Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios

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Movable Plein Air Studio

Plein air painting
Photo Gallery: Artists' Studios. Photo: © Ken Ratcliff (Creative Commons Some Rights Reserved)

Take a look at how painters organize their studios.

If you've ever wondered how other artists organize their studios or painting spaces, where they store their canvases, how they keep their brushes, and how tidy they are, this collection of studio photos shows you. If you're worried that your clutter may be counter-productive to your creativity, you might want to check out Feng Shui for Artists or how to Create an Organizational Plan. I have a very useful chest of drawers in my studio, and every now and then have a 'spring clean' to tidy up and reorganize everything.

If you'd like to add a photo of your own painting studio, simply use this online form.

This plein-air artist on top of his van was spotted by Ken Ratcliff at a public access parking lot adjacent to Fort Moutrie National Historic Park near Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Ken says he was taking part in a bicycling event called Festivelo and the lunch stop was at Fort Moultrie. He unfortunately doesn't have any info about the artist who "seemed to be enjoying himself immensely in spite of a very strong wind. You can probably see that his beard was blowing in the wind."

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Studio of the About.com Expert on Painting Marion Boddy-Evans

Painting studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo © Marion Boddy-Evans. Licensed to About.com, Inc

This is my current painting space, with my trusty H-shaped easel alongside the chest of drawers that holds my painting supplies (and next to the heater!). It's handily got shelves that pull out above the drawers, instantly providing another spot to put something. Just out the photo on the right you'll find the sturdy grey toolboxes I've long used to keep supplies (you'll see them in the photo of my old studio). I've got them on top of one another so they provide another surface at a useful height for putting a tube of paint or cloth on.

The painting on my easel is an interior scene, of a container with brushes standing on a sink (there's a larger photo on the page about the Rule of Odds). On the stool in front of my easel is my small moisture-retaining acrylic palette. The four bottles on the chest of drawers are various acrylic and watercolor mediums.

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Old Art Studio of Marion's

Artist Studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo © 2006 Marion Boddy-Evans. Licensed to About.com, Inc.

This was my painting studio when we lived in Cape Town, South Africa, looking unusually neat and tidy after a spring clean. As you can see, I've an H-shaped, floor-standing easel. I bought it at the London Graphic Store in Covent Garden, London, and carted it home on the train. It folds flat and isn't too heavy, but the size of the box I was carrying did seem to astound quite a few people. The easel takes quite large canvases and is very stable. (I detest three-legged easels as I've seldom encountered one that didn't wobble.)

My canvases (painted and blank) were stored on a set of wooden, screw-together shelves bought from a DIY store. My 'stuff' was kept in the chest of drawers which has glass-fronted drawers so it's easy to remember what's in each. There is also a small pull-out shelf above each row of drawers.

The large cardboard box on the corner of the drawer unit was for one of the resident feline art critics. In the other corner is a small, desktop, h-shaped easel, which is what I used before I bought the floor-standing one. Most often it's got various reference photos stuck on it.

The stool in front of my easel wasn't used for sitting on, but rather for a container with water for rinsing my brush, the few colors I was using, and a paper palette (though I often paint without this).

I used a drop-cloth under my easel to protect the floor -- a large piece of canvas bought at a fabric store. The two gray, plastic toolboxes standing on it are used for carting art supplies around.

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Art Studio: Painting Forum Host Starrpoint

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Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo © Susan Tschantz/Starrpoint 2007

From the Artist, Susan Tschantz (aka Starrpoint): This is my infamous dungeon, where I do so much damage to life, limb, and canvas. Also, the notorious paint box giving to me by my mother-in-law which started all this madness.

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Favorite Easels: Painting Forum Host Tina Jones

Painting easels
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo © Tina Jones

From the Artist, Tina Jones: I have five easels, but like my H-frame easel (Creative Mark Carolina Deluxe Studio Easel) the best for stability. I use my plein-air easel (Winsor and Newton Aluminum Bristol Easel) mostly for travel and painting in hotels. Who needs fresh air? I find it to be too light weight to withstand much of breeze with a canvas on it, and it can't take much aggression in painting either. I wish it had spikes, and have heard someone talk of using bungee cords and weights to hold these down. It works fine in a carpeted hotel room though I still have to be gingerly lest the legs start walking away from me. It makes for an impressive display easel though.

