Renovating without stress!

Nonsense. Not if you are living in a 600 square foot area and all of the tools, sink, toilet, paint, bags of dry wonder mix are all over the floor. We have only four days left and we are both dead tired.

Niches to the left for storage are planipatched

Niches to the left for storage are planipatched

Cameron got the pocket door framed up, put trim on the windows, panipatched the niches and exposed wall end where he built out to enclose the tub, installed the in floor heating and put thin set on it.

Must be shaking with excitement, faucet ready for sink

Must be shaking with excitement, faucet ready for sink

I did laundry, cleaned the floor, cleaned the floor, went out…guess where? Oh yeah! The hardware store. We ordered the mirror from competition glass that will also act as a backsplash and I finished the painting for the Almost Famous show at Gallery Vertigo.

I donated a piece to the Penticton Art Gallery, the Kamloops Art Gallery and will drive the piece up to Vernon for Gallery Vertigo tomorrow. Cameron has a gig at the bliss cafe so we will sand and prime before the gig, I will drive to Vernon and then join him in Peachland. After that we come home and get back to work. Only four days left before deadline on this project.

Painting for Gallery Vertigo is a rendition of a Raphael work I find very sensual.

What the weather says..

Rain, wind, sun, clouds, sun, big wind. We had serious multiple personality expressions in the weather today. Cameron and I soldiered on and got all of the dry wall up and mudded and taped. Today, for a change, I swept, vaccumed and mopped the floor four times. Keeping the dry wall dust out of every surface in the house is an agean stables activity meant to increase my flexibility both physically and psychologically.

I did take a break to work in the garden for about an hour. The new wavy waterfall of bamboo grass that I bought promises to spill luxuriously down from a planter a distance of five feet. It will be fun to watch it develop.

A friend, Ann Tracy, sent through an email saying a place in Florida wants alligator art so I worked on that while I waited for the dust and grit and dirt to build up again. I am including the three versions that I created.


image with fewer filters on it

image with fewer filters on it

the energy of an alligator

the energy of an alligator

I've drawn into the eyes and face for emphasis

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Mounting the bathtub

ceiling

ceiling

It sounds salacious but it just means that we got the sale item bathtub mortared in place. While Cameron was making the drains and connections work, I dug out all the ivy under the tree that had been attacking my neighbour’s side of the fence for the last three years. I am amazed at how patient she was with me and my invasive three types of ivy. Not to mention the grape that likes to hurl itself over the top of the fence and go after their small dogs. ( Perhaps I am exaggeration).

I got the stone patio in, planted the pink star-fire zinnias, sweet peas ( too late, too hot) and Asters. More sweeping, mopping, wiping building residue off of the walls.

Sale bathtub, no scratches just small wobble

Sale bathtub, no scratches just small wobble

The front yard looks magnificent. I cut part of the over weaning Lilac tree away to allow the Delphinium to get more sun. Cameron was not happy to see me sawing away with his coping saw and brought out the big guy, ruumm, ruuumm, and got the large trunk that was at a 45 degree angle over my flower bed.

I set up the chaise chair and the umbrella as well as moving some planters around the stone pad. I managed to pull something necessary out of place in my back. Wall board in the ceiling tomorrow. That should be interesting.

Boxes in place

Boxes in place

Ten days left for the bathroom completion deadline. Will we make it?

Today I made two trips to the dump, mowed the front lawn, used the weed eater to clean up edges, weeded and watered. Because my neighbour is on the garden tour in Kelowna and dozens of people were parking on our block and walking past my house, I had an expiation of guilt over the condition on my yard. At least the roses were magnificently showy. Too bad the lawn is partially dead due to the neglect of our flying off to Europe.

I cleared a great deal of the back yard, got part of the home studio floor cleared and laundry complete. Cameron worked away on the bathroom. My role seems to be to find the hiding tool, run to the hard ware store, fix some uninspired, badly prepared meals and keep him supplied with coffee.

