Stu, Stu, Studio, Just Say the Word

Many of you out there probably don’t think of me as a studio artist. It’s true. There’s been a bit of travel-Kona, Iceland, Italy, New Orleans, Santorini, heck even the Texas coast. If that weren’t enough, I’ve not spent a lot of time in the studio recently. No, actually I have been working on my house. My house has a lot of work to be done, you see, so I’ve been concentrating on that more than any art related projects right now. I’ve got to do boring things like get a new roof. While I’m sure you don’t want to hear all about my new roof and all that goes along with things like that, it prevents me from doing a lot of studio work. But, studio work has been on my mind.

I’ve even been thinking about expanding my studio space. You see there’s this new movement in architecture called basically “tiny houses” and there are a lot of really cool looking pre-fab type very small spaces that are really getting my attention. Those of you who know me also probably know that I’m really a frustrated architect. I’d love to build and study buildings and I love the idea of working with space and decorating and the dimensions of scale and perspective that comes along with architecture. These new cool spaces really have peaked my interest.

Now, I don’t have a large yard (I have bad allergies and prefer to avoid surrounding myself with fields of grass) but I do have a small space in need of sprucing up. All of that, and I would really love to have a little extra space to play in, specifically to use for art related items. When you combine these factors, I’ve been looking for a new backyard studio space.

The word “shed” really stirs up some nasty looking buildings. Seriously. It’s an ugly word. “Shed.” I mean, who in their right mind wants a shed?

Just Google “artists studio spaces shed” and you will get some idea of some of the cool looking spaces that are being disguised as “sheds” these days. They are really hot looking (well, if you’re into that sort of a thing, which, hate to admit it, but I am.) So, there you have it. Officially, I have “shed envy” and I plan to do something about this. At some point, maybe not right away, but at some point, I’m going to put in one of these spiffy looking sheds. Seriously. And I’m going to use it as a studio space, so I can go back to painting more. I might even use it for a place to do some photography too but I have some serious plans for it. If I don’t move, I’m so going to put in one of these fabulous sheds.

That’s what I’ve been working on. I know it’s boring, and I know my title as “studio artist” is currently at high risk, but there you have it. I’m actually thinking about building a new studio. Somewhere to work. Someplace to call my own. Someplace cool that I can cover in paint and escape to and have fun in and compliment my already overflowing home with more “art space” because, heck, let’s face it, who does not love (or need more of) art space?

This is a mixed media piece, photo and encaustic (and doll head) created when I was once in studio (and had a lot more studio time!)

Until next time…


  1. Janice / Dancing with Sunflowers
    March 26, 2015 / 3:20 pm

    I've seen some fantastic garden shed studios via blogland, Carol. Who knows, maybe I'll get to visit you in yours in the not too distant future. (Oklahoma here he comes….)

  2. Carol
    April 6, 2015 / 11:12 pm

    So glad he's coming this way. I hope we get to meet someday, Janice. That would be so much fun. I still hold out hope we'll make it over to Santa Fe somehow!

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