Let the Fun Begin

Last week was February break for my kids. We try to plan a trip to escape the cold and snow of New England. We headed west and didn’t stop until we hit Hawai’i.

It is also the week that the new Creatin Contest kit is mailed out. I was extremely sad to leave Hawai’i, but really excited to get started on the Serendipity Shed.

I had put our mail on hold, so even though we were got home on Saturday I had to wait until today to get it. Pure torture!

The dry fit went together so quickly. I love it’s little footprint. I plan on increasing the height, so the footprint shouldn’t change much. It might get a little wider, maybe about 6-8″.

My plan is to raise it up on arches with a cobblestone street or walkway that goes underneath.

The challenge will be how to make it obvious that it’s not a stand alone structure, but a piece of a building or city block.

I love the work of Michael McMillen and Michael Garman. I’ll probably try to incorporate some of their techniques to convey that my scene is just a small part of a much larger whole. The trick will be to do it in a way that doesn’t draw attention away from the main subject and also doesn’t look like a scene from Saving Private Ryan.

We’ll see how it goes. If it doesn’t work I can always rethink and rework.

There’s a really rough mock up of my thought process so far. The arches are off scale from what my plans are. I’m not very good at eyeballing.

I plan on making the windows taller and make them open like the French doors. The doors might need to be made taller also or I might be able to get away with just adding a transom window. I want to raise up the roof a little and flatten it out since it’s just one floor of a much larger building. There will be a lot of brick and stone work, as well as a bit of “iron work” for railings. Window boxes dripping with plants will add some softness to all the hard elements. Inside the studio there will be herringbone wood floors, some plaster architectural accents, and maybe faded wallpaper (if not there will be plaster walls).

That’s all I’ll think about for now. The list can go on and on. However, I think my first step will be to build the arch framework to see if it will work.

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Inspiration for 2019’s Creatin’ Contest

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This year’s kit is the Serendipity Shed. I’m so happy it is on the smaller side, help ease me back into larger projects. It would make an adorable floral shop, farm stand, or bakery. However I see something a little different.

 

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Big open windows providing lots of natural light.

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Every surface littered with tools and supplies.

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And walls adorned with inspiration.

If you haven’t guessed yet, I’m planning on making an artist’s studio. More specifically an artist’s studio in France during the early 1900’s. I’m seeing beautiful architecture that has been neglected during the frenzy of creation.

A look inside an artist’s studio is undoubtedly a view into the artist’s mind. A place of creation and personal haven, the studio, like a diary, is full of an artist’s personal baggage… It is a place where one’s greatest artistic triumphs sit beside one’s greatest failures, finished pieces among works in progress, where piles of books, clippings, and other specimens of inspiration or just general interest collide, to form great ideas and eventually great works of art. It is both a place of joy and disappointment; inspiration and frustration. But most of all it is a necessary place in which an artist may grow.   – Lydia Andersen

To do this I’ll need to raise the roof some and flatten it out (not a fan of the slant). I’m planning herringbone wood floors, enlarging the windows, and adding transom windows over the French doors. I’ve yet to decide if I want this to be set in a garden or in some way as part of a larger building. I think once I get it I’ll be able to picture it more clearly. Until then I’ll keep keeping on with my little pumpkin project.