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01-25-2007, 01:29 AM
I live in a rather small Japanese apartment so I have to be very economical in my use of space.In fact my entire (Studio) fits in an old sake box.What does yours look like?


01-25-2007, 06:35 AM
Theres a thread somewhere in the recent past that covers this, search for studio/studios etc in acrylic forum or all forums

I'll take some new pictures after I clean up some, the others where lost when my old puter died = (

01-25-2007, 07:55 AM
generally it looks like ...................an explosion at the city dump

01-25-2007, 12:45 PM
Hmmm. Painting space??? What painting space? Studio, home office, homeschool classroom. Here it is!


01-25-2007, 01:00 PM
That's about the size of it - except for drafting table to work on, most mine fit into couple plastic bags placed under the table, and the paper wherever - lol... [a studio? - ahhhh, some day :lol:]

01-25-2007, 03:37 PM
I love the space I have as it is devoted to painting along with the computer. I have a rectangular table, a square metal table and, a plastic 3-drawer storage container, all on wheels. I like things that I can move easily because there is so much clutter in my space that I am always having to move things over. No pictures because it is a mess. :D

01-25-2007, 05:04 PM
Mine is waaayyy to junky to show!!

01-25-2007, 06:44 PM
Dratts, I always like these threads when they come through - Nosey here was hoping to get to see a few piccies - what do you mean too messy, guys - we're artists and meant to embrace the mess!!!!
I took a photo for some reason during my last painting which esentially shows where I paint - except that most of my 'junk' occupies at least three kitchen cupboards! (the type you have to be careful opening as things may fall onto your head)

01-25-2007, 07:01 PM
generally it looks like.........a 20 car pile up.

Although, I have spent most of the day cleaning. About a week more and it should be in order again.

01-25-2007, 07:06 PM
Ruth, yours is neat!! Hang on, I'll go take a photo of my junk.......

01-25-2007, 07:18 PM
Ok, here is most of my studio (extra bedroom). There is another wall with cabinets and junk on the floor. Embrace the mess!! :o :o

01-25-2007, 07:25 PM
My painting space is actually located in an open loft above my living room. One sky light, two windows at the back wall and track lighting. We built the house with the idea in mind that this would be my studio space. I have a small sink and counter, an inexpensive drafting table, chair, easel small desk with old computer on it...oh..and a small plastic three drawer taboret-like-thing that I bought at Kmart. I love it. I just to need to find more time to spend there. I would post a pic but the place is a mess right now.

Speaking of messy spaces...:lol: Howard.

01-25-2007, 07:29 PM
Dang, Tracey - what I could do with space like that. :eek:... [drools...] :lol:

01-25-2007, 07:32 PM
Hey Tracey, I really like this - gives a fantastic perspective on how you work - look at all your lovely fresh flowers - top inspiration for your gorgeous bright paintings. Gives a good idea of size too!

Jeff Rage
01-25-2007, 07:36 PM

Cureently, it's a little more cramped than it is in this pic.

01-25-2007, 07:43 PM
OK, you asked for it.

I just got in a large supply order, been shredding years of paperwork for about a week.

Just started to get things back in order and these are the good side of the studio. The better looking side that is.



It'll take years, I daresay decades for you guys to catch up with this mess.

01-25-2007, 07:49 PM
Howard, I would feel comfortable there!!! My space is 13' x 13'. I really need to clean up.

01-25-2007, 09:09 PM
It's great seeing where everyone creates.
Howard I could never work in such a mess. :eek: I'm thinking I cannot be a real artists at all.:smug:
Tracy I love your space.

My space is not too large, but not too small either compared with some of you. 6m x 3m built above the garage. It is soley my space and the kids are not to enter unless I am in there. Everything stays as I leave it. Pure heaven!! :thumbsup: I only wish the rest of the house was left like that.
I stitched this pic together.

01-25-2007, 09:36 PM
Well, I did say that I was just getting things back in order. Sheesh!

01-25-2007, 09:49 PM
Howard - What you need is more space - a whole warehouse would probably do!!!! Maybe you need to set up an art supply store - from what I can see you have everything!!!!
Elaine - heavenly space - love seeing all your paintings again - especially getting a glimpse of the sides!

01-25-2007, 10:08 PM
"from what I can see you have everything!!!!"

Not yet but I'm working on it.

01-25-2007, 10:40 PM
Elaine, I think your space is great!!

