The single most exciting thing about our new apartment is that it contains a room which I get to use as my studio. A whole room just for my art! I’ve never had that before. It’s thrilling. I love this room. It is big and bright and has a big window with a lovely view.

Except for my easel and art supplies, my studio is still pretty empty – I want to get to know the room a little bit before I decide what additional items I want to acquire for it. Plus I love how much floor space is available for me to spread out in.

Speaking of the floor, it is brand new – the landlord had it re-done right before we moved in. While it looks fabulous, the pristine surface has me terrified. What if I stain it? Get paint on it? Ruin it? For now I’m using a couple rolls of the fabric floor covering the movers left here (at my request) to keep myself sane, but I’d like to come up with a better (and more attractive) long-term solution.

The walls create a similar stress point: they are newly painted and hole-free. But the good news is that here in Germany we are required to re-paint them when we move out anyway, so in theory I can go ahead and mess them up as much as I want. Still, it’s hard to make that first mark…

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4 Responses to “Studio!”

  1. Noe says:

    Hello JUL,

    Cool! I would be a little nervous about the paint cuz you should see my studio apartment carpet! I am going to have issues with the landlord…

    I happen to work at a paint store so I see canvas drop cloths everywhere. What are you working on? I am undergoing Chemotherapy for my Liver. I have a blog. You can check it out when you can.

    I love the way you paint faces…all the shades…it looks amazing. I like your work. Okay keep it up! I want to see what you can do!


  2. Jul says:

    Hi Noe. Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement. I appreciate you taking the time to comment here! I’m looking forward to taking a look at your blog.

    Right now I’ve got two paintings started – one is a portrait commission, and the other is a small city scene from my new home of Munich. It’s a small start, but it’s a start.

  3. Kesha Bruce: says:

    Tips on how not to ruin your new crib:

    1. Get a big remnant of linoleum from a flooring store and cut it to the size of your painting area. It’s rather cheap (especially it’s its uber-ugly, and in 6 months when it’s totally disgusting and covered with paint you can just roll it up and toss it out and buy another.

    2. Protect your walls from paint with inexpensive heavy-duty plastic sheeting. (not the thin crap that painters use.) I found a huge roll of it at a hardware store and it’s a transparent white color so it’s practically the same color as my walls and it’s rigid enough to stay in place and not move around. I just tack it to the wall with push-pins.

    You can also use this on the floor if the linoleum option doesn’t pan out. Just tape down the edges so it doesnt start to roll up or move around. A small nail hole in a wall is much easier to fix and paint than a big black paint smudge!

    Screw the art supply store it’s allll about the hardware store baby!

  4. Jul says:

    Thanks for the tips, K!

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