In terms of your things, what does your space (studio/office/living area) look like?
I tend to keep a lot, but keep it in boxes. The boxes look organized, but inside they are not. Occasionally I purge. I have shelves full of stuff – books and little personal mementos mostly. My studio is pretty clean (in comparison to other artists I know), but I love that I can leave a big mess when I’m in the middle of something.
Where do you normally get your things?
I really don’t enjoy shopping, and I do have a hard time getting rid of things, so I try not to acquire new things that often. With this in mind I try to buy things that are well made so I don’t have to replace them often – although this is sometimes hard to practice when it comes to paying for said things. I love going to thrift/ antique stores, but often don’t pick anything up, thinking that I’ll have to be responsible for that thing once I have it. I recently got a bunch of new-to-me clothes at a MAWA clothing swap.
What is your prize possession/”thing”/collectible/tool?
I’ve built up a really nice collection of Williamsburg paints – they are beautiful handmade oil paints that are made in small batches. I LOVE painting with them, they are so luminous and rich – just pigment and linseed oil, no filler. Over the years I’ve ended up with lots of different colours – every time I order the usual suspects I’ll buy some other intriguing looking paint. Often these whims don’t make it into regular rotation in my paintings, but I love having them anyway. So pretty.