My favorite workspace.

My favorite workspace

The wonderful Associate Press author Jennifer Forker has featured me again in a recent article on artist workspaces you can read it here. Yes, I have an indoor workspace, it is upstairs in our home it doubles as a home office. It is hot in the summer, and cold in the winter, it has not yet been remodeled as we want to do so I rarely work up there. In the spring, summer and early fall I can usually be found here. Above is my favorite workspace, my back yard patio table. Enjoy a few more shots around my private backyard studio courtesy of Instagram.



The view from my lounge chair

The back corner

This den window is where my cats sit to view the yard. 

Another seating area


I hope you enjoyed a little view of my favorite space to create in. When we moved into our home the planters and pool were here but all the planters were empty it was a blank slate. All the walls were cinderblock topped with ugly white corrugated plastic and wood. We covered all the walls with vines, climbing roses, clematis, and boston ivy. We have been in our home 6 years. This past spring we had all of the plantings cut back and my partner had a fit thinking we’d ruined it all. I assured him it would all come back and it certainly has.

This is where I love to create the vines, roses, bouganvillas, flowers, palms, and hibiscus all inspire me. It is filled with many finches, doves, and lots of my favorite humming birds. I hope your having a wonderful summer!

2018-05-03T13:39:57+00:00August 17th, 2012|Art Journals|8 Comments


  1. Terry Garrett August 17, 2012 at 12:36 am - Reply

    What a beautiful backyard Brian!!!! SO very different than what Ron and I have- we look out on pretty dense forest- we had a very private backyard when we lived in Minneapolis- we plowed up all our grass and had plants bushes and trees all over. It was all fenced in in back.

  2. Orly August 17, 2012 at 7:32 am - Reply

    A beautiful collection of the images that nourish you every day.

  3. John August 17, 2012 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    I can’t wait to see it in person this fall. It looks so lush and inviting. I know about cutting back and thinking “OMG what have I done”. I have a Picasso petunia that has taken over and is a masterpiece all on its own. However, it has taken a third of the deck. Congratulations on the publication.

  4. angelia thompson August 17, 2012 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    Lovely work environment, Brian! I have the same problem. I have a beautiful studio in our 2 story pole barn, but as you stated, it’s too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter! I can heat it, but it’s over $100 a month to do so. THAT only happened once – never again! I love journaling on my beautiful deck surrounded by flowers and potted veggies, listening to the birds and other critters when the weather’s nice. Otherwise, I’m cross legged on the bed with everything surrounding me.

  5. Seth August 18, 2012 at 3:05 am - Reply

    Talk about art paradise!

  6. Nathalie Nayer August 18, 2012 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Waow! I’m soooo jealous!

  7. Nancy August 18, 2012 at 11:33 pm - Reply

    May I please just come visit? Sit & soak up all that beauty & tranquility??? Oh, and create a bit of art … please? pretty please? with sugar on top?

  8. Nancy August 18, 2012 at 11:34 pm - Reply

    Oh – and – though I’m woefully far behind in blog reading, I just skimmed a bit here … It’s not just your environment I want … it’s your creative energy! Brian, I am in awe … your art … beyond words! Glorious!!!

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