My new art studio is starting to take shape. It's amazing just how much stuff came out of my old studio, the little bedroom upstairs. Now, I'm in the process of reorganizing and giving everything a new home. And that's no small job!
One of my projects was to build a shelf to hold my paints. I wanted it to have lots of shelves, but not too deep. So, I made it myself, and really, I should have built two!
My other paints will have to be stored in bins. That works anyway since those are paints I don't use too often....like outdoor paints, enamal paints, etc.
It started out with a pile of lumber. The funny thing was I was able to build it in less time it took me to paint it!
Here's the unfinished shelf before I gave it three coats of paint, distressed it, and then coated it with finishing wax for a nice sheen.
Lots of my paints are practically empty, but I like to use every drop. I cut open the bottle with a razor knife when I can't get more out and then use my brush to lap up the remaining paint that sticks to the sides...which actually it a lot of paint that would otherwise be waisted in the garbage can.
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Right now, I should be at home working on organizing my studio, but, yes, I had the opportunity to travel with my hubby again. I would be silly to give up that opportunity. Being an empty nester is not so bad afterall! So, I'm back in Charlotte NC after being in Columbia SC yesterday.
At this very moment, while I'm writing this post, I'm sitting in a really cute little artsy cafe called The Common Market in the SouthEnd of Charlotte. I'm taking a lunch break after soaking up loads of inspiration at local art galleries. Ahh what a blast!!
I just met local artist, John Hairston, who brought in his huge canvas and tub of paints. He set up just 3 feet to my left. So after chatting with him a while I thought I would share his artwork with you here.
He's getting ready for a solo show called 1962 The Age of Marvels, "Heros Aren't Hard to Find". You can learn more about him on his website, All City Studios.
It was fun watching John finish this piece for his upcoming show. I won't be in Charlotte to see his show, but it was neat to meet John and see him in action!
Well, now I'm off to visit a few little antique shops down the street. You never know what might be found for a mixed media piece! I'm gonna go see...