The Serious Studio, What yours can look like


Designing your perfect studio

Some people can be creative anywhere they go and sketch the perfect sketch or paint the perfect painting, others gather their creativity from the environment around them. Having an artist's studio is the perfect way to create a space purely for the sake of making art. They are completely customizable to the artist so that they can get the maximum focus, creativeness and stimulation they want or need. For those looking for their own artist studio or improve their existing studio, here are a few pointers, tips and things to think about:

Lighting is always a bright idea:

Lighting and color can play a large role in how you feel and how you are able to focus in your studio. Having natural light be able to penetrate your studio can be a big advantage to artists struggling to find their creativity. Studies have shown that having natural light in your studio or workspace directly enhances creativity. Since daylight synchronizes our circadian rhythms, or our sleep-awake cycle, having daylight available can make us feel more awake and focused, and boosts creativity and cognition. Many famous painters' studios like those of Georgia O'Keeffe (studio on the left) and Paul Cezanne (studio on the right) had large windows for this very reason. 

Color can be another influencing factor. Brighter colors make people feel more childlike, and therefore stimulates the more adventurous, imaginative and creative centers of the brain. And since different colors have different effects on people, painting your studio walls a certain color can be great for making you feel more innovative. For example, Green is the color most considered to promote creativity, although Blue is calming and can help you focus on your work.

Don't stress about the mess:

Keeping your studio organized and clean is also a great way to inspire innovation and creativity. A clean workspace leads to a clean mind after all. Try storing all of your paints, brushes and other materials in a taboret or organizer to keep your studio from getting cluttered up. And all of your canvases or finished paintings can be stored in racks or flat files, which are the perfect space saver to keep your studio open and flexible so you can take on any size of project.


Furnishing for functionality:

Finally, having the right tools and equipment can have a big influence on your art. Like to sit while you paint your masterpiece? Try a H-frame easel that lets you raise and lower the height of your canvas. However, if you like to paint at home and on the go, a French easel might be more your speed. Or if you prefer to sketch, an adjustable drafting table is the way to go. They come in a wide variety of styles from traditional to modern, so they can match virtually any studio! Having the wrong kind of equipment can definitely add to your stress and block your creativity, so make sure you do your research before you buy.

And remember, your studio is designed for you. So make sure it inspires you!


For more inspiration, here are some studios of famous artists and painters:


Jackson Pollock, Painter


Willem de Kooning, Artist 



David Hockney, Painter


Pablo Picasso, Painter


So what does your dream studio look like? Let us know in the comments!


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Matisse Derivan: The Company, The Acrylics, The Vision


Matisse Derivan, Australia's leader in Acrylic paints has long been special in the eyes of it's patrons. Since 1964, Derivan has been striving to offer not only a wide variety of high quality, high pigmented acrylics, but also be environmentally friendly and socially conscious. And from their humble beginnings starting out in Sydney's inner city to the Multinational company they are today, they still continue to reach that goal.

Pattersons Philosopy

Offering a unique take with their Matisse acrylic line, Derivan has done things a little different from most acrylic paint lines. They take special care to choose their pigments, and add in lots of them. Then, unlike most companies, they refuse to add extra gloss to their colors. The philosophy behind this, explains Derivan's President Steven Patterson is "to try and matte a glossy paint down means that you'll dull the intensity of the color", and why would you do that if you worked so hard to find the perfect color to begin with? The Matisse line also offers some of the most hard to find colors at the best valued price.

  • 96 Different Colors                                                                 
  • Several Unique Australian Colors
  • High Viscosity and Heavy Body
  • Perfect for large, expressive strokes


Giving Back

On top of being a giant in the Sydney art scene, Derivan is also very community focused. They don't add in any sort of fragrance or masking agents to their paints like some companies. The company also gives ten percent of their annual net profits to local charities, school sponsorships and art programs.

Environmentally, the company has taken many initiatives as Patterson believes that his employees "go home as healthy as when they came in". They have developed a water reclaiming initiative where they recycle their primary cleaning water. They also utilize the architecture of their manufacturing facility in a way that incorporates cross-breezes instead of air-conditioning and focuses highly on natural lighting instead of artificial lighting. On top of this, the company is even developing a bike to work program that Patterson himself takes place in. The company also wants their customers to participate in their program and has a mail in recycling program where the customers can return certain containers for re-use. The company encourages this by sending out fun prizes like bicycles for used paint containers.

The balanced philosophy of Patterson and Derivan to provide the finest quality acrylic paints as well as be both environmentally and socially responsible is proving why this company is not only the industry leader in acrylics, but one of the fastest growing global artist paint companies. And artists have responded extremely positive to this philosophy and their great products. Professional Artist Andy Russell had this to say:

"I use Matisse Structure Acrylics for a thick textured, bold impasto look and Matisse Flow Acrylics for the smooth, highly detailed results. They are also excellent for covering large areas...I am completely sold on Matisse Acrylics. I highly encourage every artist, professional or pleasure painter, to experience these paints for themselves."

We agree Andy, We agree!


The Man Behind the Best Acrylics Steven Patterson, President,

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