A Peek into Jacki Kellum’s Studio in the Ozark Mountains.

Roses in a Striped Mug – Jacki Kellum Acrylic Painting
January 21, 2021

Today, I was painting, and before my still life fell apart, I decided to snap a shot of my setup–in the spot where I actually paint.

I live in a house that is about 125 years old, and I paint in a sunroom that was added at some point in the past. The room skirts one side of my house, and it is long and narrow. The painting spot is on the end that is farthest away from the glass doors. I need to be able to control the light where I paint, and this is the best place for that to happen.

This table area is next to the glass doors at the other end of the room. This area is next to my kitchen on the side. Don’t be fooled. I never eat here. This table and this large butcher block are both work areas. I have a dining room, too.

My kitchen. My artist friend made the stained glass piece. The countertops are molded concrete and the backsplash is hammered aluminum.

Again, don’t be fooled. I rarely cook. Most of this is a workspace, too. Again, this is an old house, and my refrigerator won’t fit in my kitchen, and it is in my studio. Such is my lifestyle, as an artist who lives and works in an old, old house.

Things are rarely this neat in either my studio or my kitchen. The truth be known, my entire house is my studio. That is the beautiful part of being a divorcee.

The butcher block next to my window is where I photograph my still lifes.

For a few minutes each day, the light is perfect here. I’ll paint this still life either tomorrow or the next day.

But everything on this end of my studio is multi-functional. My entire studio is loaded with cabinets and shelves, and although all my antiques dress up really nice, they are workhorses, too, and they hold lots of junk.