Upcoming book: A Place to Paint

A Place to Paint: A Guide to Setting Up an Art Studio for Painters & Other Artists

A Place to Paint: A Guide to Setting Up an Art Studio for Painters & Other Artists by Natalie Timmons

A Place to Paint: A Guide to Setting Up an Art Studio for Painters & Other Artists

I started researching and writing this book a few years ago when I could only find one book about setting up an art studio. It was published in 1984 and written by Richard Harding Seddon. The book was called The Artists Studio Book: A Handbook of Studio Management for Painters and Other Artists. It’s no longer in print, but you can purchase used copies through amazon.com.

Seddon’s book is a guide to setting up and operating a professional art studio. However, it’s 26 years old. Not only are new resources and systems available, but more importantly to me, it was missing visual inspiration to go along with the content.

As I was researching how to setup my own art studio, I craved photos of other artists studios, how and where the artist set it up and what worked well for them. There are many of books featuring artists and their studios. Yet, most of these focus on the artist and their work, and not the studio’s function and format.

One book, Where Women Create by Jo Packman sets my creative juices flowing. It features gorgeous photos and inspirational stories of paper craft, gardening, beading, fiber artists and more. I’m captivated by art studios of any kind and so I find myself pouring through this book over and over again. However, as much as enjoy the variety of studios featured, it doesn’t fill the void of wanting to see more painter’s studios.

My intention for A Place to Paint: A Guide to Setting Up An Art Studio for Painters and Other Artists is to provide both information and visual examples that will inspire you to set up an art studio that nurtures and inspires you to do your best work. If you already have a studio, I’m hoping it’ll give you some ideas on ways to make your studio more efficient and beautiful.