SO glad the mail strike is over. I know they don't have all their differences with the union settled yet, but I'm just (selfishly) glad that postal service will resume today. Now I can mail some of these babies out:
I discovered a place in town called Arts Junktion last week. It's in a semi-sketchy area but I went in the afternoon (ie. broad daylight) and everything was fine. If you don't mind following directions that go something like this: "Go behind the building, down the alley along the fence, past the loading doors, then up three steps into a small discreet wooden door" then this is the place for you.
What they do is accept donations of "junk" that artists may be able to use - all kinds of stuff, from legit art supplies, to used binders and other office supplies, fabric and leather scraps, buttons... really anything that COULD be used for art. Then? And this is the part that floored me - you can come in and pick whatever you think you might use. FOR FREE. Yes! Really!!
I was very careful not to go all crazy and grab up everything in sight, I took a few select things that I knew I would use. For example, the three wee paintings at the top there are done with gouache and paint marker on old 5.5" floppy diskettes.
While I was waiting for layers of paint to dry on those, I took a few minutes to put down a background in one of my art journals. I had done half a page in here several years ago (it's horrible, I'll probably never show it to you - or I might paint over it) so I drew a black line with a sharpie and decided the bottom half of the page will be something entirely different. Here it is so far:
I have no idea what it will be when it's finished but at least the colours are fun!
See you soon - go check your mail!!