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rugman
10-11-2012, 04:35 PM
I always enjoy seeing what others have for their studios and how they have their pastels arranged. So I figured I would return the favor and show what I've recently created for my studio and pastel set up.

A year or so ago, we moved into new house. I've spent the last year updating and fixing the house. My art area was a folding table. No storage, lots of clutter, disorganized, etc. So my objective was to have a roomy space, storage, organization, and no clutter.

1st photo shows my workbench (workstation), that I built using two kitchen cabinet bases with drawers. The countertop is made using left over vinyl plank flooring that looks like wood. I have separate drawers for pastels, oils, framing supplies, small paper, etc.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2012/81164-benchAPS.jpg
Next photo show how the countertop lifts up and there is storage for large papers underneath
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2012/81164-benchBPS.jpg


There is another smaller portion of the top that lifts up for more storage for smaller things
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2012/81164-benchCPS.jpg


This shows my main pastels laid out, ready for use. I made separate trays for each color hue and separate one for various others. Included in this is: full set of Mt Vision, Ludwig Darks I and II, Ludwig portrait, Ludwig grays, nupastels, and a tray with mungyo and art spectrum. And a few pastel pencils. My other pastels, I keep in their original boxes and use them whenever, or when plein air painting, and keep them stored in a drawer.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2012/81164-pastelsBPS.jpg


Because each hue has its own separate tray, I can neatly stack and store them in a drawer when not in use. I still need to add wire fencing (like for rabbit cages) material to bottom of trays, which keeps pastels cleaner. Right now I just have some grey paper lining the bottom of them.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2012/81164-pastelsAPS.jpg

An overview of my studio area. I have old dry earaser board on wall with gray paper covering the bright white for easel. Small shelf next to easel for laptop which I use to display my ref photos. I lay out canvas painters tarp on floor when painting to protect carpet (for you know, there will be a time when you drop dark violet pastel on floor!).
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2012/81164-studioAPS.jpg


Notice, too, the lazyboy chair is close and is pellet stove on other end of room for those cold winter days. :) I also have high chair, and table top easels to use when I wish to paint sitting down. Furthermore, I keep an old piece of 1/4 inch thick plywood to use to protect countertop when cutting paper or priming/gessoing supports.

I still may add small shelf under the wall easel. And I may also add a slide out platform in the opening between the two sets of drawers (like a computer desk). and I still need to experiement with temp of light to get it to where I like it. But for now, its great...and clean... and no clutter...!

Judibelle
10-11-2012, 04:54 PM
Very Nice, Ron! What did you make the trays for your pastels out of? They look great.

Davkin
10-11-2012, 05:17 PM
Nice setup Ron!

David

Bhavana Vijay
10-11-2012, 05:34 PM
Love the table you built. The paper storage is genius. Looks very efficient! I find your easel very interesting too. Peggy mentioned something similar in the thread I started.

CM Neidhofer
10-11-2012, 06:35 PM
Niiiiice! I see you have a painting on the wall of a lady with a parasol. That is a ref I posted at WC. I would love to see a close up of your painting. I have it on my list of paintings to accomplish. I started it once, a long time ago, and didn't like the way it was progressing. Would like to see how you handled it, if you don't mind. :)

Kathryn Wilson
10-11-2012, 08:21 PM
It looks like you did a lot of creative thinking on storage - that lift-up counter top is genius.

Might I suggest something for the bottom of your trays? I used the plastic mesh people use for needlework - any crafty store will have it - and you can cut it to size, wash it when it gets too grungy and it keeps the pastels nice and clean out of the dust.

rugman
10-11-2012, 08:23 PM
Judi- thanks, pastel trays are made from scrap wood from around the barn and garage. 1/4 inch plywood or masonite for bottoms, left over peices from sawing boards for the edge pieces. Important that they are 3/4 inch deep so pastels are not crushed by other trays stacked on top. the small dividing pieces are easily removed. I thought I would try that to separate my more neutral colors

David- thanks man

Bhavana- thank you, having main easel mounted on wall saves a ton of space. and no need to worry about pet, kids, tripping over the legs, etc knocking over french easel

