This week has been an explosive one filled with ideas as I mentioned in my previous Blog. I've been playing with hairstyles, exploring my bohemian side and having "Art Dates" with myself all in the name of unblocking creativity. I've been flooded with inspiration ever since! One of my future projects was inspired by a barn wood tole painting that caught my eye at a furniture store. You have to understand that when you live in the country, our shops tend to have a lot of rustic decor to meet the demand of designing around a log home, century stone house, or just to suit your favourite country lifestyle! This little piece of art (most likely from China) had a definite appeal to this artsy fartsy do-it-yourselfer with barn wood coming out of her ears! After having completed the sunflower not once but a second miniature version on mini canvas, I was itching to try my hand at this on barn wood. Besides, my perfectionist horticulturist side wouldn’t paint Echinaceas blue! Sacrilege! Stay tuned!
I had a particularly gruelling day in my vegetable garden a few days ago, rebuilding raised beds and transferring the existing soil plus carting more to fill these wretched things. I decided to motivate this hard work with a reward. I gave myself “permission” to collect some greying pieces off the back section of the chicken coop that isn’t being used. In fact I think that will come down soon so I can recycle the roofing metal to repair some torn sheets on my equipment barn. Great, killing two birds with one stone! And so, after much gentle prodding and prying, I managed to remove two half length pieces without splitting them, that still require several dozen rusted ancient nails to be removed if only for safety sake. Otherwise I’d leave them for their sheer charm and character! Step one is done! Now to remove the broken nails sigh! Then I can slice off the rotted part. It won't be long now!
Another project is to satisfy this craving I have for doing a detailed pencil sketch of a tree trunk. Yesterday while driving back from Ottawa where I attended Kathy Smart's Wellness Expo, I stopped at our Experimental Farm. This is where tourists and locals alike flock each spring, summer and fall to view the meticulous gardens. There's a museum and ponds all perfectly inviting for picnics and wedding photos. There is an arboretum with every tree living Canada, complete with a Douglas Fir! But there was no need to walk far before gnarled and twisted trunks appeared and the afternoon sun showed up the thickly textured trunks of ancient trees. I tapped away using my trusty iPhone. It takes amazing photographs by the way! Such a beautiful day too. Some were a tad plain looking after reviewing them at home. I changed them here into grey scale to better judge.
It's interesting how difficult it is to choose the right tree for the job! Some appear to possess too many crevices that are not exactly what I was after.
Others were wrought with too many shadows from other branches to be able to appreciate the textures. This one seems to have a face! Too contrived I think!
They do look much better in black & white format I must say! It will however make the decision that much harder! I will be sure to share my voice and the process!
A creative soul writing about living and loving it in the country.