My new studio!

Hello! Well here it is….my first blog post!

As a trial run I am going to keep this one simple and take you, as promised, through the journey of creating my wonderful new studio.

It is almost exactly a year since we started the project. I had been working in my little old shed for well over 20 years…actually I think it’s getting on for 30! I can’t believe it!!! It was a very basic 10 x 12ft shed that I bought with money left to me by my grandfather. I lined the walls and ceiling, built work surfaces and shelves myself, put a little heater in there and it was my refuge and creative space for all those years! I wonder how many hours I actually spent in that little space and how many paintings emerged from it?!!! SO SO many! I did love it…..but everything has it’s day and weather and time had taken its toll and I was finding the limited space very restricting….so it was time for something new!

My old studio….it does look pretty weather beaten, doesn’t it?!
My old studio

So the journey began….and to be honest if we had known just how much work was involved, I’m not sure we would have taken on the task! Emptying everything out of the old studio was quite an undertaking in itself! How did I manage to cram SO much stuff into such a small space?

And then dismantling it…a bitter sweet experience!

First we had to dig out the area and create a concrete base for the new studio.

And then the new building arrived on the back of a lorry in the form of piles and piles of planks that filled the whole garden!

It was spring equinox (hense the bunny ears!!) and the wholeΒ  family pitched in with the giant building game…slotting plank onto plank….it all works perfectly as long as you do it all in the right order!!! I guess most of us have had the flat-pack furniture experience….well it was like that only much much BIGGER!!!!

Roger (my lovely hubby) worked like a Trojan, chief foreman with a family work-force with varying degrees of skill and enthusiasm!!!

Studio build postcard113

All in all it took about three months of weekends and evenings work to get it built and waterproof and a lot longer for all the finishing.

But here we are…almost a full year on and I have my fabulous new work space! Lucky lucky me!

Finished!

Thanks so much to everyone who has had some input in it’s creation, most especially Roger who spent oh so many long hours….days…nights working away! From the photos it looks like I did all the work…..but that’s because Roger was taking the photos!!!!

Thanks so much for taking the time to read my very first blog post!

I have SO many ideas of subjects I’d like to talk about for future posts ranging from mythology and the old stories, through plants and trees, food and recipes, festivals and seasonal thoughts and of course I look forward to sharing with you about my creativity in my new studio!

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Author: wendyandrew

I live, dream and paint in the beautiful countryside on the Dorset/Wiltshire border. I studied fine art at Salisbury College of Art and Cheltenham College of Art and Design and have been a professional artist for over twenty years. My work has been published and is collected internationally. I wrote and illustrated 'Luna Moon Hare' which was published in 2008. My paintings are inspired by the ancient mysteries that are wrapped in the turning of the seasons, and the voice of The Goddess whispering through the mythical realms.

12 thoughts on “My new studio!”

  1. The studio looks lovely! Wishing you many hours of happy painting. Looking forward to seeing all your new work. Blessed be. Ellie

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  2. What a lot of hard work! Your new space looks wonderful, just the sort of place in which to conjure up more beautiful works of art. I’ll look forward to the next blog post πŸ™‚
    Happy Spring Equinox to you all.

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  3. Wow Wendy, your studio looks amazing, such a wonderful environment to create your stunning pieces. I can only dream of such an oasis, I’m still juggling the kitchen table for my artwork, still it’s early days, I’ve only been going a few years, sometimes the universe takes its time with requests. May brightest blessings fill your studio with inspiration for many years to come.

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  4. Wow! That was some flatpack to build. There was I last week getting stressed over a flatpack bathroom cabinet. Congratulations on your achievement. I’m sure it will give you much inspiration. Happy painting.
    Sue

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  5. Your new studio looks fabulous. I can’t wait to see all the new art works you will create. Looking forward to reading your next blog. Brightest blessings.
    Tina x

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