The Artist's Studio - Part III - Lighting

In this 3T Art Blog post, we’re going to tackle the most important thing in your studio, lighting. Without a good lighting plan, you’re going to struggle with every piece you create.


Too bright, not bright enough, glare, too warm or too cool are some of the things we struggle with when setting up lighting. The last thing you want is to create a masterpiece that, when taken out of your studio and hung in your client’s home or at the gallery, is all wrong. The colours are way too warm. The values are too dark and that makes it look moody. If you were going for light and airy, you missed the mark. And all because you don’t have the right lighting in your studio.


So, what’s the best solution? Well, I’ll be honest with you, there’s no one perfect way to solve the problem of studio lighting. It really is a lot of trial and error. Every artist’s personal taste and needs when it comes to lighting is a little different, but there are things you should know so you can make the best lighting decisions for yourself.


I’ve been working on different configurations of lighting ever since I started painting. Between moving studio locations around the house a few times and setting up different workstations, I’ve tried so many different ways to set up my lights. I’ve used clip lights, pole lights, up-lights, multi-joint lights, and tried to work just by daylight.