Having a studio space is a wonderful part of being an artist. It’s a great way to cultivate a creative environment and to have a personal space to call your own. I’ve had a few studios over the year, so I’ve learnt a lot about how to pick the right studio space for your personal creative practice. Here are 5 few things to keep in mind when picking a studio space
In your home or outside of your home: Some people want to convert a spare bedroom or den into a studio space that they can use for their painting. Although this works for some people, I personally find it difficult to have a studio inside of my house because there is no separation between creative/living space. If you are going to work at home, then make sure to have methods set up to keep it as exclusively a creative space as opposed to a living space
Shared versus private space: Since I’ve had both, I can say that there are pros and cons to both set ups. A private studio space gives you the luxury of no distractions, you don’t need to worry about stepping on other peoples’ toes, and there are no outside noises. On the flip side it can be lonely, the studios are usually smaller, and there is no one there to bounce ideas off of. Even though a shared space means that you have to be cognoscente of other people’s space and noises, I still find a shared studio to be a wonderful opportunity since it allows you to have people to talk to, bounce ideas off, and it surrounds you with other people’s creativity. I personally love the environment of a shared space!
Natural versus artificial light: I’m a sucker for big windows and lots of natural light in my studio space. That being said, when you are picking a studio space you need to make sure that the natural light won’t land directly on your painting since this can damage the canvas and it can also distort the colours that you see. Make sure that you know when the natural light will be where in your studio space. Before you sign up for a studio space, make sure that the lighting is clean, crisp and that it will allow you to accurately see the colours in your painting
Standing versus sitting space: A good studio space has a good mix of the two spaces. You should be able to stand and use your easel, and also curl up on a couch with your sketchbook and a cup of tea. Having a diversity in your day is better for your concentration, your help and your inspiration.
Good vibes: This might sound a bit far-out, but there’s a lot of truth to be said in it. Take your time, make your studio your own, and be sure that it has the right vibes for you that will help you create your best art!
So there you have it, friends! These are the best tricks and tips that I have for picking a studio space. It can be a difficult process, but make sure to enjoy the process and take your time introducing yourself to the place your going to call your own!