Thursday, July 30, 2009

My Studio in Little "Ole Sactown.

A fellow homey (Terry Miura) and oil painter extraordinare, posted pics of his garage studio... very well organized and appointed indeed. I noticed in one pic, where his garage door was open, parked in the driveway is the same black gas guzzling SUV that I drive except the interior of his vehicle is covered in oil paint smears whereas my vehicle, driven by a god fearing and clean cut acrylic artist, is bereft of such accouterments. A thorough description accompanied his studio pics, and at the end, he suggested that I post views of my studio, so here you have them. I rent out about an 600-700 sq. ft. space on the first floor of a mixed- use bldg. Top floor is living, rental units and the bottom floor is commercial units. I recently purchased an Olympus digital camera that shoots panorama views. Kinda reminiscent of Cinerama (if you are younger than 50 yrs. or so, google "Cinerama"). These three views are almost 360 degrees of the studio. I could not shoot towards my large window on account of it screwing up the exposure, but that's OK. The important stuff is within these three shots. Most of those airplanes hanging from the ceiling were built by me from paper model kits whereby you cut out all the parts with an exacto knife and glue them together with Elmer's Cement. Most all the paper model kits came from Germany. That's a 1920 designed Bauer chair in the corner where I sometimes park my butt to eat lunch or view the art on my easel. That one chair set me back $800 in 1976! The next view shows my $365, circa 2004, cheapo easel and a monitor that I sometimes use to view my painting photo references. It's hard to discern details on the San Francisco paper model cable car on top of the book shelf. The kit even came with paper litter. There is a San Francisco Chronical newspaer left on one of the passenger benches, a banana peel ( I predict a law suit ), and an umbrella!... very cool cable car detailing! This particular kit was made in the good 'ole US of A...not in China but in the good 'ole US of A! Moving along and finishing the Studio L tour is the third view. Notice the table and chairs on the right. That is where, twice a week, my wife conducts knitting lessons. She is a fantastic knitter! And that concludes the tour of Studio L where fine art and knitting prevail. DON'T FORGET THAT SEPT. 12 IS THE DEADLINE FOR THE SECOND SELF PORTRAIT GLOBAL LOVE IN CHALLENGE. CHECK OUT AN EARLIER POST ON THIS BLOG OR ON MY SECOND BLOG (SPGLOBALLOVEIN) FOR DETAILS.

27 comments:

RHCarpenter said...

I always enjoy seeing artist's studios. Looks like you are making good use of all the space and have some interesting things around you to spur your creativity.

bonnieluria said...

Clean cut acrylic guy: not just your SUV.
Having my own studio for the first time ever, I can attest to the ease of being organized and spending less time looking for things/ or putting things away because you need the table for dinner guests.

Your studio looks like a place that means business and fun ( like the artist himself ).

I'm sure your readers are just as interested in seeing the spawning grounds for your work too.

Do you ever paint while your wife knits?

Terry Miura said...

Tha's cool, boss~ I like the airplanes. My studio somehow feels so temporary. I think it's because I don't have airplanes. And I want that chair.

lifeartist said...

It's a Marcel Breuer chair, Dave. Great studio! Looks like it functions well for you.

David Lobenberg said...

Rhonda, Yes, thanks to my wife's organizational ability, I have an efficient studio space.

David Lobenberg said...

Comrade Bonnie, Looks like I'm going to adjust my writing here to indicate that the clean cuteness (did I just make up a word?) applies to the driver, not the vehicle. Yes, indeedy, I often am painting while they are knitting. I add a touch of "color" to my wife's knitting classes.

David Lobenberg said...

Somehow, Terry, I think you will be cranking along just fine and dandy without paper planes and chair.

David Lobenberg said...

Davida, Holy smokes, I don't even know the proper name of my beautiful chair! Thanks for setting me straight on that!! Your last two snotty nude paintings look fabulous.

Bobbi Heath said...

Thanks so much for the studio tour. It is really interesting to see how you work and what you work with. Will we get to see a painting of a cargo ship being unloaded (or is a tanker, the picture clipped to the easel)? I love that sort of thing. And your painting of the church is exquisite.

Barbara M. said...

Hi David,

This looks like a decent size studio to me, and your cheapo easel beats my $30.00 one all to bits. Beautiful space, with so much energy. Cool that your wife knits there.

Take care,

Barbara

David Lobenberg said...

Bobbi, A definite yes on me posting the tanker. It's a blazing red one!

David Lobenberg said...

Barbara, My wife knits as much as I paint!

Ginny Stiles said...

I think perhaps your next challenge for painters will be to paint something of our studios where ever they may be. Lot of real big time artists still paint in their kitchens! I actually think if you could pull it off that would be the best place!....warm homey smells, lots of light, and lots of water. Not too practical however. I think I'll post a photo of modest studio sometime too. I have a tiny corner of a garage and am glad to have an overhead fan and a picture window overlooking forest and a lake! Squished would be a one word description BUT it a room of my own! I'm happy there. Do you have any windows in your space?

David Lobenberg said...

Ginny, I have a very large window looking out into an alley. It's not a bad view as it is the backside of a home with a gigantic grape vine that runs up and down the alley on a fence. In August/Sept., the home owner invites one and all to pick and eat the grapes (sweet and "old style" with the seeds).

Mike said...

I just have to chime in here . . . .I actually am laughing outloud (with glee) as I enlarge and inspect this slovenly kept workspace that almost exactly resembles my own!!! :-)) Cool is hardly description enough, Dave. I would be tediously moving from item to item to item touching, feeling smelling and seeing every inch of this place if I were in it. Waaaaaay coooool !!!!!!

David Lobenberg said...

Mike, my friend, this is my studio AFTER my wife organized me so she could share some space for her knitting group. You should have seen it before! Now I can find things, because they all have a place to be. I am doing my level best to keep it this way? Do you have your studio space posted on your blog?

janabouc said...

Great studio -- I enjoyed seeing your wife's knitting corner too. I'm curious about the great little shelves on the walls holding paintings. I've been wanting to do something like that in my studio, but the one I did put up was expensive and a real pain. Yours look much simpler. I'd love to hear whether you made them or if they're something that can just be bought and attached to the wall?

David Lobenberg said...

Jan, Those nifty shelves were purchased at Ikea.

janabouc said...

Thanks David. Ikea certainly can be the artist's friend. I'm going to check it out now.

Terry Banderas said...

David--Liked this post on your studio. Most of us only dream of having something like this. But, I noticed in the second photo your image of the action painting from Raley Field. It's great. I am planning to do a painting of the old Edmonds Field where the Solons played and that I remember from the 1950s. I remember seeing the lights of the Tower theatre in the distance behind left field. Great memories for me.

beckielboo said...

I am such a dork! I squinted at the photo's - couldn't see a chair in the first one, you've got to be kidding about a cable car - what? where?

But I love seeing someone's studio. And as I read the comments, I'm thinking "How the heck are these people commenting on anything from those tiny little panoramic photos?"

I knew better! What was I thinking? Went back and took "a better look". Great tour! And I'd be right there with Mike, touching everything I could reach!

What a great tour!

David Lobenberg said...

You are welcomed, Jana!

David Lobenberg said...

Terry, Good luck with Edmonds!

David Lobenberg said...

Beckie, Gladya gotta better look!

Mike said...

Yes, Dave, ma-man. I have it posted on my blog. It was nearly a year ago, I think. Have a go and see if you can find it. ;-) Really, it's in there among some 300 plus posts.

David Lobenberg said...

Mike, id only I had the time! Time is getting a tad tight lately what with school and my expanded painting schedule. Hey, you know what that's all about!

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