Setting up a Studio in Santa Fe

I am having a show in September at Fresh Paint Art Gallery in Culver City, Calif. During my time in Santa Fe this summer, it was necessary to get work done for this exhibition.

I have not painted in Santa Fe for two years and was very excited to do so.

It was pretty easy to set up a studio. I use a limited palette, not a lot of brushes and quite a few sponge brushes and a spray bottle from Home Depot, which is my most treasured tool. Also, an assortment of picture hangers to hang the work on the wall eliminated the need for an easel. Fortunately, I had a few panels so I was set to go!

I had forgotten how peaceful it was to paint here. My studio is in the garage of our home here, and I work with the garage door open. Our home is on about an acre of land, so it is very quiet. The light has a yellow tone to it, and the sounds of birds and the wind blowing is very different than my studio in Delray Beach, which is off a busy street in an office building. I am enjoying it very much.

I think that it is great to be able to paint in different places. In fact, as I discussed in a recent article in Professional Artist magazine, I really think my environment has an influence on my work and changing it up every so often can only enhance things. I feel very fortunate to be able to do so!

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