"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

Monday, October 3, 2011

Resurrected Crosses

If you've stuck with me long enough on this blog journey of creativity, you've noticed I like to play with a lot of different art mediums ~ I get a little bored if I'm creating too much of the same thing so I veer off the path often.  This weekend was no different.  We went out to Cave Creek to their monthly flea market called Thieves Market - sometimes I'm the Thief and sometimes they are. 
I stumbled upon a box of OAK slates from a wine barrel that had fallen apart and because I love RUSTIC I had to have it.  It had beautiful rust patina where the metal circle used to be and that wonderful gray patina that only get prettier the longer it's left outside.
So today,  I RESURRECTED some of those slates to one of my favorite things that I collect ~ and trust me I have so many they take up an entire wall...................and I'm not even religious!
CROSSES
 These have some old rusted pieces from previous projects - I never throw scrap out once it gets this beautiful patina on it.  I'll eventually use it on something.
 This one has some old horseshoe nails and a piece of red metal from a Coca Cola side panel ~ Lots of rusting still left to do on this one
 This of course was the beginning.
We'll see what comes out of tomorrows batch.

6 comments:

Luthien said...

how amazing my fren ... even the concept itself is amazing! i just love the second one with the heart. and those horseshoe nails look pretty lethal.

soraya nulliah said...

SSQ-I love your crosses! Really! And I am not religious either...I really love that third one down...the one with the red heart and the nails...a very powerful image full of symbolism. LOVE!!! And can I please come with you to Thieve's Market???Where do you come across these places???I have to visit Arizona...okay??? To visit YOU of course!!!xxx

Barry said...

SZQ - like you I'm not necessarily into crucifixion but the cross you have created are very strong - great use of the staves and the nails - very strong imagery. b

soraya nulliah said...

Dear SSQ-how are you?? I hope you are having a fantastic weekend and...you can come over and play anyday!! We would have a hoot and a holler...especially if we get out the vodka:) xxx

soraya nulliah said...

Hmmmm...rust is an aphrodisiac???? okay...will try it out:)

ArtPropelled said...

Your crosses are wonderful (Love the first one in this post) and am so impressed with your wheelbarrows in the sidebar.

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