My sketchbooks and blog have been so neglected this past week. This morning I caught up on comment replies and reading the blogs I follow, and today I’m going to see what a “gallery format” post looks like and talk about random things.
I built a new art room table and am so pleased with it. The old one looked really cool (a Saarinen look-alike) but it was super wobbly and not very big. If one person was scribbling, another was banging on the old typewriter, and another was trying to flatten some clay- the poor table just couldn’t take it. But the NEW table? Oh, it can! The base is 3 Ikea shelf units in an “H” shape and on top is a solid slab door. Some whitewash and 4 coats of varnish have made for a really good looking and durable surface. The top weighs 80 pounds. It. Does. Not. Move. And the red stools my wife found for the room are a great punch of color.
The art room is shared by the whole family and the shelves underneath the table provide storage for lots of stuff. There are grown-up art supplies, kids’ craft stuff, and board games, among other things. I’m trying to organize everything so that anyone can find what they’re looking for. I think I’m doing a good job of it because a visiting four year old found the play-doh very quickly. Lots of little boxes from The Container Store make it easy to find play-doh, glitter glue, crayons, and temporary tattoos.
There’s a view of my sketchbook in there. The ink got away from me, but that’s ok. The image is something I want to develop further so I’ll be revisiting it with a different approach. I’ve been painting a bit lately. Small pieces, 8×10. A couple of them are good starts. Maybe I’ll show you sometime.
Electrical Schematics. How am I going to fit that in to this post, you ask? This is how. We have a stack of electrical schematics that my father-in-law gave us to use as drawing paper. He’s a retired electrical engineer. Normally we use the back of the paper. Reduce, reuse, recycle, right? Now some of these diagrams are really interesting and I think it would be fun to incorporate them into some artwork. So the other day I was sitting on a groovy red stool at the new art table, glueing some electrical diagrams to a masonite panel, when my son walked in.
Nathan: “What are you doing, Dad?”
Me: “I’m trying to stick this diagram to this panel with acrylic polymer without getting any bubbles underneath and without ruining the paper.”
Nathan: “Oh, cool. You know what you should do?”
Me: “What’s that?”
Nathan: “You should paint over it kinda lightly so you can still see some of the lines, and then do a drawing on top of that.”
Me: “Are you inside my brain?! That’s exactly what I was thinking. High five, buddy.”