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I'm in the process how to set up the studio in my tiny room, which is the only possible space in my appartment. Since there are many limitations in it – like very low and angled ceiling, 2 east windows and a narrow shape of the room, I struggled quite a long time to figure it out how to place everything in it. And I'm left hended too, so it is all reversed of Carder's furniture placement. I think that maybe it would be best for me, to rotate the easel as shown in the attached photo and that way I would have a flexible studio with functional art zones.
The crutial part here is lightning for avoiding glare on canvas so I'll go with 3 spotlights on the ceiling in total of 90w cfl bulbs (equivalent of 390w) 5000K. I hope this would be enough. Or would fluorescent tubes (2x36w 5400K) be a better choice in diffusing the light, but maybe to weak and difficult to calculate the beam angle from the easel?
I wonder why most of the well known artists use and recomend fluorescent tubes for their main lighting instead of cfl bulbs?
I'm missing how strong light do I have to place in my shadow box for nice dramatic effects? Would 30w cfl bulb (equivalent of 130w) 5000K be enough or do I have to buy a stronger spot light of 85w (equivalent of 450w) 5400K?
Another question is the color of the walls and the furniture. I feel best in light colors and I'm intimidated of being in a black small room. Does the color of the furniture matter for color judging and does it reflect around since it is lower than the canvas? Would be a soft cream white for wood and wall paint a good choice?
Thank you truly for help!