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Old 01-09-2010, 02:12 AM   #1
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exclamation Building an art studio at home...help?!?




We just purchased a 30 yr old beautiful southern estate home that we are moderately renovating/updating to suit our family. In the midst of our renovation/addition, I am going to be adding an art studio for myself. This room is going to be roughly 25 x 15 with a natural wood vaulted ceiling, one brick wall (keeping exterior brick wall exposed where the addition is being made) and the other three walls will be sheetrocked. I want to put a comfortable floor of some sort. I am planning a wash sink in some sort of cabinet with countertop and bottom doors. Those are the parts that I know......

now, for everything I don't.

I thought I should flood the room with full spectrum lighting to supplement the south facing large window we're putting in (I live on the gulf coast of Alabama and read somewhere that in the south, a southern constant light was the best...this southern light will be filtered by huge live oaks on that side of the property).

is a full spectrum brightly lit room correct? how bright? any tips, guidelines?

is the room supposed to have white walls to not tint the artwork one way or another?

Im reading on here that a darker, grey-type wall color is best. doesn't that cause a drab look in the room? really didn't want a dark closed in room.

What floor would you recommend? I don't want it too hard (back issues)..don't want carpet nor wood so I don't ruin it when I knock over the terp....vinyl of some sort?

I will have filtered light on both the south wall and the east wall. and the brick wall will be the north wall...can't change the layout, this is the only place the addition can be made. (greatfully blessed to be having a studio of any kind!)

I do have a wonderful opportunity to make an outstanding studio and want to make sure I truly do it correct...I want to work out all the kinks but not go overboard with the room. I want to create a perfect environment for me to do what I love.

Please help..we are making final decisions this week before it all begins and are working with a contractor and an architect who are turning to me for all the answers about exactly how I want my studio and just when I thought I had the answers they needed, Im reading I may be all wrong!

anyone? anyone?

thanks so much!
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Old 01-09-2010, 09:01 AM   #2
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Hi Monique,
I have some ideas to share, if only you could make a small plan sketch of the room and the approximately placement and size of the windows.

Good even light on the canvas and palette is first priority, no reflected light from the back of you is part of it.

Supplementing light placement, is the ceiling high enough to make the distance to the easel?

Storing place? And so on.

Are you left or right handed?
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:03 AM   #3
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Hi Monique,
I have some ideas to share, if only you could make a small plan sketch of the room and the approximately placement and size of the windows.

Good even light on the canvas and palette is first priority, no reflected light from the back of you is part of it.

Supplementing light placement, is the ceiling high enough to make the distance to the easel?

Storing place? And so on.

Are you left or right handed?
First of all, I'm going to warn you, I am NOT and never could be a digital artist, heck, I can't even label a picture with this darn mouse! embarassing!

Knowing that, please excuse my very crude labeled prelimary sketch of my studio. My husband just left to meet the contractor with the correctly scaled drawings the architect gave us yesterday. All I have is the first sketch which has changed slightly..I added a wall on the west side of the room which makes the sink now appear recessed in the wall. the ceiling is hipped with the lowest point being 9 ft and I think he said its a 45 degree hip?? as soon as I find out correct information, if it is different from what Im saying now, I'll post it. Initially, the room was 21 x 15 but I think it is a little longer now. the ceiling I want to mimic my new den ceiling which is vaulted with beams and will be in natural pine, I think. a lighter wood just sealed, not stained. So, going into this design, the given's are....natural color wood hipped ceiling, one full exposed brick wall (lighter in value, but variations of color), three sheetrocked walls and two walls have windows...south side is a large 4 or 5 foot solid sheet glass square window and the east side is one 3x5' standard window to the left of a 4' double glass door that has the little square panel windows? tresses?

ok, hope this helps..and Its been a while since i've posted here so I'm going to attempt to upload the picture...hope I get this right!

