I though some of you might be interested to see how my art studio is set up.
I will edit and add to this page as I go.
I paint in a good sized room in my basement. I have very little light coming in. At first I though that might be a disadvantage, but actually I have learned to like it. When you are painting still life set ups, you can direct your own light and decide where you want the light to be.
I actually love it in my basement. It's my own space and I can leave everything set up. I have heating and a bathroom and a utility sink down there so actually it's ideal.
One has my computer and the other is where I set up my still life. To change the background I simply drape a coloured cloth over a large piece of foamcore and lean it against the wall. I used to tape the cloth to the wall but I find this method more effective for staying-in-place.
The trestle table can be lowered or raised as I need it.
I have a couple of spotlights on a stand to light my set up. - Although I usually only need to use one of them (two lights can cause a double shadow, which you don't want).
On one cart I have a board resting on top, on which I have my disposable palette, my paintbrushes and my linseed oil pot.
In the other cart I have my paint and spare paper towel rolls.
To my left I have a metal bin into which throw my used paper towels. A metal bin is absolutely essential for paper towels that are soaked in linseed oil. They can actually spontaneously combust if left to the air - very dangerous. It is vital to have a metal bin with lid to reduce this danger.
At the back of the studio I have a bookshelf containing my collection of still-life props. On the bottom shelf I keep my rucksack and plein air easel packed and ready to go.
To one side of my studio I have an old IKEA kitchen table. Underneath I keep paper, palettes and art materials. In the drawers I have patterned and plain tablecloths and napkins.
Above, I have shelves where I stack all my smaller paintings.
Here's a simple still life set up and ready to go.