Slowly, but surely, we’re getting things moved into the new house. Finding things we’d forgotten we even had. We were moving along at a pretty good clip when The Crud hit us hard and we were down for a full week last week, recovering. Feeling much better now and we’re ready to get back at it.
Has been a busy last few months around here. I haven’t been good about posting photos of the progress on the new house and studio, but here a few I took last week. We’re hoping to be finished in just a week, with final inspection on or around December 19. YAY!!!
Can’t wait to see swings on each end of the front porch.
Those 2 double windows on this end of the house are in my new studio.
The antique wood floors are so beautiful! This is the master bedroom floor shortly after the stain was finished. The stain is still wet.
I’m not getting much creative work done since the house building was started, but that will be a temporary thing (I hope!). We now have a slab, a storm room and a wastewater treatment plant. Framing materials were delivered yesterday and the framers rolled in this morning.
Can’t wait to see walls going up!
We’ve been running around trying to see what’s available in flooring for the new house. We knew already that we wanted wood floors in the open living/kitchen area and in the bedrooms, with ceramic tile in the bathrooms, utility and mud rooms. I want to keep things relatively neutral so I can easily change colors and textures when the mood strikes me.
I had been dreading being bombarded with all the choices available, but was pleasantly surprised to find these things pretty soon after beginning our search.
We were hoping to be able to leave the concrete floor in the studio bare, but in order to pass the final inspection, the floor must be covered or finished, so we settled for stained concrete there. The builder says he will coordinate the color with the wood floors so we have continuity throughout.
Then, on to the brickyard. We knew we wanted this Burnished Slate color for the metal roof, so kept that in mind when choosing brick.
We both quickly gravitated to the Shellman Bluff brick and decided it was the right one.
So far, things are falling into place more easily than we thought. Of course, this is only the beginning and there are SO many more choices to be made.
I’ve been snapping a few photos as we’re preparing to build our new house and studio. I want to share them here on my blog to keep a record of the process.
My husband, Danny, spent 40 years as a heavy equipment operator before he retired a few years ago. He loves running equipment and I know he misses it more than he will admit. He got the chance to climb back on a dozer for a couple days while the dirt was being hauled in for our house pad. As the trucks were dumping dirt, he was spreading and packing it and shaping the pad. It was fun watching him doing something he loves so much and does so well.
He says he’s “old school” and that operators like him are a dying breed. He scoffs when we drive by a construction site and see a dozer equipped with GPS units that control the positioning of the blade. He’s proud of the fact that he has the skill to grade “by eye” and have it be near perfect.
It’s a good thing when a man is proud of his work.
Have been wanting to paint a feather, so I played around with this shape and added some graphic elements. The page looked bare, so I dug through my ephemera stash and found this handmade seeded paper that had just the right colors in it and I glued it to my page. Guess I’ll never know now what kind of flower seeds were in that paper…
I want to work more in my sketchbooks this year and found this partially used mixed media sketchbook when I was unpacking a few of my art supplies. The paper isn’t the best, but it will take watercolor and marker without bleeding through, so I’ll use it to do some doodling and designs.
I sketched sections of this design in pencil using HB lead in a Staedtler lead holder. LOVE my Staedtler lead holders. I keep HB lead in one and 2B lead in the other.
With the sketch finished, Winsor & Newton pan watercolors were used to lay in the color. This is my favorite watercolor palette, the Martin Mijello airtight palette.
The watercolors were allowed to dry, then Pigma Micron markers in sizes 05 and 1 were used to emphasize the lines.
I am now R-E-T-I-R-E-D from the US Postal Inspection Service! Great job and wonderful folks to work with, but I’m ready to have time to spend in the art studio.
I gathered my watercolor supplies and have been dabbling on a couple projects. Worked on this sketch while we were staying in a motel, waiting to close on our house in Alabama. Was harder than I thought it would be, picking up my brushes after 20 years of not painting. Felt good to get back at it. Mmmm, I love the smell of watercolors on Arches paper. (Am I weird???)
My latest project was to design a logo for my son, Chance, who makes spinner baits and fishing lures. I wanted it to feel hand drawn and hand painted, so I didn’t clean it up much before handing it over to him. This was good practice.
I’ll be practicing more now that we’ve gotten a bit settled after moving home to Mississippi. Still must build a house and studio here and most of my art/pottery supplies are packed away in storage, but I’ve found enough to begin my drawing and painting practice. Very excited to get back into my art.