Christine- I did that portrait for a pastel monthly challenge. Were you the host? I cant remember. This was the first painting I ever did on velour paper, and has been one of my personal favorites. heres a better photo for you to see
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2012/81164-redladyFPS.jpg

I should mention that I think I got idea of having easel on wall from here on wet canvas. Maybe it was Tom Christopher, who I havent seen posted for some time... hope things are ok for him

rugman
10-11-2012, 08:26 PM
Kathryn-cross posted.... good idea about plastic mesh, probably easier than cutting metal grid fence material that I've used in the past, I will use your idea, thanks

mudfish
10-12-2012, 10:52 PM
Love the paper storage! I put that rubberized shelf liner with the holes in it in the bottom of my pastel trays - the dust falls thru, its washable, and the soft rubber pads the sticks & doesn't scratch them.

nvcricket
10-13-2012, 01:05 PM
Hi Ron,

I JUST LOVE your Studio! Thanks for sharing this with us. That desk tops my list of great ideas in studo for the top that hinges up for large paper storage. Terrific idea.

I have two additional comments.... EEEK!! The white carpet??? You work in oils too, so I would suggest laying something over it, perhaps like Bhavana did in her dining room to protect her gorgeous wood floors. She laid a layer of floor vinyl. Even an old area rug. Something to protect that carpet. I use these from harbour freight, they are modular and you put them together like a puzzle.
http://www.harborfreight.com/4-piece-anti-fatigue-foam-mat-set-94635.html

HF has seasonal promotions all the time, and use these as door busters, selling for even cheaper. Four pads to a pack I think.

My other question is lighting.... What type of bulbs are you using overhead? are they the Daylight? I found that I have ruined pieces working from natural light during the day, then continuing with artificial light in the evening. My choices for colors were horribly off. When settling for choosing light for an indoor studio, do you want to get as close to natural light, or to the normal light indoor light that the painting will be hanging/viewed in? Also do you plan on putting in an additional light over your "easel" erasure board?

Terrific solution to arranging and storage for your pastels. I LOVE it!!! So easy to put up when you have guests or if you need to use the table surface for another project. You have a great selection of pastels. HF also sells the mesh liner recommended to you....
http://www.harborfreight.com/18-inch-x-72-inch-mesh-nonslip-drawer-liner-67055.html

Just some thoughts...

Carol

rugman
10-13-2012, 02:39 PM
mudfish- thank you, tray liners are on my "to do" list, very soon

Carol- thanks, it so nice having no clutter and room to work. My day job is owning/operating flooring installation business.... so I have plenty of scrap carpet pieces, along with canvas painters tarp to protect carpet. Having the carpet with pad to stand and paint is nice, however. Not so hard on feet and legs as hard surface.

I used to have lights clipped above easel, but I like having the overhead, ceiling light high above. I do still need to get right bulb (temp). Yes, I think its important to get lighting that fits average home light conditions. I seen some neutral florescent bulbs at Lowes the other day. I may try them. They have cool daylight, neutral, and warm bulbs. So, maybe the neutral is way to go. I used to have ott light (cool) and warm incadescent shining on easel at same time, which seemed to work ok. Almost all my painting is done at night, due to work, family etc. thanks for the link, by the way.

PeggyB
10-13-2012, 03:52 PM
Nice set up and room Ron. I recognize that rug design on the floor in front of you wall mounted easel. Go Wyo! lol

Peggy

water girl
10-13-2012, 09:04 PM
Clever, clever set up. Paper is always an issue, but you have solved that problem. Now get back to work!:thumbsup:

Colorix
10-14-2012, 11:09 AM
Really smart tabletop! Neat boxes, and I love the painting of the horse and rider!

Studio-1-F
10-14-2012, 12:36 PM
Excellent and most efficient set-up, Ron. Except for one thing. :rolleyes: Here is me in your space: "Okay, now I've got all my boxes open and laid out on the desktop. Oops. Wait! I need a different piece of paper from underneath all the boxes . . . oh, drat!"

But that's just me. I am sure you're far better organized.

In the next iteration of that easel on the wall, I'd add an articulated extension arm. Like they use when the mount tvs in the wall, so I could adjust the angle and height of the easel board. So I could stand up and work one day and sit down the next. But that's just me being greedy!

