"ARROYO"

A dry channel through which water flows intermittently and irregularly. Kind of like this blog.

My art is an infectious need for me, sometimes a burden but most often a blessing.

This blog is about me and my obsessions, my loves, my need to create and my need of JUNK. I'm addicted to thrift stores, estate sales, flea markets and all roads leading off the beaten track to discover that perfect piece of junk. I recycle old license plates, old shovels, wheelbarrows, saw blades and anything else that's funky using my hand held plasma cutter. I love working with steel, sculpting, photography, watercolor painting, stained glass, and turning everyday utilitarian objects into art. Junked cars ~ I will always veer off the path to search out the beautiful wrecked Arroyo JunKers throughout Arizona, New Mexico and anywhere else the road may lead. When I'm not searching for those JunKers
I ~ RESURRECT ~ STEEL

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Repurposed ~ Resurrected ~ Shovel Art

One of the crazy Recycled Art Resurrections I do are Repurpose Old Shovels into delicate, whimsical sculptures and the older the shovel the better.  In fact, I won't use new shovels their ugly!  They have no character plus they don't smell like cow manure when I fire up my plasma cutter! OK I know that sound weird because SHOVELS as delicate, whimsical art doesn't really match.  I made this for friend of mine who I've known for many years who always helps me with my garage sales & loves dumpster diving with me whenever she's in town and she's just a really good friend.  It's one of my favorites.. one because it's a scoop shovel and they make the best wide palate for cutting out designs on and two because of the butterflies. The bottom has an old curtain finial since the handle was broken.   I hope she likes it.



3 comments:

Creatively Sensitive said...

Your shovel and wheelbarrow art is simply marvelous. Actually all of your art is beautiful. And I love your music choices!

Jen MM said...

Love the contrast of heavy tool and delicate filigree. Wish I had a plasma cutter too!

luthien said...

wow!! this is simply gorgeous!! i dun know anyone who wouldn't LOVE this!!

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Takin' the back road from Greer to Morenci was gorgeous.  This was waiting at the end.
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This was a great old Studebaker Truck in Lamy, NM .  It has seen better days.  I love Lamy,
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