she’s been busy!…


07/02/2011 by Sarah Ritchie

Sarah studio

I am so excited! I have just spent the weekend planning and constructing a wall organiser for my little art studio.

My garage “studio” consists of a working area of 1.5m wide x 1m deep (plus chair space). Up until now I have had to share my table with blank canvases, paints, easel and other miscellaneous “things”.

I am the type of person who cannot work in a cluttered space; it irks me to the point of distraction.

As I am about to kick off my next spurt of Canvassing My Friends work (yes, I promise, I will be starting again VERY soon), I wanted to have the working area cleared up. As I couldn’t spread OUT, I knew I had to go UP.

I had a look at local hardware stores and storage stores, but there was nothing suitable for my requirements. My next option (and by far the most cost effective), was to build something myself…which I did…and it turned out EXACTLY as I wanted it, with all the equipment now in its rightful and accessible place.

To finish off the organiser I wrote a whole swag of inspiring and motivational quotes on the wall…just to keep reminding me of the “whys” while I take care of the “hows”.

Onwards and upwards!


6 thoughts on “she’s been busy!…

  1. leonabriggs says:

    How wonderful! I wish I had a space like that to do pottery. It got to be such a hassle to set everything up and take it down when I was through, I have let it go by the wayside! I can’t work in clutter either!

  2. Sarah Ritchie says:

    I know EXACTLY what you mean! If I had to set up and take down each time, I wouldn’t do my art either. It’s been awesome having the space to paint (even if it is a little space)…it’s dedicated to the job, which is fabulous.

    Pottery is quite unique in that it kicks up a fair bit of dust, doesn’t it? I understand that painting and pottery do not mix, and have to be kept separate!

    • leonabriggs says:

      You are right–painting and pottery would not work in the same studio. There is more wet clay flying than dust, but it is a very messy medium.

  3. Jo says:

    That’s fantastic Sarah, what a lovely little space to be working in. I hope it brings you inspiration for lots more wonderful paintings which I’m so looking forward to seeing. You may have found a little niche market there… designing garage studios maybe?!

  4. Sarah Ritchie says:

    Well, I tell you, there was precious little (in the hardware stores) that catered for this kind of thing. Even pegboard – which I grew up with, and is commonly seen in a handyman’s workshop for holding tools on the wall – is not made/distributed through the big retailers anymore. Not sure what a handyman/crafter is now supposed to do!!! Perhaps you are right…I should start a consultancy business for decluttering one’s workspace!

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