About The Studio
4 banks of fluorescent lights, 5000K, 85+ CRI – as close to artificial north lighting as available in Ottawa
1 spotlight on the model stand, 5000K, 90+ CRI
7 seats – 4 in the front row, with chairs to balance drawing boards on, 3 easels in the second row
Fully equipped model stand with different kinds of furniture, cushions, and fabrics to create a wide variety of poses.
Why a long pose life drawing studio?
When I returned from studying classical contemporary painting and drawing in France, I knew I was going to miss having access to a model 30 hours a week. I knew in my bones that I wanted to start a figure drawing studio where for a reasonable price, people could come and work on long term life drawings in a welcoming, community setting.
I wanted to create a figure drawing studio that fostered community, discussion and diversity.
Since then, it’s been a journey with a lot of stops and starts. The first city we lived in after moving back to Canada just didn’t have the right cultural atmosphere to support a studio. I got burned renting a studio that turned out to be a total dump (the dangers of renting from afar). Then I saw space after space that just wasn’t quite right.
Then we came to Ottawa, and I found a lively figure drawing community and thought…maybe here. Maybe this is the right place. But again and again, spaces were either too small or too expensive or just not quite right.
And then one weekend while I was away visiting family, my husband emails me an online ad for an apartment. And this apartment was being advertised as live/work space perfect for an artist’s studio, in a large 1925 Art Deco apartment. The place was so perfect, I could have written the ad myself.
With a little finagling and a lot of patience (telephone tag! so much telephone tag!), our application was accepted.
My dream studio had finally found its home.
There are 3 guiding principles to my studio – grace, community and diversity.
Grace: this is the intangible quality that I want everything I do to be imbued with. Grace elevates the mundane to the sublime.
Community: artists work alone in their studios most of the time and it can be isolating. I wanted to create a space of welcoming community, where artists of every stripe would feel supported and where lively discussions could happen in the creative soup.
Diversity: this is a two-fold principle, and applies to both the artists who attend and the models we use. There will be a variety of ages, sizes, races and experiences. A truly welcoming community is welcoming for everyone and that includes the images we produce.