Sneak Peak inside my new studio at The ARC

I'm writing this blog while Ruthie and I are on the road about to drive across Washington State and heading to our next camping spot. I think this may be my last internet hook up for a while so I thought I'd take advantage!

We've just spent a few days with my family on Whidbey Island and then the last week in the Olympic Peninsula with our dear friend Matthew, whom I sailed from San Francisco to Mexico with, over ten years ago! No we didn't see any vampires (Believe me, I kept a sharp look out for Robert Pattensen!!) or any werewolves but we did lapp up the natural beauty of this place. We enjoyed Dungeoness campground ( amazing spot!) and Sol Duc Hotsprings - three hot pools of natural hot spring bliss (yes, I highly recommend it), plus lots of beautiful hikes, water falls, rainforest, campfires and just plain reading books and hangout!

One of the questions everyone asks me when I'm on vacation is do I miss my studio? The answer is no. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my new studio (hence this blog with a sneak peak for you to see) but I love being in nature and taking time away from making art. This trip and being in nature is rejuvenating my spirit and I fully appreciate taking a break !

So, here it is, inside the studio portion of my new home at the ARC. I Totally lucked out as the previous tenant had build a wall complete with glass sliding door and a large window to physically separate the studio workspace from the living area. (gratitude her way) All the other units in the building ( there are about 100 units) are simply one large room which each artist has creatively and uniquely divided up in different ways. I'm actually excited to share with you other studios and so If you've been following me you'll know that each month I intend to interview an artist inside the ARC so you can catch a glimpse of it all and get to know some of the aritst and their work that will be in the East Side Culture Crawl upcoming in November 18, 19th and 20th, 2011.

For now, here's your sneak peak of my new creative studio space. Enjoy.

Besides letting in TONS of natural light ( thank you, thank you, thank you) (big adjustment after living in a basement for the last year!) The view out these large window is of east Vancouver and is awesome. If you crane your head to the left you can see the water as the ARC is located right next to the Port of Vancouver.

What I LOVE most about this studio (besides the 10' high ceilings, natural light and the fact that i am surrounded by other amazing, kind and supportive artists) is the wall set up I put up with three 2 x 4" beams which enable me to hang paintings in process in different ways so that I can stand back and get a feel for the painting from a distance. I've never had this in any of my studios before and I so appreciate this new feature!

There is space for an extra table adjacent to my main working table which private mentorship students use for their weekly lessons and the extra space has allowed me also to organize all my paints and mediums nicely in two IKEA shelves along the wall for easy access.