I can't tell you how much this has improved my painting life. Since the initial remodel, (you can read about it here) I have painted the plywood blue because the wood grain was distracting me.
|the studio with the blue plywood wall easel|
Another thing I learned last March was that I was creating self-imposed barriers when I painted. The seriously wonderful drop-leaf table that I scored from an antique store in town for $80 (you can see it in the photo above) was large enough, but the way I used it, cluttered with paints and supplies with only a small space left for a palette, was not helping me to paint freely, loosely, or fluently.
To give myself more room, I initially used a card table covered with plastic for a palette. Although the size was FANTASTIC, I had to walk back and forth to the paint if I was working on the far side of the wall easel.
Stealing an idea from Jeanne Bessette, I went in search of a rolling cart to use as my palette holder. The Husky 2-tray steel cart was the least expensive one I could find ($49.98). I ordered it online from Home Depot and it was deposited on my doorstep in three days with no shipping fees! I LOVE the internet (see earlier post about Modern Day Living).
Here's what a Huskey 2-tray steel utility cart looks like new (click on the caption if you want one too):
|Husky 2-tray Steel Cart|
Here's what mine looks like:
|I use parchment paper inside the upper tray for a palette|
Last week, I pimped out my cart by adding four wire spice racks from Ikea to the sides ($2.99 each) for paint storage because I was still limiting my palette space by piling up the cart with bottles of paint and brushes leaving just a small space to squirt in! Seriously, I have boundary issues. I used electrical ties to hold the spice racks in place because they like to rock back and forth if they are not secured.
|close up of spice rack hanging on cart. note purple electrical ties. |
I heart my cart and affectionately call him Buddy; he follows me everywhere.
One thing I am learning about my art process is to do whatever it takes, if possible and affordable, to make my process easier. If I have to stop to find a supply or take time to make more room to squirt paint, then I run the risk of losing my focu...oh, look, a rabbit!
|In the studio, painting with my best nine-year old friend. |
Buddy worked for us both.
"Hello, this is Buddy. What's your favorite color?"
Buddy the elf