Spring Cleaning for Art Studio Happiness and Efficiency

When the outside world begins to warm up, it’s a great time to open your windows and get some serious cleaning done! Although avoiding creative work by focusing on housework is a cliché, sometimes, you really do need to get some serious cleaning done. Also, having a well-organized and harmonious space can be great for your creative mind.  Below are some suggestions for cleaning up your workspace to improve efficiency and happiness in your studio.

De-clutter by creating four piles: keep, throw away, donate, sell.

Keep: See “Reorganize” below

Throw Away: Superfluous clutter can easily grow if you let it! Reassess Continue reading

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10 Weeks to Improve your Artistic Career – Week 4

Week 4: Take Advantage of Resources

The amount of free resources available to working artists today is quite staggering. The essentials of what you need to become a professional artist in both the artistic and practical realms are available for free– you just need to take the time to find them! I’ve compiled a list of many different sources in the hopes that this will assist you in your development as an artist.

Artists’ Legal Outreach Website

The Artists’ Legal Outreach is an amazing organization made up of volunteer lawyers and law students who provide legal support for artists working in Canada. They offer Continue reading

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Varnish

Is there any one art material that causes painters more grief than varnish? I doubt it! Varnishing oil and acrylic paintings is at best a tricky and often misunderstood process. This is because many artists consider it the final and permanent step to painting, which could alter the final result of the work if not done properly. In fact, proper varnish is made to be a removable layer to safeguard your work against the elements. Don’t be afraid! Let’s disucss.

Why varnish your painting?

Most art conservators and materials manufacturers agree that varnishing oil or acrylic paintings serves two main purposes:

  1. to protect the surface of the finished work from UV rays, dust, and other contaminants, and
  2. to unify the surface of the work to an even gloss, satin, or matte finish.

As mentioned earlier, the main misconception about varnish is that it is a permanent final layer. In actuality, varnish is meant to be totally removable from your painting. It is employed to take the assault from atmospheric elements, dust, UV rays, and any other environmental factors while your original painting remains untouched underneath. If over time the varnish yellows, cracks, or loses clarity, it can be removed and reapplied. Though the actual process of removing varnish is much more in-depth, Continue reading