Monday, April 9, 2018

Welcome to the Tin Roof Studio - Final Reveal

Hello friends! I've been busy painting and creating. I'm hard at work but it's what I love to do and it's so satisfying to see the paintings come to life under my paintbrush.

Easter weekend, I finally got around to taking photos of the studio. It's done for now. We still want to add a bathroom onto it but it is ready for me to paint in!

Please come in and take a look around. (Warning: Lots of Photos)
As you come in the door and look to the right, you'll see my easel set up in the windows.

The light is amazing!

My small drafting table sits on the other side of the window on the right along with the crib springs that have been repurposed to hold paint tubes and the metal rack shelf unit Bruce built for me.

Not sure what I'm going to put in the small buckets - I mostly use long-handled brushes and they don't fit too well. But I'll find the perfect things eventually.

My books that inspire along with supplies are on my metal rack shelf unit.

Next is the back wall - the door with stuff in front of it will eventually be the bathroom door.

The red shelf unit is the one my neighbor put on the curb to throw away. A new coat of paint along with tightening up the screws and it's as good as new. I haven't decided yet what to put on it.

The red shelf unit, lockers, and canvas storage table all sit on the back wall along with some other treasures. Moonbeam, the unicorn, graces the wall along with a clock.

The globe was a Canton find...I have plans to paint it and do something cool with it. Also, a magazine rack (also rescued from the neighbor's trash) turned on its side, on top of the large canvas holder, holds small canvases.

The lockers may be one of my favorite pieces. I love the patina on it and it is great for storage.

Then onto the left wall. You will notice the double doors that lead to the breezeway of the barn.

Bruce replaced the old rotted floor and poured concrete in the gap between the studio floor and the wood floor of the breezeway. (on a side note, there was a possum living under the floor. Removing him was exciting but we did manage to get him out without him or us getting hurt).

My worktable, acrylic paints and chicken feeder light sit on this side.

This game board is part of my inspiration wall - I love it for the bright colors. I only have a couple of things here but eventually I'll add more pieces.

 The worktable is such a great spot to work on smaller projects, like my Christmas ornaments.

The small metal shelves are perfect for holding bottles of acrylic paints. (side note - I found 2 more shelves at Good Will that are the exact same...they've just been painted).

 The old gate is now my photo backdrop

I'm glad I talked Bruce into leaving the center beam exposed. A good clean up was all it needed and adds so much character.

Lights and a ceiling fan make sure the space is always well lit and comfortable.

And that brings us back to the front.

I hope you enjoyed this tour of Tin Roof Studio. I am ready to set up and paint in here. Bruce will be lucky to drag me out or get me back to the city. 😀 I can't tell you how thrilled and pleased I am with my new space. It is a dream come true.

 BEFORE: (You've come a long way, baby)


A big thank you to Bruce for coming up with the idea of making this a studio and all of his hard work getting it all done. And to Jay, Barry, Paul, and Simon for your help at various stages. We couldn't have done it without you!

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Thursday, April 5, 2018

"JOY" - Things That Bring Me Joy

the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation

One of my favorite things to do at the farm is to watch the world wake up early in the morning.

The moon setting right before the sun comes up

The sun peeking over the trees

Sitting on the back porch with a cup of coffee listening to the birds start to sing - all bring me joy.

My artwork brings me joy as well. The whole process of mixing colors,

putting brush to canvas, creating a beautiful picture - all a wonderful joy-filled time spent with the Lord.

Having a talented artist recognize my talent and encourage me is joy-filling. David Tripp is a very talented watercolorist and one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. It's through him my paintings are showing in a wonderful gallery - The Redlands Gallery in Palestine, TX. You can click on both names to read more about them. So yes, this has brought much joy into this artist's heart.

Spring is a time of renewal and that always brings joy to a Winter-weary heart. The wildflowers are bursting into bloom, flowerbeds awakening, and baby animals frolic in pen and pasture.

Old house in Palestine with Azaleas and Wisteria
My family, my pets, my friends....

I could go on and on but I think you get the picture. 😊

My hope is I capture joy in my paintings. To paint scenes and things that bring joy to your heart and mind.
"Texas Spring" 8x8 oil 
Because there is so much to find JOY in.

Speaking of things that bring me joy, I'll be sharing the final reveal of the art studio on Monday.

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