Thursday, September 10, 2009

My Studio & The Capitol Area Studio Tour

In celebration of the Open Studio Tour this weekend and Second Saturday, I am recycling an older post about my studio. This is one of my earliest posts so there is a good chance most of you have not read it. (To be honest - I am also crazy busy getting ready for this weekend so I am cheating a bit - but recycling is good - right?)

Anyway, for those of you in the area I hope you can stop by this weekend. More information about the Capitol Area Studio Tour can be found on their website - as well as on my website -

Original post from March 2008:

I finally got around to getting a couple of shots of my studio. I

love this space. I moved into this studio last November. I had a smaller space with my friend Lori Emmington who is taking a break while she completes her Masters degree. She is also a full time high school art teacher - not sure how she does it!

The light during the day is amazing. The downside to this amazing light is the heat that comes through the windows when it starts to get warmer. I am debating on whether or not to get shades for the summer. I really don't want to. A new vent for the air conditioning should be installed soon - maybe I will wait and see how that works before I decide on the shades.

Another advantage to having this studio is that I get to participate in Sacramento's Second Saturday every month. The galleries in town, including the Art Foundry Gallery downstairs, hold their opening receptions on this night. It's quite an event. Every month all of the studios upstairs are open for people to visit, enjoy and possibly purchase art.

The studio is where I do the actual hand-coloring of my photographs. That is all I do when I am there. There are no distractions like I had when I worked out of my studio at home. No email to check, no laundry to fold, no dishwasher to empty - you get the idea. I just put on my Ipod, start coloring and completely lose track of time. I love it!

If you live in the Sacramento area or passing through, let me know. Second Saturdays are very enjoyable, but visiting the studio when you can actually watch the process of hand-coloring can be fun too. Visitors are always welcome!

1021 R Street Downtown Sacramento



  1. Your studio looks so calm and fresh ! Interesting too , to read your thoughts after your year of not doing shows.

    I've resisted signing up for any shows with my photography as "in the olden days" when I was a silk painter I did a constant round of shows and I was glad to step off that treadmill. In the end the only ones I did were the trade shows - but then of course you are no longer having the oonversations with your actual buyers which is the nice part of showing direct to the public.

  2. Thanks! I do love my studio.

    What's nice is that because of my studio and the events we have there, I still get to talk to the public and get a sense of what they think of my work. It is so important to get that interaction!

    Thanks for the comment!

  3. Dianne:
    What a missed opportunity! I would have loved to have visited your studio. It looks like a great environment to work in. I left last Friday for a week along the Oregon coast. I definitely need to make a date with you for a "private" tour.

  4. Thanks Marianne! Have a great week in Oregon and let's get together when you get back.