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

Friday, December 30, 2011

Shovel Art Sculpture

Well I'm still sort of in my hibernation state after the holidays.  Too much good food, way way to many goodies and a few more inches on the waste line!  I'm sort of in an over indulgent coma.  However, I'm needing to get out in the shop again and shake off the cobwebs and indulge in a little creativity.  Days are beautiful here, weather is perfect so I started drawing and cutting on a few shovels.  You know no shovel is a bad shovel even if the handles are broken - as in the one I'm working on.  I love church windows so that's what I've cut out.
I'm currently looking for a nice thick piece of dark wood to possibly mount it on and may even add a leafy vine climbing up the shaft of the shovel.  Sometimes you just have to let these items speak to you.  Especially when you are in a semi-coma state. 

It's temporarily mounted on an old antique Hoe blade.  I found out recently that these particular cast iron blades may have been called HOE because they where used by slaves in the USA to cook so-called Hoe Cakes.  Whether that is true or not I can't be sure.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Don't Be Jealous - I'm an Addict

I don't know what's in the air, but I tell you I've been on a binge these days and can't seem to stay away from the thrift stores.  Perhaps it because of all the cool things I've found lately - it keeps me on a thrift store high and then I come down and I've got to get some more and I head out the next day to see what else I can find.  It's a bad, bad habit and one I keep saying I'm gonna kick, but I think I need Rehab in order to stop - Seriously!  Of course I'm always looking for junk to resurrect and use in my art, and of course I always find other things I don't need, but I can't leave them behind. Do you know what I mean?

So without further ado.....I thought I'd share a couple of awesome treasures I found
Don't Be Jealous

Antique Christmas Tree Stand - $15
I may use it as a stand for a special Shovel I create
 Heavy Copper & Brass Plates & Bowl - $5
 Heavy 5ft Wrought Iron Candelabra - $23
Antique manual copper-brass air pump used for providing an air supply for deep sea diving. Manufactured by Wm. Boekel & Company of Philadelphia. Pat.1904. $43
And these... OMG! Such beautiful WoodCuts that I found (15 in all) at the Habitat for Humanity are beyond unbelievable.  Half of them are about 17x23, a few are not finished, but are still beautiful.
The pics don't do them justice for sure.

 Weird Signature - What does it mean?

Woodcuts have been around for a seriously long time and many years ago my Mother found a beautiful one in the trash and later gave it to me.  Come to find out it was done by a very famous artist  Margaret Jordon Patterson, it's dated 1921 and the current value is approx $2100...... so maybe these will be famous also!

Stay tuned for the next showing of Hoarders - I may be on it!  

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

She is named - Zia

The Zia

Often described as a symbol of perfect friendship because it has no beginning and no end.  The rays on the sides of the symbol are a reference to the powerful number of four.  The symbol originated with the Indians of Zia Pueblo in ancient times. It's design reflects their tribal philosophy, with its wealth of pantheistic spiritualism teaching the basic harmony of all things in the universe.  It's also the New Mexico symbol for their flag.

I didn't want another animal, I Love animals - but I didn't need another stray deciding to be part of our pack.  That seems to be something that keeps happening over here (the last one I gave to a neighbor).  Stray cats - they decide that This is Home! That last one I took in is now 20yrs old.  I'm a sucker - I feel bad for them, their hungry, their scared, their lost - I post ads and no one every claims them.  So I feed them, talk to them, give them a bed and they stay! Go Figure!

So now we are Four... just like the Zia - 2 dogs - 2 cats
Only problem - she may be pregnant!  I'll keep you posted.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tejano Night Before Christmas

I'll be signing off my blog for the rest of the year, but before I do I just wanted to wish all of you a wonderful Christmas, Holiday and celebration with your family and friends.  I've enjoyed your company all year and have truly met (even if only over this vast internet) some wonderful kindred spirits.  You have inspired me with your beautiful art, touched me with your open hearts and encouraged me when I needed it.  Thank you for sticking with me on this ride!

May you all be blessed in the New Year and may we all
Prosper in Life Spiritually, Physically, and Financially!

I leave you with a Christmas poem my Uncle always recited by heart to us during the Holidays

Tejano Night Before Christmas
'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the casa,
Not a creature was stirring -- Caramba! Que pasa?
Los ninos were tucked away in their camas,
Some in camisas and some in pajamas,

While hanging the stockings with mucho cuidado
In hopes that old Santa would feel obligado
To bring all children, both buenos and malos,
A nice batch of dulces and other regalos.

Outside in the yard there arose such a grito
That I jumped to my feet like a frightened cabrito.
I ran to the window and looked out afuera,
And who in the world do you think quien era?

Saint Nick in a sleigh and a big red sombrero
Came dashing along like a crazy bombero.
And pulling his sleigh instead of venados
Were eight little burros approaching volados.

I watched as they came and this quaint little hombre
Was shouting and whistling and calling by nombre
"Ay Pancho, ay Pepe, ay Chucho, ay Beto,
Ay Chato, ay Chopo, Macuco, y Nieto!"

Then standing erect with his hands on his pecho
He flew to the top of our very own techo.
With his round little belly like a bowl of jalea,
He struggled to squeeze down our old chiminea,
then huffing and puffing at last in our sala,
With soot smeared all over his red suit de gala,
He filled all the stockings with lovely regalos--
For none of the ninos had been very malos.

Then chuckling aloud, seeming very contento,
He turned like a flash and was gone like the viento.
And I heard him exclaim, and this is verdad,
Merry Christmas to all, and Feliz Navidad!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Am I Super Late or just So Way Prepared?

For Thanksgiving 2012 that is!  I'm gonna opt for "SO WAY PREPARED"!  I saw velvet pumpkins on someone's blog a few weeks ago and fell head over heals in love with there velvety, sultry, elegant look and I just had to figure out how to get some.  If you look at the prices of them you kind of go.... Oh Hello... Expensive.  So, I had to figure out how to make my own.  Let me just say I can't sew, so anyone can do these.

I started searching for how I was gonna find Pumpkin Stems to make them look Real.... but Halloween and Thanksgiving were over and alas could not find them.  However, all autuum stuff at Hobby Lobby was 90% off!!!  Eureka I found something that I feel worked great.  Notice the little spark-a-lee crocked neck squash as the stem. 
  Please don't look at the trashed kitchen table in the background - Artist at Work!
I'm totally in Love with these!  Now I just need to find Velvet at 90% off and I can go crazy!  Now that I've got this one last thing I wanted/needed to do I've got to get busy finishing up the Christmas Shopping Extravaganza!  Well, perhaps it's not an Extravaganza ~ but I can dream!

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