Recently, I’ve taken up drawing and watercoloring. Me, the queen of stick figures, creating oeuvres. Hah! I draw my pictures with a ball point pen or a black Sharpie – no erasing – and then color them in with crayons and a watercolor set from the .99¢ store. Because I make them up, I can color outside the lines if I want to!
The other day I was over on 57th Street and decided to take a peek inside Lee’s Art Shop. I’ve been to this store, across the street from the Art Students League, before and it’s always a stimulating experience. This time, however, I walked in as an artiste in search of media.
Who knew watercolors come in tubes and that there are so many kinds and brands to choose from? Need a paint brush? Pick one, any one…or ten…
And why limit myself to watercolors? How about a little painting on glass or ceramic?
Or maybe a little something with bling? Perhaps I could interest you in something in glitter glue…or the newest gems?
And they had pencils, all kinds of pencils. The Prismacolors I coveted as a little girl in Venezuela, and the Faber Castells I always got stuck with because they were more affordable way back then.
How about a new journal and some great pens to write with in there? Yes, I still like to put pen to paper in my writing!
Basta! This whole artiste business is a little overwhelming for me. How did Ali Baba know what to grab when he first walked into his treasure cave? For now, I’ll stick to my .99¢ store supplies. And soon, I’ll be going back to Lee’s and saying “Open Sesame!”