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My Art Studio – The First Year

I was excited and delighted to move into my art studio a year ago.   It was a blank canvas, just a white walled room in Victorian building with a desk (later replaced with a table) a white board and a chair. The southerly orientation of the window was ideal for me as I like sunlight.


I enjoyed planning and making the space how I wanted, it didn’t have to appeal to anyone else.


I added my comfy chair for reading, pondering and sometimes snoozing. A storage unit which I added lights to, in amongst my paints and brushes. I took my many artworks, drawings, paintings that had never been displayed and put them where I could see them. By airing and showing them I started to believe, a little more, that I was right to explore the artist within me and let art become a focus and indulgence of my life.


I was busy preparing for my first ice show and so was often between my studio and the rink for the first two months, my skate boots would be drying out on the floor. On fine days I would take a walk in the adjoining country park, exploring a little further each time.

Art Challenge 17 - The Art of Skating
The Art of Skating. Copyright Kim 2014

Then on January 4th 2015 I blew my knee, an acute injury that six weeks later required acute surgery. 3 months on crutches, 4 months unable to drive and a resolve testing repetitive programme of rehabilitation exercises leads me to today.
This was not the year I expected and has seen my studio visits few and far between. But as I start to feel I am making the first steps into the light at the end of the tunnel, I have walked subconsciously for the first time, able to look around at the sky and trees. IMG_2288 The injury has not been all bad, it meant that I had the space to practice art. I had to resign from the marketing work I had just been contracted to. Other than my exercises I didn’t have time or energy for anything else, but art I could create sat on the floor, bed or with my leg elevated on the settee.
So I hope that as I go into the second year of my studio that I can now enjoy the space as I intended, to explore, learn, try privately and on the good days create beautiful original art. Hey I might even do Open Studios events sometimes.

My injury made me fearful of pain, death and further injury. The good thing is that it makes fear of making a mark, making a wrong line on a paper, laughable. This puts me in an ideal mindset to freely, open heartedly explore art, practice, learn and create works I would never have thought possible for me. So I boldly go forwards knowing it won’t all be good but that there is a solace for me in my studio space, in the colours and invention of making new art.

Here are the highlights from the past year. I’m excited for the next.
Twins Pic on Easel

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Rainbow Dancer by Kim
Copyright Inspire by Kim

Thanks for visiting my blog, maybe get a cup of tea and stay a while in this colourful space. Hoping you;re inspired in some way and maybe that it brightens your day. Enjoy!

Places to go next:

Animated Paper Pictures

Visual Life Purpose

Creative Studio Setting Up

Knee Art For Healing

Knee Injury Drawings

Rainbow Dancer Commission

Art Challenge 17 – The Art of Skating

IMG_4560-0One day whilst in my new art studio I noticed the sun creating a strong shadow on the wall. I had a play with this and it occurred to me that it was an opportunity to use the shadow to project the outline of an item.

I looked around for something that I would struggle to draw and I saw one of my figure skates which was drying out from an early morning skate. I held the skate up and drew the line projected onto the paper on my easel.

Artist's MannequinI looked around for something else to shadow draw and saw the artist’s mannequin, I put the figure into a skating position and
drew that onto the same paper.

I looked around again for something shapely and spotted a paint palette, so draw that on the paper.

I then returned my focus to the ice boot and blade and added in the lines, the detail, the laces, the stitching.

As the sun faded I left the drawing IMG_4569on the easel and it shared there for a few days, the. It occurred to me to make the picture about “The Art of Skating” and that the elements that make up free skating are jumps, spins and spirals. So I thought to add these in like paint colours on a palette. I searched for pictures and then copied them into the circles.

I then started to make the mannequin figure look more real, using my knowledge and love of skating as guidance. I drew boots onto the end of each leg and put the skater in a dress and worked carefully on the arm and leg lines.

I then started to add colour, first on the skating elements on the palette, then combining those into purple for the colour of the skater’s dress. I then painted the blade and then added glitter, note to self, add glitter last!

The Art of Skating. Copyright Kim 2014 The Art of Skating. Copyright Kim 2014

I then painted the background with a wash but that felt too bland and so I added skate shapes as they appeared on the ice from spins, three turns and chock taws and went a bit over the top with glitter. I finally added the three rhinestones as they appear in my ice boot and for now the picture is completed.

The Art of Skating. Copyright Kim 2014. The Art of Skating. Copyright Kim 2014.

It may, yet, be cut from the background and mounted on a different background, not sure at this stage whether the little ice shapes are too much.

Pleased with the result, nice to create an original painting, I feel it is the best painting I have done out of the challenges, and has given me the kind of satisfaction that I have got upon completing my paper cut pictures, but not quite happy with it.

If you have enjoyed this post please feel free to have a look at the other challenges I have completed, they include painting, paper cutting and design.