(Yet another view - this one shows my library of art books)
I am fortunate that I've got a large space in our basement that I can dedicate to my art. The large worktable in this picture is my new metalsmithing area. I am proud to say I constructed this baby all by myself! It is about 7 feet long, with a storage cabinet on each end. I purchased 2 drafting chairs, and have one on each side of the table, so now I'm able to invite my artist friends over to have 'play' dates with me! While I was at Valley Ridge Art Studio a few weeks ago, my son came over and installed another 8 ft. flourescent light above this table, along with several outlets on the ceiling. One is a pull-cord type that I can pull down when I want to plug in my flexshaft, etc. It's great not having cords running across the floor to trip on. My extensive library of art books are on the shelves behind my chair, and the table is situated right in front of the patio doors, so I can enjoy the beautiful view when I'm working.
(I found this kewl card cabinet at an antiques shop...it was too large to get in the back of our Denali)
I hit paydirt several months ago when I unearthed this antique card cabinet at an antiques shop about 45 miles from our house. The shop has two long buildings, literally piled to the ceilings with antique furniture, with only narrow walkways running between the aisles. The buildings are long, and they connect. The place is filthy with dirt and dust, and is extremely dark and gloomy inside. Picture yourself walking through a dirty tunnel in a dungeon, as you wander up and down each aisle. Unfortunately, the aisles aren't numbered or marked, so by the time you get through all of them, you have no clue where the 'must-have' pieces are that you spied earlier are. Lucky for me, this baby was nestled on the bottom of a bunch of 'rough' furniture near one of the doorways. I had driven my husband's Denali there, as I was on a mission to find a great piece to house some of my 'found object stash.' I knew immediately this would be a perfect addition in my studio.
(Organizing this was no small feat!!)
I paid for the cabinet and pulled the truck over to the doorway where the cabinet was sitting. The guy working there was ready to help me load it up, so I could get it home and start filling it with my found object treasures. It weighed a ton!! It was way too heavy to lift with all the doors in it...so, one by one, we removed all the drawers and piled them in stacks in the gravel next to my vehicle. It was lighter now, but it still was unbearably heavy for us to handle. We finally got it up on the back of the truck, only to discover it was too wide!!!! We tried everything to try and squeeze it in, but I didn't dare force it in too much, because Mike would surely kill me if I scratched the back of his vehicle all up....especially with this big thing! So we eased it back out and back onto the gravel, where I was now getting a little frantic as to how to get the cabinet home. He told me his boss, the owner of the place, could probably deliver it to my house in a few weeks. I, of course, would've liked it immediately, but settled on the '2 week' plan instead. Not to go home empty-handed, I piled the back of the truck full with all the drawers, and hauled them home so I could fill them before the piece was delivered. It finally arrived and was a huge pain to get down to the basement, but it was definitely worth the effort and the wait. Now I have no more excuses to put off creating. So I better get busy!!!
"If it weren't for the last minute, nothing would get done." -Anonymous