The truth is out there (in my studio)!
Okay, I’m a day late in my update, there were lots of confounding variables yesterday that prevented me from sticking with my Monday update schedule. Hopefully I’ll be consistent in the future, but I’m sure I’ll slip up here and there, because life and stuff.
Anywhat, I still have some old art to go through and edit to add to the gallery, but, since I’ve missed some studio time recently due to a computer rebuild (courtesy of my lovely and talented wife/tech department, I couldn’t function in the “modern age” without her) and a side project of a more personal nature (which was still making art and studio time, but not something that will wind up in the gallery), I’m going to spend my studio time this week trying to produce new things rather than edit the old. Depending on how productive I manage to be will determine if I get to some more old art to upload by the end of the week. As I keep mentioning, I have lots of little things going on right now creatively, which is awesome, but sometimes I feel spread a tad thin. However, I did, just this morning, get confirmation of something exciting that should be arriving in a few days. When it gets here, I’ll share. Hopefully it will be the start of something good.
So, without any new/old art to post today, I thought I’d try out a new semi-regular “filler” topic I’m currently calling Studio Stuff. Like most creative types, I have a bunch of “stuff” cluttering my studio. I’m not a big fan of clutter, so I probably have less than many, but I still have “stuff”. Some of it is toys, a lot of it is books, some of it is random, but all of it has a reason for being here. It has some kind of story, importance, usefulness, or some sentimental value. I thought it might be of interest to share what some of these things are and why I have them. On to the first installment!
You may have noticed that picture at the start of this post, the thing that looks kind of like a UFO? It’s actually a lamp (“nooo, you don’t say?”). A lamp with a big magnifying lens in the center, actually. It once belonged to my maternal grandfather, whom the family lovingly calls “pepere” (that side of the family is heavily French Canadian). He was an amazing individual (I know, I’m biased). A WWII vet, he built his own house and was a fixer of things big and small, in addition to being a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, and even a great grandfather before his passing. This lamp sat down in his basement workshop and was used for innumerable projects over the decades. When I was little, I used to think this was the coolest lamp, I had never seen another one like it (still haven’t, actually). It was heavy and rugged, it had this awesome magnifying glass in it, and it had a circular light bulb! In his later years, after a few strokes, he was no longer able to get down to his workshop and play Mr. Fixit any longer, so he let those of us in the family with the need and desire to rummage through his vast collection of tools and odds and ends for anything we could use ourselves. This was one of several items I was lucky enough to take home. It now sits clamped to my desk, mostly used as a source of light. I have little need for its cool magnifying lens given that I work digitally, but I do use that function every now and again to get a closer look at something I’m trying to fix. I did use it some back in 2006 when I was drawing up plans for an addition to our home. Otherwise, I tend to do things like, well, this…