Bluebird Flour copyWriters and artists love aprons.

We wear  a lot of them.

Photo on 1-11-14 at 12.13 PM #2Photo on 1-11-14 at 12.17 PM #2Photo on 1-11-14 at 12.17 PM #3Photo on 1-11-14 at 12.22 PMPhoto on 1-11-14 at 12.27 PMWe wear out a lot of them.

When I put on an apron it means I’m ready to write, paint, draw and imagine.

My other favorite thing to wear is hiking boots. I wear out a lot of those, too.

Photo on 1-11-14 at 12.43 PM #2

To find out about more than aprons,

click here for answers to the questions kids ask me all the time!


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6 Comments on “About…aprons?

  1. Hilarious Betsy. You’ve inspired me to look for an appropriate apron. I used to wear lab coats when painting but have run out of them in my HImalayan studio. An apron is something that I should be able to find.
    It looks like you are having such fun with yours!

    • Lab coats! I never thought of that, and I should have. (My mother was a zoologist.) But aprons are great. Just be sure, whether they’re custom or off the rack, that the material is thick enough. Otherwise you’ll find you’ve painted a masterpiece on your favorite shirt.

  2. Yes, I remember that one of your parents was a zoologist. Isnpt there an entomologist in there somewhere too?
    OK I will check for thickness…and fleas at the same time. Nothing like bringing home some new clothes from the local fair and finding out that you’ve brought a colony of fleas along with them.

    • Mother zoologist (Berkeley ca. 1939–only woman in the department!), father geologist. A nice legacy. And fleas are better than bedbugs!

  3. You’ve got that right…I’ll take fleas everyone, given that choice.
    My father was also a scientist, animal nutritionist with Agriculture Canada, poultry division. I was trained as a biologist and ended up working at the same location as my Dad for a while, the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa, drawing aphids, flies and later microlepidoptera. It was a great gig, using binocular scopes and compound microscopes with drawing tubes attached.

    • Interesting: my first paid gig, at sixteen, was drawing mayflies. Nothing so fancy as drawing tubes. Just scratched glasses and a crick in the neck. It was fun. It took me ages to shake tight, precise ink line, though.

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