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I hate studio. For me, studio is a trap to overproduce and repeat yourself. It is a habit that leads to art pollution. (Marina Abramovic)

We are informed about the gallery space but never involved with it as being an extension of the artist's studio – a haven that purifies emotions through the evocation of fear, stimulation of thought and interaction. (Faisal Abu'Allah)

I like the idea of having a calm, quiet room to work on my music while knowing that outside there's noise and a lot happening. It's reassuring to know the 'everyday' continues even though inside the studio you feel so disconnected from it. (Keren Ann)

I was in the studio so much, it was about the search for air in a metaphoric sense, and the breathing has more to do with travel for me, about the search musically for open air. (Keren Ann)

I always prefer to work in the studio. It isolates people from their environment. They become in a sense... symbolic of themselves. (Richard Avedon)

If I were asked to name the chief benefit of the house, I should say: the house shelters day-dreaming, the house protects the dreamer, the house allows one to dream in peace. (Gaston Bachelard)

- a young artist in Gaza City...
All an artist needs is enough space to create real art. I hardly left my 3x3 meter room for more than a year. I created a new "city," a refuge I sought when I felt alienated in my own city. (Nidaa Badwan)

Cars are useful mobile studios... if you can get near your location, the boot will provide invaluable space for everything you require. Generally it will afford your materials a lot more protection from the elements... (Mary Batchelor)

-on Pablo Picasso...
The whole studio seemed to be bristling with Picassos. All the bits of wood and frames had become like his pictures... (Vanessa Bell)

Never apologize for your studio. (Denise Bezanson)

People who aren't artists seem to not understand exactly what a studio is. It's not a store. It's not a factory. It's not a theme park. It's my personal space and their company is not so invasive. (Eleanor Blair)

As against having beautiful workshops, studios, etc., one writes best in a cellar on a rainy day. (Van Wyck Brooks)

My studio has a personality of its own. It can be a monstrous clutter from one end to the other or, at times, the very model of simplicity. (Harley Brown)

-photographer, 1874...
I turned my coal-house into my dark room, and a glazed fowl house I had given to my children became my glass house! The hens were liberated, I hope and believe not eaten... all hands and hearts sympathised in my new labour, since the society of hens and chickens was soon changed for that of poets, prophets, painters and lovely maidens, who all in turn have immortalized the humble little farm erection. (Julia Margaret Cameron)

To have a sacred place is an absolute necessity for anybody today. You must have a room or a certain hour of the day or so, where you do not know who your friends are, you don't know what you owe anybody or what they owe you. This is a place where you can simply experience and bring forth what you are and what you might be. (Joseph Campbell)

This is the place of creative incubation. At first, you may find nothing happens there. But, if you have a sacred place and use it, take advantage of it, something will happen. (Joseph Campbell)

Too many artists get seduced by sunlight and have to continually adjust for light variations. The lighting conditions in [my studio] are perfect. It never changes from day to night. I always know the color on the canvas is what I want it to be. (Jack Cassinetto)

... a beautiful new studio, with everything possible an artist needs... is intimidating. I'm used to cramped spaces, like cars and kitchens... just looking at the new studio easel makes me want to paint – and run away. (Jane Champagne)

I spend so much time in my studio, which can be very dark, so it can begin to feel as if I'm a mole underground. (Jacob Collins)

-in Opus studio interview...
The light is really the most important thing, so if you don't have skylights and if you don't have north light, this (custom ceiling lighting with daylight bulbs) is like having a natural skylight. Light is the crucial factor. With wet oil paints, you don't want any hot spots or bounce. (Pierre Coupey)

But now I rejoice when, in my winter studio, I can spread out my summer studies and recall through them the beautiful season and places which gave them being. Here the painter feels how small things may suggest the greater - the drop of water, image the firmament. (Christopher Pearse Cranch)

In the studio, I do try to have a thought in my head, so that it's not like a blank stare. (Cindy Crawford)

Give your studio a high ceiling. Otherwise it will be difficult to light. Either that or don't do dark paintings... It's a problem of reflection. (Warren Criswell)

The studio is less important than other things, like the burning desire to paint. If you don't have this disease, you can't catch it from a nice studio. (Warren Criswell)

