Ruth Solomons Whatever you have is fine. Really. You don’t need to feel bad or unprepared if you don’t have a #6 brush. You don’t need it. What you need is around you, at your feet. You need that scrap of paper from the bin, the broken plate, the corner of your dirty shirt, and some beet juice from your dinner. You need cold coffee, a used paper towel, and the back of an electric bill. You need a pencil. If possible, a pen. You need the newspaper, a magazine, and some glue. No glue? Mix some water with squished up sushi rice. Egg? The artists we admire, they had less than we have on our worst of days. What they had was time, and solitude. Oh. Editor’s note: This includes art classes. Materials lists are as optional as yeast in your bread, evidently.