I’d keep it neater.


It’s too cluttered for my taste. What’s the point of having a large studio if you don’t have room to move? I can trip over stuff in a small space.

Maybe it’s the pink surface on the upper left … and the chandelier  … definitely the glass wall, the squares of glass, the high ceilings, the abundance of light — all these features make this a very good candidate for my ideal studio. I have no idea where on the planet this magical room can be found, looks like it might be kind of tropical outside.  That’s a down-side. That means spiders. Big ones. Other creepy crawlies that the big spiders like to munch on.

Maybe not. But it’s pretty to look at.


The one above was actually on the market. In New Hampshire.  Fewer spiders but too cold. But it has wonderful light, lots of space. Big wall to hang stuff on. Charming landscape right outside your door that you can paint en plein air.  Or, from en plein indoors. You can see it just fine from the studio itself.  Who needs en plein air?

The ultimate of large studios is one we’re familiar with already.


It’s big. Airy. Wonderful. But the guy who ran it could be a bit formidable, territorial.

monet  studio

I don’t think I want to mess with him.

If I’m looking for an ideal studio partner, I’m thinking I’d go with this guy instead.

bonnard studio

For now I will content myself with my small, cluttered but productive space. It’s nice to dream though.  Indeed, in dreaming about studios (as in dreaming about other things), I find that it gives me ideas.

If I ask myself in earnest what I really need in a studio, if I’m to do the work that I want to do, I come up with different answers than I get asking the imaginative and acquisitive questions that prompted these various visual delights.

What do I really need from my studio as a tool?


This one’s got great windows! Love the airy splendor of it! I’ll take it — imaginatively — for Saturday mornings like this one.

2 thoughts on “Ideal Studio

  1. Btw, I shouldn’t assume that everyone can identify my favorite artists by sight. The tough guy is Claude Monet and my ideal studio partner below him is Pierre Bonnard.

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