How to: Set Up Your Workspace

Before truly diving into your first work of creative genius, it’s important to consider your work space.  You’ll be spending a great deal of time there and it should be comfortable and inspiring for you.  I like to be near a window, standing or occasionally sitting at my easel.  You may enjoy working at a table.  What’s important is that you’re comfortable.  It’s essential to have these basic materials: 

  • Proper lighting (more on this later)
  • A chair or stool (even if you stand most of the time)
  • Reference material (an old music  stand to support it works great)
  • Your palette (a table with a sheet of glass is perfect)
  • Paint (I use Gamblin based out of Portland, OR)
  • Mineral spirits
  • Paper towels 
  • A hand held mirror 

Did I miss anything? I’d love to hear from you about any materials that you love to use!


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