Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Constructing a spiral...
Here's a new piece ...well, actually a piece I thought was done a while ago, but its incompleteness nagged at me. Then I took a couple pieces off and added the black ball and the red tin in the top center, and now it is finished.
It's about 20" tall in all, and the piece it was created on (the pointed wood background with a shelf-like front) was part of what I got in a $1 bag at the end of a church rummage sale. The smaller picture frames were actually made from one picture frame cut in half and separated. The black turned pieces were just made from one that had split in half down the grain, and the black ball was a peeling, freebie ball I painted black.
I get as much joy from reclaiming discards as I do from the act of putting them all together. Looking at things for their shape, their texture, their dimension and looking beyond the dirt, the rust, the chips and broken bits...that is really the key. Everything I use was once destined for a landfill, and I love nothing better than making art out of all the things I rescue.
The days are full of getting ready to teach and sell at Art and Soul October 5-11. And this weekend grandson Jake will be here and we'll start building a treehouse! I can't wait. I envision a forest full of treehouses with rope bridges and zip lines connecting them. Sounds like great fun!