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.

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.

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.

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

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!


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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