Yippee! I’ve been approved; signed the paperwork and forked over my rent & security deposit. I’ll begin renting a studio space in Oil City’s Transit Building on May Day—the maddest, merriest day of all the glad new year. In the meantime, those funereal purple walls definitely need a cheerier coat of paint. Dig those fabulous cast-iron radiators on their marble plinthses (or plinthae?). I hadn’t fully appreciated the handsome window molding last visit, either.
So, my stuff needs to be packed, I have to call the telephone/internet people, rent a truck, paint the walls, and probably a bunch of other items that I’ve forgotten about. It will all get done.
Okay, right now it doesn’t look like much. Add a filing cabinet and it becomes an Edward Hopper painting. But if I’m approved, this is the studio space I’ll be occupying beginning next month. I need to move out of the dining room and into something different—a place where I can possibly train another younger artist to help me to illustrate picture books. This space is in the Transit Building, Oil City, Pennsylvania. Used to belong to Rockefeller. Now it’s an arts center. I’d be surrounded by a variety of other artists. I really hope this happens!
John Manders Illustration
Caricatures, Comic Strips
School Assembly Visits