Wednesday, January 18, 2012
My studio is just a football field from my back door, in a woodland clearing. (It’s a rural area in the northern Catskill Mountains, and I have cows for neighbors). I completely designed the studio, a builder did the basic structure to my plans, and I finished the rest. The center of the interior is a large open space with a high arched ceiling and on both ends of the building are good-sized lofts for storage or displaying finished works. Under the loft on one side is my workshop and all the machines, and under the loft on the other end are rows and rows of shelving for materials. On the wall of the open area opposite the main door are some tall windows, which look out on the woods.People have occasionally asked if I get shell shock when I go into Manhattan from this quite rural place, but I lived in New York City for many years and feel quite comfortable there. I know where all the parking places can be found, and where to not even think of looking for one. And there are thousands of inexpensive restaurants with very good food of every kind because New Yorkers eat out most of the time. Nothing like that in the countryside, but on the other hand I can laugh at a chickadee chasing a squirrel, or throw tomatoes at a bear who’s after the birdseed – which you don’t see very often on Fifth Avenue. And in a little over two hours I can be on Fifth Avenue.