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karen pittaway

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Artist, specialising in oil paintings of towns, historic buildings, human activity. Grew up in Cambridge, went to London University, moved to Kenilworth in 1984

The Studio

By karen, Apr 9 2016 06:53AM

The Studio

About a month ago I took on the lease of a rather sad looking conservatory situated at the rear of a commercial building very close to my house. The situation of the building for a working studio was perfect, the building itself was not! Read any article on how to build the perfect artist studio and you'll find light is the prime consideration. The general idea being that you want plenty of natural light but definitely no direct sunlight. I have plenty of light in my new studio and ALL of it is direct sunlight!

So the first challenge (after relocating about a million spiders... sorry spiders, had to be done!) was to devise clever, and essentially cheap ways to block out some of the light. I can't afford fancy blinds so, after some headscratching, I came up with some cunning ideas!

About 10 years ago I did a job for a hotel in the north which ran into financial difficulties, leaving me in pocession of about six large marine ply boards, fully painted with tropical beach scenes... these have been clogging up our cellar ever since, awaiting some useful purpose. And now they have their purpose... they are my sunscreens around the south facing side of the conservatory, and can be moved or removed easily... perfect! Makes me feel like I'm on holiday when I enter the place, which is, after all, what we all want when entering our place of work. The next problem was the ceiling... also glass of course... SO much glass! My current solution is about 10 paper parasols with hooks which I hook onto other hooks in the woodwork of the ceiling (bit fiddly but also quite fun, like that kids game when you have to hook a fish), again I can move the parasols to where the light is causing a problem. It's all a bit 'Heath Robinson' but I like it.

The studio is a 'work in progress' so I will continue to blog about it. There is a small kitchen and toilet at the back and these need some attention too. Also the outside woodwork is rotten in places and is going to be made good, hopefully quite soon.

There was a small tree growing on the roof of the toilet! The building was empty for nearly 15 years so needs some serious TLC... I intend to give it plenty.

Still much to do but I'm enjoying the process... love having my own space.




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