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Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Grey Extension Lamp of my Youth

'Grey Clamp-Lamp of my Youth' contour line self-portrait in pen by San Francisco Bay Area artist Julia Kay  with clamp lamp and other studio objects around her.. (Click to view same image larger.) This lamp was given to me when I went to college - we won't say how many eons ago that was. Many extension lamps have come into my studio since then - hovering over my drafting table for a few years before breaking - the socket burns out, the switch stops working. Sometimes repairs are possible, sometimes not. But this old, grey, somewhat battered, all-metal work horse has provided light in my life for... OK, let's admit it - almost 30 years - without faltering. So the old aphorism really holds - they just don't make things like they used to! And while I'm appreciating the lamp, let me also tip my hat to Dave Alsop - thanks for the gift, all those years ago!

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