Monday, May 28, 2018

Fence Art Update

Back in early April I wrote a blog post about our fence art and wanting to make a dragonfly with wood and marbles to put on it. We learned that wood and marbles don't work so well together for outdoor art. Luckily some of our commenters recommended silicone caulk (the best part of the internet is the sharing of such helpful information. Thank you all for that). So we began an experiment with some different caulks. Not all of them worked, but one did quite well. We left our little marble experiment out in the weather. As you know from my last post, the weather has been damp, horrible, gray, cool, wet and lousy. That one marble with the silicone caulk stayed put while others fell away. So, we decided to glue down the marbles with that caulk and get that dragonfly ready for the fence. We took our time  gluing, doing the tail on one day, two wings on another, and then two more wings on the next. We and the dragonfly were finally ready for the next step.
Here is Roger attaching the tail to the fence on a beautiful sunny Sunday.
Here is a bit of a close up of the heart and dragonfly together. Lit by the sun.
This is what the fence looks like now. We have a plan to make two small ladybugs between the dragonfly and the sun. And then...not sure yet, but something crazy beautiful.

Yes, the sun finally reappeared on Saturday. It was a day "for the glory." The 50th anniversary of the Kinetic Sculpture Race is happening on this Memorial Day weekend. It's been warm and beautiful. We spent some time watching the race as it came through our neighborhood. I smiled more than I have in months. Tears in my eyes and a smile as broad as can be. I'll post some photos of the those stunning kinetic sculptures later this week. Ah sunlight and delight together. For the glory!

26 comments:

  1. I love when people express themselves in their gardens and on their property. Fence art! A whole new way to decorate.

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    1. Colette-- It really is a fun way to decorate the yard. We've never done this before, but I think we've found a new creative distraction for life these days.

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  2. Beautiful! And I I can hear and feel the uplifted spirit that comes with sunshine. Wish we got more of it where we're living now caring for aging parents - dismal much of the year thanks to Lake Erie cloud cover. But we have our next place in PA picked out, and it's a little brighter. We hope to get there before WE fall apart. Ha! Kim in PA

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    1. Kim S-- I'm so glad that the joy of sunshine comes through these words. It makes such a difference after a month of dismal gray day after day. I hope you get to a place where the sun shines more.

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  3. Ha! It happened again. I was just about finished writing and everything disappeared. Forgot to "Command C" as I go. I'll reconstruct.

    Your collaborative fence art is beautiful and brings me joy this morning. It also brings me joy to know that the sun was shining yesterday on Arcata and Eureka.

    Lost everything again! I wonder what it is that I do?

    I was just going to say that I saw a dragonfly last week. Seems early for dragonflies but maybe I have just not been walking in the right places in late May!

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    1. am-- I've heard from other commenters that their comments disappear. Not all of them write that though, so it is an interesting mystery. We're seeing dragonflies here too. Just started about two weeks ago. Glad you like the fence art!

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  4. Lovely dragonfly! I've found E-6000 glue is very good for ceramics...may work also on wood. A friend who makes mosaic frames for mirrors told me about it.

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    1. Barbara-- Glad you like the dragonfly. Thank you for that. We may experiment with more adhesives. A whole new world of creativity seems to have unfolded for us!

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  5. Absolutely love the idea of fence art. An unusual canvas waiting for creation. You two really did a great job. That dragon fly is stunning.

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    1. Patti-- I love "unusual canvas waiting for creation"... perfectly poetic and beautiful. Thank you!

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  6. I LOVE your fence art!! More! More! How about old funky framed mirrors found at garage sales or used furniture stores? In any case, you are doing a fine job on your own without any help from me. I'm glad you've found a creative outlet that makes you happy -- we are all benefiting from it.

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    1. Tara-- Thank you for that. It makes me so happy to know that you LOVE this. It started out as just a goofy experiment, and now we can't wait to make two ladybugs!

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  7. I'm so glad it worked out for you though I would check again in a few months in case they part company, mine seem to be OK still after being out all winter. I also found another glue I'm taken with Gorilla Glue. Needs a bit of moisture to work but boy does that stick. Used it on a cover I have on my roof so will see how it gets on over the next few months. I do love you fence.

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    1. Bill-- I plan on keeping an eye on that. We're hoping they'll stay attached, but will re-caulk if necessary. We didn't have good outcome with the gorilla glue, but that's only because it took so much to actually stick, it overflowed the marble boundaries. Glad you liked the fence art. Thank you so much for the caulk idea!

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  8. Yay! I'm so glad the dragonfly worked out with some new caulk! And thank goodness for the sun finally showing up again. Here's hoping you get a nice dry sunny spell to blow away any remnants of those gray-day blues!

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    1. Steve-- We are so glad to see that dragonfly on the fence. It makes us want to do more. Well, it's gray again today, but supposedly it's going to get sunnier tomorrow. It surprises me how much I believe them, no matter often they get it wrong!

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  9. The fence looks good. I'm glad you found a way to get the marbles to stick.

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  10. Mark-- We liked experimenting. It was fun!

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  11. So glad that the sun came out to lift your spirits. It will be back again soon! Love your fence art. The dragonfly is a nice flight of fancy! Can't wait to see the lady beetles! :)

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    1. bev-- The sun really makes such a difference. So glad you like our first attempts at art. We are having fun with it. Thank you!

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  12. Most interesting to me is that it appears that a ponytail is sprouting from the back of Roger's head. Could it be?

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    1. Paul-- Yes! Roger has decided to let his hair grow and grow and grow. No more barbershops for him. Good catch!

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  13. Northern Michigan too has had a slow break-away from the darknesses of winter. I like how you two took the bull by the horns and made the world shine. I am so looking forward to ladybugs, in my yard and on your fence!

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    1. Jennifer-- So good to hear from you! Yes, it's been a long dark winter all the way into late spring, but things are starting to change. Thank you for your kind words. To our ladybug futures!

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