The Perfect Space

Cassandra Tondro, "New Beginnings," contemporary painting

Greetings Friends,

Recently I was invited to participate in an article about creating the perfect home art studio. Each artist was asked to give a tip based on their own experience. My tip was to include a large stainless steel sink for clean up, because that’s really not something you want to do in your kitchen sink. Here’s how my studio sink looks after nearly six years of use. It’s not a pretty sight!

Cassandra Tondro art studio

Some of the tips that other artists offered are interesting, and you can read the complete article on the Redfin Blog.

It’s also fascinating how quickly we outgrow a space. We expand to fill whatever space we have, no matter the size.

My studio seemed huge when I had it built, but I vastly underestimated how much room finished paintings and ready-to-paint canvases require. I often have to juggle what little wall space I have and move stuff around to fit everything in.

Cassandra Tondro art studio

I also don’t have any place to store canvases that are bigger than 3- by 4-feet. I guess I thought I’d never work that large.

It’s best to think ahead when designing work space. Whatever seems to be big enough now probably won’t be adequate five years from now, because we’re constantly expanding.

Or are we? Some people downsize into smaller spaces and even tiny homes. I’m kind of in awe of the tiny home concept. They look so cozy and inviting, and keeping them clean would be so much easier than maintaining a full-size living space.

But I don’t seem to be in the tiny home phase of my life just yet, and maybe I never will be. Making art takes up a lot of space, unless you’re drawing on small pieces of paper with pencils. Take a look at the other side of my studio, where I store all of my supplies.

Cassandra Tondro art studio

The thing about art is that you never know what supplies you might need, and there’s a tendency to collect a lot of stuff. I may suddenly be inspired to do something with burlap, used pieces of string or the beach rocks I collect. I might want to use gloss medium, molding paste, soft gel or satin varnish. I never know what materials I’ll want to use from day-to-day, so I keep a lot of them on hand. What that means is that I need a LOT of storage space!

What would your ideal space look like? I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts. You can share them with us in the comments section below.

With love and appreciation,
Cassandra

Painting at top: “New Beginnings,” 20 x 20 inches, repurposed acrylic latex paint and pastel on canvas.

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  1. “I also don’t have any place to store canvases that are bigger than 3- by 4-feet. I guess I thought I’d never work that large.” Edvard Munch was known to put his paintings outside and exposed them to all weather conditions to let them age. :-)
    I like your painting “new beginnings” – beautiful!
    Cincerely, Marinus

    1. I love the idea of letting the paintings age, Marinus! That would definitely solve the storage problem. And they could acquire a nice patina of dirt! Wouldn’t the stretcher bars warp, though? I suppose that could become part of the look. Interesting concept! Thanks for sharing it.

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