Science Illustration & Natural History Art

Ode to Workspace - The 2 x 2' Camp Table

Added on by Kristin Link.

As an artist it feels like table space is prime real estate, as I never have enough space to lay out supplies and work. It was a big step for us to get a new dining room table last week. We moved into the new cabin after Thanksgiving and now we have space for furniture. Actually it is still quite a work in progress but we are moving that direction. When we finish putting the tongue and groove up in the ceiling we can move the bed and will have even more space. Last year we lived in a 16' yurt and much of our activity centered around a little 2x2' camp table that we bought at REI for a rafting trip. Whenever I wanted to draw, I cleaned off the table and set up shop. One of the reasons why I've been working in my sketchbooks is because they are small and portable, and I've been limited by space. By next summer I am going to turn the yurt into a dedicated studio, but right now it is a transition zone, though it does have more table space.

It is just a couple of days into the new year, and I'm excited for what 2015 will bring, especially in terms of new art projects and adventures. But first I want to take a minute and appreciate this chapter of my life which involved transitioning and willpower to "set up shop" and draw at the dining room table while Greg and I worked on building a house. Most of my work from 2014 was created on this table. Below are a few pictures I took while working. Sometimes it was cleaner than others, and usually the table contained some candles, mail, and rolls of toilet paper, as well as other assorted random objects. It was always a welcoming space to sit and get acquainted with the objects I found in my backyard and beyond. I owe Greg much appreciation for his patience in having our dining room table cluttered with rocks, leaves, bones, and botanical specimens for a year.