Third Time's the Charm

Humans have been making art wherever and with whatever they could, since the cave paintings (and maybe before).  So why is it that I've moved studio locations THREE times since moving to LA only 18 months ago? 

Hallway at Keystone Art Space; my studio is the door on the left. Photo credit: C. Rasmussen.

Hallway at Keystone Art Space; my studio is the door on the left. Photo credit: C. Rasmussen.

I feel a bit like the Berenstain Bears looking for the "perfect" picnic spot in the classic children's book.  Or maybe it's Goldilocks - my first studio was too small and dark; my second too noisy; but this one seems "just right."

View into my studio, which is long and narrow. Photo credit: C. Rasmussen.

View into my studio, which is long and narrow. Photo credit: C. Rasmussen.

Keystone Art Space feels like "home" and I don't anticipate moving again anytime soon. Some of the reasons why:

  • Private studio that I can paint, furnish and arrange to create my own environment (check out this timelapse video of me whitewashing the walls - hard work, phew!).
  • Natural light: I've written about how I often enjoy working at night, but having some natural light in the studio really lifts my mood these days. 
  • Open Studios: Twice a year, usually in October and April; stay tuned for announcements.
  • Community: This group of impressive professional artists is carefully curated by the founder, and everyone I've met so far is talented, friendly and generally amazing. See studio directory.
  • Location & Parking: Just east of Chinatown makes it easy to connect with Downtown LA.
  • Facilities: On-site gallery space, office & maintenance staff, and parking!

Don't get me wrong - I still stand by the adage that you can make art anywhere; being without a studio is NOT an excuse to not do your work.  I had plenty of years without a studio in which I mainly made art in my bedroom (I don't recommend this with oil paints; but if you have to, keep a window open).  Now, I'm blessed with this opportunity, and delighted to have landed such a great spot!

Setting up my painting corner, under the window that lets in natural light. Photo credit: C. Rasmussen.

Setting up my painting corner, under the window that lets in natural light. Photo credit: C. Rasmussen.