Last week I dined with eight of the botanical artists I represent at the ASBA Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. During our dinner I learned what they listen to, drink and how they sit while painting. They were very excited to share their preferences. Regarding music, Americana including Billy Bragg, Hank Williams, African inspired AM Roots, Sting, Diane Reeves, a variety of classical choices and Glen Gould Goldberg Variations. They drink Green, Black, Chamomile and Mint teas, Coke, Diet Snapple Lemon Tea, Cafe con Leche and the tried and true, a good ole cup of black coffee. Finally, they paint on exercise balls, kneeling, standing up and sitting on a drafting chair. I’m listening to the Goldberg Variations right now while writing this and enjoyed AM ROOTs very much.