One of the places that brings me the most joy is my studio.
It is in fact the place that I create joy while I joyfully create.
You get it.
I love this space.
I know I am very lucky to have this whole space just for me to create in.
It is a good sized room with a big bay window and patio doors that open onto the back deck.
It is often a real mess, as I have lots of things in process and hate to stop to clean.
But I am as happy as the proverbial “piggy in do-do” in this space anyway…
The top of my paper dresser – 6 drawers filled with paper of all kinds.
The top serves as an altar some days, or extra space to pile things on others…
My bay window filled with plants to give me privacy from the neighbors in the winter .
The hibicus in the blue pot is about 5 years old and has tons of buds on it right now ready to burst !
The 9 foot table expanse is a kitchen counter top resting on two side tables from Ikea.
It always seems to get full of stuff though I have cleaned and organized everything so that everything has a place to go
I just have to take the time to put it there after I use it…
which I do about every two weeks, or when I start to feel like I can’t find anything, or when a guest is coming over…
I love the light from and the view onto the back deck but during the winter when the trees are bare, the morning sun is so bright, I can’t see the computer screen or paint at my desk.
I put up two sarongs from Mexico to serve as curtains in the winter but in the summer, I let all the light in. The leaves on the huge maples out side filter it a lot.
Happy artist in the sunlight…
I have a second desk for my computer, printer, full spectrum lamp, and the crazy, kick-ass Bose speakers that David, my gadget man, bought for us recently. I say bought for us, but they hang out here most of the time. Believe me, once you have heard the sound of your favorite tune on Bose speakers, you will have a hard time going back ! Wowza !
Lately, I have been listen to this one, full blast and singing a long…
I have to share my joyful studio garb this morning too.
This is my crazy tunic that was originally all black and from Old Navy.
There was a lot of white paint left on my hands, and I just couldn’t resist.
I grabbed my own boobs and left these perfect prints on the top.
Deb added some little bits of fabric to the shirt for me and a little sign on the back that reads “beautiful”.
With that top on, black leggings and my worn out old El Naturalista green clogs/slippers,
I feel like me
and I am ready to create…
And create I do…
I always love creating.
My art is the one place where I am really quite fearless and just get into the process completely joyfully.
I rarely have a preconceived notion of what will come.
I just go with the flow.
Sometimes a piece comes out of me
that makes me feel like it is being given to me
by some force Greater than my Self.
The piece I completed this morning was like that.
Looking at this piece fills me with joy.
It makes me feel like I know my Artist Self.
It makes me want to go and create some more ! ;)
– collage/acrylic/watercolor paint on canvas – February, 2011
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Happy Thursday, Joyful Ones !