I am one of the lucky artists in this world. By that I mean I have a wonderful studio to work in. Actually, I have two. I am extremely fortunate and grateful for all that is available to me. Today I want to share with you my winter studio in North Carolina as seen through feng shui eyes. You can click here to see my summer studio in Maine.
Here is the floorplan layout showing you where all my studio furnishings are:
This next pic shows you how the bagua is laid out on my floorplan. I know it is a messy drawing (usually I use a transparent paper overlay but that would not have shown up here) but I hope it will give you a clear understanding of how to use the bagua on your own studio.
My big worktable is on wheels so that I can move it around as needed. The work surface table is permanently attached to the wall by the built in shelving / storage cubbies. As you can see, I have a fireplace–it works!–and it is very auspiciously located in the Fame & Reputation area. Why is this lucky? Because Fire is the element that enhances Fame. That means it’s natural placement belongs in the Fame area. Above the fireplace is a great hanging wall and right now it has my first painting that I ever did on canvas hanging there. Why? The background of this painting is red and red is the color that belongs in Fame & Reputation area—it enhances and strengthens it. The message I am giving to the universe is that right from the beginning (my first painting) I had set intentions of becoming famous for my art work.
My big worktable on wheels I normally keep in the Career and Tai Ch’i Center areas to establish myself as a professional career artist. There is a wall above this table that I also hang some of my work on. Any paintings that have strong black color in them or images of water belong on this wall because both activate and strengthen the Career area. Here is a slideshow of actual pictures of my studio.
Note the Wealth area. This is where many of my paintings are painted (I place my movable easel there or in the Career area or Tai Chi area or Fame area depending on the light and my mood). This corner has two large floor to ceiling walls that is where I show new work when clients come in. I also hang art in the Travel & Helpful People area because this area of the bagua is directly related to Wealth (notice they are diagonally opposite each other).
The large window along my Wisdom & Knowledge area and Career area has a nice ledge. I have placed meaningful spiritual objects and personal talismans there…my gratitude journal that I write in daily, my eagle feather that I found on the beach after watching the actual eagle eating a fish there, candles, smudger stick and incense…you get the idea. All of these relate to Wisdom. There is a book nook in the wall that straddles the Wealth and Fame areas next to the fireplace…I keep art books of famous and successful artists there.
Because my storage closets flank the space and their locations are in important areas, it’s more crucial than ever that I keep them well organized. But in general, my art studios are working spaces and while I am working, I have stuff everywhere. I keep it organized but creatively so! Writing this now I realize I need to do some spring cleaning and get the closets back into tip top shape! I don’t want my Wealth/Health/Wisdom side to suffer on the left nor my Love/Creativity & Future projects area on the right. My built in book shelves are located partially in the Love area so I keep one of my Love Power Heart paintings displayed there to activate and reinforce all my art relationships.
You may wonder wouldn’t it make more sense to work on paintings in my Creativity & Future Projects area? That would be a good place for any artist to work, but one has to make your space work for you given the layout you have available to you. My Creativity area is directly in the path of a door to the basement, and, the light over here is not as great as the light where my work table is. However, I do make use of the work surface table to layout projects and to make greeting cards…so it does contribute a function to my overall Creativity. To see more of my art, please go to my website www.katyallgeyer.com. As a Pisces, I see no contradiction in having dual careers. One as an artist and one as a feng shui consultant. Both use my creative expertise to help people beautify their personal spaces. If you’re an artist and would like to share links to your artwork and studio spaces, please post in my comments section!