"What do you want me to do with these magazines?" Nick asked.
"Whatever you want hun, you can recycle them." It killed me to say it! But I would show him. Throw them away? What about collages and reading? I might be a pack rat, but I am also a stubborn show off.
"Are you sure?" he said with a little guilt.
It was on! Maybe he couldn't throw them out either! Maybe I wasn't the only pack rat in the house. He hesitantly brought them over to the recycling. I bet he was wondering if he'd broke my wonderful hoarding spirit.
I should've walked away without remorse but I couldn't help myself. I ran over to peek in the box. I took out the first magazine. It was in mint condition (in the words of a true pack rat) with a glossy picture of John James Audubon's birds.
"This is amazing! I am doing a lesson on Audubon next week!" Nick rolled his eyes. He won.
|***This is not the exact issue I was talking about. Couldn't find the exact one online.|
That cardboard box became my treasure chest. I poured through the issues cover to cover (side note: I'm NOT a reader.) The art history was interesting, thoroughly researched, and so much more complex then what I learned in Art History 1 and 2. It made these dusty artists come to life.
The images reproduced so beautifully. The lighting is so inspiring that I couldn't help but use some of the images for inspiration. This is a study of one of the sculptures that I did in pastel.
|My pastel study of a sculpture in FMR. Reminds me of modern Botticelli.|
My collection of FMR Magazines are no longer in "mint" condition as they have been read, reread, drawn from and used in my classroom. But that's just the way I like it!
In the words of a teacher, I learned that. . . I am a strange pack rat because I love to throw stuff away to clear my mind and to show my husband that I can; but, I will look before I toss. And the next time someone looks at me funny for seeing the beauty in "junk" I am going to tell myself I am an ARTIST and unapologetically put it my "to do" pile!