Plan B: Drag out the second large easel and figure out where to set it up so I wouldn’t need extra lighting. Remember, small house. The TV room and living room were impossible and that left the dining room. Our table will seat ten if it absolutely must, but its redeeming feature is that it is a ’gate-leg” and will collapse back into a small desk size. That has meant that the dining room has also functioned as a tai chi studio for one. (And as if that weren’t great enough, I can put a small new painting on the piano and get a fresh look at it every time a turn is in order. All painters know how easy it is to overwork a piece so, again, thank-you dining room!) Surely it would be greedy to ask more of this space.
As I studied the room while maneuvering the twelve square foot canvas, I suddenly realized that the double windows face north. Bonanza! If I set up right next to them and adjusted this easel for a large canvas in portrait orientation, Bob would surely be my uncle. Dear Old Bob. And thus it came about that today our dining room was christened in its new identity: art studio/tai chi space/ eatery!! As long as MPAC doesn’t feel the need to triple the taxable floor space, it’s all good. Now all I have to do each day is to remember why I have come to the dining room….
So the question I began this post with is not rhetorical in the least. Few of my questions are.