The Artist's Studio - my next build

by brae  

I'm ready to announce my next building project: The Artist's Studio made from the Loft kit from miniatures.com (this was their 2012 Creatin' Contest kit).

I've wanted to make an artist studio since I began making miniatures in 2009 since I've been an artist all my life.  I learned to paint with oils when I was very young, which is probably why I think of them as "finger paints" now.  My grandma used to take me to art classes in the city when I would stay with her.  I then moved to pastels and later in college learned to work with watercolors and acrylics.  In between, I discovered a love of sewing and photography, so I've always had creative outlets in my life.

There are two great miniature art studios from which I drew my inspiration.  The first is by The Thomases, who are masters of realism in miniature.  Their Rooftop Artist's Studio can be seen in the second gallery in this link.  I love the siding but most especially the shape of the building itself.  That wall of windows...sigh.  :D  I love the barebones interior finishes...the rustic floor, exposed beams and wiring conduit.

A more recent build has the same siding, general shape and wall of windows.  This one is Nell Corkin's Summer Studio, created in tiny 1:144 scale.  I love the similar qualities this build has to the one by The Thomases, but that garden setting really sends it over the top for me.  :D

To start, I have already gathered a number of lovely miniatures to include in the build.  First, Lyssa and I did a swap this past year.  She sent me some of her wonderfully made artist miniatures including this easel and one of her lovely small paintings.

She made two crates of canvases and specialty papers.

I picked up an assortment of metal miniatures from Sir Thomas Thumb at the Bishop Show.  The palette was a free gift at the 3 Blind Mice Show one year, and this second easel was a free gift at the recent Wee "c" Miniatures Show.  The table is currently a refugee from the Newport but it might find a home here, too.

And, let's not forget the whimsical cabinet by minisx2 on etsy.  It's just so fab!

The vase and book were lovely gifts from Minismodernas.  The rya rug was a gift from Glenda at Peppercorn Minis; she has an etsy shop, too.  The flooring is Greenleaf vinyl tile and the paper is 40's Farmhouse by Recollections (Garage Sale theme).  The paper and rug might end up in the project, too.

Or, I might go for a cleaner look with solid papers and let the structure and furnishings take the spotlight.  The cabinet came from Daphne at A Miniature Obsession, and the plant on top is a gift from Fran at FranMadeMinisCora you met last week.  :D

I have a lot more in my prep box, but I am going to keep it all under wraps and reveal as I work.  :D  I've got some killer ideas up my sleeve.

When I first saw the Loft kit, it immediately reminded me of the shape I wanted for the studio.  Just a quick layout in dry fit.

There will be a bathroom...

a living area (the Navajo rug won't be staying, but there will be a rug here)...

and a painting area.  In making the angled front wall of windows, floor space will be added in the front.

There will be some alterations made to the kit pieces (including making the whole thing shorter) and we'll be ready to break ground once the Heritage is complete, probably sometime in January 2013.

Why did I not build it this year to enter the HBS contest?  Mostly time.  I chose to build The Aero Squadron Lounge for the Greenleaf Spring Fling contest and had the Heritage still to finish.  I'm also delaying The Brownstone to build the studio, because The Brownstone will require a lot of bashing like the Heritage.  After the lengthy Heritage build, I need a relatively smaller build in between.  Of course, I don't know if the deck I have planned could be considered a smaller build.  Haaaaaaaaaa!

However, there's a new contest in the miniature community over at Little Victorian and entrants have until May 5 to finish and enter.  That might cut it close for me, but I do have the long, cold winter ahead.  :D  So, why not?  But, I won't be keeping everything all secret for this one...you get to come along for the ride.

Now, who's ready for a modern art studio?

15 comments

Comment from: Norma [Visitor]
This is going to be a great little project to watch take shape. And thanks for all the links, what a wonderful batch of inspiration. The 1:144 studio is incredible!!
11/17/12 @ 22:10
Comment from: Mona [Visitor]
Exciting! Love everything you make. Thanks for the links. Mona
11/18/12 @ 03:12
Comment from: Irene [Visitor]
You don't let the dust settle, do you?! This'll be an interesting project to follow as well.
11/18/12 @ 03:54
Comment from: Rose [Visitor]
I'm ridiculously excited to watch this one take shape! I was thinking of putting a studio in the attic of my huge Victorian, since I was a studio art major in college. I was also very inspired by Amy Gross' studio/cafe barn.http://www.amylookscloser.blogspot.com/search/label/The%20Old%20Blue%20Barn This project in your talented hands is going to be awesome!
11/18/12 @ 07:44
Comment from: Cristina Bottaro [Visitor]
Maravilhoso!! Cada detalhe é de uma surpreendente realidade e beleza. Parabéns e beijos em teu coração.
11/18/12 @ 08:46
Comment from: Betsy (Daydreamer) [Visitor]
Wow! I am so looking forward to seeing your studio come together.... It's a project on my "Someday" list too! (I am planning a Tiny one in the Tree House.... but that will not be the Ultimate one...!) Your work is Always so Inspiring!
11/18/12 @ 09:16
Comment from: brae [Member]
I actually thought about starting this one right after the Lounge left my kitchen table but decided to give the Heritage my full attention for its finale. :)) It will be nice to do something modern again.
11/18/12 @ 10:32
Comment from: Annina [Visitor]
I love the sink in the bathroom! Where is it from?! Can't wait to see more of this project!
11/18/12 @ 11:31
Comment from: brae [Member]
The sink is from Bibian's Poppenhuis. I have the black brackets for either side and a soap holder for the wall as well. It's a very well made sink. http://www.poppenhuis.com/index.php/en/en-shop1 I've written to Angelique to get another set for my lighthouse build, and she said she is getting her site ready with a lot of new things. She doesn't have the sink right now but said she will have more soon.
11/18/12 @ 15:11
Comment from: Lucille [Visitor]
Lyssa's artist miniatures are so nice! I love her little painting. So, another interesting project waiting in the wings, Brae! It will be interesting to watch!
11/18/12 @ 16:20
Comment from: Kathi [Visitor]
I'm ready! More than ready! Can't wait to see what you do with this kit. :D
11/18/12 @ 16:52
Comment from: brae [Member]
I'm glad you're all as excited as I am. &#59;D
11/19/12 @ 08:23
Comment from: Pilar [Visitor]
Que maravilla,me encanta la estructura y los avances son excelentes!!!!
11/21/12 @ 00:43
Comment from: Robin [Visitor]  
I've been working in the Canterbury Kit--well, trying in between school--and even though it is small, I have "bashed" it like crazy. So, I think you're smart in doing a smaller build before the Brownstone. You need to refuel a little in between those "major undertakings." &#59;) glad I had a minute to check out your blog today. I've been mini-deprived form some time now.
11/24/12 @ 11:27
Comment from: brae [Member]
Thank you!!! :D
11/24/12 @ 14:41


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