Being at the Met, to me, is similar to a day’s work in the studio – take on that which is unfamiliar and most daunting first, be open to unforeseen possibilities, then let the rest of your energy take you where it will.
Silverpoint/metalpoint was the Old Masters’ pencil before there were graphite pencils. These artists used the medium for delicate, detailed work, and for cartoons under frescos. Contemporary artists are exploring the medium because it is now easy to use, in any size and for many subjects.
My ideal studio would definitely be much larger than what I have now. Simple, minimalist, green design. Great natural light. Big sink. Big work table. Big wall. Whitewashed. A place where paint can be spilled, nothing fussy.
The building is old and charming, and by the time I climb the four flights of stairs, I feel that I have entered a calmer environment. No matter what is going on in my life, I always walk into my studio space feeling relieved to be there.