Have one section of your studio of all your work displayed. That way it will be easy to critique when you see them all in one space. You will get a better idea on how you would like them displayed in a show. Plus, you’ll get an idea on how far you have come and where you are headed. And if you can get others to look at your work then that’s a plus.
Another can be a collection of sources and inspiration. They are good for fighting creative blocks and for staying motivated on your goals. In my studio I have a couple of collage booklets with images I cut out from magazines. Some are of other works of art, some are just images I find interesting in general and some are of my favorite artists who inspire me. You can even hang them up on your walls so they are always in your face. Just take a look at them whenever you need a boost in your studio practice. And you can even have some books of your favorite artists too.
Don’t forget to make room for playing your music too, or just have some noise of another human being in your studio. One thing that has helped me fight off the studio isolation is listening to standup comedy while I work. As you all know being an artist can get very isolating sometimes so it’s important to find a way to keep the humor and jokes coming in. an ex of mine use to tell me that the best cure for depression is comedy. Recently I was listening to Daniel Tosh during one of my last studio sessions and boy was that an interesting ride. As far as the music goes, from my experience I like working to fast paced up beat music because it gets my adrenaline running and makes me more excited to do my work. But some like it the other way which is fine, whatever you’re the most comfortable with.
Also, if you have won any awards immediately hang them up. You must always be reminded on what you have accomplished and how well you are doing. They can include your college diplomas for example. You can even hang up photos of you and friends at your shows or whatever, anything that you think will make you feel worthy of what you have done.
Your studio is your office, zen garden and playground all rolled into one. The more exciting you make it the more excited you’ll be to get there all the time. You’ll think of it as a place where you get to go rather than a place where you have to go.