Sunday, October 11, 2009

Reunited with my old drafting table

Since I now have more room in my new art studio I decided to move in my old drafting table that has been in storage at my parent's house since my high school days. Reassembling it was a bit of a challenge with only 2 hands, but miracles can happen with the right amount of stubborn determination. I never much liked this table because the wing nuts were always coming unscrewed, but I was introduced to locking washers at Home Depot, and so far all feels secure....fingers crossed. I had to make some modifications. I removed one of the cross braces to create a ledge, so I can try working at an angle, and moved the bottom brace that the chair was running into.

Friday, I found a clearance Ott-Lite TrueColor lamp, but I think I still need at least one more lighting device. I also realized I wanted to take advantage of the daylight when I can get it, so I rearranged my office, and moved the whole setup next to the window.

I can't wait to get painting to try this all out. With my old art desk, I can even work on 2 paintings or projects simultaneously! I'm planning on working on a new surface. (I just love the smell of pine, but transferring to the wood is going to be my least favorite part.) I've been working on this drawing for awhile, but still have details to work out. I've been distracted by sketching on some other ideas. The color palette came to me the other day which is exciting when I know what colors I want to play with before the drawing is complete. Colors often drive me.

Hopefully, I'll get some more art up here on this dusty blog before too long. I have procrastination projects lining up. Gourds to finish painting, necklaces to bead, pillows to sew. I call this kind of stuff 'productive procrastination' since it does result in the completion of other projects, but it keeps me from the more important stuff, so I must resist!


Eric M Smith said...

Perfect setup with the natural light coming in. I love that table ... I want that table ... Lucky!

Angela Matteson said...

It's funny how in the right location, and with a few adjustments something old can become a treasure.
Realistically, I foresee many late nights painting, so I got 2 more Ott-Lites. Now, it looks like an alien invasion! :)

sketched out said...

Ooooh, I remember my first art table, it was wood as well. I miss it. You are lucky... Lucky!

Hee hee, good luck with all your projects, I feel ya with the creative procratination!

life without novacaine said...

Sure wish I had my old drafting table, they are the best. Your looks like a nice solid trusty ol' friend!

Love your new header. Looks great.

I left you something at my blog... it's there waitin' for you if you want it. Thanks for having an inspiring blog!