Thanks Denis that's really helpful - I think I need to find a studio! I'm realizing how very controlled the light has to be, getting it just right - I will look at the vids again.
goosamoz you really don't need much space to create a painting space. Here's a little sketch of my computer room and painting space. Granted I'm single so I don't have to worry about sharing the space, your situation may be different. You could create a painting space out of a closet by attaching the easel onto the wall and accordion style door for easy access.