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A View from the Easel

Peek inside artists’ studios in the Catskills, Hawaii, Australia, Spain, and the UK.

The 101st 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.

Cherry Jeffs, Loja, Spain (site)

Cherry Jeffs’s studio (photo courtesy the artist)

My current ramshackle studio is on the third floor of our 100-year-old town house in a small town in southern Spain. The roof leaks, and it’s freezing in winter, despite my wood burner, and impossibly hot by noon in summer. Yet it has a gentle spirit, as if the age of the house had infused the space with benign patience.

I’m a mixed-media artist mainly working with paper, water-based paints, and pigments, together with found materials. The papers hanging above the table in the photo are ones I painted to use in my work.

This is my biggest worktable, which used to be the bottom of my market stand when, in a former life, I made and sold jewelry. I am working on a set of paper dolls and have been using my mini light box to work up the designs.

There are more areas of the studio you can’t see in the photo, including another drawing table, various easels, storage areas, bookshelves, and a tiny sofa and improvised coffee table next to the wood burner, where I boil a kettle and sit in winter.

Ann Lee Fuller, Catskill Mountains, New York (site)

Ann Lee Fuller’s studio (photo courtesy the artist)

This is my dream-come-true freestanding studio across from our home on 10 acres in the middle of nowhere. We live in the Catskills for six months of the year. It’s a tough place to leave.

David Helsham, New South Wales, Australia (site)

David Helsham’s studio (photo courtesy the artist)

This is my work area: my garage. As I write, it’s pissing down with rain here, which provides little excuse for not working. But when I do paint, the cars exit. Cheers!

Aaron Katzeman, Manoa, Hawaii (site)

Aaron Katzeman’s studio (photo courtesy the artist)

Space is pretty limited in Hawaii, so my small garage doubles as my studio. It can get blisteringly hot in there during long painting sessions, hence why I have affectionately dubbed it the “sauna garage.” I have actually come to enjoy and embrace the warm conditions and sweating while working — it complements my active painting style. I do all my painting on the floor. This picture was taken just before a recent session, when I was working on some small paintings on sketch paper. I try to keep my working space as decluttered as possible, but with a few old works surrounding me for inspiration. I even have enough room for my surfboard.

Cathy Read, Tingewick, United Kingdom (site)

Cathy Read’s studio (photo courtesy the artist)

This is a corner of my studio under the roof window. My work is created in several different processes. This is the final stage, where I apply the watercolor paint and acrylic ink. I only use large brushes — you can see one at the back — and the eye droppers that come with the inks. As I work from photographs I’ve taken, they are usually stuck to the wall by this point. Behind that is my calendar, which helps me keep on track with events and motivated. The cling film and salt are used in earlier stages.

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