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What does your creative space look like?

Do you have a place in your home where you create? It might be a spare bedroom, the family room or the kitchen table. What does your creative space look like?

writing desk

Here is the room where I write. The room use to be the “formal” dining room, but, it seemed such a waste of a space to only use the room for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We eat family meals at the kitchen table instead. My desk is an old 1950’s formica table given to me by a friend, Mary, when we lived in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

On the right of the photograph is an old door that is tied to a rolling rack I bought from K-Mart when they closed their store in Pottstown, Pennsylvania last year. The door hides the view of the refrigerator, and gives me an extra wall for a bulletin board.

Marc Johns pink ice-cream cone encourages me, “You can do it!”

The glass case contains rocks from a creek on my friend Debbie’s forty acre property. She found them when she went for a walk and sent them to me over fifteen years ago. I have never taken them out of the case, or added other rocks to these. I love rocks.

The minion is from a McDonald’s happy meal display. I wanted the minion to remind me that funny sketches and created characters can become real.
Someone created a minion in their imagination and then it ended up as a toy in Mcdonald’s.

Behind me I have a chalkboard and a large drafting table. The front room of the house is where I paint — it use to be the formal living room. Why do we need so many places to sit in a house? There should be more rooms to create in and less rooms to sit in. And how you do any living in a room that you only sit in?


studioWhere do you create?

What treasures do you have in your work space? Objects that remind you of a friend? Books or pink encouraging ice-cream cones?

What to share

Please share photographs of your desk, or your studio. Please introduce yourself, and say what you like to create. And if you want to, tell us where you live and what you ate for breakfast.

1. A photograph of your creative space. 
2. What is your name?
3. What do you like to create?
4. What did you eat for breakfast? If you are a cat, maybe you ate a mouse.
5. Where are you from? Like – South Africa, or France, or Sweden or Canada or the USA.

Please say hello to someone new in the comments.

As always I love to hear from you, and I would love to know more about your life and your creative spaces. Click here to comment. HERE


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About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • My name is Jaime, I live in Arkansas USA, and for the last 47 days I have been doing a daily completed small painting, (which is a huge breakthrough for me). I love painting and say I love writing but sometimes I love the idea of writing, and in actuality an observer would think I love vacuuming, cleaning clutter piles and staring into space more than writing. Here’s where I create. When we added an upstairs (you can do this, apparently, but it requires fortitude and turning a blind eye to many messes), I got to turn the downstairs bedroom into my office. Before this, I created in an inconvenient corner of the dining room. This morning, I ate Cream of Wheat with strawberries and a Maple French Toast English muffin. Companies need to stop making delicious new flavors. I had to eat this instead of my usual cereal because one of the small people in my house used the last of the milk and didn’t mention it. I saw the empty container in the trash and used my mom detective skills.

    • Hi Jamie!
      Thank you for sharing where you create. Oh, we are alike. I keep saying I am an artist and a writer, but if you looked at my life, you would just think I rearrange the furniture and clean litter boxes!
      Do you have any photographs you can share of some of your tiny paintings? What a great accomplishment!
      My husbands family are from Arkansas, some in Newport and some in Little Rock.
      Hello to you in Arkansas from Pennsylvania!
      Your breakfast sounds yummy. And good mommy detective skills on the milk.

      • How funny! We live in Arkansas and my husband is from Pennsylvania. (Milton). 🙂 And I am a transplant from Maine, so…we are Yankees. But we blend easily in the South. I would be delighted to share a few of my small paintings. Here are 6 of them. I only have 3 to go to meet my goal of 50 daily paintings. I am crazy, yes. But this crazy has been a lot of fun.

        • Wow, wow, wow. These are great. And each one in one day! OH MY! Are you selling any of them?
          And I am from Canada.
          Okay, I need at least six more wow’s. 1. wow 2. wow 3. wow 4. wow 5. wow 6.wow.

          • Thank you so much for your kind and enthusiastic feedback! Yes, I did one painting a day. I am selling them, I am trying out Etsy. This is my first jump into being a real artist (after many years of thinking I didn’t have permission to). It’s been a huge eye opener to see I can do this after all (as I’m sure is the case for many other artists). I am learning as I go!

