Eden, Rebecca, as well as many other participants I've found in blogland, whom encouraged me to participate ~~ I'm gonna do it!
One more thing, before my Flea Market recap. I'm so excited to have discovered what I'm going to do with my Breast Cancer Benefit Piece to complete it. I shared it with a friend whom suggested I Zentangle it! What a fabulous idea! I'm so "anal retentive" when it comes to trying something new on a "real" piece; so, instead of working on the original piece, I first resketched the corset image on a scratch piece of paper and tried Zentangling it, and here is my first attempt:
Totally Tangled and Zentangle 2. I would like to try a few more "tangles" before choosing specific designs for each section, especially the lace-y, frilly portions of the corset.
However, once we entered the gate into the lower lot, we were happy to see that it was full, with many old-timers present and expressing that, during the first three days of the show, they had done well; not as good as in previous years, but well enough to justify their participation this year. So, off DH and I went, on the hunt for the unusual items, and a few things that I had on my "wanted list."
Following are a few of the "unusual items" we discovered, all that we left behind, but admired with desiring eyes, just the same:
The above are two "Merchants Cabinets" were from an old general store. The cabinets were both spinners, with lots of really cool drawers. Can you IMAGINE having one of these in your studio, filled with all kinds of neat supplies and gadgets to use in mixed media art? My heart beat was frantic while viewing these beauties and imagining the possibilities ... the price tags were a bit too steep for my consideration. So we moved on.
And perhaps I've saved the best for last ... at least in my humble opinion.
Kenny "The Tin Man" Hoff with a collaborative piece of artwork by Fleetwood Covington, framed by Kenny in a style only he can execute. My workplace carries Kenny's work ~~ reclaimed ceiling tiles that he and his wife paint, refinish and incorporate into awesome art pieces that can be hung on walls, used as ceiling medallions, or table tops, huge molding pieces that he turns into shelving pieces, tiles that have been incorporated in many clients' homes as back splashes in their kitchens, etc. He mounts the tiles on boards, and typically will include notes on the backer board entailing where the building was in which the tile(s) were reclaimed, and the date of the building's erection. So they truly are art AND history, all in the same piece. Yesterday was the first time I had seen a collaborative piece of work from Kenny and Fleetwood, and what a terrific piece of art they produce together. Fleetwood Covington uses carbon pencil to execute his awesomely detailed drawings on reclaimed barn roof tins, incorporating all of the holes and aged areas into each piece. Fleetwood's speciality is portraits of great older blues musicians, and he is great at it, just as Kenny is great at his art of working with the old tiles. Together they make an awesome pair of artists, and I hope you will check out their websites; it's well worth the time, to see some awesome talent. We hope to have an exhibit with these two artists at our shop one day soon.
I have much more to show you ... including the finds I purchased ... but perhaps this is enough for today. Stay tuned for some great uses for old windows, and the pieces I returned home with. For now, I'm off to get some things done around the house, and hopefully find time to begin rebinding my Sketchbook! Happy Day of Creativity and Pleasure to each of you! xoxo ~~ Jeanne