I moved into this studio above our garage about 6 years ago. Before we fixed it up, it was an unfinished space with bats flying around. Rob had been working on me for years to consider making the area into a studio. I loved my work space downstairs, which was a room conveniently located just off our living room. When the boys were young, I could work and keep an eye on them at the same time, but now they didn’t want or need me to keep an eye on them. At first I thought the 24′ x 24′ room would be too large a space for me to feel comfortable working in, but now I’m glad for the extra room. I like cozy spaces and my actual working area is quite small, but I need room for storing my materials and for displaying all of the things that I like to have around for inspiration.
Picking colors for the walls and trim was important. I wanted the feel of being inside a cantaloupe, with green trim, like the inside layer of rind right next to the orange fruit. I tried out different shades of paint , buying quarts and painting sheets of foam core board to hold up around the room, in different light. I ended up with a light peachy shade for the walls and a light green for the window trim. The painters looked at me funny when I showed them my choice, but later they said, “You know, this came out pretty good”. I also painted an old chest of drawers to match with brighter shades of orange and green. The paint had names like pumpkin seed, summer town and prairie splendor. I wonder whose job it is to come up with paint names!
Rob calls my studio “Kit Peak” from the years when I cranked out a steady stream of Blossom Fairy kits. I gave up the kits a couple of years ago in order to finish illustrating my new book, which is a hefty 72 pages. Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes is now in production and will be released next fall. It takes a whole year after the artwork is delivered for a book to get to the bookstores. The pieces are photographed, the type layout is designed and corrected, copy is edited and corrected, printing proofs made and corrected, printing and binding done and then the books are sent via a container ship back from Hong Kong. I just saw the newest layouts of the book and Houghton Mifflin is doing such a good production job that I can hardly contain my excitement!
Your new book will be out just as my-favorite-little-boy-in-the-world (aka grandson) will turn three years old. Perfect timing! I can’t wait
I love your cantaloupe room. Thanks for the tour and I really wish I had space like that.
Love the studio and love, love, love the new blog. Was thrilled to see your new, upcoming book. Your work is so sweet, joyful, and soothing.
(One of my word-playing friends used to cry out, now and then, “Oh, Honeydew, we cant-aloupe! Our furniture is cu-cumbersome!”)
What a sweet, light-filled, space in which to create!
I just read the email I received about your new blog…congratulations. I have now read all your posts and am inspired by them to start creating my own artwork again. I have recently cleaned out my “craft” room which gradually became the household junk room over the years.
A number of years ago, my daughters (now 24 & 21) and I made three of your wee fairies from a kit we purchased from you. I still have them and it’s funny how each one looks like us. I really enjoyed your sharing of your process of creation and your wonderful imagination. I loved your description of what color you wanted for your studio…cantaloupe and rind….my daughters and I totally understand it! Your studio looks like a wonderful place to create. I look forward to your new book.
Welcome to the wonderful world of the blogosphere, Salley, very glad you’ve started to blog! I have Felt Wee Folk and am so glad to hear about Pocketful of Posies. Very few illustrators use fabric/fiber as you know. Of course, you can’t press Command-Z!
Hi sally. I love your studio, what a marvellous space and your work is enchanting, especially hush a bye baby, she is adorable.