A little hut, curtains drawn so I don't see the squirrels up in the apple trees in the orchard. The light on, right away from the house, no vacuum cleaners, nothing. (Roald Dahl)

Locations are all tough, all miserable. (Bette Davis)

My studio is arranged so that I have a comfortable seating area for meeting with clients, an office area beyond that and a painting area, which includes room for art students to sit and watch as I work. (Doug Dawson)

My figurative work is about movement, dynamism and expression... As a result, I make quite a mess... which is why I have a rented space in a nearby mill. (Mark Demsteader)

You need a room with no view so imagination can meet memory in the dark. (Annie Dillard)

We allow no geniuses around our Studio. (Walt Disney)

Once in a while / I don't know why / the 'ease' in easel / seems a lie. / For there are times / when I find more ease / holding the canvas / on my knees. (John Engle)

Gather and hoard your inspirations as you live, then recapture them as needed in the studio. (Nita Engle)

I do love being in my studio. Especially at night. (Brian Eno)

Here I am, where I ought to be. A writer must have a place where he or she feels this, a place to love and be irritated with. (Louise Erdrich)

Every time you go into the studio it's like 'chasing a greased pig.' (John Erickson)

I have done some really good work under the worst circumstances and some pretty awful stuff in a well organized, pristine studio. (Shirley Erskine)

I have a very beautiful room in my house... It's glass on three sides, and you'd think that's the perfect place to write. Somehow in that nice room I feel too exposed, and... I'm too distracted by things going on, so I end up writing in a not-very-nice office bedroom. (Jeffrey Eugenides)

The only thing I know is that if I get to my studio, that means I'm alive today. (Robert Farber)

My studio begins at the art supply store. I imagine all the paintings trapped inside those tubes of paint. (John Ferrie)

You can go to work from a house, or from a boat. What's the difference? We have all the amenities any home has, and more. (Bridget Foley)

Keep your shop and your shop will keep you. (Benjamin Franklin)

It all seems like an organic progression that brought me to have a downtown gallery-studio [sometimes showcasing other artists] where the art enthusiast can have a direct connection with the artist and vice-versa. (Stephanie Gauvin)

When I'm in the studio I often hunger for the road. And when away I long for the efficiency of the studio. (Robert Genn)

-on the home of Dylan Thomas...
As I looked at this modest building... I could see, just as freedom is most on the mind of those confined to dungeons, imagination can fly from humble, quiet, unstimulating places. (Robert Genn)

The strategy of keeping the studio close, like an outbuilding five paces from the house, or in the loft next door, or with the studio on one end and the bed on the other - makes art always available. (Sara Genn)

The studio, a room to which the artist consigns himself for life, is naturally important, not only as workplace, but as a source of inspiration. And it usually manages, one way or another, to turn up in his product. (Grace Glueck)

My main studio is the kitchen table. I lay the canvas flat and stand over it... It limits the size of canvas to the size of table and arm's length – you can rotate the work and come in from all directions. (Brad Greek)

Studio Ghosts: When you're in the studio painting, there are a lot of people in there with you - your teachers, friends, painters from history, critics... and one by one if you're really painting, they walk out. And if you're really painting YOU walk out. (Philip Guston)

My studio is a 15x15-foot space on the aft-deck. An easel, taboret, and adjustable sunshades make it feel like my home studio, but with better natural lighting and a more fabulous view... (Karen Hewitt Hagan)

I have a retreat space in the mountains of Montana, no electricity or phone... So quiet. I can hear my inner thoughts. (Carla Hannaford)

Without the studio, however humble, the room where the imagination can enter cannot exist. (Anna Hansen)

Tom did not want a studio in the Building. It was altogether too pretentious for him... There was a dilapidated old shack on the back of the property... We fixed it up...and he [Tom] lived in that place as he would a cabin in the north. (Lawren Harris)

- description of the boxcar hauled up the line by freight train to chosen destinations for Group of Seven artists:
...a few windows, four bunks, a stove, water tank, sink, cupboard, two benches and a table. (Lawren Harris)

I have a rocking chair with wide arms in my second-floor study. I sit in the chair, place a piece of plywood across the arms and write on that flat surface... It gives me much more peace of mind to work this way than directly in front of a computer screen. (Elizabeth Hay)

