After so many years playing in studios, I have made the decision to build a studio at home well on the roof of my home. So the Sky Shed is born moving from 150sq metres to 30sq metres is no joke. One problem is that it is literally on top of my roof all materials have to be taken up in an elevator then up one flight of stairs to the Sky Shed. That’s the bad news the good news is, there is the light that streams in straight on to my workspace. I am going blind so I need all the light I can get. But the unexpected bonus is that I really only have space to paint and do some small sculptures. This turns out to be a good thing as it forces me to concentrate on just that. My overheads have decreased and I am now a reasonably happy boy.
I had been planning this move for a couple of years and brought it forward after the pandemic came to town. It has proved to be a worthwhile move as I find I am being far more productive time will tell. But so far I have not come across too many disadvantages of working in a smaller studio, the space is compact so easy to heat and I do not have to walk miles around a larger space to find a brush or a tool they are all in front of me.
I made the office furniture in my old studio where space was never an issue. But I spent a lot of time making them & they give me practical pleasure every day. The desks were something that I knew had to be right not just the size but the working aesthetics had to be good, at 3m & 1.8m they have proved ideal.
What I had planned to be my main painting area tends to be used as a multifunction desk where I work on digital prints and rough sketches.