Studio Friday: On the Outside

" I'm curious to see what is just outside everyone's studio. I face a wall so I don't have a view but I have the desert to inspire me if I need it." ~ Lilie

I think we did this topic a few months ago but I was busy and didn't participate. So, thanks Lilie for giving me another chance.

My studio is in an upstairs bedroom and I have two windows—one facing the side yard and the other the woods behind the house. From the side window I can see most of our yard and I can just see our neighbors house through the line of trees along the driveway that runs up the hill. That leads to another house. I can also see the fruit trees we planted when we first moved in (the ones I hope will be mature enough next spring to finally bear fruit) and the stone wall that runs along the road.


Unfortunately, the back view is too messy to show a picture of. Long story, but we had a swimming pool that flooded during a weekend-long rainstorm a couple of years ago. There's a runoff channel that funnels water down the hill and it overflowed, filling the pool with mud and gravel. We decided that since it's really not warm enough here to get much use from a pool (and it's really more work than we want to deal with) that we'd fill it in and put a garden there instead. It's still very much a work in progress.

Strangely, I don't find my views inspiring. Beautiful, yes. Calming, of course. But I think I would be more inspired by the hustle and bustle of a city street with people passing by and that whirl of bright colors, smells, and sounds that's unique to city spaces. That's the NYC girl in me, I think. Still, it's nice to have both options—living in one and visiting the other as often as I can.

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Unbelievably, this is my 100th blog post! I feel like I should do something to celebrate :)


Anonymous said...

I think I could take lots of naps in a yard that large! :) Thanks for sharing your space.

Anonymous said...

Your yard is huge! Very pretty!

AtPlayWithFiber said...

Congrats on your 100th post!! :) That is a nice calming view and good that you can go to the city for the inspiration.

Unknown said...

Beautiful trre line...I know what you mean about being inspired by city life...I love watching people walk by on the street from a cafe window...

Ouissi x

Anonymous said...

Even it's not inspiring, enjoy the relaxing calming way! Congrats too on your 100th post!

Anonymous said...

I feel the same way about my studio view. It is nice, it is there, I look out to "calm my eyes" every once in a while. But inspiring, not really. I am also from NYC originally, maybe that is it? Congratulations on your 100th post by the way!