If you want to continue pursuing an art career or hobby, you need a place to keep everything up and ready to go. There are certain things you will need for your studio. This way, any time you feel inspired all you need to do is pick up a brush and start painting. Every beginning artist seems to think they can bring out everything and scatter it onto the kitchen table, set up an easel, and start painting.
The first thing is a place to paint. The first of which is a table. Many times it is actually nice to have this desk with drawers. You can store extra supplies in the drawers for easy access.
There are some artists who are comfortable with painting on a flat surface. You will also want an easel. Most prefer the canvas at eye level. This means supporting it somehow. An easel is the easiest way to accomplish this. Two or more easels are necessary. This makes it more accommodating to work on more than one piece at a time. You can choose from a table easel or a full standing easel. The table easel is good for someone who is limited in their ability to stand. It allows them to sit with the canvas at a comfortable level. Both types of easels are adjustable so the canvas can be raised or lowered accordingly.
Some artists have a set of shelves or shelving unit to store extra canvases, brushes,
and other paint supplies. You can also keep completed paintings vertical and free from
damage with an adjustable storage unit which allows the paintings to stand. One word
of advice, never store turpentine, linseed oil, or other mediums of this type on the same
shelves to which you store your completed work. Accidents have been known to happen.
Should one of these bottles spill onto your work it could be ruined for good.
Besides your work easel, you will want to have a small table or cart. This will allow you to keep the items you need to complete the art work. You never know when you may
need another dab of paint on your palette. You will also be able to set the palette down
on a surface which will not be damaged if paint gets on it.
You will need a good supply of clean rags. Also necessary is a bucket or coffee can for
clean up. You will most likely need many more than one, just to let you know. Jars
work too, but can create a big mess when one falls and breaks. Metal cans are actually
safer in the studio. Many artist has gotten lost in their creation and backed right into
a shelf or table, knocking everything down.
One of the most important things is a good lighting system. You will want to be able to
see your painting in full light. This will allow you to see how the paint is going on the
canvas. It will also make it possible to see the true colors you are using. The brighter
lights should be set up by the easel. The more conventional lighting should be placed
by the subject.
Once you have this all set up you are ready for the supplies.
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