In My Studio - George Asdel

Our home and my studio are about 2 blocks from the Atascadero Lake Park and the Charles Paddock Zoo.  (For 14 years I taught kids and adults how to draw animals at the zoo.) The house was designed by a Cal Poly architect student and built by her husband who is a general contractor. 

My studio is in a large room in the back of the house. There is a sheltered patio out one door where we raise Monarch butterflies. We are lucky to have lots of wall space inside to hang work. Visitors ask if we live in the house too because of all the art work everywhere and the fact I work in my studio, at the dining room table, on the carpet, on the davenport, and other places around the house for different projects. I only paint with acrylics in my studio which is lined with artifacts to use as subjects. 

I work daily in black 4” x 6” hardcover books. I’m on my 38th volume—over 17,000 drawings of people relating to other animals. I base most of my large acrylic paintings on these small drawings. I also write poems based on these drawings. Many of my poems, drawings and paintings have a thread of whimsy. (I am a puppeteer also). I also paint landscapes and still lifes. 


I have a new series of abstract animals painted by slinging black gesso at a canvas then painting color inside many of the shapes. My art is shown in Morro Bay at the Gallery at Marina Square and my website is

Look for my Atascadero studio in the 2016 Open Studios Art Tour catalog (I’m #170).