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

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter Design - Not just for Eggs

How about these for Easter Decorations!  
I finished the other barrel, added a few little "stars" and was totally entranced by the shadows that these cutouts produce.  Junk is beautiful!
 I see shadows a lot these days, in fact when I'm on walks or driving I always look for the shadows, sometime they are more beautiful then the object itself. 
I hope you all had a lovely Easter - I miss the days when I used to get a bunny or baby chick for Easter.   

How come I don't get one of those anymore?  

Here's a few more shadows to share with you.  

This is the Easter Bunny of Lochness!!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Resurrected & ReBorn Morrocan Inspired Barrel

 This barrel has been REBORN
I've got one barrel done, another waiting in the wings.  It took me awhile to make some stencils, decide on how I wanted it to look and get the time to play again.  I honestly don't put a lot of time into thinking of design, layout, etc.  I may wait awhile to do something because I just don't feel it at the time, but I'm just not a big planner.  Sometimes that to my benefit, sometimes not.  I kept this fairly simple and I'm likin' it. 
I had orginally thought of using these as lights in corners of my garden, but after seeing this barrel and the possibilities of what I can do with it I may transform it into something much larger.  I'm thinking  if the two barrels were side by side with a steel table on top, it could be the front of really cool bar/table, or a display table for all my plants.  I'll be thinking on that one for a while.

If you have any ideas - Please do share! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

InSulaTors ~ What do you do with Them?

I've been Spring Cleaning getting rid of stuff I've grown bored of looking at ~ it's really so I can go find more treasured junk, but truly I'm just purging a little.  Anyway, I had all these old InSulaTors in my window sill that I've collected for a long time, but you couldn't really see them.

Can you see them?  Exactly my point!
Since I love glass and colorful bottles, which are all thru my house I just had to figure out how to showcase these beauties....sooo here's what I did.

I gather some old wire, old beads and crystals

and I twisted and beaded and pulled all those items together in crazy designs, nothing is every thought out with me I just jump into it.  If I was a jewelry maker I'm sure I could of rocked these out, but I like Funky, Organic and Whimsical designs.  So after twisting, and twisting and twisting things

Here's how my window looks now!
Whalla, TaDa, Viola
(those are weird words)
Can you see them NOW?

I'm really aspiring to do this

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

This Beauty makes me Weep

I've been struggling with life these days, feeling overwhelmed and underwhelmed.  Creativity is eluding me and avoiding me.  I looked at my biorhythym and it was spot on - my emotional state had bottomed out.
I do this when I don't have a carrot hanging in front of me to chase and the world seems bleak.  Now I'm not trying to make you guys depressed, but sometimes we all have our ups and downs, right?  We all struggle with our reasons for being here, for getting up and the way the world has felt lately it has been more difficult for many.  So we take it day by day and hope that tomorrow will be better.

Then, this beauty is mine for the day - and she does make me weep every time I see her ~ because of her beauty and innocence and she reminds me of when my son looked just like her. 

 My son always laughs at my weeping saying... "Mom, are you ever going to stop crying when you see her?"  I say, probably not, because in my heart she embodies the beauty that nothing else can compare to, she reminds me of when I was a new Mom relishing in a love I could never have imagined could be.  Life is a constant transition and I have to go with that and adjust.  I saw this poem somewhere and perhaps that's the trick.....
Live to the point of tears.

Life is not a Path of Coincidence Happenstance & Luck
But rather an Unexplainable meticulously Chartered course
For one to touch the lives of others and make a difference in the world.
Live to the point of tears.

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

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

Don't you just love bugs! My first car.... but RED.

Don't you just love bugs!  My first car.... but RED.
Lamy, NM

This was a great old Studebaker Truck in Lamy, NM . It has seen better days. I love Lamy,

This was a great old Studebaker Truck in Lamy, NM .  It has seen better days.  I love Lamy,
Studebaker in Lamy, NM