I also have two table-top easels, one aluminum and one wood (which is more stable). I find they slide on a table top easily, so I recommend using a rubber drawer liner material underneath it. (Sometimes placemats can be found in this material.)

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Art Studio: Robb McKenzie

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Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo © 2010 Robb McKenzie

From the Artist: The morning sun fills my studio, a converted bedroom, bathing it in a great light to paint by. I have several surfaces to work on, but primarily use my table top easel, which sits on a large table next to the window.

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Art Studio: Carol Ochs

Photo of collage artist studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo © 2010 Carol Ochs

From the Artist: When a son moved out, I turned his bedroom into my art studio! I gave my musician-husband a chance at first dibs to make it his music studio, but when he didn't speak up soon enough, I said "Okay, it's mine, all mine!"

My favorite thing about this room is that it's at the front of the house and the most perfect breeze blows in all the time! I spend my days working in a custom-built workshop for my soapmaking business in my backyard, and my nights working on art in this studio... hence the fairy lights for mood and magic!

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Art Studio: AJ Murosky

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From the Artist: This is my art studio in Phoenix, Arizona. It is a 10 foot by 10 foot shed and it is obviously outside. The good things about it are that it's a great getaway place, I don't have to worry about mess or the smells of everything and also, when the weather is gorgeous it is great to be out there!

The bad things... sometimes it is too hot or too cold outside to paint, the lighting is poor and my dog doesn't like being in there with me!

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Art Studio: Derek Dohren

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Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo © Derek Dohren

From the Artist: This is a photo of my new painting space since I moved to Spain. The table's a bit small and I'm tending not to use my easel just now. I've another work in progress on the go as you can see. It seemed like a good idea when I bought that plastic, flowery table cloth; now I'm not so sure.

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Art Studio: Lindamahina

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From the Artist: This is a photo of my studio for inclusion in the artists' studio photo gallery.

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Art Studio: Wilt Nelson

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Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo © Wilt Nelson 2009

From the Artist: My studio used to be the third bedroom/computer/office/misc room until the carpet had to be replaced due to acrylic paint splatters. So the operation was moved onto the screened back porch. This was a good site to practice plein air painting with acrylics and the paint splatters are easy to scrape off the tile floor. The iPod plays favorite music and a gentle breeze blows, so the location has become permanent. Obviously there is not much dining off the table anymore.

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Art Studio: Agnes Preszler

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Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo © Agnes Preszler

From the Artist: "I live in the residential zone of a historical town in central Italy, near to Rome. For painting I use our living room, which is very large and has good ventilation. I also can put out the easel on the balcony that has a view onto the street below, onto the hills and the high mountains in the background.

On the left of the easel I have the big glass table that I use for pencils, drawings and reference material. There is also a plastic trolley with little accessories I may need. In the background (near the comfortable leather sofa and below the Gauguin picture) you can see the wooden table with wheels. It's the usual place for the notebook that I use often for study and inspiration, and also for digital artwork. The table is also good for still life compositions.

I use also other rooms for drawing, watercolor, and acrylic painting. Doing art is very messy, you need a lot of materials not only for painting and drawing but also reference material, books, supplies for exposition and so on. I also must be careful to not ruin the marble pavement and the glass table, so I use newspapers to protect them.

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Art Studio: KnightMarian

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Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo © KnightMarian

From the Artist: This is my haven from the world. I spend quite a bit of time here, sometimes contemplating my belly button! This is where the Muse speaks through and over me!

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Art Studio: Elizabeth Elgin

Photo of painting studio
Photo © Elizabeth Elgin

From the Artist: I enjoyed looking at the array of creative spaces everyone has and the dedication to paint whether one has a real studio or a corner cupboard! My space is a corner of my bedroom, and uses plastic shelving and cardboard boxes as organizers. I am finding I have several projects going at once as I get 'stuck' and have to move off a painting for a few days to let my mind resolve how to continue.

I am working in acrylics learning how to paint (the two in progress are for recently deceased pets) and am also learning to use heat set Genesis oils (the abstract of the woman started as a color mixing session to see how they flow, and "she" emerged unplanned.) Someday a real studio....

