The other day I stumbled upon two floppy discs which held these photos which were taken by my friend, Calgary photographer Trevor DeGraff almost fifteen years ago. It took a little research to find a place that I could transfer them and not all were legible but Staples (thank you!) was able to salvage some. These were taken when I was first beginning to exhibit and while Trevor was studying photography, so my family became great subject material for him and I have some documentation of my first actual studio space in my house on the park.
I loved that space...it wasn't as large as the space I currently use and had no windows but the artificial lighting was fantastic and I loved the linoleum (versus the carpet I have now...it's warm but not great for drawing) and it was very warm and cozy. Plus, at the time I had little ones and had a perfect little nook for them to play. At the time I also wished I had a different easel like the wooden one I have now but I have to say, the old solid metal easel was wonderful as it only touched the canvas in four tiny spots...now I have to take the canvas off the easel whenever I want to finish the top and bottom edges as I like to wrap my paintings around the sides.
Anyway...I'm thankful that we were able to salvage these photos as they've brought with them good memories of my first exhibit at ArtSpace which was FANTASTIC - Tim Tamashiro and his quartet performed, Bernard Callebaut supplied delicious Belgian chocolate, A-Channel documented it, and there was plenty of champagne to go around. Sigh. Such wonderful memories.