Meet Leonidas.

 

Last weekend I took a huge  leap when I purchased this 1955 Spartan trailer to renovate and use as my art studio. I had just started looking around for a new space – toying with ideas like RVs, refurbished school buses, tiny houses and pre-fab buildings, when I stumbled upon this beauty locally. I love the lines, the shine, and the near certainty that I will yell, “For Sparta!” every time I cross the threshold.

I mean, get a load of these details.

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And these windows.

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And this beautiful birch wood interior.

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It’s 33 feet of mid-century marvelous.

It will take a few months and some elbow grease to get Leonidas spiffed up and road-worthy because I will be doing the work piecemeal, as I can afford it. He has good bones, but the 60-year old plumbing and electrical will be checked out, along with some finish carpentry.

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Since I signed the papers on Friday I’ve been scouring Craigslist for formica, Eames and an atomic-era television (I want to make a bar out of one) and of course, Pinteresting my brains out.

My new portrait series will go a long way toward funding the studio renovation, as well as positioning my business financially to make full-time art a reality. It’s my biggest and most audacious Kickstarter project yet – timed, appropriately – to celebrate my 40th birthday. I hope you’ll check it out, and I hope even more that you’ll let me paint you. And 399 of your friends.

This studio is the first major step I’ve taken toward making art my full-time gig someday.

Having a room of my own seems a good place to start.

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8 Responses to “Meet Leonidas.”

  1. sharla Says:

    Congrats, I think this is really cool!!!

  2. Jan J. Says:

    It’s just gorgeous! I am envious to the bone. I could live in that thing! I can’t wait to see what you do with it as you fix it up.

  3. Janet Shepherd Says:

    It’s so gorgeous, and really looks in pretty good condition for its age!

    Can I just also say (having been a fan for a few years now) that I am so stoked you’re taking the steps towards making your art your full-time job. It’s wonderful, and I hope you get bajillions of Kickstarter dollars 😀

  4. Erika Says:

    I have such a love for this retro style. Do you suppose it stems from that little white house on Jackson Highway? 😉

  5. Monkey Says:

    What kind of cookies would be served in the Royal Manor? Bar cookies? Oatmeal? I must know so I can have the appropriate baked goods in hand for the grand opening.

  6. Rachael Says:

    I don’t know! It should be something grand, right? And tea. There should be tea.

  7. Lorrie Says:

    Pfft…The Royal Manor calls for Biscoff cookies and Biscoff Cookie Butter of course! By the way, congratulations. I’m so excited for you.

  8. Andrew Says:

    Hey,
    I gotta ask, how much did you pay for it ???
    I’m looking for one too, need to figure out prices…
    Thanks, best of luck with it, way cool Spartan..
    Andrew

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