Have you ever known anyone for years and then find out you knew very little about them? That’s kind of how I feel about my relationship with Sue Stegmeier. Our paths would cross here and there, and we would share a friendly word. Our children went to school together and as in any small town everyone knows everyone, or I should say everyone knows who everyone is but they don’t always know them.
So it was, when Sue brought her art into the gallery and became an active part of the artisan group there that I learned something about her I had not previously known. What a wonderful surprise it was! I wonder how many other people are like me, who knew Sue for her years of dedication to Literacy for Life and did not know of her talent with a pencil. A coloured pencil to be more precise. Actually… many coloured pencils.
I was excited to do this blog on Sue’s studio because I have an inclination for coloured pencil myself and I looked forward to a conversation with someone who shared that interest.
Drawers full of coloured pencils! Very neat and tidy drawers full of coloured pencils!
So many artists I've interviewed never actively pursued their artistic passion until after they've retired from their "other jobs" and their nests are emptied. As a result a popular location for their studio is a vacated bedroom. Such was the case with Sue, her grandson's bedroom has been converted into her studio and because she is a caring grandma she has kept her grandson apprised of her alterations to his room so he won't feel displaced when he gets to visit his grandparents once again.
As a bonus - using a seldom used bedroom as a studio provides a great place for a wee nap should the need arise.
It's also a great place to put a piece of furniture that you really like but don't really have a use for. Until you convert it into a supply unit for balloons and whatnot that are used in making of Juggle Balls.
The easel is totally customizable. It can be raised or lowered,the angle can be changed or it can be folded out of the way to provide a large flat workspace. In addition she has another drawing table so she can have several projects on the go at one time.
Everything needed is close at hand.
C.J. Bennington Fine Art Photography