Some things are awesome:
- Finding unknown treasure in your basement!
- Remembering a long forgotten tip learned from other artists and art students!
I have a lot going on as far as projects go. We are in the process of doing some remodeling in the house. Not all of it is too big. It’s just mostly cosmetic and sort of simple to do. The house needs painted BADLY, so that’s the first on the agenda. I am going to do most of it. I was going to paint the rest of the loft bits of our townhouse and rent super tall ladders to do it. Hubby put the kibosh on that. He pointed out with my Meniere’s disease, a super tall ladder would be VERY dangerous. I’ve fallen off shorter ladders before. So the tall bits are going to be hired done. I can do the walls that I can reach fairly well with a regular step ladder and my own arm reach. Good thing I’m fairly tall! I will, of course post the finished job. I hope to have this done before fall. *crosses fingers*
I have lots of art projects in mind. I guess you can call it an artistic bucket list?
I feel like our walls are too bare. My husband tends to be a minimalist and sort of Sheldon Cooperish when it comes to decor. I LOVE geek decor, of course and I’m happy to accommodate that for him. However, I want to add some Jewish boho elements too. The nice thing about geek decor is that it can meld with just about anything. We have a friend whose mother has a TON of decor and paintings on her walls. She has a ton of shelving and awesome trinkets all over everywhere. It looks AWESOME. It has this gorgeous old world Eastern European charm and this amazing, beautiful eccentric look that I adore. Every time we go there to pick up our friend on Christmas/New Year vacation time, I am always mesmerized and in love with her Mom’s house. I LOVE IT!! It’s like a dream to me. However, it makes my hubby rather skittish. Maybe it’s a computer engineer thing. I’m thinking compromise here. I can have some boho vibe in the house without totally covering tons of wall space. It would look like people actually live here instead of looking so sterile.
Anyhoo, I want to do two LARGE projects. I want to make a giant multimedia Hamsa on a canvass. I also want to make a great big pastel Tree of Life drawing. As I sketch and plan for these two BIG projects, I think “Holy shit, these are going to be SUPER expensive to mat/frame–maybe even more than the canvas and paints/pastels themselves! Like at least $200 or so. I fretted about it until I saw potential in our basement!!!
My husband’s ex-wife has HORRID taste in decor. She goes and buys the ugly trite reproduced shite from places like Hobby Lobby. In the divorce, she took most of her contrite shite with her, but left behind two of the atrocities. Maybe I should have done a before on this to show how crap the original crap pictures were. The black frame has a tiny bit of damage. It’s easily fixed because it’s just a gap where the frame bits meet. The gold frame has a mat! The mat has a tiny bit of damage, but it’s also easily fixed. Do you know how much this would cost in a frame shop? Hoh-leee-shit, it would be a sticker shocker.
Then I remembered a tip that my St. Franny student pals had. Go to thrift shops and buy the gawd-awful “paintings” and reproduced lithograph shite for cheap and pilfer the frames and matting! How cool is that?