1. Bonnie
    January 31, 2006 @ 10:13 pm

    Don’t feel bad, I work in a basement with only one little window. All I have for light right now are a bunch of stand lamps with 60 watt bulbs in them. All the good they do is make the studio nice and cozy feeling with a yellow-orangish glow. I moved into the space in August and so far I have been working digitally only because I knew the light would drive me crazy if I worked traditionally.
    However, now I’m getting ready to work with paints again and I have to seriously start thinking about the light situation. I have never had this problem before and am pretty clueless about it. All I know is, I hate going from one room to another in the house trying to figure out which light reveals the true painting.


  2. Jeff Hayes
    February 1, 2006 @ 12:52 am


    Here’s a trick I’ve had some good luck with: Go to Lowe’s or Home Depot, and in the lighting department get a halogen picture frame light… strongest you can find, 50 watts should do. Attach this to the top of your easel facing down so it bathes the painting with good light. If you work small, it will be no problem. If you’re working big, there might be some problems with inconsistency of the light over the entire area of the canvas. I’m almost always very pleased with this arrangement and it’s MUCH easier than trying to deal with area lamps, spot lights, etc.


  3. Bonnie
    February 1, 2006 @ 1:28 am

    Thanks Jeff! I will do that! Thanks for the advice!


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