In my university days, or shortly after, a friend was selling an immense wooden drafting table. Even though I probably had no room for it at the time, I found a way to get it home and have been using it to paint on ever since. It’s been such a fixture in my studio that I take it for granted, but when I was sketching the objects on top of it today, I took a good look at it (six feet wide, four feet deep and three inches thick) and I realized what a treasure it is. The surface is so vast that I can work on two paintings at the same time and still have room for jugs of water and cans of brushes. At times it serves at a cutting surface for paper, a tabletop for still life, and if I lowered it and put some chairs around it, a family of six could comfortably eat a meal on it. I sketched it today with a limited palette of four gouache colours (red, yellow, blue and white) on some toned paper.

8 Comments on “Treasure”

  1. loisajay says:

    “I don’t know where I’ll put it, but I’ll take it”–those usually work out to be the best purchases!


  2. karim waked says:

    très très beau Shari

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  3. Been in your studio, seen it, and love your interpretation and commentary of it. John


  4. joantav says:

    It was a smart move to take it…and now it is a model!


  5. Marion Hodge says:

    I really like the composition. The toned paper contributes to the mood. Can you describe the paper further please?


  6. Donna says:

    What a great work space!!


  7. Betsy says:

    Sometimes you make a good decision when you’re pretty young. Isn’t that interesting that you understood the value of that drafting table and made the effort to get it home? It makes such a difference to have the right equipment.


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