Creative Hiccups


Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.

~ Joshua J. Marine

Ever have one of those days when things just don’t seem to work out quite right? Maybe you head to work and realize you’ve got a flat tire. Or have an electric circuit go out and be on “hold” waiting for the electrician to show up. Perhaps you just run out of the color you’re using in the middle of your project.

  • This week’s artist is – Laurel Joy – a local artist who’s having a pop-up show Friday from 4-8 at the Durango Coffee Company. For even more, check out her website and instagram!imageimage
  • Amedeo Modigliani would have been 140 on Friday!
  • Here’s a guide to making a flower mobile from Grafix Shrink Film.
  • Another project guide – a summer watercolor piece with Tombow brush pens.
  • This article talks about an artist’s greatest superpower.
  • Where’s your inspiration? Is it outside of you trying to get in?
  • Here’s a list of 251 words you can spell with a calculator.
  • A process to process.
  • Armadillo Online! (This is exactly what it sounds like).
  • Here’s a weird old book finder.
  • Empty the Cup glass studio is partnering with the Durango Maker Lab to host a 3-day glass workshop from July 27-29. It’s a beginner series of introductory workshops at the Maker Lab offering a hands-on experience for those new to glass blowing. Learn more, sign up and apply for a scholarship here.
  • Do you know what’s remarkable? Whiteboards.
  • 😎 Fun Fact: Edvard Munch’s famous painting “The Scream” has four versions created using different techniques. It’s believed to represent the anxiety of the human condition.
  • Head to the Durango library today from 4:30-6 to learn about Organic Pest Control. Most garden pesticides are harmful to you and the environment and many just don’t work anymore. Organic pest control is safe, effective, and easy if you know how to implement it. Learn the ins and outs of organic pest control from a professional with thirty years of successful pest control experience.
  • And or head to the library this evening from 6-8 for Writers + Scribblers – a group for writers of all kinds to learn, practice, and share the art and craft of writing. W+S meets regularly on the second Wednesday of every month!
  • Music in the Mountains are kicking off the month with a series of Free mobile stage community concerts – starting Thursday. You can learn more and see their schedule here.
  • Also tomorrow, and back at the library from 4-5, is Crafternoons (for Adults!) because crafting isn’t just for kids. And it isn’t just fun, it’s fundamental for mental health, relaxation, and happiness! Follow a suggested project or free play and create your own masterpiece! This space is reserved for adults (17+)
  • Concert Hall @ The Park presents The Sweet Lizzy Project Thursday at 5:30 in Buckley Park. Picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs are encouraged and Fired Up Pizzeria and Grassburger will offer a selection of food and beverages throughout the evening.
  • This weekend is the 70th annual Four Corners Gem and Mineral Show (Fri-Sun at the Fairground). Sixty Dealers from across the U.S. will sell extraordinary rocks, gems, minerals crystals, fossils, meteorites, geodes, shells, and beads from around the world, as well as jewelry, equipment, tools, findings and MORE! Fun and free activities for the kids, such as gold panning and treasure hunts. Delicious food and beverage service too! The event features large indoor and outdoor exhibition areas; indoor venues are air-conditioned.
  • This weekend is also the Friends of the Durango Library summer book sale. Friday and Saturday from 10-4 at the Durango Public Library.
  • It’s the time of year when there are lots of live music events, open mics, live jam sessions, etc, scattered about the area throughout the week. There are too many to list here, so if you’re looking for such things, head over to
  • There are classes/workshops/projects available at the 4 Corners Gem and Mineral Club, the Bayfield Library, Create Art and Tea, the Dancing Spirit Center for the ArtsDurango Sustainable GoodsLet’s Letter Together, the MakerLab, Picasso & Vino, the Scrapbook NookSeed Studio, and the Durango Arts Center. There are a lot more things happening that I don’t include – so if you’re ever looking for something to do, start at
  • A few weeks ago we mentioned that we brought in the Montana Colors spray paint line. Well.. that also means that the Montana Cans we had on hand had to go. So… if you’re interested in or have ever been curious about spray paint – this is a wonderful deal for you! Cans are $12.99 full price, but you can get a mystery box of 6 cans for $44.99. We made sure there’s a great can in each box, and a random selection of 5 others. Curious? Get em while they last.

Those issues mentioned above happened this week. We caught a ride to work and swapped out the donut in the evening. Extension cords run everywhere helped turn the lights back on, literally. While we mixed the specific color we needed in the moment, we bought a new tube the next day.

Fortunately, we’re creative. It might involve a few choice words and a walk first, but we can figure out a solution to the hiccups that happen along the way. Embrace the surprises and let them inspire you. Your next great idea might be just one hiccup away! The world needs your creativity and your art!

Matthew & the Art Supply House crew