          • Hi Jamie,
            What is your selling name on Etsy? I tried to find your paintings but, (insert sad face here) I couldn’t find them.
            Hope you had a day with joy and sunbeams today.x

          • Oh! I am sorry I didn’t include that…its http://www.etsy.com/DieselandInk

          • Pamela Hodges

            Hi Jaime, I tried that link and it took me to an “I am sorry, that is the wrong link” page.

          • Oh! I am sorry I didn’t include that. Here it is: http://www.etsy.com/shop/DieselandInk

        • These are awesome! The one on the bottom left corner is my favorite. I love the lady’s facial expression.

          • Thank you Erica! I have several of these paintings where the expression I painted perfectly reflects some of my moods. I’ve found the subject of my paintings is often exasperated or looks put upon, and it makes me laugh every time!

  • Here’s my studio. Where I paint, write, draw cartoons and read!

    • Love this^^ ! It looks like a great place to create things!

      • Thanks Jaime. My dogs love it, too!

        • Hi John,
          I love your space! The window light must be nice too. Hello to your dogs.

        • Dogs are great creative companions! Mine like to hold down the floor in my office, too. 🙂

  • I’m Erica from America, and I create a bunch of different things. For the most part, I write and doodle in my notebook, but I also make music sometimes. Plus, I’m in the process of developing my first board game.

    For breakfast, I had an egg-n-cheese sandwich with oven-baked pancakes.

    In my creative space, I have a desk, a laptop stand, a cubby-style bookcase, and a guitar. I’ve had that solid-wood desk since high school. When I moved into my current apartment, my poor mother managed to get this desk all the way up to her car from her basement all by herself so that my husband and I wouldn’t have to pick it up later. Bless her heart. 😛

    (I apologize if my pic is upside down. The upload preview was upside down no matter how many times I uploaded it, even when I uploaded an upside-down version of the pic. Oh well.)

    • Hello Erica!
      Thank you for sharing a photograph of your creative space! I love all your creative ideas! writing, doodling, music and a board game. Please share here when you get your board game finished. I would love to be a beta tester.

      Wow, you mom was so kind! And how fun to have your memory desk from high school to create on.
      I ate sardines again this morning. Your breakfast sounds better!
      Hope you are having a fun day.

      • Would you like to join a Facebook group I’ve made for my game? I can send you an email invite to the email you provided on your FB page, or you can search for “Snack Shop: The Board Game – Playtesters” group in FB itself. Anyone with a FB account can find it, so anyone reading these comments can ask to join if you wish, but only members can read posts and such.

        Being a member of this group gives you access to the current printable version of the game as well as relevant development updates. Members will also be able to purchase the game before anyone else, whenever its ready to sell to the public.

  • EmFairley

    Oops! I was so absorbed in creating things yesterday I forgot to take the promised pix! Eek! I’ve got just 5 chapters left to edit, so if all goes to plan I should have a full creative day later this week. Please give me a nudge to remind me to take the pix then!

    In the meantime, I hope this pen pic of my writing space will suffice… I write while sat on a two seater couch that is covered in a cream fleece throw in my living room. My cell and notebook sit on the left arm of the couch and I sit pretty much in the middle of the two seats, so everything is within reach. A small octagonal topped table is to the left and is where I put my laptop when I need to get up. Right now an empty mug is sat on that. A small two drawer dresser sits to the right of the couch and that is where the notebook sleeps at night.

    Em xoxo

    • Hi Em,
      Thank you for your pen picture of your space. 🙂 Did you get a chance to take a photograph! Would love to see that little octagonal table.

      • EmFairley

        Hi Pamela,
        Not just yet, but I will, I promise 🙂

  • My cat’s name is Perry. My daughter used to love the Disney show with Perry the Platypus. We call him Perry the Catypus. 🙂

  • I hope to have a similar post up soon. Right now, I create on my couch. Often with a cat on one leg. 🙂

    • Hello Mary,
      How fun! I wonder if the cat helps you create? What is your cats name? My cats are: Charlie, Nepeta, JR and Harper.