Posts Tagged ‘studio’


Posted on: December 31st, 2016 by jmbroekman 2 Comments

Drawing Table Portrait; 31 December 2016

Hopeful New Year

Today marks not only the end of 2016 – a year many I know are happy to see go, but also the 12th anniversary of my mother’s death. I’ve been thinking of her all week. Thinking that I’m glad in some ways she is not here to witness what I believe will be a disastrous new administration in our government. Which leads me to my next thought obsession: what does it mean to hope?

What is hope? Is it merely an emotion or simply the opposite of despair? Where does it live? I guess since mid-November, I’ve been having trouble finding this elusive thing called hope. None-the-less, I am going to keep looking. And here is where I think I’ll find it: in the freshly fallen snow laden branches in the woods; the expectant look of a silly dog who can’t wait for me to snap on my snowshoes and head into those woods; the shed full of wood to keep my studio warm all winter long; that cozy warm studio; and all the people in my life who bring me laughter and light. Here’s hoping you too will find hope, strength and joy in all kinds of unexpected places in the year ahead.

Studio Update

Posted on: April 8th, 2014 by jmbroekman 5 Comments

It’s been a long cold winter

And I realize I haven’t added anything to this so-called blog in a few months. Being studio-less has been, shall we say, a bit challenging. So, I thought I’d post some photos of what’s been going on in and to my humble little studio.

First we had to make a mess, and I mean REALLY BIG MESS.
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It is almost an entirely new studio: new rafters, siding, insulation, sheetrock, windows – and 8 more feet of space in the back! It isn’t quite done yet, but now getting really close and exciting. It has been a long haul, but I know when the winds blow next winter I will be toasty warm, and forever grateful to Curtis and Andre for their hard good work, Jenny Scheu for encouraging me to make this big mess, and my mom, who unbeknown to her helped finance it.

Happy New Year

Posted on: January 9th, 2014 by jmbroekman 2 Comments

It’s January again

That means, time to start another drawing a day extravaganza.This time, however, is proving challenging at best since I don’t have a studio in which to work. None-the-less, I’m doing my best. Turning my office desk into an everything desk. Really, it’s become more of a drawing table to some extent. Problem is, most of my tools are packed up, and I find myself constantly moving things here there and everywhere.

So the new year has my world turned a little bit upside down. Nothing like a little more chaos to distract me in my quest for moving through the world with more ease. I suspect 2014 will prove interesting in any case. Here’s hoping your year is off to a good start, and that you stay well, warm, and happy.

Treasures Lost and Found

Posted on: November 10th, 2013 by jmbroekman 2 Comments

Happy finds in my mouse and squirrel ridden loft

Serious demolition has begun in the studio. Half the building is down to bare studs. The chore that I was most dreading – cleaning out the loft space – is pretty much complete. There is little that can’t be done when you put a mask on your face and your mind to that which seems insurmountable. It was disgusting up there. But lo and behold, even though I thought every last thing was going to find it’s way to the dump or a bonfire, I was wrong.

I knew my old prints of many moons ago were there, but I dared not hope they’d be anything salvageable. There were several old portfolios, all zippered up and miracle of miracles, un-infested. What a great surprise I got when I finally hauled the portfolios down and opened them up. The contents within were pristine.

I’m pretty sure the litho at left was done when I lived in NY and worked at the Art Student’s League. That would’ve been over 30 years ago

Autumn in the air

Posted on: November 3rd, 2012 by jmbroekman 2 Comments
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And I am itching to work

It’s almost time to hibernate in the studio for the winter. I am so looking forward to it. There’s a print project to do, and lots of half baked work sitting around screaming to be finished. So, stay tuned for new work to be posted in the coming months!