~ Welcome to my studio ~
This is where I paint in oil and watercolor, set up my photography lights and backdrop for photo-shoots,
create mixed media art, make jewelry, blog, make gifts, and keep all my art books and things that inspire me.
I refinished all of the furniture on this wall. The 2 tall cabinets came from a shop that closed. The 2 middle cabinets are old watch repair cabinets from the 1940's. The one on the left was my father-in-law's, who had it made. He and his wife had a jewelry store and watch repair business for 30 years. I love all the drawers! I plan to paint some images on it as I did with the one next to it that I found at an antique shop a few years ago. They have a total of 25 drawers!
I have not always had such a spacious and beautiful studio in which to work. I've painted on the kitchen table and in basements that were more like a storage room. I feel truly blessed to have this wonderful space and am enjoying it to the full! But I enjoyed painting and creating beauty just as much even when my surroundings were not so fabulous!
My husband designed our home that we built, and created this beautiful studio for me. It has 8' tall double glass-paned doors that open to the entry and great room As I sit here writing this, our two Afghan Hounds are sleeping on the floor, who are the subjects of many of my paintings. Thank you for coming by for a studio tour!
My studio closet
This is a great little corner. All sorts of materials are stored here, including binders of back-up CD's and DVD's, canvases, envelopes and shipping supplies, paint brushes, papers, photography supplies and other various items.
Below view what is behind the curtains ... in these plastic drawer units are containers of beads and jewelry making supplies
In the middle of the room is an island work table with drawers for storage of current projects
The drawers contain felt pens, stamping pads, punches, scissors, tape, pens, embossing powders, etc
The other walls in my studio. The door on the right opens to a storage closet, which can be viewed further down...
The photo on the left is of a long narrow desk under the window with storage under it for paints, collage papers and craft supplies.
... Pink thrift store shoes for holding ribbon ...
My husband made my computer desk. The drawer units underneath hold my rubber stamp collection
This wall is just for fun and inspiration!
I refinished the small cabinet and added swirls, glitter and jewels ... see the close-up below
My faithful companions and studio dogs
Fun and Inspiration Boards
French books and magazines. German glass glitter in glass vials.
Doggie Figurine contemplating "Create Beauty"
Windows light and hand made book, a gift from a friend
White sheer curtains and one of my many hats Pretty lace in a basket
Rubber stamps on a flea market treasure
Plate of vintage buttons and clip-on earrings.
The green file cabinet was an old metal black one that I painted.
2 drawers are for files and 2 are for storing more art supplies.
Art papers, prints and paintings
are stored in the oak flat files (which I got for free!)
Decorative papers, pens and supplies stored above.
All photos are copyrighted by Violet Skiles.
I enjoy finding items for my studio at vintage flea markets and thrift stores, often altering or embellishing them.
Vintage wire basket
holds art canvases and tags