"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, April 23, 2012

Guitars & Honky Tonk Bars

One of my creations a few years back was trying my hand at life size guitars.  My inspiration was my son, Ian - lead singer/guitarist for Dear and The Headlights (DATH),  Check him out  - he's a wonderful person, musician, he sings and plays the guitar - I had a lot of guitars around to model after.  He could of made it big and did for awhile, toured with Paramour, Jimmy Eat World, Plain White T's, but as I know from past experience being on the road as a musician or with one, is not a life that nourishes your soul.  It's long nights, long roads, bad food, bad motels, lots of tearing down, setting up, groupies and trying not to get caught up in all the bull of it. All things end for a reason and now I have two beautiful granddaughter's as proof that getting off the road was a good thing.  I still believe that his song writing will prevail and he will once again be recording again.  He's a wonderful writer and wrote most all of the songs on his three recorded CD's - all from his experiences, childhood, loves & heartbreaks.

So with all that said ~ I tried my hand at these sturdy but delicate guitars.  These were probably the hardest things I've ever created only because they had to be clean and sanded finely (hated that).

On this one, I tried to create the ocean with a mermaid on the front, the back was waves and underwater life.  These have way more detail than I usually do in most of my work and it was challenging, because I had to be precise..... not something I like to do, but I was satisfied when all was complete.


This one was of a peacock and a large feather on the back

And the last one was of two birds

I don't think I'll ever make a guitar again - too precise - too big - been there - done that!

I'm almost finished with the commissioned Ocotillo and will post on that later in the week...... then on to The RAVEN...

"The artist's world is limitless.  It can be found anywhere, far from where he lives or a few feet away.  It is always on his doorstep."
~P. Strand~


8 comments:

Barry said...

SZQ- you are a real talent with that plasma cutter of yours - those guitars are brilliant. Followed up the link on your son - certainly got rave reviews - but good exchange for the grandchildren!!! Another talent to be proud. Go well with the commissions - looking forward to the post. B

stonepost said...

You having a clever son is not surprising at all. The guitars are incredible Soozee! You might consider having one powder coated clear coat!

Corrine at sparkledaysstudio.com said...

Fantastic, love what you have achieved with your torch! The way the metal took the fire is fantastic. xox

SooZeQue said...

B-plasma cutting is really painting with fire in my opinion. I'd be lost without it.
SP-I can't take credit for his talent he did it all on his own for sure. I'll have to check in to powder coating althought I've heard is $$$.
C-Heating that steel just till is changes was a learning process for sure and each piece does something different. I got lucky that day!

ArtPropelled said...

Just popped in to say congratulations on the new grandbaby! Love your guitars too.

Bohemian said...

This is beyond Fabulous! And what... you were showing at the Botanical Gardens and I missed it!?! You will have to let me know the next time you are there having a Show... I'm a Member and go often and I try to catch all of the Art Shows and would LOVE to see your amazing work in person... and meet you face to face too!

Dawn... The Bohemian

Gaby Bee said...

Your guitars are spectacular, they couldn't be better! I would love to be a fly on the wall when you are creating! LOVE your creations!

Hugs,
Gaby

Luthien said...

holy crap WOMAN!!!! my jaw fell ... i mean i can't talk now, i need someone to put it back!! can you PLEASE email me a bigger photo of your mermaid guitar so i can Pinterest and Tumblr it!!! the guitars are Gorgeous!! OMG!! exp the first one! OMG!

and man ... your whole family is artistic and talented and creative and just WONDERFUL!!! go go GO!!!

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