Tuesday, June 24, 2008
On My Easel and Behind My Easel
I took on a botched illustration job that a designer friend of mine had farmed out. The illustrator refused to take any art direction. That is not the hallmark of a professional illustrator! I asked if I could have the botched illustration. It was on a large piece of masonite, I gessoed the other side and did this painting of a decaying sugar beet plant near Sacramento.
You can see several interesting items on the easel just below the painting. To the right of the pink post-a-note is a plastic canister containing a roll of exposed and undeveloped 35mm film from about eight years ago. I have not a clue what's on the film, and if I procrastinate much longer, I may never know! Who will be left to process film in the digital age? The post-a -note has a "to do" written on it and that I have procrastinated on and will most likely never get done. The paint tubes to the right and left are not really paint tubes. Open their caps and a ball point pen tip is revealed! The tubes are even dented like real paint tubes. A devilishly inventive way for one's thumb and finger to ergonomically hold the pen! Got these from an art store catalog. Poking up over the left side of my painting is a three foot glass vase holding hundreds of spent watercolor paint tubes. Yes, when I finish off a tube, it gets tossed into the vase...kinda like making a rubber band ball...how cool is that!
A wee glimpse of my working environment.