Creative Space: Catherine Scanlon
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Hello everyone, Catherine here today to share a little peak into my studio. I feel very lucky to have a room dedicated to creating art! For many years I had a corner in the living room with a folding table that I had to pack up whenever we had  company; it never seemed like I had enough space to create. When we moved to a new house, I took over a spare bedroom but I always disliked that because it was upstairs and away from everything I wanted to be close to.

When my husband retired from the Navy and we moved back home, our new house had a dining room on the first floor that became my studio/office and I couldn’t love it any more than I do. I can check in on dinner while paint dries, do laundry and participate in family discussions because I’m right in the middle of everything.

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Here’s an overall shot of how I have my space laid out. I made sure to incorporate plenty of storage and shelving so everything has a place. I’m also pretty lucky to have a father that makes things for me like the worktable in the photo above. I repurposed a vintage dresser so the things I use a lot are in the drawers and the top is big enough to create on.

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My Dad also made the little hutch for me to store my paints on. Unfortunately, they don’t all fit. I really like having lots of shelves on every wall; there’s plenty of room to display my vintage collections and various art pieces that have been gifted to me over the years.

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I love having my favorite creations from friends and classes I’ve taken near by for me to see and be inspired by.

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I like to store my brushes, pencils, pens and other tools I use a lot in recycled tin cans. They are the perfect height and size for finding what you need and I can group them together as I need to sort things out when I’m teaching or using specific items. I also collect vintage wooden boxes to hold paints, sprays and stamps; not only are they perfect for these things they look pretty cool, too.

I have a stack of 24 x 36-inch sheets of newsprint clipped together protecting my workspace that I work on. When the paper is dirty, I throw it away—quick and easy clean-up for the next project.

So there you have it, a peak into the place that I spend a lot of time in. It’s not really glamorous but it works for me and I love creating there!

Thanks for dropping by, have a wonderful day!

Catherine

One Response to Creative Space: Catherine Scanlon

  1. Charlotte Bullock says:

    You have a great studio!! Looks like we could make coffee and visit and play all day. Enjoy!! And most of all enjoy your retirement… it’s the best part😁

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