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Art Studio: Claude

Claude's Painting Studio
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From the Artist: I finally have a spare bedroom with a southeast-facing window. Outside my window I can see my neighbor's banana trees near my fence... yummy! My spare paint tubes and brushes are kept inside the drawers behind the easel. The tarp on the floor and the cover surrounding the curtains are preventing possible damages. My brush storage (next to the easel) is very useful for my wet or dry brushes.

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Art Studio: Frannicle

painting studio
Photo Gallery: Artists' Studios. Photo © Frannicle

From the Artist: This is my workspace. One of my cats is usually sprawled somewhere!

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Art Studio: Jeff Watts

Painting studio of artist Jeff Watts
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From the Artist: Here is my work space. It's a room under my house (my house is built on a hill side) with one window that overlooks a stack of wood. As the season goes on, the wood goes down and I get a bit more natural light, not much. I have plans to put in a second window, but who knows when that will happen, right now this is what I have.

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Art Studio: Dreamer

Painting studio
Photo Gallery: Artists' Studios. Photo © Dreamer

From the Artist: Here's mine, rather messy...

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Art Studio: Caysha

Painting space or studio in kitchen
Photo Gallery: Artists' Studios. Photo © Caysha

From the Artist: I have a fairly large kitchen and the kitchen table is in a separate area (bay window area with lots of light) from the walkway and work areas. The sink, stove, etc. are on the other side of the peninsula (cabinet you see) so I just leave my easel up and my paints on the table. After all, my husband gave me the paints for Mother's Day and is very encouraging and supportive! We eat in the dining room, on the run, or in the den as alternatives. My painting sessions kind of go in waves, but it's staying set up.

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Art Studio: Renzo

Painting studio
Photo Gallery: Artists' Studios. Photo © Renzo

From the Artist: This is the space where I work, my studio.

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Art Studio: Diane Leckenby

Photo © Diane Leckenby

From the Artist: This is where I paint, using the table and an easel. My husband made our dining room into my studio; he put in shelves for storage and a bench top. It overlooks our garden. The cat phone on the notice board my daughter bought for me.

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Art Studio: Gayle Kirton

Artist's painting studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo © Gayle Kirton

From the Artist: This photograph of my working space is four photographs put together in Photomerge, hence the discrepancy in some of the edges.

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Art Studio: Patti Vaz Dias (aka Farkin)

Painting studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo © Patti Vas Dias. Used with permission.

From the Artist: I'm painting in my (huge) kitchen at the moment. Cozy but not ideal since I keep stopping to snack out, do the dishes or pick up the phone!

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Art Studio of the Future: Patti Vaz Dias (aka Farkin)

Art studio Patti Vas Diaz
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo © Patti Vas Dias. Used with permission.

From the Artist: This is my studio to be. It's a 15-year-plan I'm afraid, but I'll get there one day. For now, I'm painting in a corner of my kitchen.

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Julie & Judy's Barn Studio and Gallery

Painting studio and art gallery
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo © Julie Lamons

Artistic sisters Julie Lamons and Judy Gagner have adjacent studios in a barn that's also got a gallery section. See inside Julie's studio and Judy's.

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Art Studio: Julie Lamons

Art studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo © Julie Lamons

From the Artist: My studio is in my barn, along with my sister Judy's. There's a gallery built to the side of the studios.

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Art Studio: Judy Gagner

Art studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo © Julie Lamons

From the Artist: My studio is adjacent to my sister Julie's, in a barn where there's also a gallery.

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Art Studio: Jack Gambardella

Art studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo © Jack Gambardella

From the Artist: That's me in my basement studio, with my custom-crafted and liquid acrylics, and my brush cabinet.

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Art Studio: Gail Williams

Artist studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Studio Photo © Gail Williams

From the Artist: My studio faces out towards the lake we live on in North Carolina, USA. When we remodeled our house I was able to use the old kitchen cabinet for storage. It works wonderful. It is full of slide-outs and holds all my paints, mediums and tools. I am in the process of building a new bench to replace the work table to the left. It was a challenge to build a lot of storage into a fairly small space, but it's working out fine.

