“Paint By Number, Detail” (Silver Spring, Maryland)
This is a detail from a vintage paint-by-number I bought the last summer of the National Book Foundation Summer Writing Camp on the campus of Bennington College. I was a writer-counselor, which meant I played den mother, photocopied poems for the workshops, taught one mini-workshop, and gave a reading. We weren’t supposed to go off campus, but we knew camp was ending so two other writer-counselors and I went traipsing around Burlington to a used book store, a lunch spot, and a winery. I found the PBN in a giant antiques barn and carried it back in my luggage from Vermont to New York City and finally to Maryland.
Under the influence of the William Eggleston show at DC’s Corcoran Gallery of Art, I shot these pix of the view from my bed between 8-8:10 a.m.–more or less–on Friday, July 3rd. From top: Part of the LeSportsac, dangling earrings, and Frida Kahlo collections; IKEA chandelier; thrift store basket for wrangling chargers, microcassettes, and the like; Chinatown paper lantern, thrift store art, and inspiration page from a shelter mag; detail of a vintage Paint-By-Number (lighthouse and breakers) with one strand of the disco beads I repurposed into a minimalist-but-sparkly window treatment.