Ahhh, I have to come clean. I'm terribly, horribly, completely addicted...to books. And craft and supply stores. And doing art. I wish I could say that I have the self-control to stroll through a bookstore or craft store and exit with empty hands. I wish I could even say that I have a "dime bag" habit. But alas, it is a rare visit to either a book store or craft store where I do not walk out having paid at least $35 to $50 of my art earnings--usually so that I can learn some new technique or try out some new materials and mediums.
Today was no exception. I have two new books--one on surface treatments for paintings and one on found object jewelry. And I fear, my addiction may be spreading. I was in the dollar store and came away with a bag of $13 worth of items that I will find useful for a) the next class I am teaching on the 12th and b) some of the aforementioned surface treatments I plan to try out.
It's become abundantly clear that I should not enter a book store or a craft shop without adult supervision and a cooler head that can be my co-dependent partner and talk me out of the danger zone.
But, even with my addiction, I AM getting better. Really. I am. I took back a book that was for an entirely new type of artwork that I don't do but think is really cool. And exchanged it for the surface treatments book, of which I already do that type of artwork. See? That's progress...isn't it?