Today I’m sharing Where the Art Happens which is part of the project series 21 Days in my Art World. Every so often I remember that I’m sharing these here on my blog. Hah, obviously my memory kinda sucks.

However, to refresh your memory the project is something that I initially shared on Instagram. Given the longevity of an Instagram post, I felt these particular posts deserved an encore. I don’t know about you, but I’m tiring of social media. The election and the pandemic has brought out the worst in people.

I miss the days before Facebook and Instagram. I started this blog in 2009 and back then, blogs were a way we all shared what was going on. It was so much more personal. True connections were made. We all shared in the good times and bad times together and while there was still a fair amount of trolls and grumpy people, there was a lot more lifting one another up without so much snark.

Alright, back to where the art happens…

The art studio
My art studio, circa 2020

My messy art studio is where the art happens, which is today’s prompt by #21daysinmyartworld . However, in my mind is where it all starts. I’ve always had an incredible imagination and vivid dreams and I use them both to come up with compositions and ideas for my paintings.

Many times my paintings don’t quite come out like I plan or how I see them in my mind’s eye but nevertheless I can always count on the spark to start there. The studio is a mid-working area and finishing up place. Although I do get new ideas while in my studio, it’s not my studio in itself that fuels my creativity.

As you can see it’s a bit unorganized but I talked about that a couple of days ago. I have things in there that I like to look at and see that door? That leads to my greenhouse. I feel fortunate to have a dedicated space and even more so to have it go into a green space. Just outside my doors from the studio and my greenhouse is Studio Gardens. I posted a photo yesterday of that.

I have two large-ish windows looking out to my koi pond. I have a nice sound system to crank out my favorite at the moment music to paint to, and I usually have incense burning. I tend to favor patchouli, both earthy and seductive and then there’s always the wonderful smell of green coming from the greenhouse. Smell has a huge impact on me, I’m very sensitive to it and also sounds. I used to try and clean up my studio before I dared to share any photos of it, but the last couple of years I’ve accepted myself for who I am and if it bothers anyone, well they can just move along. #wherethearthappens #artstudio

messy art studio

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paintings by Jaime Haney

Learn more about me on the ‘About’ page under the additional links menu. I’m an artist – a painter mostly and an avid gardener. I paint a variety of subjects including birds, koi fish, my gardens, ponds and flowers as well as anything having to do with nature especially trees and tropical scenes. I also enjoy painting abstracts and have started created more and more of them. My most favorite thing to try to achieve in my painting is is mystery and telling mystical stories.

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