A year or so ago I visited G F Watt's studio, just outside nearby Guildford (pictured) and I find myself thinking back to it often, particularly since I am in the process of building and fitting out a studio of my own.
My new space will include an open ceiling space with three large roof windows allowing uninterrupted north light. The light from these is controllable with black-out blinds. There is, additionally, a window that faces west (and doesn't get direct light until late in the day) which will be fitted with both a diffuser blind and an additional black-out blind. A track system of daylight bulbs and and overhead rail for my LED panel lights will enable working with artificial light when required.
Making use of space over a new bedroom, the studio design includes a high level mezzanine storage area, where completed pictures and materials that are not used day-to-day can be kept out of the way, accessed by a ladder. There will be a separate drying rack, again placed up high, to keep works in progress safe.
The walls will be painted in a warm grey, to minimise unwanted reflected light and there is a good amount of length to the studio in order to step back and view work from a distance.
I'm planning to have a couple of tall units made and put on casters so they can be moved around easily, a large bookshelf and a hanging system to allow me to easily change displays of work on the walls.
Finally, the space is big enough that I will be able to use it for tuition in small groups, which I am proposing to start in spring - click here for more information.
Do you have any studio tips that I should incorporate, or things you wish you had included in your own working space. Let me know!
Watch this space for photographs of the completed studio.
Ben Laughton Smith
Contemporary works of art in the classical tradition.