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.
With several coats of white paint and removal of the carpet revealing a beautiful jarrah floor, the room was transformed.
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.
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.
And I love my quiet contemplation corner – a great spot to sit by the combustion heater and consider my work in progress.
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.