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Sunday, February 27, 2011

A West Coast Studio







A lovely week started with a sale of 5 paintings from my French Belles series. Those were the first sales of this year. This event was followed up with a good clean-up! I needed to re-plan my work space and decided to get all my framed works on the wall as the frames get knocked all the time when they lie around. Here are photos of the completed studio.

My large collection of History of Art books are not in this room, only practical books and art magazines. You can see the work triangle formed with two antique tables where I have a small easel for sitting down, and a large one for standing. The tables are also ideal when grandchildren visit. (Alas, they all live far away) I cover them with plastic table cloths and the kids do what they like. Old paintings get a layer of gesso and become their canvasses. I keep all my old brushes for that reason too.

20 comments:

  1. What a beautiful studio..in typical South African flavor! I love it! And so comfortable and spacious...all the paintings...the furniture...what a glorious space you have Marie!
    bisous
    Ronelle

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  2. So happy for you Marie...congrats on the sale! I like you Belles.
    Thank you too, for sharing you studio with us. I always enjoy seeing the sacred space in which others work. I am jealous of you, however in that you get to have your grandkids share that space with you..mine are almost a world away from me. 3-4 days drive to Denver CO.

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  3. I love your studio space, Marie! It is beautiful!!

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  4. Congratulations Marie on your sales - well deserved! Thank you for sharing your studio with us. I can almost feel like I'm sitting there with the ocean views!

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  5. Congrats on your 5 sales. I love your studio, thank you for sharing. Your paintings are beautiful.

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  6. Wow! 5 Sales! In my dreams! Congratulations...I am so happy for you. Now I'm lusting for your gorgeous studio! Another thing to add to my wish list.

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  7. I'm so happy for you on your sales, Marie--well done! This studio is beautiful and inspiring; thank you for sharing it. My studio in a nook created by my husband, who took a sledge hammer to a large unused garden tub in our master bath is much humbler :>), but I still love it and love working there.

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  8. Wow Marie, a wonderful space and I love the old tables. Congrats on the sales too, how great for you.

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  9. Ronelle, thank you for the lovely comments! Yes it is quite South African with original Cape cottage furniture. I have always collected old things.

    Cathyann, I am glad that you like my French belles,! Unfortunately my granddaughters are all over the country and the boys in the States, but I keep the materials ready and they enjoy being artists!

    Thank you, Sherry!

    Barb, and who knows, maybe you will sit and paint with me one day. Because of the social media, I often receive Internet friends here!

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  10. Thank you, Joan!

    Thank you, Sheila, it took me a few years to clutter up this room enough as I can not function in a place that is too clinically impersonal.

    Thank you, Mary. Your nook sounds wonderful!Such a good idea!

    Thank you very much, Barbara!

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  11. I just LOVE seeing other artists' studios and what a wonderful space Marie! And a huge congratulations on the sales, that's awesome!

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  12. Thank you, Maree.We are truly busy with the "messy arts"! Computer art is so neat!

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  13. How lovely to imagine you working in this glorious space Marie surrounded by so much of your wonderful work - most inspirational. I thought I had a good collection of art books but all your shelves take the biscuit! I too let the grand children work on old canvases and pads when they stay but my they do get my much smaller space in quite a muddle!

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  14. Hi Joan, thank you for your comments. Wherever we paint, I suppose as long as we produce all the time, that is the important thing.

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  15. A dream studio next to the sea, and so tidy! What a lovely thing for your grandchildren to share with you. Love your sea paintings in the previous post!

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  16. Marie,
    First of all congratulations on your multiple sales, that is really fantastic!!
    Your studio space is so organized and lovely... and WHAT a GREAT idea to use your old unwanted paintings over again in a productive way!!!

    Great post!

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  17. Thank you, Cathy, I enjoyed doing the ocean!

    Thank you, Marian. The idea for the kids happened when I decided that artists should really not paint over old paintings as the 'footprint' of the previous work remains there. And the kids love it when they score a large canvas!

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  18. What a charming studio and so well kept.

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  19. Congratulations on your sale of the Belles. Your studio looks great!

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  20. Mary, I try to keep it need in case of clients visiting...not so easy though!

    Thank you, Liana!

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