My favorite tools are pretty basic and last me a long time: a very worn-out little watercolor brush, a beautiful old ceramic plate used as a paint palate, a big wooden table a friend gave me that I use as a desk, a mechanical pencil, paints and paper.
Canson Moulin du Roy Watercolor Paper
Pentel Mechanical Drafting Pencil
For paints I use a combination of Gouache, watercolor and craft acrylics.
Da Vinci Watercolors
Americana Craft Acrylics (matte finish acrylics “at a budget price”)
My worktable usually has a cup of coffee, a jar of flowers and a bunch of tinctures and herbal potions, (I regard these as tools as well) from the following lovely folks:
Kettle of Hawks
Where do you find inspiration?
I was raised with the idea that “the woods were our church,” so I find so much inspiration in the land – especially walking in fields or forests – the sacredness of the seasons, the glittering night sky (especially up north in Vermont.) The “magic spaces” found in the natural world but also at old carnivals and fairs that have a long tradition in New England.
I am also greatly inspired by picking through free piles, flea markets and yard sales. I find myself sincerely moved by old things: fabric, yarn, embroidery, books and illustrations; As well as fashion magazines, time at the library, Folk Art, Bread and Puppet Theatre, Joseph Campbell, processions, parades and radio programs (I especially love the show ‘On Being.’) And SO much of my inspiration comes from time spent with my sweetheart and lovely friends!
Who do you recommend we check out?
The Royal Frog Ballet