My Studio...some close up views... by © Janis Zroback

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The studio, a room to which the artist consigns himself for life, is naturally important, not only as workplace, but as a source of inspiration. And it usually manages, one way or another, to turn up in his product. (Grace Glueck)

Now that the feature in Studios Magazine has been published, (see here), as promised I am posting some images of my studio in the group “Your Creative Space”, so here is the first close-up…taken in Toronto Ontario..
The larger photo on the left above, is of one section of the room which measures 14×7...this is the main table where I paint every day…above it are shelves built and installed by cabinet maker/artist Nicky Crone, and designed by us both, to hold all the supplies I use on a daily basis…there are containers of cotton swabs, Q tips, a huge variety of markers and pencils, inks, jars of different kinds of salt, as well as just decorative items like reels of coloured cotton, reference books, small paintings, journals, and a mirror (Fung Shui)…
The chest on the left holds bound sheets of watercolour paper and stretched canvas…the large storage boxes contain fabrics and paper for collage works..on top of the paper chest are metal containers which hold items like scissors in assorted sizes, a selection of jewellery pliers and wire cutters for use in beading, and my collection of xacto knives, which I use to cut stencils…there is also a shallow tray with ceramic containers for mixing individual colours of paint…the large red circles are actually place mats which protect the table from marks….on the floor is a red metal container where rolls of decorative paper are stored for use in collage work, but the real collection is in the large store cupboards at the end of the room…behind the photographer (me), is a sink with a Corian surround (never gets stained) over another cupboard for storing soaps, solvents, and cleaning materials…
In the picture directly above you can see a tall filing cabinet…that holds reference materials, journals, more paper, and folders of sketches etc…on the shelf above is Catherine Walkers ceramic doll who acts as a guardian angel…
The lamps and ceiling fixtures contain daylight bulbs so I don’t get any distortion in my paint colours and the lighting never has to be adjusted….
Everything is in it’s place, is easily accessible, and is always replaced after use…under the shelves hang paintings on canvas from my portfolio collection, and there is another mirror which is again my homage to Fung Shui…never have your back to a door without being able to see who is behind you

My Studio featured in Studios Magazine…
by Janis Zroback

Below is the before picture…the studio was pretty but inefficient and the tables were cluttered…I needed three tables then…now I have only two…more storage within reach means it much easier to work….I repainted it in a warmer yellow, to reflect the sun even on the darkest days of winter…I will post more close-ups of the rest of the room which includes a craft area, the floor to ceiling storage/book shelves etc. if there is interest in seeing it…let me know..

The Before Picture

An artist’s studio should be a small space because small rooms discipline the mind and large ones distract it. (Leonardo da Vinci)


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I paint in many different styles and feature a myriad of subject matter, which I show as individual collections….
I am inspired by the world interpreting it in brilliant colours, often influenced by the writings of famous authors and poets..
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  • Cathy Amendola
    Cathy Amendolaabout 4 years ago

    LOL…this is the VERY REASON, I am NOT putting a picture of MY STUDIO in creative spaces…HA! GREAT STUDIO Janis!!!!

  • Thanks so much Cathy….I am sure everyone would love to see where you create your wonderful paintings…I know I would for sure…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • StarKatz
    StarKatzabout 4 years ago

    Oh wow that is fantastic! definitely a very inspirational corner for you to work in :)

  • Thank you so much…the studio measures 14×7 so it’s just the right size for me….

    – © Janis Zroback

  • pucci ferraris
    pucci ferrarisabout 4 years ago

    colourful and inspiring….

  • Thank you so much Pucci…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • cassiegirl
    cassiegirlabout 4 years ago

    Such an organised and creative space – what I aspire to ………… one day!

  • I started with just one table and it grew from there…glad you like it…thanks so much..

    – © Janis Zroback

    GEORGE SANDERSONabout 4 years ago

    Wow, Just what every artist needs !!!

  • I agree George….thanks so much…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Susan  Kimball
    Susan Kimballabout 4 years ago

    I’m so thrilled for you Janis! I ran out and bought “Studios Magazine” yesterday and in addition to your wonderful spread, it’s loaded with all sorts of helpful and colorful suggestions!

  • Yes it’s an exciting magazine all round, especially for those who are planning to redo as I did, or setting up a new studio…thanks so much Susan…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonabout 4 years ago

    Loooove it!!!! Can’t say enough about it!! You thought of every little thing!! I am going to find the magazine today!! Thank you for your generosity in sharing your space!

  • Thanks so much Leslie…I will do a journal with some other images that are really close up to show how it’s organized, like in the drawers etc…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Leslie Gustafson
    Leslie Gustafsonabout 4 years ago

    Fabulous! I would love to have that much organization! I will have more than I have had but the drawers for the canvas and paper is great! Thank you for sharing about your supplies too- so creative in the variety you use!

  • You’re welcome Leslie…
    I do more than 50 different crafts, so I need lots of supplies…you should see inside my storage room and cupboards…they look like an art supply store…e.g. I make paper, I do decoupage, silk painting, decorative painting, tole painting, faux finishes, gilding, embroidery, papier mache etc. etc….you name it I do it…I love it all…

    – © Janis Zroback

  • Jim Phillips
    Jim Phillipsabout 4 years ago

    I’m jealous Janis. Of course I could never be this neat if I tried with all my heart. lol. It really is quite lovely and very organized. I’m impressed.

  • Thank you so much Jim…I can’t work in a mess and if I can’t find my stuff I don’t do as well…so needs must as the saying goes… :))

    – © Janis Zroback

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 4 years ago

    Hi Janis ,it turned out so well Love how organized and efficient it looks .creativity will flow well there for many years to come !LIZ

  • Thanks so much Liz…remember all the Empty Studio images? well this is what I was waiting for…yes it was worth it…I will post more in a journal….

    – © Janis Zroback

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