Right now, my studio is in a fairly organized state. Come January, I'm sure it will be quite different.
My main easel has foam core board clipped to a rigid board that gives me a softer working surface for the pastels. I have a "trap" that runs the width of the easel to catch the pastel dust. This is lined with foil, so when it fills, I simply roll up the foil and dispose of the dust. I don't save it to make pastels with, although I might at some point. I have some old carpet remenants on the floor to save my pastels from breakage, should I drop any while working.
Next to my easel is computer/monitor. This used to be my desktop computer before I got my laptop. The monitor is covered with a piece of acetate to help keep it clean and the keyboard has a skin on it. Still gets dusty. Underneath are essentials like barrier cream, tissues, gloves, scissors. Stuff I use all the time. The next shelf has printed photos that I'm working with or thinking of working with. The bottom shelf of this unit, has my sketchbooks and binders with more photo reference. Also a binder with many of my pieces. I keep this as handy reference in solving problems that may arise when I'm working. I try not to have to solve problems more than once, maybe twice!! Three times!
Under the table to the left of the main easel, I have my plein air gear at the ready, just in case. Backpack, french easel and the large Heilman Box. Also a smaller box by Willow Wisp Farms that I take to life drawing.The pastels in the boxes are set up just like my studio palette. That way, when I go to paint outside, I'm super familiar with the palette.
My "office" is in a large walk-in closet. It's perfect because I can set my laptop in there without worrying about it getting pastel dust on it. I keep all my workshop paperwork, my back-stock of pastels, paper and show info in this space. I like it! I also have a desk upstairs in the house, but I don't use it as much. Like the closet!
This is my private studio. It's only about 350 square feet. A lot happens in that space. I could move out into a larger space, but I feel really safe and comfortable in this room, so I stay. I also share an open space with Mike. It has a large room that I use for my studio workshops, a printing press, a room that houses fax, copier and banks of flat files and a separate framing/shipping room. Hope you enjoyed a little peak into my studio! Happy Thanksgiving!!