If we’re discussing dreams and future plans, it would be fun to lay out my ideal workspace; my perfect studio. I know I would want it to be in my back yard so I could easily go to and from my house at any time, and I could be near my garden. The over-all style would have to be somewhere between a mad scientist’s lab, and the Addams’ living room with a plentiful helping of my favorite medium: GLITTER! (I’ll say it right now, if you think I’m tacky, it’s A-OK with me; I’m not always like this).
I’ll need lots of windows for natural light and ventilation (plus some fans to help that along if I’m painting with oils). Of course, I’ll also need some good overhead lighting throughout my studio for those all-nighters. The floor will need to either be concrete (stained and stenciled!), tile, or epoxy, because I know I’ll spill too much to keep up with wood or carpet (plus, carpet is just gross).
As far as furniture goes…
Huge table with a metal or zinc (I just found them!) top that can withstand my artistic temperament and is easy to clean. And a smaller table for my sewing machine.
Comfortable (and interesting) chairs without arms for the times I fold my legs under myself… and footstools for the rest of the time.
Lots of storage—rolling metal carts with different sized boxes and jars for various supplies and tools. Shelves for books (see tools) and more shelves and drawers for material storage.
It’d be nice to have a little corner with some comfy chairs and a coffee table for taking a break or if someone comes to visit. A little table for a coffeemaker, cups, and sugar would be nice, too.
And a big sink with drying racks for paint brushes!
Tools I’d need…
Acrylic paints, Oil paints and turpentine, Watercolors
Palates for each type of paint and lots of containers for colors I mix
All sorts of brushes, especially lots of tiny brushes (like 000 tiny)
Library of reference material—costumes, cryptozoology, fairytales, plants, animals, insects
A sewing machine, dress forms, fabric, thread, scissors, pins and cushions, trims, ribbons, lace, buttons, elastic, zippers, measuring tape, a fold-out cutting board
Of course, I’d always have found items (sometimes Goodwill/yard sale-found): doll parts (a favorite of mine), dead bugs, bones, weird toys and little treasures. (This is why I need all the storage!)
I really wouldn’t need a very big studio. Like I said, I’d like it to be in my backyard. Maybe it could look like its own tiny little house
I know I’ll be able to have all of this someday. My dream studio isn’t unattainable, but that doesn’t make it any less dreamy to me.