A wooden plate

Over the years I have accumulated items that I have become very attached to for aesthetic and practical reasons and this is one of them. For a long time I kept charcoal sticks and drawing articles on an ordinary plate but one day I wanted better, so I made myself a shallow wooden dish in a pleasing organic shape. I carved the rim first and then fitted the bottom, a simple enough task. This I then painted in an abstract design that seemed to make it fit for purpose.

After about twenty five years it still serves me well, still nice to pick up and still good to look at. Making and painting are interrelated, and having things around me that I have made make the activity of painting so much more holistic.