A View From the Easel

Welcome to the 224th installment of A View From the Easel, a series in which artists reflect on their workspace. This week, artists squeeze into tight spaces, honor misunderstood women across time, relish in an ocean view, and find harmony amid chaos in the studio.

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Maremi Andreozzi, Fairfax, Virginia

I’m a painter in Fairfax, Virginia. My studio is located on the top floor of our house. Outside my window is a beautiful mature maple from which chickadees, nuthatches, woodpeckers, robins, blue jays, and squirrels come and go from. The morning light is delightful and offers an even, soft environment.  

I create portraits of unrecognized and misunderstood women in history. Along the back wall is a portrait of Elizabeth Gertrude Britton. Britton is depicted exploring a mossy bank with molecular species that she studied illustrated on the surface. On my easel is a painting that may be the start of a new series … perhaps? Recently, I’ve been fascinated with historical women artisans and studio managers and the many ways their creative hands touched overlooked cultural objects. I’m drawn to these fractured narratives.

On my work table is an orchestrated chaos of painting supplies. I have a ridiculous number of brushes. My portraits are extremely detailed and I frequently exhaust my fine brushes. I paint a lot of pearls, lace, and jewelry. My pair of magnifying lenses are a must. And a print my daughter gave me with a pink unicorn saying “good vibes, just breathe.”

Kevin Flynn, Oakland, California

I moved my workspace from our basement which had no ventilation to a storage room off our kitchen in our 1907 house. My new space has two entry doors and a window which allows for natural light and fresh air to come in. The room is small: only seven and a half feet by 11 feet. I configured it after a small kitchen design for parallel counters with the center aisle slightly wider than that on a passenger airplane. On the left is a workbench with a four-foot light table on top, next to an older 27-inch Macintosh with a flatbed scanner (attached and covered in black plastic). In the rear corner is an Eames-style Vitra open bookcase. On the back wall is one of the two doors that is no longer in use with a shelf holding two audio speakers. In the right corner is a black file cabinet next to an IKEA sit-stand table with a newer 27-inch Macintosh and a copy stand with a red base and camera attached. I’m also a big fan of Banker boxes for storage. (Not shown is a wooden cabinet for my stereo equipment and another Eames-style Vitra bookcase with two to three thousand music compact discs).

Elisa Bertaglia, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn

In the picture you can see almost a full view of my painting and ceramic studio. The main part of the studio is the white table at the center, where I sit as soon as I get there to schedule my working day. This helps me to find the right concentration. Then I start working, usually on small-size paintings or drawings. The table is the area where all the ideas are conceived and created. Sometimes I keep some promising works in front of me just to have inspiration.

On the left, you can see the large canvas painting area, where I work — standing — on bigger paintings hanging on the wall.

The many shelves on the left and the right are vital for my practice. There I keep finished works, or let paintings dry in the middle phases. On the shelves, in a very chaotic but harmonic order, I keep all my tools for painting or modeling and throwing.

Not visible in the picture, there is a shared space area with the wheels where I throw clay.

Marsha McDonald, Vilar de Andorinho, Portugal

I’ve moved from the Great Lakes region to Northern Portugal. I live five kilometers from the ocean with a view of it, in a small eighth-floor apartment. My studio is big enough for my needs (I work in a variety of media and with text) and full of light. The floor is ceramic so I often work on larger projects there, or even outside on the terrace. Shelves organize work in progress, a bookcase displays small work, handmade books, and source materials in baskets, a cabinet stores tools, and the small hallway outside contains my writing desk and printer. I am very happy here.

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