Wednesday, June 29, 2016

My Dream Art Studio

My Dream Art Studio:

  • Huge windows on at least one wall up to the ceiling. 
  • North Light coming from above and plenty of artificial light for painting at night if need be. though I hate painting in artificial light. Check out my blog post about choosing the best bulbs for an art studio.
  • High Ceilings
  • Room for 3 large tables and one large wall dedicated to creating large abstract paintings
  • Room for a library- sometimes I like to take breaks between paint layers/stages and reading helps me unwind while getting my creative juices flowing.
  • A dedicated area for my art supplies. Organized and labeled (I love organizing and labels!) and artwork
  • Room for a couch and a mini fridge, maybe a sitting area
  • Room to hold classes/paint parties
  • Large monitor next to my easel for reference.
  • Large desk with a Mac desktop and a good quality printer
  • Far away from any noise and distraction, preferably on the second floor.
  • Lots of wall space to hang inspirational artwork
  • Really good ventilation
  • Surround Sound 
  • Large flat screen TV, because sometimes I want to watch episodes of Peaky Blinders or Game of Thrones when I am painting
  • Oh did I mention everything is white? Walls, tables, shelves... I know I am weird.
  • Poured concrete floors
  • Exposed beams 
  • An assistant...

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Best Studio Lighting for a Fine Artist

North light is traditionally the best lighting for artists to use. North light or natural light coming from an above north facing window is ideal but not always attainable for most unless you have that in mind before choosing or building a studio space. If you are fortunate enough to be able to afford a custom built studio then more power to you! :) for the rest of us, sometimes artificial lighting is our only means to achieving that "perfect" lighting. Also. It's that when I state "above" I don't necessarily mean from the ceiling. It can be at an angle or simply higher up the wall. 

Yes, it's the bulbs that make the difference. I use CFL bulbs. Def NOT incandescent bulbs. CFL's  take a little bit of time to fully light up but they are worth the little bit of time it takes. I specifically use 3 bulbs in my floor lamp. Each bulb base can rotate making it easily for me to adjust. I also put diffuser on them since the bulbs alone can be quite harsh. Really I should spread the light around by installing track lighting but I haven't gotten around to doing that yet. 

  • Color Temperature: I like the way 5000k -5500k looks. It's a white light. Not too yellow or too blue. 
  • Brightness: 2600 Lumen/each bulb. Since I use 3 bulbs that's a total of about 7800 Lumen which I like. Another way to measure brightness is with watts. I use 120 watts total, 40 watts/bulb 
  • CRI Rating: over 80 is good. 90-100 is best. 

CFL's are def more energy efficient and eco-friendly than incandescents but they are still fluorescent lights and fluorescent lights contain toxic mercury. I try to paint only during the daytime so I can utilize the natural light that comes in through my east facing window and minimize the amount I have to use the CFL bulbs. 

I am currently looking into maybe getting neutral (white) LED lights. They are more expensive but last longer and don't have toxic mercury. 

Also, keep in mind that there is a difference between the lighting used for painting vs display (like in a gallery).