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I’ve been collecting images of artist studios and writing spaces as inspiration for creating my own art/writing workspace. Some of these images are of famous artists and writers. It’s been so interesting to match the creative mind with the space that inspires it. Most of the creative spaces that have been most inspiring to me belong to people who are not famous, or at least unknown to me, and perhaps I’ll share those another time.
Here I’ve matched the spaces with famous quotes from the inhabitants. See if you can guess who they are. If you can’t, the names are listed below.
- “With age art and life grow together.”
2. “I do not literally paint that table, but the emotion it produces upon me.”
3. “My library is an archive of longings.”
4. “My fan mail is enormous. Everyone is under six.”
5. “All sorrows can be borne if you can put them into a story.”
6. “I think of my studio as a vegetable garden, where things follow their natural course. They grow, they ripen. You have to graft. You have to water.”
7. “I believe in deeply ordered chaos.”
8. “What you do when you paint, you take a brush full of paint, get paint on the picture, and you have faith.”
9. “You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.”
10. “Feet, what do I need you for when I have wings to fly?”
11. “Why are we reading, if not in hope of beauty laid bare, life heightened and its deepest mystery probed?”
12. “In the arts, as in life, everything is possible provided it is based on love.”
Artists and writers: 1-George Braque, 2-Henri Matisse, 3-Susan Sontag, 4-Alexander Calder, 5-Karen Blixen, 6-Joan Miro, 7-Francis Bacon, 8-Willem de Kooning, 9-Jack London, 10-Frida Kahlo, 11-Annie Dillard, 12-Marc Chagall
catherine grytting said:
Well done! As you say, it is interesting to see the relationship between creators and the space for their creating.
Thanks, Catherine. There were so many interesting artists and spaces to choose from too!
Terrill Welch said:
What fun! I actually only recognized a couple of the artists at a quick glance. But I am intrigued to stop by again and ponder more thoroughly Deborah! 🙂
It was fun putting this together. I really enjoyed reading the quotes from the different artists and choosing one to fit the photo or the artist.
Alexander Calder’s space calls to me. The bars, the light and dark, the bright spots on the floor. So much contrast. A great place to swing the inspiration bat!
Yes, I loved his space too. I’m not sure if the photo of his studio that’s featured at the top of this post is attached to this larger space, or if it’s a photo of an earlier studio?
Claudia McGill said:
Wow, this is great, a peek into the private thoughts and spaces in this way. Some of these, I wonder how anyone got anything done there, and others, just my style – I enjoyed imagining myself in each one. Thank you.
I’m glad you enjoyed this, Claudia. I for sure would not be able to work in Bacon’s space. But many of the others would suit me just fine.
Valorie Grace Hallinan said:
What a clever and satisfying post! I hope you show us your creative space as it comes together, I’d love to see it!
Thank you, Valorie. My space is about 3/4 complete. When it’s done I would like to share a few photos. Nothing so fine or cluttered as some of these, but I think it’s going to work for me.
laura bruno lilly said:
I love these type of ruminations…personal spaces of creatives complete with quotes and photos. I’m sure it took a while to compile it to share with the rest of us in this post. For that I thank you!
Can’t wait to see your ‘new’ space, Deborah.
Thank you, Laura. I’ve been having so much fun looking at different artists studios and saving them on Pinterest. I’m glad I was able to share it on my blog too.
Susanna Heath said:
I love studio tour videos on YouTube so this is right up my street.
I’ll have to check out tours on YouTube! I never thought to do that.
Susanna Heath said:
Hours of entertains….! And storage solutions.
Andrea R Huelsenbeck said:
Reblogged this on ARHtistic License and commented:
A great big ARHtistic License thank you to Deborah J. Brasket for this fabulous article. I love to see artists’ and authors’ workspaces. Don’t you? Too bad mine looks like #7. See more of Deborah’s thoughts on art and writing on her blog, Living on the Edge of Wild.
Thank you so much for reblogging this Andrea! I’ve been away a few days and missed this. It makes my heart glad.
I love stuff like this, thanks for sharing!
Me too! Happy to share.
So fascinating… I recognised Blixen and Dillard immediately, maybe because they are two of my favourite artists … And I envy everyone their working spaces… I’ve been a kitchen table writer for the most part ….
There’s a lot to be said for the kitchen table, at the center of the home. that’s where I started my painting. Now I’ve moved into my new writing/painting space. But sometimes I miss that table.
What a creative and awesome blog post. Thanks for the inspiring images and quotes!
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it.
Wonderfully inspiring post! ❤ I love to sneak in other artist's studio, it tells a lot about the person who uses it.
Thank you. I love to do that too.
Reblogged this on sketchuniverse and commented:
💎 👓 WELL DARLINGS, OUR SISTER DEBORAH PUBLISHED THIS INTERESTING POST. A TRUE JEWEL. ENJOY !
Thank you so much for the share!
Oh Deborah, the merit is only yours. Congratulations 💞
Such a great post. Love the images.
Thank you! I’m glad you enjoyed it. It was fun to put together.
What a wonderful and full of wisdom post! Thank you! I will reblog
Thank you! And thank you so much for the reblog too.
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