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What Makes Me Happy: My Studio (EDM #80)

My StudioThe Everyday Matters challenge this week was to draw something that makes you happy and write about it.

I love my studio and I love spending time in it. All I have to do to get happy is sit at my drawing table–the one in the far left corner–and start drawing. When I’m drawing or painting I like to listen to a good book from Audible.com or music on my computer. I wired the PC to my stereo system so the sound is great.

My house is a former duplex that I converted into a studio and a home. The studio was originally a living room/dining area so it’s nice and big, with room for me and six or seven watercolor students to meet. There’s even the window seat I’ve always wanted (in the far right corner) which I made by putting a sheet of laminate over a set of flat files and covered it in foam, an old quilt and some fake fur pillows.

The tall table on the left is made from two more sets of huge flat files with a sheet of laminate on top–a good spot for mat cutting, framing or demonstrating in class. People can gather round to watch or three people can use it as a worktable to paint as well. Behind that wall is the studio kitchen and the bathroom.

Behind where I sat to do the drawing is the door to the outside, my stereo, and a door to the rest of the house: two bedrooms, another bathroom, kitchen and living room/dining area.

The neighborhood’s foggy and not posh (oops–I’ve been listening to a wonderful book by Australian Bryce Courtenay,”Brother Fish,” narrated by actor Humphrey Bower and I see I’m picking up the slang) but it’s a friendly neighborhood and not far from all my favorite spots in Berkeley and Albany. I’m happy now from being in here all afternoon but now it’s time to go water the garden–one more thing that makes me happy.

Micron Pigma ink and watercolor in 9×12 Aquabee Super Deluxe sketchbook.

22 replies on “What Makes Me Happy: My Studio (EDM #80)”

Oh Jana, your studio sounds just lovely. And you are affirming one of the thoughts I’ve had regarding our prospective move from the Houston/Galveston area. I was thinkiing two apartments side by side but a duplex would be perfect. Studio, office on one side and living quarters on the other. We are retired from our last careers and ready to do something different with less upkeep. Your situation seems ideal.

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This looks great, very bright.
I got mistaken for an Australian a couple of days ago. “what part of Oz are you from?” he asked. (“The Emerald City,” i thought) “London,” I really said. “But don’t feel bad, we have lots of Australian bartenders there.”

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The studio looks just perfect!
I too am working at home. But most of the time I earn my money while programming and doing webdesign. So I only have a small corner of the office for my artistic things…
How I wish I could make enough money with just drawing and painting! šŸ™‚

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Oh this looks like heaven, If I manage to come to California next year you just might have me dropping in for a drink, tea, coffee anything. I love the Bay area and am hoping to get there. Depends on lots of things tho at the moment its a hope not a positive.

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Jana, this is AWESOME!!! Ilove all the details you included — andI can certainly see why it would make you happy! what a terrific work space and a beautiful portrayal! I’m curious about the view out your sketching desk window — bet it’s as beautiful!

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Your creative space looks wonderful and so inviting! I’m sure you must have lots of natural light in there. I agree with you that there is magic there, I love to see them too – perhaps you should suggest it as a challenge?

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What a great sketch and description. Your studio looks wonderful. I also want to thank you for mentioning audible.com
After seeing the site mentioned in one of your posts a few weeks ago I checked out the site and signed up…I have been enjoying books while I throw pots and paint!

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This is great. I like how you included so many details from you studio. I have the tendency to edit things that will be too difficult to draw. Also, thanks for the tip about Audible.com. I’ve got to check that out.

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Jana, This is GREAT, love the detailed description too! ALL THAT LIGHT!!! I have always wanted a work space in front of a window. Maybe when we move… You drew just enough of the windows to make us curious about what else you can see out the windows – maybe another drawing –

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Aaah, Jana. Back from vacation, I was excited to see a number of new posts show up next to your name in my Bloglines… and what range. But this one I love. The linework is beautiful and delicate somehow… and the colors just a wonderful balance. Such a great space!

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Nice. I like the colors. They are light, work together well. If I were to wish something it would be to have an object that my eye is lead to, rather than a conglomeration of items (I myself like to change things willingly). What stands out the best is the great treatment on those wood floors. It puts the eye where it belongs in the center.

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what a lovely studio and such a glowing tribute. I’m quickly running out of room in the two tiny bedrooms that I’ve taken over with my art, but I really really want to build a separate studio. Thanks for sharing yours!

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This sketch makes me happy just looking at it. It is a great studio and it looks posh enough. I’m glad you finally have your window seat even if you have to compete with kitties to use it.

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Hi Jana,
Thanks for the tip about lighting! I’ll be looking for those. Your studio is beautiful. A window seat sounds so charming! I like how you made the seat. My husband helped me build a table that’s 4’x8′. A piece of pecan plywood on top of a 2″x4″ frame. Its so fun peeking into your studio. Thanks for the view!

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Hi Jana!
It was lovely looking into your studio. I just did a search under “art that makes me happy” cos I was feeling down about finding out about my cousin having cancer. I live in Australia, my studio is surrounded by gum trees – it’s nice but gets so so hot in summer in here!! Isn’t art a wonderful part of life! See ya!

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