I was on a studio visit the other day to artist Daniel Baltzer's place in Harlem and the first thing that grabbed my attention—even before looking at his paintings (!)—was this cool little contraption he had in the middle of his studio, with brushes sticking out of it and an inset groove on the tabletop surface to hold his glass plate palette.
Reacting to my interest, Dan told me that the table was actually one of those bedside tables you'd see in a hospital room. You know the ones—where you pull a lever under the tabletop and you can adjust its height. Dan got his from another artist and customized it with his painting supplies for the small studio in his home.
|Daniel Baltzer's repurposed hospital table makes a great transportable palette, storage container, and brush holder all in one.|
Essentially it is a portable art case with everything he needs to work with in a day of painting: brushes, painting palette, paper towels (in a dispenser made by the artist at the base of the table) and rigged out with a few drawers for the rest of his supplies. Plus it is still on wheels, so it can be pulled wherever it needs to go.
Dan and I got to talking about how in a home studio, you've got to be creative with just about everything associated with how to paint—storage solutions, painting solutions, handling solutions—and that problem solving seems like the underlying trait that allows an artist to meet all those challenges. And it is well worth it because, in Daniel's case, his studio is conveniently located in his home so he can take care of his infant son while still being just a hallway down from his studio.
Inside the Art Studio features artists from all across the country not only sharing their working methods and painting processes, but also sharing the nuts and bolts of how they work day to day. And that covers a lot of interesting, informative territory. Enjoy!
And if you have a great studio solution you want to share, leave a comment and let me know!
P.S. If you like peeking inside a fellow artist's studio as much as I do for ideas and inspiration, check out The Best of My World–a free eBook from Southwest Art on artists and their creative spaces.