Earlier this year I relocated my painting studio. After sharing a studio space in the beautiful Barn for several months I came to realise that a shared studio space did not work for me and I needed not only solitude but more space to enable me to get into my creative painting ‘zone’. I had the great fortune of being offered exactly what I needed on the same Wairoa property. The room which became my new painting studio is located next to but detached from the main house. Built in the 1890s and later used as a summer house for the Barr-Smith family, the room I now occupy was used as the sitting room for the Barr-Smith’s teenage daughters and in more recent history a classroom for the Marbury School. The walls were painted dark red, not my preferred studio colour! And the carpet was a typical 1970s blue/green.

Maggie's Studio at Wairoa January 2016

Maggie’s Studio at Wairoa January 2016 – before makeover!

With several coats of white paint and removal of the carpet revealing a beautiful jarrah floor, the room was transformed.

Maggie's Studio at Wairoa January 2016 walls painted white

Maggie’s Studio at Wairoa January 2016 several paints of paint later

Maggie's Studio at Wairoa - out comes the carpet

Maggie’s Studio at Wairoa January 2016, removing the 70s carpet

Furnishing the studio was easy with my trusty IKEA furniture moving with me – it’s now seen four studio moves and with its modular nature has fitted perfectly into each space.

Maggie's studio at Wairoa February 2015 - storage unit

Maggie’s studio at Wairoa February 2015 – storage unit in place

Maggie's studio at Wairoa - May 2016 clean workspace

Maggie’s studio at Wairoa – May 2016 clean workspace

My new painting studio also provides me with the space to be working on several paintings at a time and a work in progress spot to hang these works.

Maggie's studio at Wairoa May 2016, work in progress corner

Maggie’s studio at Wairoa May 2016, work in progress corner

And I love my quiet contemplation corner – a great spot to sit by the combustion heater and consider my work in progress.

Maggie's studio at Wairoa - May 2016 contemplation corner

Maggie’s studio at Wairoa – May 2016 contemplation corner

I have grown to love my new painting studio space and am creating a new series of works inspired by the landscape that surrounds me. More about that in later blogs.