01-26-2007, 02:13 AM
Wow!!! This post is really taking off! I love seeing all the great places you have to create your work in.I think it is important to have "your own space"! Here is my complete area for now until I return to Canada and can buy a house with space for my art stuff.
The Coca Cola tins hold Colored pencils,sand paper hake brushes and assrted ref.pics. The Egyptian mummy holds all my graphite pencils and erasers.:wave:

01-26-2007, 02:45 AM
ok.. sorry the pics are blurry, poor lighting and no where to set up the tripod

The 1st on is from the doorway
the next 2 are from in front of the computer (opposite corner)

if its not raining tomorrow I'll get a shot of my outside area

01-26-2007, 02:50 AM
If I ever get a house I think this is what my painting space will look like.I like it.Who is the scary looking guy in the first picture?

01-26-2007, 03:49 AM
I'll post mine when wifey gets out of bed.

01-26-2007, 04:16 AM
That's Mr Creepy, a halloween display Im working on for next year

01-26-2007, 04:34 AM
I don't think I'd want him near me in a dark room! Brrrrrrrrr

01-26-2007, 07:39 AM
Doc, very cool space!!

01-26-2007, 08:26 AM
Here's what my space looks like - my little corner of the formal living room! http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/26-Jan-2007/94054-My_studio_2.JPG

01-26-2007, 09:00 AM
Celeste, what a beautiful space!! Your paintings look fantastic!!

Leslie Pz
01-26-2007, 09:13 AM
Don't have a space! Just pull out the paints and work on the kitchen counter! Kind of a pain in the hindside to clear up each and every time...

01-26-2007, 12:14 PM
Thanks Tracey! Since I created my "studio" out of the formal Living Room/Dining Room - it's the most those rooms have ever been used.

Doc, I LOVE how your paints are organized. I've quickly outgrown my little plastic baskets "sorting" colors!!!

What a fun thread.

01-26-2007, 12:18 PM
P.S.: Tracey, your space isn't way too junky -- it looks like you mean business!

01-26-2007, 12:28 PM
generally it looks like ...................an explosion at the city dump

I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. :lol: Thanks for the hoot!


karma kat
01-26-2007, 01:37 PM
Well, I used to have a studio, but I just moved back in with my parents and we are sharing a very cramped 330sq.ft. cabin in the woods (with 8 cats, 2 dogs, and a cockatiel I might add). So now, my painting space looks like a French easel, 2 ArtBins, and the entire back seat of my car :lol: My mom always gets mad when I sneak more supplies in from my car because she can't understand why I need all this "crap". I should show her some pics from this thread, and maybe she would feel a little better :lol:
The main thing I'm sad about is having to give up my drafting table. As soon as my fiance gets out of the Navy, though, I can get all of my stuff back out as soon as we find a house.
When the weather gets nicer around here, I'll probably take over the porch as my studio. Nothing like being surrounded by nothing but trees to get my imagination going! :D

01-26-2007, 02:22 PM
Ooo, a porch on a cabin in the woods on which to paint, now THAT'S my idea of a perfect studio! Hang in there Toni.

01-26-2007, 05:12 PM
Elaine and Celeste,

so neat - Celeste, one large plastic container will hold all those wee ones.
Maybe an under the bed box slipped under the couch. If there's a will...

01-26-2007, 05:16 PM
My studio is 26' X 18' and it has a gas fireplace. Except for a threadmill and a few tools, the whole space is mine. We just retired to the country and the studio was one of the main reason why we bought this house

Now if only I had the talent to match the size of my studio.........

01-26-2007, 08:40 PM
Elaine and Celeste,

so neat - Celeste, one large plastic container will hold all those wee ones.
Maybe an under the bed box slipped under the couch. If there's a will...


I've got just the container! When I set up my "studio" a few months ago all the paint was in one plastic container ... that quickly became full, overflowing and ridiculous to find colors. I loved Doc's binder clips hanging the colors neatly in order.

01-26-2007, 09:50 PM
Celeste, the system I use to hang paints was my dads idea. I screwed cup hooks into an unused shelf for the paints, 2 cup hooks into one side and a couple of small eye screws into the top of the bookcase to hang the whole panel. It works but isn't optimal, since I cant easily access the other supplies and I've got more tubes to hang. I'm working on a new set up, basically a set of doors that cover the whole front or maybe just get a new cabinet with doors

01-26-2007, 11:49 PM
Here's mine. If I want to do Chinese brush painting, I'll paint on the bed. If I want to paint on stretch canvas, then I'll paint on my computer desk.


Mark Newton
01-27-2007, 12:02 AM
Mine is a bloody mess!


01-27-2007, 02:27 AM
Isn't it strange how so much beauty can come out of places most people would call a mess?