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Art Studio: Gail Williams

Art Studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Studio Photo © Gail Williams

From the Artist: I am in the process of building a nine-foot work/storage bench to replace the work table to the left in my studio. It will be wonderful to have such a large flat work surface to work on with even more storage underneath.

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Art Studio: Jon Rader Jarvis

Artist Studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo of Artist Studio: © John Rader Jarvis

These photos show my studio as it was in 2005. The one photo shows it in natural light, the other in flash light.

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Art Studio: John Najarian

Artist Studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo of Studio: © John Najarian

I have a two bedroom apartment and I use one as my studio. It's very convenient.

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Art Studio: Thon de Thonine

Artist's Studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo of Artist's Studio: © Thon de Thonine

My studio is just a little corner in my room. When I want to paint, I pull out those Rubber-Maid tubs and my piano stool to use as a table-top and just start painting. Yes, it makes my room a mess that makes a hurricane look like a little spill on the rug, but it's my room ... sort of.

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Art Studio: Jim

Artist Studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo © Jim

I live in a studio apartment and the size is "just right". Well, it's enough to be creative.

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Art Studio: Julie-Anne 1

Artist Studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Image of Artist's Studio: © Julie-Anne

My studio is so tight! I have difficulties entering into the place! I need more room, shelves and tables... Here's close-up photo of my working surface in my studio, where my brushes, etc. are kept.

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Art Studio: Julie-Anne 2

Artist's Studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Image of Artist's Studio: © Julie-Anne

I really need a set of shelves in my studio, on wheels ... I'd shove all my stuff into it and gain more room to walk. Take a look at this photo for a view of my studio from the door.

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Art Studio: Linzi

Artist Studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo of Artist Studio: © Linzi

I paint in the basement of my house in an area deemed "The Art Area". My father and I enlarged the already existing counter, and we installed two lights. I always sit on the stools, which are surprisingly comfortable. It's my favorite place in the house.

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Painting Space: Cairomum 1

Artist studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo © Cairomum

Alas, I do not have a studio. Our home is tiny, I mean really tiny! So instead, I paint on the balcony, which is closed off but has lots and lots of light. My art stuff is in boxes (see photo), and in a kitchen cupboard.

I have to be tidy as we have no room, but I compromise by wearing an apron which gets more paint encrusted by the day! On the easel is my daughter's portrait (still an underpainting) and behind is another of my birds. I leave things out to remind me that I need to finish them (as if I'd forget!).

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Painting Space: Cairomum 2

Artist Studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo of Artist Studio: © Cairomum

I don't have a studio and paint on a closed-in balcony (see photo). It's not easy being tidy and, I admit, this photo is taken at the start of the day so it's tidier than normal! I dream of space where I can spread out my stuff, unpack those boxes and leave it all out! The box doubles up as a table, as you can see (I was painting with egg tempera in this photo).

A lot of my paintings are stuck onto the kitchen wall with blue tack ... well, I had to stick them somewhere!

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Painting Space: Still Life Setup by Cairomum

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Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Image: © Cairomum

I have a big storage cupboard on my balcony, which is where I paint (see photo 1 and 2). I needed somewhere to set up a still life, so I emptied out the central part of the cupboard, which is for coats and jackets (definitely not needed here in Egypt) and set up my still life inside. I clipped a light to the railing (a cheap one, but it can be moved easily along the railing) and it worked really well. So well, in fact, that when I had finished my big still life, I decided to keep my "mini stage" and set up another still life. And then another...

This photo was taking at the beginning of the day: my paints have just come out of the freezer (hence the cling film), and my brushes are all clean! That strange wooden thing on the table is for holding used brushes. The nice thing about it is that at the end of the day , you can just close the doors on it!

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Art Studio: Bernie Victor

Artist Studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo of Artist Studio: © Bernie Victor

I am right handed, but tend to stand to one side of my easel. The light in my studio is okay in morning, but it is east facing. I do have a spotlight in corner shining on easel. The ceiling lights are incandescent spots, but I do not normally use them.

The easel, called a Herring Easel, is very portable and I do move it around. It is a very good British design, very light and very adjustable. It can be used at all angles from flat to upright, and with extension will take quite large canvases. It also collapses down so you can carry it or use it sitting down. Three members of my club have them as they are good for plein-air painting.

