I'll be in the air
residency in Italy at La Macina di San Cresci, I took the bus to Florence to buy a fountain pen for ink drawings at the cartoleria. I never used it during that month abroad, and when I came home it found a place in my studio with the acrylic inks I'd bought a few years ago because of the saturated colors. Today I pulled out the pen and pleasantly surprised by the line quality, found myself wondering why I hadn't used it before. In the spirit of rekindling my love affair with unused studio supplies, I pulled out my Prismacolor markers and india ink brush pens, last touched during undergrad circa 2004 in Prof. Peppers's drawing course. I am now on a mission to deplete all old/forgotten supplies. You'd be amazed in a studio as compressed as mine that media can go unseen and unused...there is something to be said for having any & all possible supplies at your fingertips as an artist. When I was packing for La Macina di San Cresci last year, I brought a little of everything along (with the exception of my typewriter due to weight restrictions). In my packing, I became concerned that if I didn't have the proper supplies, great art would go unmade and so I brought a miniature 'hobby lobby' with me. Included in the art stash were two containers of prismacolor colored pencils with 20 sheets of Stonehenge paper, not because I was planning a series of drawings, but because I thought perhaps on a whim I may decide to sketch the rolling Tuscan hills. I never made a landscape, but I surely put those colored pencils to good use (again, something I'd had forever but rarely used) and began a body of work that changed my creative process, technically & conceptually. Lately I've been making small versions of the drawings I began in Italy, a series I like to call 'sweet-tweets,' mixed media drawings combining colored pencil with graphite, watercolor and ink.