Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Happy Zone

Finally, at long last, I've managed to both carve out a corner of sanity and give purpose to a space that previously had none.  If you'll forgive the lousy lighting in this photo, I wanted to show what the space looked like while I was in the middle of working on a new piece and in a state of zen, and had completely lost track of time.  After many fits and starts, my new table and stool are finally installed, as well as the little LED bendy light that I mentioned earlier.  The light works well, but as I suspected, does not throw off a lot of light.  It is good for adding some extra light directly onto a work in progress, or as I mentioned before, illuminating from underneath.  The magnet is STRONG, so I can attach it to any metal surface and it's not going to fall and it does take batteries if you want to use it without the cord.  I did not know this when I bought it, so it was a nice surprise.  Since I have a day job, I am working here 90% of the time when it's dark outside.  I put the table in front of the window so that on the rare occasion I am working during the day, I can soak up as much light as possible, as well as gazing out the window and watching the world go by.  I'm still moving things around to try and find the best lighting solution.  Honestly, it's driving me crazy.  I feel like Goldilocks--this one is too bright, this one is too soft, this one distorts colors, etc. So far, this setup (as strange as it looks) seems to work pretty well, but could be a smidge better.  Still, I'm not complaining.  The mirror helps reflect what there is in a sort of non-threatening way.  Another unanticipated good thing is the shape of the seat on the stool.  It is wide enough that I can sit indian style and I find myself doing this more often than not.  Weird, I know.

I had a little bit of unexpected free time yesterday, so I treated myself to a couple new watercolor wash brushes.  Since my existing collection is from high school (I wish I were exaggerating, but I'm not), a couple new tools were desperately in order.  I love these Princeton Neptune Aquarelle wash brushes.  They work, feel and look fantastic.  I love how the handles look like sea glass.  Good tools really do make things so much nicer!


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