Wednesday, June 16, 2010

summertime studio

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montaigne said, "one should always have one's boots on and be ready to leave." couldn't describe me more perfectly when it comes to maintaining a studio space! after years and years of trying to create a fixed art spot, i finally gave up and acknowledged that i'm a more temporary studio kind of gal. i like beginnings and ends, start and finish times, the freshness that comes from doodling in different places. time restraints and changes of venue get my creative juices stirred up and the ideas flowing. so earlier this year i created a docking station for my art materials in a kitchen cabinet. now i can take my things anywhere i want and not feel guilty about it - the kitchen, the attic, a coffee shop, the park, another city, or just a few steps outside to our little side porch, which i finally cleaned up and declared my summertime studio. and from time to time, a few extra doodly hands show up and test out a few sharpies for themselves.

if you love peeping into other studios, check out nona's group real working studios. wonderful colorful messes and creativity in motion!

58 comments:

Domestic Scribbles said...

LOVE it--the bright colors, sunny day and artists at work. I have porch envy. And the exact same paper cutter. ;o)

Kolleen said...

oh my goodnes...i wANT to come sit and doodle with you on your sweet little side porch....i'll bring some good music!!!

how inviting is that?!?!? WOW!!!

i am going to check out the link you posted...fun!

happy doodling to you and the other little hands that may show up to take part!

xox
k

Candied Fabrics said...

Ooh! That porch looks scrumptious! And what a perfect way "studio" for you, the one who likes to travel!

Phoenix Peacock said...

porch envy is a good way to phrase it! And all your colored paper with the bright colors on the porch makes for one yummy visual!

michelle allen said...

ummmm, JEALOUS!! not just of your porch but of your obvious sunshine! it's once again raining here in the NW! can i come visit????!!!! haha!

Vanessa/NessieNoodle said...

love working outside on my creative stuff.
I take a summer art class almost every year and we spend a good amount of time outside enjoying the fresh air and the creative juices.

and yes, I am a little jealous of your porch!

AG Ambroult said...

oh that porch! looks like a summer drawing haven. And with the little ones at your side, even better :)

e.beck.artist said...

love that space ... AND cutest rug ever ....

Amanda May said...

Wow, I am having major cases of art-envy wherever I go today! Your porch looks just perfect, cozy and airy and exactly right for being inspired!

Inner Toddler said...

why fight your inner hobo?
I totally have that same rug. seriously. Can I assume that you also let your kids use the paper cutter or am I going to get a call from social services... xo

jennifer lee said...

Ooooh, I so wanna come doodle with you in your delightful summertime studio. Looks like so much fun!! Thanks for the peek into your life. Inspiring. xo

Coreopsis said...

Wonderful porch colors--even your environment is bright and cheery! And I love that your little ones get in on the act.

Monkey Mind said...

I love your little outdoor sanctuary. It looks like a great place to be inspired. Is that rug one of those recycled plastic ones? I have one very similar but different colors. I love it! Enjoy your little paradise.

cath c said...

i have been coveting that table at world market since the outdoor season began down here, and now i covet that rug, too!!!!

i love that your art is portable.

rrARTz said...

that looks wonderful to me!!!! i bet you could sit there all day and just relax and do your thing...

Buffalo Lucy said...

Great link! I love peeking in on other artist's studio spaces. And your porch is gorgeous!! Watch out, we're going to show up on it one of these days!

Fruenswerk said...

That looks cooooozy...You got the circle table!!! haha

aimee said...

the rug is from world market (last year) - yup, it's easy care plastic - and the table i have had for ages! i got it free from target about 12 years ago - i bought a bakers rack and went to the cash register to pay for it while they took it out to the car, when some suburban monster came out of nowhere screaming at me that she had seen it first and had gone to every target in chicago to get it. this woman was in full meltdown. so the customer service guy looked at me and said, "i'll give you anything in that price range from our garden department totally gratis if you surrender that bakers rack and get her out of here." the deal was done, suburban monster got her bakers rack, and i wound up with that great mosaic table and found the bakers rack at home depot for next to nothing!

aimee said...

p.s. not to be confused with susie's cute suburban monsters. that woman was a SUBURBAN MONSTER with ALL CAPS.

Dyche Designs said...

Great pics, so sunny and cheery. I find it hard to limit myself to one space too.

rachel awes said...

can i join you & kolleen on that sweet porch & dance? (more like a little shake shake shake!). it IS inviting. & your children look so dear as they live in these pretty places. & i love the idea of a docking station! & ohhhh, to take up a whole kitchen cabinet...rock on! there's some nourishment!
besides, i think your art IS filled with all kinds of vitamins!
love to the traveling art womaaaan!

peggyfussell said...

That is a beautiful summertime studio! And such lovely doodlers in it too! I have a fixed spot that grows more wild each day. I need to take a page from your book and tidy up... your porch looks so inviting and fun! I am going to go peep at the others now. Maybe some of them will be as messy as mine!

S.E.Minegar said...

I have a huge crush on your porch! My dream is to one day have a porch with a hammock that I will perch upon, iced sweet tea in hand. Heavenly.

L'Atelier said...

Love your summertime studio! love your attitude, too. it the way to go! but i am not that great at it, sadly no space for definite set studio at mine..and still no studio of my own.
this post reminded me to just MAKE it happen
xo

Christine E-E said...

how inviting... I love pens so I was looking to see if I could see the pens you use??? Actually, I think I've asked about your pen choice before. Don't know where I put that email....
I love how cozy your porch looks... and it doesn't even look humid or buggy there? do you have either?

