This and That Around the Studio

I’ve been asked to do a post for the Henri Art Magazine (blog) on my studio practices (not due for a month or two).

I’m not sure I’m up to the standards of the site, but I’m suddenly very aware of my studio and environs. This is a bit strange, since most of my current waking hours have been spent either in Cathedral Park or imagining Cathedral Park as I re-work the paintings in the studio. But there are a few non-St. Johns Bridge things happening in the local studio space too.

First, the magnolia tree is putting out its lemony smelling blossoms:

I always think that these magnificent flowers are our reward for picking up all the leaves that the tree drops (which basically is all its thousands of leaves) in May, June, and July. The magnolia pokes up a few buds in July, but by August, it has decided to grace our presence with one after another of its plate-sized flowers. They come on somewhat slowly, so we get to savor each of them, one after another.

And, with the punched-out addition for the bathroom being sided and painted and a new fence erected, Jer cleaned up the area behind the studio. When I opened the back door, I found a whole new little outdoor room.

I instantly loved the curve of the three trunks of the vine maple and the simplicity of the scene. This is in great contrast to the muckled scene inside the studio, where the working space is, well, working.

I now keep the door open all the time. It soon became clear, though, that while I could do this in August, in June, the mosquitoes who love that damp space will eat me alive. So Neighbor Jim built me a stout screen door with a removable upper screen. This means that in August I can see the view unimpeded, and in June, I can keep the mosquitoes out and still have the door open. I will have some photos of that door next time. It’s quite spiffy.

I am also getting a computer upgrade soon, because my CPU has been acting erratically and making ominous clicking sounds. This is not just exciting, but should save our marriage; Jer is not fond of my acting-out when my computer acts up. “Call Steve,” he orders — this from a man who is willing to drive me to Cathedral Park (10 miles through the city) on an all too regular basis to do a painting that I decided had to be done. He seldom issues orders.

I called Steve.

He called back Tuesday evening and set up an appointment for Thursday. I’m getting a new bigger hard drive and more RAM. Hopefully, the current drive won’t die before Steve gets here. –June

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6 Responses to This and That Around the Studio

  1. Tani says:

    The magnolia blossom is . . . well . .. perfect! I can almost sense the aroma from your photo.


  2. june says:

    Thanks, Cynthia, this house is 110 years old and has, at times, revealed its age (don’t ask!) But then there are moments when all its ancient charm (sort of like mine:-) ) emerges.

    Kathy, I’ve been thinking of you — we’re going off to the Petrified Forest residency of two weeks in mid-Sept. The stay is so short and the landscape so outrageous that I can’t imagine being able to get my mind around it, let alone a brush. I thought of you at Mesa Verde, working from the already built and iconized structures, and empathized. Wish me luck. And have fun with Mark at Henri — I’ve enjoyed his thoughts for a couple of years and always go back for more.


  3. Cynthia Wenslow says:

    I love that little outdoor room. That kind of beauty is sorely lacking in my rental house in a fairly new and typical Texas subdivision.


  4. Kathy Hodge says:

    Thanks for the link to the Henri Art Magazine. It’s a great site and I’ve bookmarked it. I’m looking forward to seeing your contribution!


  5. june says:

    The scene could be painted, but why paint it when I can just look at it — just sayin’

    Glad you liked the critique group’s work. They do amazing stuff, and I am honored to be allowed to be among them. The diversity of landscape “modes” (I’m not sure what the technical term might be) is what always astounds me. These are painters who aren’t afraid to try whatever they can conceive of — makes for fun critique sessions.


  6. Reva says:

    That view of the vine maple framed by the door calls out to me to be painted. If I were a painter. Just sayin’.

    btw, I really enjoyed seeing the work of your fellow critique group members. There were very few paintings — if any — among those you showed, that I would not be happy owning. Maybe I’m just indiscriminate (ha; ask my husband about that), but I’m impressed by the level of work you and your compatriots put out. And I never used to consider myself a landscape-painting lover.


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