This Attributes is from an artist who is well-versed in collecting meaningful objects: San Francisco painter and author Lisa Congdon. Every day in 2010, Lisa rounded up and documented a selection of items from her own collections and shared them online at A Collection a Day. She has an incredible eye for composition and color, and it’s easy to spend hours browsing through the lovely series of photographs and paintings. A Collection a Day is now available in printed form as well, for the always enjoyable experience of flipping pages.
“This is a collection of some of my favorite things. As you probably guessed, neon pink is currently my favorite color, and has been for the past couple of years. I could have done a photo of just my favorite neon pink things! Included here are a few tools of my trade: my 2011 daily journal (where I make all my to-do lists), a tube of my favorite gouache paint, a paint brush, an eraser, and some painters tape (in neon pink, of course!).
“I’ve also included a couple of old keys and an old pair of scissors and an old playing card. I love having old, tarnished things mixed in with all my brightly colored modern stuff. I rounded out this collection with a few more personal items: my favorite wooden coat of arms pin (a recent purchase), my very sentimental charm necklace (which I wear every day), and a photo of me right after I was born in 1968.” — Lisa