Art Fiend

I spent today being an art geek with my mother. We’re cut from the same cloth, and all it takes is a good art store to really bring it out in us. Apparently, the whole art thing… well, it has to be genetic. We went to Relics, an art/design oriented store in the Holladay area of Salt Lake, that happens to be run by my mother’s cousin, Dawna Barton, and her family. Well, her work, as well as her daughter and granddaughter’s work, were on display (and for sale), and I had to admit that they are all incredible (I can say that without being biased… I don’t really know them at all). Perhaps most remarkable was the work of Paris, the granddaughter. She’s only seventeen, and her work was all over the store. Prolific and amazing. And, unfortunately for my wallet, pricey.

The real art geekery began when we went to the nearby Reuel’s Art & Frame supply shop. Kid in a candy store… kid in a candy store. Plus, I had a $50 gift certificate from my sister and brother-in-law, so it was (largely) guilt free! Sweet.

We spent the better part of 2 hours in the store (which is about the size of a small house), going over every single pen and pencil, ink and paint, et al. You can tell you are a true art geek when you get excited by a certain type of paper you’ve never seen before, or a lead holder with really good weight.

All in all, I bought several new pens, some nice Strathmore Layout Bond, a new portfolio binder, titanium scissors, and this amazingly big lead holder. It’s hard for non-art-geeks to fathom, but I’m just… well, giddy.

Cool new toys… 🙂