Trying to set up the encaustic studio

I’m spending part of my Saturday trying to re-arrange my encaustic set-up in the studio. With an 80+ inch door topper to a table and a small porcelain topped cabinet for the Hot Box from Paula Roland lined up under the window, I’m wondering where in the heck will I set up my panels to paint on there is so much ‘equipment’ with power cords everywhere. I have a fan in the window for trying to vent out the vapors from heating the wax so that limits where you can set the melted wax paints. All those short power cords from so much kitchen equipment is also making a hazard to stumble or trip on as you work. I put a couple of crock-pots away as I think I may not need them all the time when I’m working now I have the ‘skillet’. Whoa…did that skillet make short work of making medium. ..yes yes yes…I love it.

When I started working larger I brought in an old wooden drawing table…about 48 inches wide and raised it up way high so my neck/back wouldn’t hurt from bending over so much. SO, that must be the only place left to paint on. I have it set up perpendicular to the table wall.

What I really think I need is a big huge U shaped work area with lots of electric outlets on different circuit breakers and a venting system coming down from the ceiling. What a pipe dream that is. I do have a vent from a dryer that used to be installed there on that wall with the long table. I keep wondering if I can have some kind of contraption made that will let me vent out through that vent…but I haven’t a clue on how to do this.

Okay…so the other part of my Saturday…off to the grocery store.

Happy Fourth of July!

It’s been a quiet holiday here so far. I spent a good bit of time in the studio today. Don’t ever put your finished work away without painting all the edges (if you paint edges)….what a pain it is to go back a month or so later to do it. I even had to mix up a whole new palette of paint to try to get the bottom edges to look reasonably like they were painted at the same time as the paintings……and I had to sign them. Later I will varnish and put hangers and wire and put them away until a gallery wants them.

While I was doing all this I started considering …..where am I going to place the HotBox from Paula Roland when it gets here in about a week? I moved the rolling kitchen cart over and moved the drawing table around there in the space I use for encaustic painting (the kitchen of the studio). I’m sure when it gets here and I actually use it I may have to do more re-arranging.

Then that got me thinking it was time to get back to doing more acrylic on canvas work. I still have some larger canvases to work on…….SO, I brought out the largest one…36 x 72″ and started applying some texture. I got just about finished when Curry came to the studio wondering where the hot dogs were. That was a good time to quit and go back to the house to get something to eat and take a break.

I do have an idea what I might do with this tall canvas… I’m planning on a tall one here. If it works out I’ll tell you all about it.

In the meantime, I hope you have a wonderful Fourth of July.