How would you define an artist’s studio? I believe a real studio should be a unique space and as individual as the artist who occupies it.
An integral part of my dream studio is the view. North facing windows, critical for their true light, open toward the hills. The southern windows look down the lane toward the creek. Often, on a gentle morning, a soft mist rises in the meadow, turns the sun’s first rays to gold and throws the warming light of inspiration across the studio floor. When, at last, I turn away from the magnificent view and look around inside, there is color. Color everywhere. Color in boxes of paints, pastels and pencils. Color in papers stacked on the table and sliding off onto the floor. Color in the finished works and in the works in progress. My dream studio is filled with light and color. I think perhaps all serious artists dream of working in a real studio. I certainly did until we moved to the cottage.
Framed oil paintings abound—in stacks, hanging, and leaning against the walls and chairs. Watercolors are drying, tacked on the walls and laying about on any available flat surface. Desks, tables and shelves are covered with the wonderful clutter necessary to an artist’s work. Cups and glasses, pots and tins hold pencils, brushes, odds and ends. The place smells pungently of turpentine, linseed oil, and old books. This is where I imagine, dream, work and play.
Visitors are welcomed here with pleasure. Sometimes they’ll fall in love with a particular work. When they do, they are encouraged to take it home and make it a part of their life. Sometimes we carry our works over to Holiday Village and hang them in one of the shops. Other times we place a work in the Village craft gallery. I believe art to be most worthwhile when it brings joy not only to the artist, but also to the beholder. I am, after all a designer at heart.
Please, won’t you spend some time looking around? If you find something you love, feel free to take it home and make it a part of your life. One of the most pleasant things about being an artist (for me, anyway) is seeing your work through someone else’s eyes. There are now quite a number of web authors displaying my art and I want to thank them, one and all. It’s a real joy to have someone write to me to say thanks.
Thank you for visiting. Drop back by whenever you can and have fun while you’re here.
I never feel age.
If you have creative work,
you don’t have age or time.
My most recent (summer of ’14) passion has been a collection of clowns; jolly, joyful, inspirational clowns. First I doodled ’em in my journal pages then photo-shopped ’em for facebook :
Some of the most delightful hours around here have been spent wandering the creek banks or prowling through the garden, with camera in hand, searching for inspiration to produce new watercolor paintings. It’s not unusual for friends or neighbors to end up taking home something they’ve found tacked to the studio wall for drying. Since you’re also a visitor to our studio… we added some special stuff we thought maybe you would enjoy taking home with you.
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A Frosty Fall Day with my feathered friends. An art paper background, welcoming corner image and a CSS layout. Seven snowflakes can be infinitely re-sized.
Summer Twilight —that moment just before full darkness when the night moths flutter to the lamps and the little owl who lives in the oak across the lane calls plaintively to announce her presence. Such a sense of peace!
The Oak Tree with a series of Oak Leaf Graphics, a brocade background, a story and some other stuff.
Johnny Jump-ups — a bit of a departure from my traditional watercolor or pencil art and a step into the age of technology – digital photos and scanned images
Simply Sunflowers I have been asked if all my work is “artsy”. Not necessarily. I do jobs for all types and so my work is pretty flexible. Here’s a very modern, sleek and simple set I like.
Lilac Hearts & Doodles I love to doodle. You’ll find them in the margins of my books, on note cards and any where I’ve been chatting on the phone with a pencil in my hand. Here are a few that make pretty good graphics.
Clinging Ivy Hearts Original Note Cards
Time is –
Too Slow for those who Wait,
Too Swift for those who Fear,
Too Long for those who Grieve,
Too Short for those who Rejoice;
But for those who Love,
Time is Eternity.Henry Van Dyke
“Self-reliance is the best capital
in the world. Self-depreciation is a crime.”
Orison Swett Marden – 1908
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions.
Small people always do that,
but the really great make you feel that you,
too, can become great._Mark Twain