11/25/2004: "Happy Thanksgiving / Joys of the Logan 450 Matt Cutter"
Yah yah, I know all about Thanksgiving's shameful past, but it's still one of my favorite US holidays. Today I'll be taking a painting break to go have some turkey, stuffing, etc. at a couple's house whom I really like and admire and don't get to hang out with that often so I'm really looking forward to it.
Yesterday I got invited to do a lot (go to a hockey game, play racquetball, go out for coffee downtown) etc. I was good though and resisted all temptation. Instead I was able to fix a painting that has been giving me a lot of trouble, plus take my new Logan 450 matt cutter out for a spin.
First let me say that I *love* this matt cutter. We had this piece of crap thing in school where I got a degree in printmaking and cutting matts was like pulling teeth for me. This one is so damn easy to use that I actually enjoyed it, and cut nine custom matts in just a couple of hours.
I made up my mind awhile ago to invest half of all my income from sales of paintings etc. on equipment for my art business. The matt cutter (and a shrink wrap system) was my first big purchase. It's wonderful to give yourself permission to buy art related toys. I know before I said I didn't care if I sell anything at my show or not but I got the new Dick Blick sale catalog in the mail yesterday and I've been drooling all over it. If I don't sell *anything* than this show will be financially unpleasant as I've sunk a lot of money into it. Oh well, that's not why we do this, right?