day 403 – four thank yous

This is the final post of four things on 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


day 199 – four tangential studies

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.

day 198 – four palette studies

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.

day 197 – four containers of supplies

Each of these containers was a gift.  While the three mugs have more sentimental value, I value the tall juice jug just as much.

day 196 – four inspirational artists

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.

day 195 – four mirrors

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!

day 194 – four paints that elude me

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.