Art Letter #5
Okay, that was a little click-baity. I admit. But honestly, these simple additions to my studio have made my painting practice so much better. Read through to find out what I can’t live without in my studio.
A daylight lamp:
I wanted to start with something that every artist needs irrespective of the medium they're working with. I can't tell you how many nights I've worked on something only to wake up and see a totally different result in the morning. Good lighting matters! This is specially for all my friends who have day jobs, and make art at night. Don't compromise on seeing true colours, and make it easy on your eyes. I use the Phillips Cool Daylight portable lamp, which is pretty inexpensive.
This applies to all watercolour and acrylic artists. It is so important to keep surfaces and paints wet sometimes, and this little handy tool does the trick. Acrylics tend to dry out before you get a chance to blend them, and just spraying a light mist of water on each layer helps retard the drying.
You don't want the inspiration and ideas fairy to fly away during the time you're sitting and waiting for a layer of paint to dry, right? It saves hours and makes corrections easy and quick. Use it if you work in acrylics or watercolors.
I have ruined so many clothes painting with acrylics, it's not even funny. A little white dot on black shorts will make you angrier than you think. Either get a painting outfit, I use a long loose shirt, or always always use an apron. You'll thank me later :)
What are some knick knacks around your studio that you can’t work without?? Hit reply or let me know in the comments.