So working on the frames for all these monoprints and mixed media pieces and I decided to endeavor to get wood that has already has had a life as something else. I will admit I wandered the isles of Home Depot and Lowes first, finally coming to the conclusion, “What I am doing? I’m an assemblage artist!?”
In Portland we have a very wonderful place called the ReBuilding Center that is full of all kinds of parts of homes that have been disassembled (http://www.rebuildingcenter.org/). I had an adventure digging through their trim and filled my Scion (the little toaster that could) full of wood. Since then, I have spent the last couple of days cutting up that wood into workable pieces for eleven frames.
Now, one important lesson I learned: Do not have a 9-foot piece of wood rest against your front window…. I got home, and happily moved the wood out of the vehicle. Later when getting back into the car, I remarked, “Well, lookie there my window is broken…” You would think by this age I would have figured the dynamics of spatial relationships but I guess I still had this lesson to learn. So my advice to you: Don’t rest long things against your front window. It’s dumb.
Many thanks to my insurance company and Dean in his mobile vehicle who replaced my window this afternoon.
I was delighted at how much money I saved buying recycled lumber at the ReBuild it center, but this kind of took the wind out of my sails a bit.
Ah – the price of creating art….
All right, nothing more to see here… go make something.