Category Archives: An Artist’s Life

Yes, those are art supplies.

PowerToolsAreArtSupplies

I’m stalling on starting my next painting because I ordered a drawing tool from Amazon (more on that later), and I’m waiting for it to arrive so I can use it.  It’s somewhere between here and Salt Lake City at the moment — we obsessive types really like online tracking.  It’s the packages that we don’t need in hurry that arrive with surprising speed.  Seriously…I order toothpaste and it’s here in flash.  The fun stuff takes forever.

While I wait for my package, I’ve been adding extra layers of gesso to the canvas, and I’ve been making myself some nifty new palettes out of leftover building materials from our past home renovations.  So instead of canvas and paint, my art supplies of the day were scraps of white wall panel, a leftover sheet of window glass, Sparkle™ glass cleaner, and white duct tape.  Instead of brushes and palette knives, my tools were an ultra-fine Sharpie® marker, a power saw and a glass cutter.

GlassPalettes

Except for slightly sharp corners (I should have sandpapered before taping), I am very happy with the results.  I’ve got two small ones I can hold while painting, and one really big one that can sit on the table next to my easel with my rinse bucket.

Credit goes to Robin Sealark’s YouTube video for the idea.  I’m SO glad to finally have that big piece of glass out of my garage.  It’s been eight years since somebody (not me) bought a piece of glass the size of the hole, and not the window frame.  I tried to unload during three or four garage sales, but no takers.  Maybe my guardian angel hid it from garage sale shoppers because the Lord knew I would need it for making palettes.

I’m also glad to have learned how to use a glass cutter.  A new skill is always a good thing.  I don’t recall where I got that tool, it was probably among the junk that was in the house when we bought it.  I’m extra glad I didn’t sell that in the garage sale.

New Directions

If you were a follower of this blog in the past, you may be wondering what happened to all the older stuff.  Well, it’s been deleted.  I am taking this blog, and my life in a new direction.  It is my aim to become a working artist.  That would be the opposite of a starving artist, I suppose.  Instead of musing about the creative process in general — in which I was boring myself — I will be showcasing my artwork along with the same sort of snarky commentary that my Facebook friends seem to enjoy so much.

So, keep coming back to see the finished art ready for the marketplace, to see art in progress, and to read about the adventures and misadventures surrounding it all.  I’ll let you know when I’m going to have an exhibit so you can come see my work in person, and when I’ll be entered in a show or contest, so you can vicariously participate in my successes and help me lick my wounds when those clueless judges do me wrong.

You can participate in my art too.  I am planning to let my readers occasionally vote on which direction a piece should take, or what subject matter to tackle next, or even to submit a photo to be considered for subject matter.  Because I am not above a little bribery, I am also toying with the idea of giving away some freebies — my art on a T-shirt, perhaps.  Of course the best way to participate is to purchase art.  There will be opportunity for that too!  I have to sell the stuff or I’ll run out of walls to hang it on.