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A View from the Easel

by Philip A Hartigan on July 14, 2014

CHICAGO — The 71st installment of a series in which artists send in a photo and a description of their workspace. Want to take part? Submit your studio — just check out the submission guidelines.

Mark Piotrowski, Bay City, Michigan (site)

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In 2007, my wife and I decided to build our own home. With the help of our contractor, we designed the basement to be 80% studio and the rest storage. We put in higher ceilings, dropped many extra outlets, built a couple of walls, and installed three large windows for some natural light. This is a view of the main working area.

There is also a back supply room, a dedicated wall for taking digital images of my work, and a break area where our daughter hangs out sometimes and watches movies while I work. She also enjoys her own space her as well.

I have several new pieces in process currently and the shapes on the back wall are a continuation of my Totem series. The triptych on the other wall has been various things over the past four years and is almost finished after hanging out and morphing from one large shape into what you see now. I am extremely fortunate to have a very supportive family, and a large working space. I count my blessings every time am I in the studio.

Lordy Rodriguez, Hayward, California (site)

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This is the main work area in my studio. On the back wall is my collection of ink refills that I use to refill the markers that I use. There are also color swatches, scrap drawings, and visually appealing imagery that I adorn the back wall with. There is one main drawing table in the area, with a table against the wall that contains all of my markers, pens, erasers, and other supplies I use to execute the work.

The other half of the studio has other work tables for my assistant, tables with works in progress, and a filming area where I make time lapse videos of the work in progress. I have been in this studio for six years. It started out as a live work space, but since then I have moved out and only use it for studio space.

Thomas Buildmore, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (site)

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This is Overkill Studio located in the heart of Old City Philadelphia. Overkill is a 2,700 square foot shared studio started in 2010 by me, a “painter,” and artist/photographer Dan King. The size of the space has functioned as a powerful tool for me to think big/go big. The space itself is bright, with a big front window and huge 16 ft. skylight in the middle.

I have had several studio spaces in the past and I think what makes this one really effective and efficient, simply put, is the “vibe.” I have felt extremely comfortable in here since day one, and looking back now I realize how much easier it is to work when you enjoy your surroundings.

Rine Boyer, Bridgeport, Illinois (site)

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My studio is in a beautiful art center located south of Chicago. I love working in a place surrounded by such inspiring people. I always find myself gravitating to this corner of the studio because of all the natural light. Right now I am experimenting with painting on fabrics and materials found in thrift shops. My usual process involves working with acrylic paints and acrylic ink, and I finish the paintings by drawing with a dip pen.

Yeo Tze Yang, Singapore (site)

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This isn’t exactly a workspace because I don’t have one so this is the closest I have to one, since I paint en plein air mostly. All the space I need is for storage at home. Pictured in this photograph is the beginning of a painting of a path that leads from the car park to my home. While working outside is tiring as hell, it is the most fulfilling way for me to paint.

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  • Brian

    The link for Mark Piotrowski’s website isn’t working. Just thought you should know.

    • Mark Piotrowski

      Ugh! Thanks. I’ve been having issues. It seems they linked to the saatchi page. Sorry about the previous dead link and THANKS for attempting to check out my work further!

      • http://hragv.com/ Hrag Vartanian

        If there’s another page you’d prefer us link to, just let us know.

        • Mark Piotrowski

          Thank you! markpiotrowski.com

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