A View from the Easel

CHICAGO — The 66th 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.

Lynn Tsan, Chicago, Illinois (site)


I’ve been eyeing the small rectangular loft above my kitchen for months. The ceiling is a very cozy 5′ 3”. I am 5′ 2″, so I can stand up, and stretch — carefully. There is exactly enough room for two 80″ hollow core doors and a surprising amount of floor space left over to roll around on with my little blue desk chair. I have moved new work upstairs and have reclaimed my dining room table. Over the wooden balcony rails, I have a bird’s eye view of the entire studio and out the windows. I love it up here!

Joe LaMattina, Hackensack, New Jersey (site)


In the summertime, I use my suburban backyard as my studio. The landscape is covered in paint. For the rest of the year I’ve converted my smallest bedroom into my art studio. I can simply walk in my pajamas and slippers to the next door. Company can sleep on an air mattress under that table, if they really need to stay over.

Jill Kerwick, Herradura, Costa Rica (site)


I work in Costa Rica for five months of the year. I stop what I am doing when the macaws come by in the afternoon. At night, mango-sized frogs visit. I set up environments I want to photograph. The natural light is perfect. I use some of my paintings and some of my 91 year old father’s paintings in my environments. I make collages in Photoshop from photos taken in New Jersey and Costa Rica.

Kal Spelletich, San Francisco, California (site)


The machine on the right rolls forward and the “arms” wrap around you. My two drill presses are in the background, there’s a drawing robot on the left sheet of plywood, several mechanisms on the floor, a heart beat/respiration monitor on its side, and no, I never made it to The Total Woman Expo. This is where I have worked every day since 1995.

Audree Anid, Brooklyn, New York (site)


My studio is located in an industrial warehouse that has been transformed into a wood-shop with a few studio spaces that are shared by artists, designers, and musicians. I often hear the strums of a guitar pouring through the walls of my studio. I’ve been working in this space for about a year and I refer to it as my own sort of haven and means to escape from the chaos of the city. I like to keep things minimal and clean, so as not to distract from the artwork I create. My glass palette is centered in the studio, a good distance from my work so that I can always take a step back and consider what I’ve made.

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