People have asked me, 'Isn't it boring in Bridlington, a little isolated seaside town?' And I say, 'Not for us. We all think it's very exciting, because it is in my studio and it is in my house.' (David Hockney)

-to Max Stern...
At present I am using a good sized bedroom in the 2 bedroom house here as a studio, and it is large enough to step back from my canvases, and has a good north light. It should serve very well until I can afford to have the storeroom half of the back building lined and insulated and a chimney put in. That may be in about two years. (E. J. Hughes)

By setting the passenger seat of my car far back, and opening the glove compartment, I nestle in a very large sheet of thick fiberboard. It's big enough to hold a table easel, my big palette and a water container. Winter is not going to lock me indoors! (Elizabeth Janeway)

In my studio I concoct still-life pictures of food, beverages, flowers, and creatures real and imagined. (John F. Johnson)

I used to empty the studio out and throw stuff away. I now don't. There will be a whole series of dead ends that a year or two down the line I'll come back to. (Anish Kapoor)

The room in which I spend most of my life is as beautiful as I can make it. (Alex Katz)

Adopt the habit of never leaving your studio dark... when you enter the space you'll find 'it' awake and waiting for your presence. (James Kay)

The sign on my studio door warns, 'Beware of Flying Brushes.' (Earl Grenville Killeen)

All is well with me. The rain doesn't reach me, my room is well heated, what more can one ask for? There's no shortage of work, either... (Paul Klee)

- b.1881 d.1976...
The way the situation is now, I can live here on the edge of the [Grand] Canyon in my studio and run the business as long as I live. And when I die, the contract ceases. I asked the superintendent of the park what would be done with the studio. 'Oh, I'll tear it down,' he said. And now there's a law where they can't tear down a building that's over 50 years old. This one is much over 50 years in the front part... (Emery Kolb)

Bill's studio was just one painting on his canvas or maybe a few others. But Gorky overwhelmed me with the sense of profusion. There were paintings all around. Overwhelming, I thought, I have come as the crow flies to the real artists in America. (Elaine de Kooning)

Things don't get tough in the studio. Sometimes things get tough outside the studio and going in the studio is a relief, a sanctuary, therapy. (Mark Kostabi)

I was scared to do anything in the studio because it felt so claustrophobic. I wanted to be somewhere where things could happen and the subject wasn't just looking back at you. (Annie Leibovitz)

All art is solitary and the studio is a torture area. (Alexander Liberman)

Room service? Send up a larger room. (Groucho Marx)

You can't come into my studio. It is a very intimate thing... the work will speak for itself. (Pamela Masik)

-b.1875 d.1965...
As I was sitting in my chair, / I knew the bottom wasn't there, / Nor legs nor back, but I just sat, / Ignoring little things like that. (Hughes Mearns)

I think of my studio as a vegetable garden, where things follow their natural course. They grow, they ripen. You have to graft. You have to water. (Joan Miro)

I will bring lots of studies back with me so I can work on some big things at home. (Claude Monet)

-in the floating studio...
Today I drifted with Camille on the Seine at Argenteuil. The views materialized and dissolved and I was as contented as a cow in her stall. (Claude Monet)

Emily Carr had a very small studio space, so she kept her chairs hoisted up to the ceiling. Only when she really wanted a visitor to stay, did she lower a chair to the floor. (Catherine Jo Morgan)

The first time bears invaded my studio I knew I was in for a challenge. (Charles Muench)

I don't have chairs or stools in my studio except in the office at the computer. My children often complain that there is nothing to sit on. (Alfred Muma)

People who work sitting down get paid more than people who work standing up. (Ogden Nash)

I step into my studio and nothing will be the same ever again. (Franco Paisio)

My home is the Canadian wilderness which is the main topic of my art. My studio is the open spaces where my art is born. (Murray Phillips)

In my hut this spring, there is nothing - there is everything! (Eden Phillpotts)

I don't like to have a calm, orderly, quiet place to work. I often compose while driving, compose in my head. It is true that I wrote my little book, The Sounds of Poetry, A Brief Guide, almost entirely in airplanes and airport departure lounges. (Robert Pinsky)

