Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Plastic or concrete?
Somethings just happen you know. I have a plastic swan because I couldn't find plastic flamingos. I thought it would be a little kitch like for me to do. So the plastic swans sits in places as a humorous accent. While cleaning off my mom's front porch area with all her planters filled with two years of weeds, I decided to bring home her concrete swan. I never had the opportunity to ask her where it came from and my brother too is gone, he might have had a clue about it's appearance on this porch. I just brought it home, hernia making and all. It is extremely heavy and I took the dirt out of it to lighten it a little. I will repair and paint it eventually but for now it just has a new home.
It is a bad combo that I didn't intentionally create. I had an area of coneflowers that flourished and in the front of them, I haphazardly put in this daylily. I didn't probably know it's color at the time because it wasn't blooming and I bought it at the Iowa Arboretum sale.
I messed up the growing environment of the coneflowers by putting in a recycled wooden fence to the south of the bed. It cut down on the sun that they needed, so they started declining. The daylily started spreading more each year and ended up crowding in among the few remaining coneflowers. Thus I have this strange color scheme. If I have time I may mess with the situation this year and thin out the daylilies and move some of them elsewhere.
We are painting on the mural a lot these days as we are backed up to a deadline now. It is going good but we have a lot of distance to go. I am a detail person and I want you to see the lines in the siding of the trolley and the brass of the handles. I keep studying train wheels and I think I have what I want. My wife is doing landscape and sky and clouds and trolley seats and we just keep humming along to the beat of a deadline. We work well together and each just does the parts that they run into at a time. The trolley is actually a background to a lot of things that will be placed on the loading dock and a conductor checking his time schedule.