My Studio...some close up views...

©Janis Zroback

Toronto, Canada

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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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