Friday, October 09, 2015

Ergonomics for artists

Something that is not talked about enough in art making is ergonomics. You want to sit in a comfortable chair, keep your back straight, get up and stretch periodically... Among those things, you also want to guard your wrists. Before a drawing session or when I get up in the morning, I like to use these adjustable hand squeezers and do a couple sets. Start from a low pressure level and work your way up. These help warm up my wrists and get all the 'kinks' out.  (And as a bonus - you'll build up some forearm strength!)  

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Saint Michel Market, Montreal

In Montreal, Saint Michel Market is king of flea markets! Definitely worth the visit. I finally checked it out this past Sunday with friend and fellow fine artist & illustrator, Peter Ferguson (you can view his artwork here) Our mission? To find some used frames.  

Oh, THEY'VE GOT frames!

Parts of the market can be very claustrophobic. The facility (featuring two treasure finding floors) is a curiously curated over stimulated maze of vintage visuals and jumbled junk.   

You can find practically anything there. Yes, ANYthing! Even stuffed bears?? Sure. 

Peter with all his new found frames. He jested that carrying all those frames around made him a 'mark': 'Oh, you like frames?? I GOT frames!'

I picked up these 3 frames from two separate vendors. Can't wait to create works for them - especially the larger one. Old frames have so much character in them. (The image in the small frame at the lower right is a reproduction, not an original.)