Welcome back to Open Studio Friday where artists from all over open the doors to their studios so the rest of us can see where and how they work. This week we are traveling to the studio of Elinor Sethman in California. Elinor works in mixed media and has developed a kaleidoscope effect which gives her work a completely different dimension. Grab that cup of coffee or glass of wine (depending on the time of day…), sit back and enjoy the tour.
My studio is located in my home in a bonus room that goes over our three car garage so it is large. I am very lucky to have it.
How do you organize the “stuff” you use to create?
The big table in the middle of the room covered with the rust colored cloth is my mat cutter that stays up all the time. I have a shallow closet on the other side of the room that has my foam core and mat boards against it. I keep my paintings in portfolios. You can see a couple of them by the mat cutting table. I also store my greeting card display stand in that room.
I clean and straighten up between each painting. However, I am very busy getting ready for my summer show in Laguna Beach (Art-A-Fair). It runs all summer so there are a lot of mats to cut and cards to be made. My studio is a complete mess at the moment.
I love having a wall of windows that overlooks the Cleveland National Forest. It is a wonderful bright studio.
It used to be large but seems so small now with all the supplies that I need. There is also a shortage of wall space. But I would rather have all the light the wall of windows provides.
How does your studio help inspire your work?
I am inspired by the view out of my window.
The only tip that I have for artists setting up a workspace of their own is to make it their own and be comfortable.