I've been busy cutting up the lumber that's been gifted to me - I'm really excited about using reclaimed wood as I've always been concerned about the environment and this is one way I can recycle in my art. The first pile of lumber I cut into squares as it is almost 2 inches deep and will make great minis - but the second pile is different decking lumber and I wasn't certain at first how I was going to use it but remembered a project that was in my mind a number of years ago. I've always liked the idea of putting my chairs into little 'houses' and realized that this might be the perfect opportunity to do that...and the title 'City of Refuge' has been on my mind for about 10 years. Often I have envisioned an arts school as a 'City of Refuge' for those of us who don't fit into the regular mould, one that is accepting of all the arts and not just trying to push the envelope. I do understand that kind of art education, and in fact took part in it initially, but still felt a little lost as an art student. I'm not a 'push the envelope' kind of gal - I just want peace and serenity in my life and in my personal environment - and thus I paint these places of sanctuary. My youngest daughter told me this looks like a little village, which makes me think of a safe place to be nurtured. And what better environment for these spots of reflection and security than their own little home.
AIRdirondack Art Project