"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

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Shovel Art #8

I truly have loved creating these short shovel sculptures on juniper bases.  In fact, I'm taking them to the show this weekend and I'm wondering do I really want them to sell!  That's crazy right?
Like I've mentioned before I don't create anything that I wouldn't want to see in my home or in my garden everyday.  It really is a struggle for me when a piece sells - I feel like I'm losing a child, like a piece of me is lost forever.  Maybe because there is usually only one - it won't be duplicated exactly or mass produced or purchased in any department store and I always wonder each time if I'll be able to do it again.  I've always been drawn to and surrounded myself with art that is out of the ordinary, quirky, fun and reminds me of nature and when I look at it, it just makes me feel at home.  That's what looking at these sculptures does for me - makes me feel comfortable and at home.  It's hard to give that up!
I know I'm rambling, but I would love to hear how you other artists feel about your art.... 
If you didn't have to make a living off of your art and money wasn't an issue would you surround yourself with it?  
Are you sad when you sell it?
Or am I just weird?  Ok... don't answer that one!

Don't forget !! 
If you're in the Phoenix area stop on over at the Botanical Gardens off of Galvin Parkway 
Members Preview Day - Friday / March 16 / 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Open to General Public - Saturday/ March 17 / 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. AND Sunday / March 18 / 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Come say Hi and Maybe, just Maybe I'll sell ya something!  ha ha

6 comments:

Donna, Doni, Lady D said...

Selling ones are is like selling ones Children. You have to be ready. HA! Love the shovel. xoDonna

stonepost said...

My art is always mine! I only allow people to adopt what I create. It is like my children all over the world but I no longer have to feed them! and like a lot of artists, much of what I create I can't afford!

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

Love our mosaic of the work......Happy lacy shovels! xox Corrine

Barry said...

SZQ-hope that the weekend went really well and that you got to sell heaps of stuff; and got to share lots of laughter with folk. In the main I like to see my bits and pieces travel - I think of it as sending joy travelling - bits of happiness shared. There are some pieces that are the first or resonate in a special way that I tend to keep - sometimes for a while until I think it is right to let it go; and there are other pieces I won't sell I prefer to gift them on. Go well. B

SooZeQue said...

Thanks everyone for you feedback on your art. I'm glad I'm not alone. BS - I like the concept of "sending joy travelling"! I got rained out today in Phx so I had to pack up last night with wind & rain - but the two days were prosperous so I can't complain.

Luthien said...

hahaha!! i like this post :) btw, that shovel is super cool!! and now about the art ... i used to feel like that you know ... sad when my work sells. now i am mighty happy!! becos i know that it's going out to someone who will love it. and like stonepost says ... my art is always mine ... it's just gone travelling ... faaaaaar away to the US, Europe, Australia etc ... places not even i have been ... but my work is there :) a little girl from a somewhat unknown place, making stuff with her hands and thought no one would even wanna look at them! and now they have gone far and wide. and a piece of this little girl travels with them :) what's not to be happy about?

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