This is the final post of four things on http://www.fourfortheday.com but the site will remain open with updates on the things to come.
This has been a truly amazing year with this project. From day one I knew when I was organizing my studio and seeing how many small collections of things I kept and really loved, to Allison Sommers first post on January 2nd 2011, and in early November when all weeks had been assigned, and now when everything is all said and done that the concept of this project was something people really enjoy. We love our stuff and other peoples as well.
I can’t thank the Guest Editor’s enough for making this what it is. It takes courage to expose the things we hold onto. The Guest Editor’s did it and the internet has found out a little more about each of them.
I encourage everyone to keep checking back to find out what is next for this little project. My hope is a bound book and art exhibition. But I am open to other possibilites.
My humble thank you to everyone who made this possible and the collectors around the world, past, present, and future.
Happy New Year.
s. arden hill
I usually make a study before I make a painting, it helps me work out composition and colour, and lets me keep the actual painting really fresh. In the same box with all my palette studies is every study I’ve made, even for pieces of art that don’t (directly) connect with bodies of work. Some of the paintings made from these studies were given away for art auctions, and now the study is the only memory of the piece.
Before I begin a body of work I play around with paint and decide on a colour scheme. I started keeping track of what paints went into each colour, so I wouldn’t forget. I now have a box full of these pages. Here are four.
Each of these containers was a gift. While the three mugs have more sentimental value, I value the tall juice jug just as much.
I keep most of my collection of art books at home, but there are always a few kicking around the studio. These ones have been in the studio for some time – they are very inspirational. Swoon.
My practise has involved self portraiture in some form since undergrad. When I first began I painted exclusively from the mirror. Now I use digital images mostly, but still find the mirrors helpful. They are also great tools for looking at your painting backwards – it’s amazing what you’ll see!
I just can’t seem to figure out a way to make these feel useful or important in a painting. Some of them I’ve had for years. I haven’t given up on them yet – I was trying to use the cinnabar green just yesterday.
I thought I’d take this four for the day opportunity to take you on a little behind the scenes studio tour. I don’t have a lot of nicknacks and other distractions in my studio, but I DO have collections of “useful” stuff.
My most prized collection is my paint. I’ve built up the collection over many years. Every time I order the old-stand-bys I also order a couple of extra things on a whim. These paints have surprisingly turned out to be totally useful, and have been used in almost every painting I’ve made in the past two years. Who knew?
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.