Art Studio Life: Is it as awesome as you always imagined?

Art Studio Life: Is it as awesome as you always imagined?
Oh, studio life…  It’s kind of the thing that most artists dream of, fight for, and aspire to create.  In our imaginations, it’s a place of pure passion where you can put your head down and work (and where, of course, everything you touch will turn to gold).


While much of that is true (minus the gold, sorry…) there are some serious pros and cons to working from a studio.   So, lets get into it!


I moved into my studio about a year ago – after working from home for the past 4 years.  We’ve moved around a lot, but in every home (except one) I had a dedicated space (spare room) to create.  My requirements have always been good light, dedicated space, and a door.

When I moved into my studio at the White Whale Studios & Gallery (great name, right?) I had no idea the impact working from a space would have on my art career, but it has been tremendous.


Why I love working out of an art studio.

1. Community – working amongst a tribe of creative people has some amazing plus sides.  Gallery openings, parties, chatting in the halls, sharing wine after hours…  All good and wonderful things.

2. Inspiration – and we all need a little extra inspo.  Right?  It comes easily when you’re in your creative headspace.

3. Feedback  – when you work with other insightful creatives good advice is going to come your way.  It’s inevitable.

4. Second workspace – no dishes, no laundry to fold, no kitchen to get lost in…. just you & your creativity.

5. Clients and buyers think you’re legit.  I hate that this is true, but it totally is.

6. …And along with that, you take yourself just a little more seriously as an artist.

Investing in your self and your business will only benefit you and your art.


Art Studio Life: Is it as awesome as you always imagined?


But, how do you know it when you’re ready for a studio?   Here are some things to think about before signing the lease.


– First, in order to thrive in a studio, you have to think about your art as work (as much as any artist can really do that) and treat yourself like a professional.

– How public are you?  Do you want your creative process (and the crazy mess that often comes with it) exposed to visitors?

– $$ – whether you sign a monthly or yearly lease, or your buy your space, you’re committing to that dollar amount for a while.

– People.  Do you work and create well with and around others?   People can be weird, emotional, exciting, inspiring, thoughtful, thoughtless… Sometimes that community is amazing, but other times it’s nice to work in peace.  How do you work best?

– Leaving the house to create feels very futile some days.  Sometimes you spend more time driving than being creatively “productive” and sometimes it feels like what your work could have been accomplished from the comfort of your kitchen table.  Really think about that.  Are you willing to commit to the commute, hassle, and disruption of physically getting to the studio each day?



At the end of the day, do what is best for you and go where your creativity thrives the most.

If you do work out of a studio, talk to us!  What do you love (or hate) about it?  Is it as awesome as you always imagined?



PS. If you live in Greenville, SC, my studio is going to be available in August as I will be moving to a new space downstairs!  Check it out: White Whale Studios  and come join me in studio life!!


Photography b myself & Paige French

Emily Jeffords

Most days you can find me, in the studio with my little girls, speckled in oil paint (drinking too much coffee), creating artwork for collectors around the world and collaborating with select brands. Check out my artwork on


  • Incredible post! I’ve wondered all these things myself and am aspiring for my own studio today. Valid points you’ve made! And a new follower 🙂


  • I work from a studio I created from home. When our children left home to build their lives with partners, I decided to take over the master bedroom at the front of our home. It has good lighting, a separate toilet/hand basin and a door! It is close to the front door, so when people come to me about art, they are not traipsing the through the rest of the house. I do love working in this space and find it very therapeutic. The only draw-back would be that I don’t have the company of other creative people…that’s the minus. But other than that all good!…Karen


  • I am just discovering your blog and finding this entry very helpful. I sew and make things for a living and currently work out of my bedroom… not quite the ideal situation. Throughout my day I find myself dreaming of the day when I just have a separate room to work out of. Especially when I have fittings! Now, I think you have just convinced me to dream a little bigger. Thanks!


  • I am a young artist, and moving into a community studio was the best thing I ever did.

    Being around other artists helps you to take yourself, your art and your work ethic seriously. This helps you make better art in the long run.

    Sometimes I need to close my door. But when I need some help or advice its never far.

    Sometimes one does need to close the door to


  • I love that I found this post.. I have only just started taking my painting seriously and while I’m not thinking about needing to rent a studio for while it is awesome to think of what it could do for my career.

    I am so happy for you and wish you the best!


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