Otherwise --> excellent studio space! Bravo!! Work with joy!

Jan

CM Neidhofer
10-14-2012, 10:24 PM
Judi- thanks, pastel trays are made from scrap wood from around the barn and garage. 1/4 inch plywood or masonite for bottoms, left over peices from sawing boards for the edge pieces. Important that they are 3/4 inch deep so pastels are not crushed by other trays stacked on top. the small dividing pieces are easily removed. I thought I would try that to separate my more neutral colors

David- thanks man

Bhavana- thank you, having main easel mounted on wall saves a ton of space. and no need to worry about pet, kids, tripping over the legs, etc knocking over french easel

Christine- I did that portrait for a pastel monthly challenge. Were you the host? I cant remember. This was the first painting I ever did on velour paper, and has been one of my personal favorites. heres a better photo for you to see
http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/11-Oct-2012/81164-redladyFPS.jpg

I should mention that I think I got idea of having easel on wall from here on wet canvas. Maybe it was Tom Christopher, who I havent seen posted for some time... hope things are ok for him

I don't think I've ever hosted a Challenge. I really like this. I've never used velour. I had a piece for a long time, but it managed to get ruined somewhere along the line...moving, cat....etc! The lady in this painting was very kind to stop and give me a little pose for some pics. Thanks for posting this for me, Ron!

DBfarmgirl
10-15-2012, 08:11 AM
the work table is a great idea. I like you small pastel trays, easily moved around to suit your subject matter too.

enjoy- it looks like you have a lot of room to expand if you wanted.

Dcam
10-15-2012, 10:18 AM
Ron: Very nice....but where is the clutter, beer bottles, crumpled paper, and general mess like MY studio? :lol:

very nice setup.....now, I worry about that rug in a pastel studio, can you put down a larger plastic mat or something for easy cleanup? It might be tough to get the dust out of the nap.

Derek

rugman
10-16-2012, 04:26 PM
Thanks all for your comments. I've been away from computer for a few days.

Peggy- thanks, unfortunately Wyo college football not doing too well this year:(

Karen- yes maam! off to work I go:) thanks

Charlie- thank you very much!

Jan- If that situation arise, just stack the trays on the small lift up area on left side of top. Get out paper or whatever, then just lay them back out... easy peasy!:D Im with you on the adjustable easel...something I've been trying to work out in my mind... good idea with tv mount. thanks for your comments

Christine- she seems like a fun gal!

Farmgirl- Thanks a bunch. Im sure the area will evolve as time goes on. Now I need to get busy using it!

Derek- thanks dude! Oh yea, I have big area rugs and canvas tarp to cover carpet. I didnt include them in the photos, so they would look "nicer". So, beer is the secret to those incredible paintings youve been cranking out!!:evil:

CM Neidhofer
10-16-2012, 04:44 PM
I don't think I've ever hosted a Challenge. I really like this. I've never used velour. I had a piece for a long time, but it managed to get ruined somewhere along the line...moving, cat....etc! The lady in this painting was very kind to stop and give me a little pose for some pics. Thanks for posting this for me, Ron!

There is a story behind this lady. I think I've mentioned it here before, but in case it was missed....Central City and Black Hawk, CO celebrate Madam Lou Bunch Day every June. Mostly Central City casinos, but some of the Black Hawk casinos also participate. Madam Lou was the last legal madam in the state of Colorado. When a fever, or the plague, I forget which one now, hit the gold miners back in the day, she closed her "houses" and took in all the sick miners and she and her "girls" took care of the sick. She's quite a legend here! So the whole day is filled with dancing and bands and people dress up as miners and madams and a new honorary madam is crowned each year. There's bed races and the day ends with the Madams and Miners Ball at one of the casinos. She was one of the people dressed up and I thought she was very quaint. It's a very fun day!

Colorix
10-17-2012, 07:30 AM
Christine, it is a charming story, and lo and behold, even I have heard something about it, across the Big Pond. Her fame spreads over the world.

rugman
10-17-2012, 10:08 AM
Neat story, Christine. I like painting portraits and figures of the old western reenactments. I bet that event is full of painting subjects!