I am almost at my six month anniversary since I started oil painting.

If you recall, I was inspired by the story of Marta Becket as told in the movie, Amargosa to reengage with my artistic interests. I had taken art classes in high school and enjoyed soapstone sculpture in particular. However, in university, I was immersed in the maths and sciences. I always thought I would pick up visual arts again later in life and it was this little precious movie about Marta that finally gave me the vision to take up oil painting again.

Having pursued this endeavor for almost half a year and enjoying every bit of it, I decided to set up a home art studio with Clint’s help and encouragement. Clint had already presented me with my very own easel last Christmas.

The beginning oil painting studio can easily fit into the corner of any room. All you really need is an easel, a table to set your paints and brushes on and perhaps a floor cover if you tend to get a little messy with your paints. Good lighting is also important. If I am painting in the daytime, I like natural light so setting up the easel near a window if possible will enhance the painting experience. I noticed the classroom at University Art has skylights. In the evening, I have a nearby lamp and an overhead light to cast the proper light so that I can discern the various hues I’m working with.

Having a home studio means I had a place to work on my paintings between Saturday art classes with Lee Hartman. Here are the results of this week efforts prior to my Saturday class.

Loni Stark is an artist at Atelier Stark, self-professed foodie, and adventure travel seeker who has a lifelong passion for technology’s impact on business and creativity. She collaborates with Clinton Stark on video projects for Atelier Stark Films. It’s been said her laugh can be heard from San Jose all the way up to the Golden Gate Bridge. She makes no claims to super powers, although sushi is definitely her Kryptonite.