"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

Saturday, March 26, 2011

50 Gallon Drum Project

 We recently drove up to our land in the Superstition Mountains,
it's only about 25 miles from where we are now 
 This mountain is called Ship Rock..... humm wonder why?
 
(This snow isn't typical - I've only seen it snow like this on these mountains twice in 43 yrs.
The pic below is our view from what would of been our living room.)
 
where before the housing market came crashing down, we were going to build our dream home (don't get me started!!!) and I remembered this awesome rusted 50 gallon drum barrel that was cut in half that we dug up while trying to move a culvert. 
I got very excited about it because the natural patina was so beautiful after it weathered for 2 years, so I decided to haul it home.  I don't know why my husband had a funny look on his face when I mentioned that, but with me and the things I drag home, that look isn't anything out of the ordinary. I usually just glance at him, bat my eyes and say "isn't it beautiful" and he just smiles.  If you keep up with my blog you know RUST IS MY FAVORITE COLOR and I can't resist it. It draws me in like a moth to a flame
So, I've decided that these will be very large lights in the corners of my yard.  I think they can be used in many different ways as lights, so I'll just have to work with that part later.  After I decide what pattern I'm going to place on them and cut out with my plasma cutter, I'll post.  It's gonna be a long project - sort of like the wheelbarrow (on the right side) I cut out.  I've got some old lace that I'm going to try and duplicate on it, but I'm also torn on Moroccan design ~ decisions, decisions.  I'll have to make my own stencils so this will be a project and a half.  

What do you think..... Lace or Moroccan?





6 comments:

stonepost said...

Beautiful Barrel, Soozie, nice when nature offers a pallet like that! May I steal your Franz Kafka quote? I thought I was the only one to read his works!

Sloane Solanto said...

Holy Cow, this is a big project! Awesome. I don't know which you should choose, I am no help what so ever. Good Luck.

Amanda Trought said...

Definitely a challenge. Your work is beautiful, can't wait to see the finished work.

Cynthia Eloise said...

i lean towards exotic, go moroccan.

soraya nulliah said...

Oh Soozee!!! What stunning colors on that rusted drum! I just can't wait to see how those lights turn out..it's going to be amazing for sure! Okay...while I love lace (think crochet tablecloths!!)...I think I lean toward the Moroccan for decor stuff..I think the light will accent the exotic feel of the pattern. Good thing hubby is okay with you hauling off stuff! Oh! Hope he is recovering well from his surgery and that your recent show went well:) xxx

Debbie said...

I love rusty stuff too. The patina is wonderful! You do nice work making the raw material your own.

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Takin' the back road from Greer to Morenci was gorgeous.  This was waiting at the end.
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