I looked at my studio as a painting. Now whenever I need a break, I paint this area where I just love to be. (Richard Pionk)

My painting does not come from the easel... On the floor I am more at ease. (Jackson Pollock)

Nothing but the great depression can compare with our current economy. Artists used to get really cheap studios to live-work in. That simply is not true anymore... (Frances Poole)

The bird loves her own nest. (Latin proverb)

I thought the only way you can get into things is... through the basement... exactly where my studio was ... I could creep upstairs and snatch at things, and bring them down with me... where I could munch away at them. (Paula Rego)

Space for the Spirit to breathe. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

Whenever I got a new studio I made the largest possible painting, and since the ceiling was low, the painting became horizontal. As I changed studios and got larger spaces, I made bigger paintings. (James Rosenquist)

A rain-tight roof, frugal living, a box of colors, and God's sunlight through clear windows keep the soul attuned and the body vigorous for one's daily work. (Albert Pinkham Ryder)

My room for books and study or for sitting and thinking about nothing in particular to see what would happen was at the end of a hall. (Carl Sandburg)

Home [and studio] is not where you have to go but where you want to go; nor is it a place where you are sullenly admitted, but rather where you are welcomed - by the people, the walls, the tiles on the floor, the followers beside the door, the play of life, the very grass. (Scott Russell Sanders)

There is room in the smallest cottage for a happy loving pair. (Johann Friedrich von Schiller)

My studio would not have the same allure without the musical counterpart. (Elfrida Schragen)

The studio is ancillary. The artist's drive is the key. (Robert Sesco)

My dream studio wouldn't need north light, just a huge window facing west to paint the morning and evening skies. (Tom Shropshire)

A studio is a good place to smoke your pipe. (Joaquin Sorolla)

As far as outdoor work is concerned, a studio is only a garage; a place in which to store pictures and repair them, never a place in which to paint them. (Joaquin Sorolla)

- interview, 1964...
There's a great deal lost if one loses too much of the darks... Of course, in Paris I've been working in very high daylight and sunshine in a very large window. I put the canvas over the faucets of the bathtub and paint across the bathtub and they put in a narrow bathtub so I could bend over easily for me because in France they'll do all things to make their guests comfortable. (Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones)

I am holed up in a small village where I am doing my own work and it feels great. I have a small gallery and not many people find me, but I am happy being left alone and doing what I love. (Catherine Stock)

Here in a little lonely room I am master of earth and sea, / And the planets come to me. (Arthur Symons)

The airless studios grow stifling. Kick the door open – the hum of life turns into a roar. (Feliks Topolski)

I'm downsizing my studio and outsourcing my painting. (Author unknown)

An artist's studio should be a small space because small rooms discipline the mind and large ones distract it. (Leonardo da Vinci)

Small rooms or dwellings set the mind in the right path; large ones cause it to go astray. (Leonardo da Vinci)

Do you spend a couple of hours every day in your studio? (Kay WalkingStick)

Armed with an easel, stool, some half-inch ply for drawing boards, some sketchpads, a bottle of Indian ink and pencils, and I have a studio! (Peter Wood)

I have come to think of my studio as a field site... I work on a dirt floor - my studio is a filled-in indoor swimming pool (12 dumptruck loads to fill it). I move from the shallow to the deep end all day. (Peggy Woolsey)

The room within is the great fact about the building. (Frank Lloyd Wright)

Take 'empowerment' to your studio. (Lillian Wu)

I don't really have studios. I wander around people's attics, out in fields, in cellars, anyplace I find that invites me. (Andrew Wyeth)

My first studio in Scotland was an old chicken coop. The place stunk to high heaven but it was the only place I could paint. Then, when I came to Nova Scotia, my studio was in my unheated garage. It was a bit primitive and I had to paint with socks on my hands to keep warm. That first winter with no heat was rough. (Alan Wylie)

I am braving the cold again and walking the 100 yards to my studio, where I will turn on the heating and head straight to the nearest cafe... (Brian Crawford Young)

I often hang onto my best paintings for a long time... Eventually, I let them go to loving homes... The most hazardous place for a painting seems to be in my studio. (Darlene Young)

Higher ceilings prime the feeling of freedom that in turn facilitates the relational processing of multiple data. (Rui Zhu)