As an artist I love to visit other artist's studios. These creative spaces where the magic and hard work of creation happen have always fascinated me. I had the opportunity a few weeks ago to take a three day workshop at The Woodstock School of Art in Woodstock New York, just an hour North of where I grew up. The school is located in New York's famed artists' colony of Woodstock, and was built under FDR's New Deal program as a school for art and craft. The buildings are built from native Bluestone and timber. For me, this was the ultimate place to paint, the vaulted ceilings soar 20 feet high with massive windows on both sides of the building. The walls and ceiling are painted bright white.
It was very inspiring to paint in such a place and to see what my space influences my work, here I felt like I wanted to paint much larger airier art. I love my studio at home, it is painting a quiet gray green that color just sings against but I am curious about those white walls and how they would influence my work. So, as an experiment I bought rolls of white craft paper to tack to the walls to brighten things up a bit. Who knows, maybe I'll be making a visit to Sherwin Williams in the future.