Saturday, April 25, 2009

Art Studio


LIFE. The home studio was a long time coming ... over 30 years. When I first moved in this house the kids used the game room upstairs for a playroom, and I had my easel set up in the corner of the breakfast room. Three years ago when I joined the Daily Painting Movement, I was still painting in the breakfast room. Two years ago I rented a space in Old Town Spring and opened Texas Sauce Studio & Gallery. Last month when I closed the studio/gallery in Old Town Spring, it seemed finally to be time for a game room conversion. It was the only room large enough to contain all the art supplies I now owned, so I hired a professional painter/handyman and the conversion began.

I failed to get a truly "before" photo but I think this one will do. The original carpet is still on the floor, but the walls are bare. Many years ago a leaky roof around the chimney had been repaired, but when the vinyl wall covering was ripped down, a wall of hidden mildew revealed itself.

After treatment and refinishing, the walls were painted a soft sage green. Removal of the carpet revealed a subfloor of 2x6 tongue-in-groove planks. I had the subfloor sanded, stained and sealed to match the wood banister and paneling elsewhere in the house. This photo of the finished room (before furnishings) gives a good overall view of the new floor and wall finishes.

Below you see the room after the studio furnishings were moved into the house. As soon as the studio space is organized, supplies put away and paintings hung, I will post the final image of the new home studio where I hope to be most productive with new paintings this year. I have not painted daily, but I have a good start with 29 paintings completed since January 1 ... and more to come.


Today's Blessing: We have a new baby in the family, the first grandchild for my younger brother and the first baby girl in his immediate family. I know this little girl is going to get lots of love and attention.

Welcome to Alexis Lynn Bridges, 8 lbs. 2 oz., born April 22.

V. Bridges-Hoyt
"Painting the Sauce of Texas"
animals • flowers • people • places

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