Home is Where the Art Is
Hobbyists create rooms in which to create.
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For years, Patty Bishop painted watercolors at the kitchen table of her rancher in Smyrna, then packed up her supplies when it was time to serve dinner.
When her son outgrew his playroom, she claimed the space as a studio.
It is a small room and Bishop was able to streamline the area by keeping electronic records and research on her laptop instead of on paper in a bulky file cabinet. Simple shear curtains at the window maximize natural light, an essential ingredient in art. Paints are stored in a rolling cart with drawers.
“You can move it around to where you are working,” she says.
In addition to her own paintings, Bishop decorates cream-color walls with inspirational sayings. A wooden sign says: “Life is art. Paint your dreams.” A large corkboard panel keeps important messages at eye level—and off her work table.
Without a system in place, hobby rooms can soon become a mishmash, says Karen Jessee, owner of Simply Organized in Wilmington.
She recalls organizing a garage workspace for a home carpenter.
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