Let me make one thing more clear than a blue sky on a cloudless day: When it comes to her art business, my artist wife does the heavy lifting.
We agreed early on, shortly after she left university, that if she was going to take a run at being a successful artist, it would have to be her making the run, not me.
Nearly 15 years later, I still cling to that agreement.
Yes, the iPad arrived. In all its white-packaged glory. Fully engraved.
My artist wife had a profitable year in her business and had ordered this new tool to support the digital end of her business. Unfortunately (for her), the shipment was delayed 4-6 weeks because she ordered engraving.
I enjoyed the intervening weeks. The lack of status updates on its delivery. The crucible of the unknown delivery date weighing heavily. The smug glances I tossed across the living room as a result.
Sadly, on this day, the smug glances would end.
“It’s weird when it’s minus 30 and you’re rolling up to Starbucks to get a giant, iced coffee,” my artist wife once admitted to me.
Weird, she says? That doesn’t quite characterize it.
The Whyte Avenue Art Walk is a summertime staple in Old Strathcona — one of Edmonton’s oldest and most historic neighbourhoods.
Think of Old Strathcona like the western Canadian version of Old Quebec, except 300 years younger, no walls, mostly English speaking, and lacking anything resembling stone architecture. So, nothing like Old Quebec. But still old by western Canadian, prairie standards.
The Art Walk is one of the many mid-summer events that reinvigorates the former commercial core of the prairie city we call home.
It started with a simple statement.
“I’m going to buy an iPad,” she said.
My wife, the artist, had a strong, profitable year in her art business and was looking to upgrade her ability to deliver some of her projects and streamline her ability to manage the digital side of her art. Adding an iPad to her arsenal was something I fully supported.
Then, she casually — without batting an eyelash — dropped the bomb: “It’s going to cost something like $3,000.”