”Artists are just children who refuse to put down their crayons.”~Al Hirschfeld
Living in Tucker County has many advantages for the arts community. There doesn’t seem to be a lack of inspiration. But where do you get your supplies? Traveling around and exploring this fantastic mountain region, there are the advantages of the quietness, to allow the creative juices to flow. And with fewer distractions, compared to a metropolitan area, there is more time. And hidden in this vastness are so many talented and skilled artists and artisans.
But, my dilemma is finding the materials needed in-order to make art. When I turn this around to a positive, it has become a treasure hunt and kindled my imagination to use new objects and materials. But, there are some things that are needed that aren’t naturally found in Mother Nature’s playground.
One thing I have learned is that the creative people of Tucker County are very resourceful. A painter that typically uses canvas or paper may find a natural canvas with some bark from a white birch tree, a rock, or feather. But, where are the paints, pastels, and pencils? A jeweler needs metal or beads. A textile artist needs fabrics and threads. The potter needs clay and ceramic. And where are the tools, the brushes, the wheel, the hammer, etc. to be found?
Please take a moment and let our readers know where you buy or find the materials that you use to make your art or artisan crafts. Do you take a road trip? Do you order on-line? Where do you shop for your art supplies?
Who knows, you just might be the Muse that inspires a new artist to emerge! If only they had the resources and materials they need to begin.