Thanks in advance for your help! I have one shot to make this great and I want to make sure I don't mess it up!
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:10 AM   #4
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Hi Monique,
I have some ideas to share, if only you could make a small plan sketch of the room and the approximately placement and size of the windows.

Good even light on the canvas and palette is first priority, no reflected light from the back of you is part of it.

Supplementing light placement, is the ceiling high enough to make the distance to the easel?

Storing place? And so on.

Are you left or right handed?
as far as lighting from the ceiling, I can do whatever I want...I was asked about drop lighting to be able to light evenly from any angle of ceiling...I found these round drop lights, full spectrum, that are used in situations like gyms, factories or warehouses...you know just hang down from a foot or ten feet...it would look cool, I think with that sort of look with the wood ceiling being hipped and the brick wall...sort of warehouse loft sort of look... cool to me, I think, unless it is overkill, or doesn't fit the lighting needs I have. I have the freedom to do whatever, though, thats the beauty. I tell them what I want or need and they are going to make it happen (within reason :0) )

storage at this point is only under the sink...may have bookshelves or other shelving, not built in..don't know yet..

and I'm right handed
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:17 PM   #5
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Monique,
the room looks ideel. I would go for the east facing window for primary light. And a light box, with several "daylight" tubes, under the seiling, for night/suppliment light. Maybe hanging in a railing system so that you can chance the placement if needed.

I would place the depot room behind a curtain of some kind, or doors, on the northern wall. The curtain should me a darker, neutral color to avoid light reflections onto the wet paint. The depot should contain ALL objects that you don't need at hand right now. No shelf with paint tubes or decorations, if you get me? It adds up!!!!

You could have a working table on wheels to move around with the easel, containing palette and so on.

I imagine that you stand in the middle of the room, facing towards the south window, and having the working light inn from the east wall window. The south window could have inside shutters to blind out the light if needed.

The floor could be wood and you could have a
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[QUOTE=Allan Rahbek]Monique,
the room looks ideel. I would go for the east facing window for primary light. And a light box, with several "daylight" tubes, under the seiling, for night/suppliment light. Maybe hanging in a railing system so that you can chance the placement if needed.

I would place the depot room behind a curtain of some kind, or doors, on the northern wall. The curtain should me a darker, neutral color to avoid light reflections onto the wet paint. The depot should contain ALL objects that you don't need at hand right now. No shelf with paint tubes or decorations, if you get me? It adds up!!!!

You could have a working table on wheels to move around with the easel, containing palette and so on.

I imagine that you stand in the middle of the room, facing towards the south window, and having the working light inn from the east wall window. The south window could have inside shutters to blind out the light if needed.

The floor could be wood and you could have a
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:51 PM   #7
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You should get the working light from one source only, being it from a window or a group of daylight tubes.

The wooden floor could be covered totally with vinyl, wich can be removed later, or it could be lacquered heavily, for protection, and later sanded to remove paintdrops.

The brick wall.... is it only the dark section that is raw bricks? If so you could place the depot on the eastern wall.

Wall color is not a big issue, light, rather neutral, is what I believe in.

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I recently moved into a new room.
I made a light box with 4 "daylight" tubes and hung it in a rail so that I can move it a bit to the side if I want to shift the light direction. The light is situated ca. 3.5 m ( 12') above the floor The light is much more even than in my old studio where the distance was about the half.

I want to be able to change the setup easily, to paint model, still life etc.
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Is it possible to make the depot behind the new western wall?
The light can slide on a long rail.
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Old 01-13-2010, 02:06 AM   #10
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Monique, we've just finished building a house which includes a new studio for me, so new I haven't been able to move in yet. We put a wood floor in the studio. Obviously I haven't painted in here yet, but I spent four years at an art school with wood floors. It was an old building with old floors but they've stood up well to the use and abuse of the students. I've found that paint wipes up easily, and I spilled turp too and it didn't cause any problems either. I also like the idea of having a wood floor for including it in a painting.
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