I continue to glory in having the nation's largest art supply store right in my own back yard.
It is home to the nation's largest art supply scratch-and-dent department!
Today I went to Hyatt's, as the store is called, and picked up an, ahem, portfolio.
I have all kinds of sketchbooks of various sizes I work with including a gigantic size, 18 by 24 inches. Well, it is gigantic to me. For my birthday the other day Howard got me a drawing board big enough to fit one of those sheets, so I will be doing more work within these generous dimensions. And when I am through with something, now I have somewhere to put it!
Because today in the scratch and dent department of Hyatt's I found a portfolio that is that size.
Normally these portfolios cost $40 to $60. But not in this case!
Mine was $5!
"Yucky, yet functional," read the tag.
That is one thing I love about this place.
All 24 sleeves -- there are 48 pages -- are in great condition. There was a problem with the bottom of the spine. A bit was chipped away. I do not care. I can use this at home to store my art and if I ever want to take it out somewhere so people can go through it, I can shrug prettily and say, oh, it gets a lot of wear. People are always turning its pages and sometimes they turn them a little too eagerly. That is what I can say.
Upon getting my yucky, yet functional portfolio home I got busy. I grabbed two pieces of art that have been kicking around the house forever and put them in the first sleeve. These are two drawings that are not my usual style. This is going to be a diversified portfolio!
Then I turned the page and slipped in the Turgeon Brothers Cheesecake recipe I am honored to display on the website They Draw and Cook.
It is great to be able to store things like this before they get wrecked.
Now I want to go on and fill up the rest of this portfolio. It really does not take up a lot of space. I will just stand it up somewhere and when it is full I will crowd in a few more things, as we tend to do here in Buffalo, and then I will get another one.
I will have a hard time getting a deal like this one, though. This one is special. When I was leaving Hyatt's they offered me a bag.
"No, thank you," I demurred. I added: "It's already beat up!" And we all got a laugh out of that.
Scratch and dent.
Two of the most beautiful words in the English language, that is for sure.