Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Art Studio

We recently took our traveling art studio to the local lake just to have a view of something different as we worked on some art projects. Our traveling art studio is an old school bus originally purchased for storage.

We have plans of painting it, but currently it is a big yellow school bus. Maybe it will look something like this some day.

For now, it works great as an art studio as is. The seats are all out except for the front 2 on each side. Those have been left so the grandchildren can ride in the bus when visiting. That leaves plenty of room in the back for art easels and all the things one would need to create. The windows provide plenty of natural light even on cloudy days. All the things that need to be done in the house aren't a distraction. Out of sight, out of mind sort of thing.

People often just shake their heads at some of the things we do. Let me give you some examples.

If you have been reading my blogs, you know that last year we became the proud owners of several very large spools. We are often asked what we are going to do with them. So far, they have been a playground for the grandchildren, painted for halloween decorations, and lined up for a fence.
Some are painted one color and are beginning to resemble Easter or Spring decorations. Cars stop in front of the yard all the time looking at them.

I was in an in-service meeting once where the speaker wanted to get to know us. His request was that as we introduced ourselves that we tell one thing about us that no one else in the room could say. If you said something and someone else could answer the same way, you had to come up with something else. Not wanting to have to answer more than one time, I thought about it until it was my turn. I didn't not have to come up with another answer. How many people do you know that lives in a house that has a railroad bridge beam as the mantle across the entire wall and a telephone pole in the middle of the house as a main support for the roof? The fireplace is bricked with bricks from an old hotel that was torn down. Our ceiling has metal on it, but not metal that was intended for ceilings. We are always looking at things with an eye as to what we could use in a different way to please us.

After all, isn't that what art is all about?

Happy creating!