Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Essentials and Influences

I was recently sitting in a coffee shop in Portland while Hubby was at a continuing education class. As I sipped my gingerbread soy latte, I gave myself the treat of reading through a fun and inspirational book by Lynne Perrella, An A-Z Creativity Guide for Collage and Book Artists. The last chapter of the book is entitled, "The Masters: Artists Workshops." In this section, each of the featured artists list their "Studio Essentials" and their "Influences." I grabbed my pen and started to jot down my own studio essentials and influences. Here is the list I came up with (and believe me, it was difficult to keep each list to only ten!)

Studio Essentials:

1. Acrylic paints

2. Paper, paper, paper

3. Books and dictionaries for cutting up

4. Caran D'ache water soluble crayons

5. iPod

6. Glitter

7. Old photographs

8. Embellishments galore, i.e., keys, game pieces, charms . . . .

9. Golden's Matte Medium

10. Doll parts


1. Julia Cameron

2. Anne Lamott

3. Joseph Cornell

4. Maurice Sendack

5. Peter H. Reynolds (author the the Dot and ish)

6. Gretchin Lair of Scarlet Star Studios

7. My four grandkids

8. Nick Bantock

9. The Beatles

10. Karen Willock


gl. said...

holy cow! when am i ever going to be in the same "influential" list as the beatles? :D

what a lovely serendipity: sven gave me alphabetica for xmas. but i wouldn't have thought to have written about my studio & influences: what a great idea for a blog post!

Sven Bonnichsen said...

Doll parts? ...What sorts of dolls? Barbie, baby, cloth?

Where do you find them? How do you use them?

gl. said...

i wrote mine on the scarlet letters: thanks for the inspiration!