Charlie's Mum
01-27-2007, 03:23 PM
I envy those of you who keep your areas pristine - because no matter how hard I try to do that - I just cannot!
I have one end of our snooker room - there's a full size snooker table there (such a waste of space :eek:) so at Christmas and such times, everything is pushed away so we can play snooker! ........ on the other hand, I have a large piece of wood that goes across the end to make a super cutting table - and general junk-gatherer, so I really shouldn't grumble!

Here's where I am (with Charlie, the cairn) when not in the study where the computer resides .........


What you can't see here are the two sets of drawers on wheels where a lot of paints etc are housed ......... and the paper shelves my husband made for me - they're under the snooker table ...........(everything :rolleyes: goes under there, that's why we don't get rid of it :lol: :lol:)

01-27-2007, 04:45 PM
Very cool space Maureen!!

01-27-2007, 08:32 PM
Here's mine. What isn't showing is the optional can of tomatoes holding down the lamp. Windows are North light.


01-27-2007, 09:46 PM
Here's mine:
(posted previously over in this thread in Cafe Guerbois (http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?t=393227) some time ago.

01-27-2007, 10:58 PM
Hey Metalhead,
Is that your president,George Bush in your header? He's a Texan too right?

01-28-2007, 01:02 AM
Hey Metalhead,
Is that your president,George Bush in your header? He's a Texan too right? That's George Bush, and he's a Texan. I wouldn't call him "my" president. Here's an uncropped version which may make things clearer:


(I see your location is Japan. For a non-native English speaker, what my little cartoon means may not be so apparent. Can explain, if need be, though I suspect there is no need.)

01-28-2007, 02:26 AM
Actually I am a Canadian of Irish descent living in Japan.Let me guess...you want to pickle old Georgie?

01-28-2007, 05:33 AM
I already placed in link in a similar thread some time ago, but here (http://home.planet.nl/~henni107/_sgt/m1m4_1.htm) it is again.
Although the table and chairs are gone now and that corner is now stacked with empty canvas (from 48x40" to 8x8")

01-28-2007, 07:30 AM



01-28-2007, 09:28 AM
Hey JJ - cool space! Great light, but wait, what's that I see on your easel? Looking GREAT!!!

01-28-2007, 09:31 AM
Hey JJ - cool space! Great light, but wait, what's that I see on your easel? Looking GREAT!!!:p nearly finished, just got the reflections of the grapes on the glass to do. 11.30pm here I am off to bed, I will finish it tomorrow.. :) I love my space and My hubby has taken all of Feb off work to renovate it and the back patio!! Woot!!

01-28-2007, 12:32 PM
WOW, JJ - great place there......[drool] :lol

01-28-2007, 05:28 PM
Actually I am a Canadian of Irish descent living in Japan.Let me guess...you want to pickle old Georgie? That's a jar of peaches... see... he's been, ahem, impeached.

01-28-2007, 06:45 PM
That's a jar of peaches... see... he's been, ahem, impeached. :lol: :lol:

01-29-2007, 06:54 PM
Here's where my space....South facing windows and a door to the outside.

01-29-2007, 07:22 PM
Hi guys,
some great studios on here. Its good to know i'm not the only 1 with the problems
I started painting in our attic, but then my daughters fiance's weekend sleepovers in my attic became permanent sleepovers. So, i was cuckooed out of my studio by "the pigeon in the attic". ( 18 months later and he's still up there!)
Then i built a small lean-to on the side of our home about 7' by 7'. Great place to paint, until my wife decided the lean-to would make an excellent laundry room. Alas, the tumble dryer moved in and i was evicted for the 2nd time within a year. So, i set up residence in the conservatory. I've been there ever since but the constant nagging from the family that the "sun room" looks more like a "slum room" left me with little choice. This Spring i intend to build a studio (shed) in the garden. Daves Place will be 14 ft long and 8 foot wide with large south facing windows and will be situated next to my garden pond, perhaps with a decking area outside for those warm summer days.
There'll be no pigeons, no laundry and no family! Only me, my paints and the odd glass of vino. Roll on the Spring. Bliss!


01-30-2007, 07:29 PM
Thank you all for responding to this thread! You have some amazing spaces to work.Big or small...I like them all.

01-31-2007, 10:49 AM
Tony, Thanks for making me feel better about my "space". Mine looks a lot like Howard's but is much smaller. Teeny tiny spare room packed to the hilt with all my display stuff for shows all my painting stuff, drawing, pastels, pleine aire stuff, paintings, frames, canvasses, etc., etc., etc.! I rearrange looking to have enough room to turn around and not knock 10 things over, but end up back in the kitchen where I have 2 more easels. My husband has finally given up! When I first started painting he used to ask me to please keep it all in 1 room at least. :)

01-31-2007, 11:52 PM
My pleasure Barbara! It was very good for me as well to see where all the creative energy comes from here at WC!