Monday, November 7, 2011

Are We Crazy?

Why is it when we are overwhelmed we take on even more? That was our conversation as my friend Cheryl and I drove home from The Depot last week.

We had a brainstorm a couple of weeks ago that in addition to our own spaces at the antique mall that we should combine efforts and co-own a booth. Realizing that the time is upon us when we could really get a good start during the big shopping season that is quickly approaching we spoke up and asked if there were any available spaces.

The wait was short and in less than a week we had a space if we wanted it...if we were up to a little challenge.

Here is our challenge....what the heck?

Our first reaction was to laugh...and then on the way home...oh my!  What do we do besides gut it? The shelves are really sturdy although awkward, and there is no back wall on our side. The side wall on the right hasn't been finished and well, ugh! it's just a mess!

We had really hoped that we could maybe just paint and move in since we are both incredibly busy right now. Why don't these situations arise in the slow months? The location is even better than our other spaces and they are great, so we really do want to keep it. 

Over the weekend I tried to find ways to utilize the shelves thinking of all sorts of things that Rick just laughed at...I'm trying not to get him involved because we are renovating our kitchen finally, and he's still working a crazy work schedule.

So stay we go again...another booth...but a booth unlike any we've seen there. That's why we are doing this...crazy or's opening mid/late November.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Work Table Wednesday...Spray Paint Texturing

It has been my privilege for the last couple of weeks to be a mentor to a wonderful young artist while she worked on her senior graduation project. 

Krista and Me
Krista chose to learn about the art of grafiti and for her product she painted a grafiti mural. I was amazed at how she was able to get in her zone and paint while I snapped away with my camera. This is something hard for seasoned artists to learn to do and for some of us we just never even attempt it.

I was able to document most of the process and I just finished looking over all of the photos. I didn't know just how much could be achieved with spray paints. I wanted to show you the technique she used that was my favorite.

Experimenting with layering, and negative and positive spaces.
Okay, now to the start the real deal.
Watch closely.


Are you blown away yet?  I think this would be a great advertisement for Valspar spray paints!

So, I will cut to the chase and show you the almost finished product.

 I can't reveal the finished piece yet because she hasn't presented it but, you get the idea. 

I watched in awe these past couple of weeks as Krista learned to control the flow of the spray and to manipulate drips and dribbles for the effects she was after. 

I will never look at spray paint the same again! 

Have any of you been to San Francisco and seen the street art? That was her inspiration. I am so proud of her!