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Art Studio: Sir Mac

Artist Studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo of Artist Studio: © Sir Mac

Here's my studio. I must apologise because it was the maid's day off and she hadn't got around to cleaning the western turret of Mac Castle when this was taken.

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Art Studio: Janet.Sar

Artist Studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo of Artist Studio: © Janet.Sar

This is my studio ... and dining room ... and the place where the cats nap when I'm not working. I wouldn't dare show you this room when I'm working ! The lighting is great in the daytime, but it's awful at night; I can't paint at night. I'd love a bigger house with an extra room downstairs for a studio.

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Art Studio: Rosalind Roberts

Art Studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo of Art Studio © Rosalind Roberts

When changing apartments, I chose this one specifically knowing I needed more space for my art. Depending on the level of mess throughout the day, I strategically place plants around to hide it from the rest of the house and give me a bit of seclusion.

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Art Studio: Cynthia Padilla

Art Studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. © Cynthia Padilla

My east-facing studio reveals a garden filled with native plants and flowers and their visiting birds and butterflies. I am a botanical artist/natural science illustrator and draw plants, birds and butterflies. A delicate feather drawn and painted to match the exact likeness of the one before me can take hours to complete. My surroundings must bring peace and joy for the time I am engaged in a project.

If you want to know how I got into this genre, in 1979, take a read of the article The Wild Color of Insects in Dig This magazine.

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Art Studio: Thetis 1

Artist's Studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo of Art Studio: © Thetis

This is my small art studio, set up in the basement. I started to paint three months ago, using this site's step-by-step instructions.

Here are two more photos of my studio: Photo 2 and Photo 3.

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Art Studio: Thetis 2

Artist's Studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo of Art Studio: © Thetis

This is my small art studio, set up in the basement. My easel was build by my husband.

Here are two more photos of my studio: Photo 1 and Photo 3.

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Art Studio: Thetis 3

Artist Studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo of Art Studio: © Thetis

This is my small art studio, set up in the basement. I like to use acrylic paint and painting has become one of my favorite hobby.

Here are two more photos of my studio: Photo 1 and Photo 2.

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Art Studio: Rene Ghirardi 1

Artist's Studios
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo: © Rene Ghirardi

My wife Debbie, who designs beaded jewelry, and I share the studio. One among many indispensable things in the studio is the work counter above the cabinets and drawers. In addition to being a a handy work table for art, it is also a very productive work space for making frames. Luckily, I also have a small storage room with shelves for supplies and tools. I think we make effective use of a limited space.

See all the photos of Rene Ghirardi's Studio: Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, Photo 5.

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Art Studio: Rene Ghirardi 2

Artist's Studios
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo: © Rene Ghirardi

See all the photos of Rene Ghirardi's Studio: Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, Photo 5.

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Art Studio: Rene Ghirardi 3

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Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo: © Rene Ghirardi

See all the photos of Rene Ghirardi's Studio: Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, Photo 5.

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Art Studio: Rene Ghirardi 4

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Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo: © Rene Ghirardi

See all the photos of Rene Ghirardi's Studio: Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, Photo 5.

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Art Studio: Rene Ghirardi 5

Artist's Studios
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo: © Rene Ghirardi

See all the photos of Rene Ghirardi's Studio: Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4, Photo 5.

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Art Studio: Krystyna Wedrowska 1

Artist's Studio
Photo of Artist's Studio: © Krystyna Wedrowska

I have a three-bedroom apartment and have been using the big living room as my studio because it's more convenient. But because I still didn't have enough space, I moved all my stuff into one of the bedrooms.

These three photos (see Photo 2 and Photo 3) show my studio before my reorganization. Most of my canvases are now not stored on the wall but stacked next to it.

Here are two more photos of my studio: Photo 2 and Photo 3.

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Art Studio: Krystyna Wedrowska 2

Artist's Studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo of Artist's Studio: © Krystyna Wedrowska

Paint tubes are separated by colors and stored into plastic boxes on a big table. I don't waste old brushes, old and new together are stored into ceramic coffee cups on the same table.

Here are two more photos of my studio: Photo 1 and Photo 3.

