Last fall my husband and I purchased a new home outside of Boston. It had all the requirements for me. A place for my art studio and a few other things that were slightly less important. Then I spent the next 9 months scraping, painting/cleaning and decorating our new abode. Last month I managed to actually start painting on canvas not walls in my studio.
I'm excited to share my new space and some history about the barn.
It was built in 1850 by Thomas Fleming, a willow farmer from Bristol, England. The family chose the land because of its stream and partial wetlands area. At that time the Fleming brothers were the leading suppliers of willow baskets and trinket boxes in the Boston area. The original willow sapling still stands at the side of the house, although it's now a very large and knobbly tree, taller than the house.
The barn was derelict but still standing when the previous owners decided to restore it. Inside it has much of the original wood (treated for termites) but on the exterior everything is new. The upstairs had been recently completed when my husband and I bought the house last year and all I had to do was move my gear in and start painting. The barn and house are north facing, so lighting was no issue. It was like the space was just waiting for an artist to claim it.
I've tried to make my studio feel as though it's an extension of my home and furnished it using the same color scheme as the house, grey. I love working in there. Having it separate from the house means, for me, less distractions especially if I leave my phone in the house. There's a window that overlooks the house and driveway, so if I have callers to the barn I can see them arrive and go out to greet them, although if they catch me "in the zone" they might beat me to the door.
All that is left is to hang the sign (on order) proclaiming that there is art happening beyond the barn door.