Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A Studio of One's Own

In the new book, Doc: a Novel , Doc Holliday, recovering from a TB lung hemorrhage, weakly asks his visitors to list their happiest moments. My answer to such a question would include the time I spent painting in a large sunlit classroom in the UT art building, surrounded by other students quietly working. Now when I paint it's either the kitchen table or an easel in the bedroom. Last week the journal Science reported that the oldest known art studio has been discovered in South Africa. A coating of bright red powder on the insides of a pair of abalone shells date back to 100,000 years ago. So we humans have been creating studios for a long time. The library has a nice assortment of books describing art studios and a new information guide on how to develop and promote your art career.

Art Making and Studio Spaces: Unleash Your Inner Artist
Artists at Work: Inside the Studios of Today's Most Celebrated Artists
Artists' Homemade Houses
Artists in Their Studios
Inside the Painter's Studio
New Mexico Artists at Work
Open Studios with Lotta Jansdotter: Twenty-four Artists' Spaces
Setting Up Your Ceramic Studio
Studio Space: the World's Greatest Comic Illustrators at Work
Where Women Create: Inspiring Work Spaces of Extraordinary Women

You will have a chance to see working studios, November 12 - 20, when the East Austin Studio Tour opens the doors to artist studios. Library locations will have the catalog beginning October 24.

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