Left to right: Pattern, no pattern & blue shop towels. Trust me, it makes a world of difference.
A few months ago I found myself in the paper towel isle at Costco.
There I was, (just like always) humming and hawing over which paper towel to buy.
Finally, I settled on something.
Suddenly, a man next to me said: "You don't want to buy those. Those aren't on sale. These are on sale!" He did this as he held up another brand.
I was at a loss of what to say. "Um, thank you!" I said with a smile. "But I'm shopping for a certain pattern."
His eyes went wide as he forced a smile. Then, he quickly turned his shopping cart around and hurried to the exit.
It was important to me that he understood that I was not crazy. "I'm an artist!", I yelled after him. I don't think this made much of a difference to him.
Here's why I'm a picky paper towel shopper:
1. Pattern: It's all about the pattern. Think about it: The pattern on my paper towel will imprint itself on my canvas: Diamonds, circles or bows.
2. No Pattern: Well, I guess technically this is still a pattern. But it's as close as I can get to plain & simple so this is my favorite. Kind of looks like "snake skin" on the canvas.
3. Blue Shop Towels: Too absorbent. They pick up way too much water and paint.
Do I ever use paper towels with patterns? Absolutely. For me, it is better to paint even if my materials aren't exactly perfect.
This blog was created to share my belief that the art-making process is a catalyst for transformation and personal empowerment. I am living proof.