With only ten days left, framing in and electrical moves forward

With only ten days left, framing in and electrical moves forward

I am also trying to prepare some donations for fund raisers for the Kamloops Art Gallery and the Penticton Art Gallery. More teaching opportunities are coming in and I want to keep those dates straight.

controls for sink, bathtub, fan, lights

controls for sink, bathtub, fan, lights

After I cleaned the floor…again!! Well the urge to go have a bath was strong. Paint splattered clothes and hair came off. The dark ring in the tub from the last ablution had to be scrubbed out. I washed my hair, put on the tissue thin dress I brought back from Vienna and lay on the deck under the stars. Watching the wind knead the clouds into varying shapes, listening to the trees catching the breezes and eating cherries was such a beautiful time after the day’s relentless activities, that I thought about how these moments are the ones that really “count” not the days we are counting down.

ceiling had to be shaved and reboarded for eveness

ceiling had to be shaved and reboarded for eveness

How to renovate a bathroom

First of all don’t do it when you only have one month to get it finished! We are up to our eyeballs in supplies, dirt, dry wall dust and the clock is ticking. Everyone tells us it is impossible to complete the task in one month. We have only two weeks left… so the race is on.

ripping out the walls, tiles, windows

ripping out the walls, tiles, windows

Cleaning up dust is on going. I clean using oil soap etc. twice a day to keep the dust trails minimal.

new pipe in place

new pipe in place

Vermiculite is not pixie dust. Gray insulation and ancient nails create a certain interesting texture.

more new plumbing

more new plumbing

Oh..why not put in a pocket door

Old shop vac doesn’t work. Had to purchase a new one.

So many unexpected expenses seem to be par for the course.

gutted but subfloor has to come out

gutted but subfloor has to come out

Cameron is working alone on this project with only my feeble attempts to help out. Because of the Rheumatoid arthritis in my hands, I am limited as to what I can hold and for how long. But I do clean up valiantly.

the fixture outlet wall, tub, sink, toilet here

the fixture outlet wall, tub, sink, toilet here

The entire bathroom is seven feet by seven and 1/2 feet. Today Cameron got some of the new framing in. Pictures forthcoming. Stay tuned.

What is Urban Art?

Art which is most powerful in a contemporary/urban setting seems to bloom when it is placed for maximum effect. I was very pleased when Rob Chetner of TC Homes emailed me and asked if I could place my art in his new waterfront development on the West Side of Kelowna.

black and white Construct/Destruct looks great in this room

black and white Construct/Destruct looks great in this room

I returned from Vienna with some pieces that were in the international show Disparate Voices. Earth and Spirit-Wind were both selected to be shown in the show home which opens today for public viewing.

Earth is one of a series of Elements

Earth is one of a series of Elements

Getting art ready for the opening and working construction on our own home has been challenging. But tonight as we sat on the front step looking at the beautiful row of roses we were thankful… and exhausted for and from our lives.

Grey Red has tones that exactly match the bathroom

Grey Red has tones that exactly match the bathroom

Once our renovations are done, including rebuilding the bathroom after ripping out everything except for some plumbing… including subfloor and ceiling, I just want to drink ice tea and drift. Last summer was so busy I missed it. This year, I want to get some days of sitting and then sitting and then maybe more sitting before the afternoon nap.

Wind Spirit greets those who go upstairs

Wind Spirit greets those who go upstairs

gray bubbles is above the powder room biffy

gray bubbles is above the powder room biffy

The piece that has such force and power is over the bed in the master bed room and just pops out in the white and black room which has one full wall of glass overlooking the lake.

Red Swirl: the caressing of two colors

Red Swirl: the caressing of two colors

Large Navaho Rug work reflects in dining room mirrors

Large Navaho Rug work reflects in dining room mirrors

My work has found a setting that really shows its quirkiness, its movement and its intensity. What better way to have a contemporary art form showcased but in a contemporary environment? It spurs me on to seek other sleek settings for the work that I call art for those on the forward edge.

Why visit Vienna? Nasch Market and Trolley travel

After the opening of the Disparate Voices show, we all climbed in the hot car and drove back to Vienna proper. Once we were there, we headed out to the Art Gallery Fair. Most of the Galleries in the inner-city area were in evidence and we got an opportunity to view a cross section of what is being created and sold in the contemporary art scene in Austria. Exhausted as we all were, we were fascinated to explore what others are producing.

That evening we were planning to go to the Nasch market but none of us could scrape up the energy. Cameron and I elected to go on a following day. The wonderful, crowded outdoor food fare was fascinating. We purchased some candied fruit and went to lunch at the Lighthouse Restaurant. The fish was superb. Cooked to just the right moment for tenderness. If you are in Vienna, don’t pass up the opportunity to satisfy the senses.