Studio staples: Winsor & Newton brushes, size 0, and black sumi ink are my go-to tools that I use every day. I paint with dried-out brushes to get that hairy line. Do not ruin your brushes like I do.
Delightful delicacies: Alice Neel’s painting of a turkey in the sink with Ajax cleaner. Roz Chast’s cartoons. Guerrilla Girls posters (guerrillagirls.com). Henri Rousseau’s paintings.
Leading exemplars: Julia Rothman and Wendy MacNaughton’s Women Who Draw website (womenwhodraw.com). They are helping art directors find underrepresented women and minority artists. Also, my daughter and her friends embroider banners, sew clothes, compose songs and make videos. They remind me to go for it without second guessing yourself.
Worth every penny: Pets and their food and care. I have two black-and-white French bulldogs and a tuxedo cat. When they gather around, we yell out, “Tuxedo party!”