by Lucy Chambers
JAM Contributing Writer
Whether you have just moved into a new home or just want to make some renovations in your existing one, an artist space is a priority. While it may seem that any desk or hard surface that can be placed at an angle will work, that’s not usually the truth. In order to really get your creative juices going, you need a space that caters to artistic freedom and creativity. That usually means a space that has your supplies organized and is inspiring, comfortable and provides lots of wonderful light. Read on to learn more.
Organize and Inspire
It’s hard to get in the groove and be creative when you have to keep stopping to search for needed supplies. It’s frustrating and saps away your energy. Get rid of any clutter and bring in shelves, cabinets, and other storage solutions to organize your desk stationery, paper, drawing tools and other art supplies. Your space should also be inspiring and make you happy. Paint the walls your favorite colors, put your favorite photos and artworks on the wall, and add any other personal touches that you love, such as a small plant or some inspirational quotes. The happier you are in your space, the more your creative juices will flow.
Your space also needs to be comfortable. Make sure your desk is at a comfortable level and can be adjusted as needed. A drafting desk would be ideal. Don’t skim on your chair either; you’ll be spending a lot of time in it, so make sure it’s comfortable and supportive. Buy the best you can afford. You’ll also want to make sure your space is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. If it’s not, you’ll avoid using it, and that limits your creativity.
There are few things more important to making good art than light. If your space is dark and dreary, it’ll be difficult to come up with creative ideas and they may not look right when you get them down on paper. Your space should have a good source of natural light from more than one direction. North and south exposures are best as they’ll give you consistent light all day. If you need to supplement, use lamps like Ott Lights, which simulate natural day light. Florescent lighting is too harsh and incandescent too yellow.
Having a drawing space you love to be in will pay off big time. You’ll be happier, more creative and more productive. All you have to do is remember organization, comfort, light and inspiration and you’re on your way to a perfect art space.
Lucy Chambers is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across a variety of sectors. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job, and loves the work-life balance it offers her.