well, i had to give up my old studio. i had gotten used to not seeing the oven just behind the easel i worked on most (because it got more north light). and to not see the sink and fridge behind the other easel. since i am now a full-time artist, conserving money is much more important. shock! so i have moved my studio into the "storage bedroom" of a generous friend's place. (see the photos). again, the background against which i see the paintings is totally cluttered with stuff. in addition, all of the paintings (at least on day one) looked awful!! lots of painting over that day! but i am adjusting. today will be day 3 in the new space. i am discovering how different the pieces look depending on which easel they are placed on (this didn't happen at the old place). also, i have much less distance from the pieces, so i have to remember to compensate for that frequently (by squinting from as far as i can get). but - the JOY of painting every day! wow. how fortunate can you get?