Little Inspirations

Remember when I asked about where you “art”? That was back before we made our move from White Oak to Green Street, back before I had a real art studio to call my own. In that post, written back in February, I referenced an Artsy article by Ingrid Christensen on setting up a home studio.

One suggestion she gave was to paint the walls in a color that would guide and enhance the art created there, as she put it. Warm colors might lead to warmer palettes; cool walls can inspire cool ones.

In my new studio, I opted for white walls. White is bright, white is clean, and white is versatile. I find it far more inspiring than any color — warm or cool — if only because it allows for more freedom. I can pair anything with a white wall, and it’s going to look good.

But wall color isn’t the only source of inspiration for a home studio, and I’m having fun finding little inspirations that make my time here in my art studio even more pleasant and enjoyable.

Alpine ForestI bought a candle — I know, I know, fire is a danger in an art studio, but it’s sitting here on my desk, far from any combustible materials. I watch it closely, and I never leave it unattended. My candle is, appropriately, a dark green color — which goes nicely with all my stark white walls, of course. It’s scented. Alpine Forest. Oh, it’s lovely. Fresh. Invigorating. Inspiring.

I also have lots of other little pretties on my shelves. A sparkly little box for trinkets, a little eraser shaped like a bunny, a note pad with a polka-dot design. I have sticks of incense, another decorated little box, and lots of paintings I like. I have them here and there on the shelves in no particular order or arrangement. It’s nice to look at them, to remember painting them, to have them close at hand where I can enjoy them each time I see them.

On the walls I have a good-sized bulletin board. As my husband continues working on the studio, he’ll eventually put in a cork panel that covers most of one wall. Until that happens, just having a bulletin board is handy. I keep a monthly calendar there, marked with dates for art club meetings, drop-off and pick-up dates for various display sites. It once had dates for upcoming art shows, as well. Sadly, all our club shows have been cancelled this year.

The bulletin board is great for pinning up reference photos, but it’s also an ideal place for other little inspirations. When I find a quote I like, I cut it out and pin it up, like this one:

Three Laws of Art

My studio is a place I enjoy being, and that’s a good thing because I spend a lot of time here. Of course, one of the reasons why I spend so much time in my studio is because it’s a place where I can enjoy being. It’s a place that allows me to bring my imagination with me. Quite simply, it’s a place where I can always find inspiration.

I have music here, too, if I choose to listen to it. I keep a little stash of peanut-butter cups hidden away, so I think I have all the sensory bases covered — sights, sounds, smells, taste, and touch.

When we first moved and I set up the studio, I wasn’t at all sure about what to put where, and once set up, I was hesitant to use my art space! We’ve had to make a few adjustments, and bit by bit, I’ve added those precious little inspirations that make my studio uniquely my own, a place with my favorite little things, a place where I can look around and love everything I see.

I guess what I’m saying is my studio is a reflection of me. It’s not just where I am but who I am, and maybe that’s what makes it so inspiring.

What little inspirations do you have in your art space?


  1. I love this post, and I love the 3 Laws of Art, perfect! I am still personalizing my studio, but it has lots of my little favorite trinkets, and I love having a big comfy chaise lounge where I can sit with my kitty in-between artwork!

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    1. I want a chaise lounge! Sometimes I like to meditate, and my office chair just isn’t as comfy as I’d like. I’ve started looking around to find a chaise lounge that’s not too expensive.


    1. I hope you have a chance to get a studio. It’s really nice. For the first few years after I started learning to draw and paint, I worked from a corner of our kitchen. I dreamed of having a studio someday, but never expected it to happen. We had no plans to ever move. But then one day the opportunity to buy “the perfect house” (for us) just came out of nowhere. We jumped at the chance, and now, here we are. So, unexpected things can and do happen. πŸ™‚

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      1. Thanks for the nice comments. I have been feeling bad since Covid 19 started and have been trying to pass the time learning how to paint since I can’t find work. Hopefully one day soon I’ll have the chance to have my own studio. πŸ™‚

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