Studio Organizing

20131225_101736_resized_1With getting orders of paintings and ornaments completed in time for Christmas, my studio area remained pretty messy! Not much time to clean-up after arriving home from my full-time work at Liberty University. I kept my supplies out so I could come home, sit down and begin painting. Anyway, as you can see from the photo above, I definitely needed to get organized!

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Like magic, it’s clean! Well, thankfully, I had a few days off over the holiday to be home and focus on cleaning my work area. I like to have things where I can see them and just a hand’s reach away. A pegboard I found at a crafter’s sale, is perfect for keeping my tools visible, but off my desk.

After getting my work station back in order, this inspired me to start on new paintings for 2014. I did one for Valentine’s Day, Forever Love, that I absolutely love the colors and how it turned out! I would love to hear from you and get your thoughts! Feel free to contact me below (and/or Facebook, twitter).

These old chalk boards that I found at a yard sale are great to look at (with or without a message on them)! However, it is fun to write different inspiring words on them to keep me encouraged as I work.

Another great find I got at a yardsale for a quarter (yes, only .25 cents!) is this vintage shoe shine box. The old teal stain and wood is beautiful. I keep my pastels, watercolor paints and pencils in it.
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Something about rocks, shells and elements in nature inspire me.
My kitty, Monki, loves to be near me when I paint. She was my faithful companion as I wrote and illustrated Happy Heart: Fill’er Up! (you can read more about her at “About Me“). She even made herself comfortable in my chair when I got up to take a break from painting. She makes me laugh!
“Forever Love” 12×12 Acrylic/Oil on Canvas
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So glad my little studio space is clean and organized (at least for a while)! Feel free to drop me a line and let me know what you think.