

To the right of the easel is a table which hold my palette as well as my brushes and some other bits and pieces. Here’s a larger photo:


The palette is actually an old glass clip frame, which works really well. I had wanted a glass palette for a while but it seemed a lot of trouble and expense to get one custom made. Then I just found the picture frame in a cupboard and it was just what I needed. The backing board is a perfect middle value for mixing colours against.

You can see my paint piles around the edges of the palette, and some tubes of pigment just above those. A brush holder in the corner keeps all my brushes within reach, and I keep a few larger tubes of paint in an old cigar tin.

The jar just in front of the brushes contains a medium made from a mixture of rectified turpentine, stand oil and damar varnish. The smaller jar contains liquin original.

In the front right I have a ‘silcoil’ brush washer, which is a lidded metal container for odourless mineral spirit (for cleaning brushes). There’s a metal grill inside which you rub the brushes against to get the paint out of them.

Just behind that is the same kind of thing, but without a lid. I keep baby oil in that one, which I use to give the brushes a final clean, and I find it stops them from going hard once they dry.

Finally I have a paint scraper for removing paint from the palette.

That’s about it. I’d love to answer any questions you may have about my setup, and feel free to tell me about your own studio.

It’s now 10:30 and I must go to bed. So tired!






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