Studio

Below is a view of my studio space as of 2010.  My "Kelley-Crank" easel is central.  To the right, a cabinet with several drawers holds supplies, and my computer is positioned on the top.  To the left, my set of Sennelier pastels are arranged for easy access on a free-standing shelf that I built for that purpose (see additional discussion below).  And, although it's difficult to see to the far left in this photo, I also have a small, rolling taboret that I use for oil-painting.  A flexible track-light fixture holds a single white-light bulb - since the appearance of the work can vary dramatically under different lighting, I use the same bulb in my studio as the type that are used in my gallery space, so that the color of the work appears consistent between the studio and the commercial display.

 

Custom-made Studio Furniture:

I recently constructed this free-standing shelf to hold my pastel trays:

This light-weight shelf can be moved to any position in the studio, and folds completely flat for easy storage when not in use.  From the back (below), you can see that there are three moving parts secured with a single bolt - front legs, back legs, and a separate arm for the shelf.  The shelf is held at a 45-degree angle by resting on a removable brace.  When the brace is removed, all three sections can fold together:

 

Another new item is this pastel drawing board:

The board is equipped with wooden enclosures on three sides, to capture the loose pastel pigment that often falls from the work while in progress.  The capture tray is about five inches deep, with a three-inch lip to prevent the dust from escaping.  With the use of a tiny fan in the studio, positioned behind me and slightly to one side, any airborne pastel dust can be gently blown away from my face and back toward the work, to be ultimately captured within the surrounding enclosures. Then it can be vaccuumed up when I'm finished working. This contributes to a cleaner working environment and reduces the chances of inhaling the dust.  The face of the drawing board is painted with the same black gesso that I use to prepare my pastel paper - the dark color and matte surface are intended to eliminate distracting glare and reduce eye strain. 

Here's the pastel tray holder and the board fully assembled and ready for pastel work in the studio (the little fan is to the left):

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