~Valentina~ said...

I want that porch right now! What a lovely-sunny-colorful picture!

Pat said...

I wish I had a doodle porch equipped with adorable little helpers! Lucky you.

painted fish studio said...

i so love that your studio is so mobile!

Katrina said...

working on the porch sounds divine. now, if only i had a porch! and a traveling studio is such a good solution too.

Annie Pazoo said...

Looks (and sounds) absolutely divine to me :-)

Christie said...

Such lovely photos! It's easy to imagine all of the creative inspiration to be had out there on that sweet porch in the fresh air with your doodling companions close by.

The temporary studio sounds like a wonderful way to focus on the doodle at hand, while leaving other projects tucked neatly away in the kitchen cupboard for next time!

Twig and Toadstool said...

I have a roving studio as well...try as I might to have a "space", I end up crafting on the move, in every nook and cranny my home has to offer!

:) Maureen

freebird said...

Your porch even looks like your artwork! I'd love a porch like this to work on.

Mariana said...

If I had a porche like that I would be coming in and out too! ahahaha
THanks for the link! I am building my own studio so it's cool to see what others have made of theirs!

Florcita

suzie said...

hey, what a brilliant way you have of turning the whole thing upside down on it's head: I too stress constantly at not having a 'studio' as such. Yes, a place to store crap is all I have too. But I shall adopt your outlook, look on it as a positive. Thank you for helping me out!
P.S. I also have that same masicot/guillotine/paper cutter thing as you, and like you I never use the safety guard. Get us, don't we like to live on the edge?

hanna-happenings said...

Lovley!

and that color of Your floor with those colors on the carpet! wow!

hanna-happenings said...

and the relaxation that the girls hold, what a treasure!

Karen Blados said...

How FUN is that! I need to clean off our back porch ... that's where we do our summer creating. Right now it's covered in kid toys and the remnants from a bathroom remodel.

Thanks for the great idea and Happy Creating!

heather smith jones said...

I think I'd be hanging out on that porch too, it's so delightful and cozy!

Ecobatt said...

I am so glad I asked you to post pictures of your temporary creative dens-that porch is a gorgeous reflection of what I see in your doodles every day! The colors and textures of the decor are extremely eye appealing, but I do think what makes it the kind of place that I'd dream of scampering off to every chance I got is the small blessings of open minds and hands and the lush gardenscape all around. Thank you for sharing Aimee, I'm on a mission after Nona's nudging to desterilize my space a little more-it's way too tidy! I love peeks into your world first thing in the morning.

Laurie Miller said...

What a great place to do some art - i am so envious. I am in Portland, OR and we are having one of the wettest and coldest Junes ever. We've only seen the sun a couple of times this spring. I love doing my art in the sunshine. May I live vicariously?

●• Thereza said...

your summer studio looks like a real treat! gorgeous :)

Tiffani said...

Just this morning, the cover of a Midwest Living magazine on porches caught my eye. Love them! And yours looks like it came straight out of the magazine!

Who you callin' housewife? said...

What a fantastic place to create!! It's great that the little artists join in.

Natasha said...

Ok so I want to try this on my apartment fire escape...granted I will only be able to put one chair, half the table and a quarter of the rug out there...and my little one will have to lay across a fire escape step to draw BUT I'm all about creating a sensational studio and YOU have inspired me. I'm fully willing to pretend that the random trees on our block are lush, green backyard bushes and that the sounds of the birds are meant to mix with honking horns (urban music?) Yes, you have officially inspired me. If the NYC fire department shows up, I'll just show them your photos and explain I know they'll understand. Maybe I'll even keep one of them around ...you know as decoration (think statues in a garden).

And your suburban baker rack obsessed monster story made me howl!

Anairam said...

Your summer studio is beautiful and bright - I love how you can move your studio around - clever you!

seven swirls designs said...

adorable! I want my wedding to have the colors and style of that rug! :)

cindy said...

now that's a studio! i love all the colors and the little companions you have there. so cute!

Francesca said...

I actually dream of the day I'll have my own space, or my own table at least! You created a beautiful patio space out there!

cactus petunia said...

I'm jealous of your summer studio! (and the actual warm weather you seem to be experiencing)
I'm always inspired when I visit here!

Alexandra Hedberg said...

looks like a wonderful studio .. and full of colours just like you...

I can not have it like that because I work in bigger format ... and I never clean after myself so I would end up turning our whole home into a studio... I love to have a studio! But everyone is different and should go for what suits them.

The Dreaming Bear said...

What a perfect lil' studio! I just want to sit down there with you guys and make stuff! How fun!

T.L. Holmes said...

Does that happen to be one of those outdoor area "rugs" fashioned from recycled plastic bags?? Just wondering...I've seen them before and was always curious how they held up, etc. I think the au naturel studio is a marvelous luxury!! Hope the summer is treating you and the artsy-girls well :)

Diana said...

OooOoOoooh, I so LOVE your porch area! That alone is enought o bring out the creative mind! Yummy! :D

jane said...

i want to hang out there...

Bella Sinclair said...

AAAAHHHHH!!! I am so JEALOUS! I love your creative space. Beautiful and fresh and inviting, no worries if the little ones spill a little watercolor or juice, color color color! Oh goodness!!! And the story behind the table is a RIOT!

Yup. Jealous.

meg duerksen said...

i love your space.
it is so happy.

nathalie et cetera said...

is there a little space for me in this gorgeous studio?