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Art Studio: Krystyna Wedrowska 3

Artist's Studio
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo of Artist's Studio: © Krystyna Wedrowska

I'm big fun of clothes, I supplied myself by cutting them from old bath towels. I have no stool, I like to painting in a stand position. For my convenience I build up my own 'sofa' from an old, massage table and an old twin mattress. It's very comfy.

Here are two more photos of my studio: Photo 1 and Photo 2.

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Art Studio: David and Ramona Adkins 1

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"I started painting when I was 15; I paint with different mediums. I share the studio with my wife, Ramona, and as you can see we made the best out of a small space. My style is naive painting and, to prove that opposite attract, Ramona paints abstract." -- David Adkins

Here are three more photos of our studio: Photo 2, Photo 3, Photo 4.

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Art Studio: David and Ramona Adkins 2

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Here are three more photos of our studio: Photo 1, Photo 3, Photo 4.

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Art Studio: David and Ramona Adkins 3

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Here are three more photos of our studio: Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 4.

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Art Studio: David and Ramona Adkins 4

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Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Image: © David and Ramona Adkins

Here are three more photos of our studio: Photo 1, Photo 2, Photo 3.

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Art Studio: Rich Mason

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I use a small guest room for a computer room and studio, and milk crates for storage. Luckily we don't use the guest room often so my easel gets to stay up!

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Art Studio: Gerald Dextraze

Artist's studios
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo © Gerald Dextraze

My studio furniture takes up about 3x8' floor space, which means I use about 8x8' for studio area in total. I have almost everything I need at arm's length on my left side.

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Art Studio: Cooklee

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Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo © Cooklee

This is my studio. The greatest feature is the old microwave stand which is great -- I installed a fluorescent light up under the top and have my water and palette on the middle portion.

Another great idea I had was to use a glass (Pyrex) cake pan as my palette, it holds my stay wet sheets and there is also enough room to mix right on the glass which makes it very easy to clean off. I can change the surface color by putting a piece of coloured paper underneath. The only thing I would like to change is the carpeting for a hard surface.

From my sanctuary, happy painting…

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Art Studio: Lokelani Forrest

Painting studio photos
Photo Gallery: Inside Artists' Studios. Photo © Lokelani Forrest

From the Artist: I live in an apartment my son built onto his house. It's a small, studio-type apartment, about 450 sq. ft., but it's just the right size for me. The less housework I have the better... more time for painting!

I use a portion of my living area for my "stuff" and hang my finished work on the living area walls and in my bedroom. As you can see, my front windows look out on a beautiful, peaceful countryside. It serves me well and I love my little studio/home.

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Brush and Paint Organizer in Siamese99's Studio

Paint brush holder and paints organiser
Take a look at how painters organize their studios. Photo © Siamese99

From the Artist: I made this really cheap paint tube organizer. I took scrap pieces of wood, screwed them together in a step fashion so the pieces end up a little higher than the one in front and so on. Then I got two pieces of pvc pipe 3" and 2 1/4". I cut them so that when the tubes are standing inside them the label shows with the color name. Then I glued them to the wood with Liquid Nails. I cut some bigger ones also for the paint brushes.

All the materials cost $11.00 and I still have plenty over. Not fancy but organized!

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Brush Organizer Made by Claude

Paint brush organizer
Photo Gallery: Artists' Studios. Photo © Claude

From the Artist: I made a system which stores most of my wet and/or dry paint brushes. So far I have had no problems with it, no more wet brushes rolling on my carpet, easy to find the brush type required etc.

It is also very simple to make (10 minutes' work), I just drilled different sizes holes in a heavy wooden block which was cut to my required size. This system could be used in plein air as well as inside your studio (or kitchen, bedroom, lounge etc.) and stores neatly in a vehicle (using some ties) when needed.

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Brush Organizer Made by Dave Chance

Paint brush organizer
Photo Gallery: Artists' Studios. Photos © Dave Chance

From the Artist: I used a milk crate to make a brush organizer, using 12 empty cartons (well rinsed out) to fill it. I put masking tape around the top of each carton to give a better appearance and to give it somewhat more strength. In the photo from the side I've pulled out one carton quite a bit so you can see it clearly.