Saturday, April 14, 2012

Art or Dust Catchers?

I think dust catchers is a funny word we use.  I know of Dream Catchers that we have hanging in our bedroom and they catch your bad dreams but dust catcher?   The Dream Catcher we purchased in Arizona off of a Navajo lady.  She was a second grade teacher but in the summer she made the Dream Catchers and sold them out of the trunk of her car.  We so enjoyed the visit with her. 

I got this off of the Internet so some of y'all would know what in the world I am talking about. I know at times I do wander around the halls of the Internet world. 

 Dream catchers are one of the most fascinating traditions of Native Americans. The traditional dream catcher was intended to protect the sleeping individual from negative dreams, while letting positive dreams through. The positive dreams would slip through the hole in the center of the dream catcher, and glide down the feathers to the sleeping person below. The negative dreams would get caught up in the web, and expire when the first rays of the sun struck them.

 In West Texas we do have the dust and I guess that really means for something to just sit there and do nothing but catch dust.  Sometimes in our lives we need these little treasures to remember where we have been or just a little trinket that caught our eye.  

On our impromptu trips Hubby and I take we are usually not a trinket buyer.  I take photos which sit in my computer, not collecting dust by the way, but just there and one day I will get a wild hair and do something with them or not.  Here awhile back we did go to Santa Fe and between there and Albuquerque there is a road called the Turquoise Trail.  It is several mining towns of sorts and some businesses have set up shop there.  We went into some of them and on the whole was the same ole same ole things but there was one shop and they really had some pretty treasures.  So we forced ourselves to purchase a couple of them.  I proudly made a collection of some "ART" and put it on the wall.   Now in my book when a 20 year old young lady , our beautiful granddaughter,  says I really like that wall I consider that a home run in wall doings.   I do have a few more things I am fixin to add to it, just heartfelt treasures.  

Here is the wall, I am just getting around to really put my"touch" on this home.  Who knows what I will finish it up with, this wall that is.   I don't like the light switch but it is either stumble around in the dark or have the light switch.   I just had one large painting on here for a while but thought it is time to junk it up. 

Close up of the wind lady.  The artist used found wood and just created what spoke to her.  This, for some reason spoke to us because like I said we are not treasure buyers.   This one that we bought on the Turquoise Trail.

This is a close up of a Painted Paper Painting I did, certainly do like that method. I know that there is nothing original in the world, it has all been done before.  Way before any of us were born but the paper painting is fun. 

A close up of part of the painting on the wall, I did this in about maybe 1974ish in pastels. Love those pastels but certainly are dirty hand makers.   

This was part of a photograph that I took and then put on the computer and painted it on the computer, stroke by stroke in pastels and then printed it up and then painted on top with acrylic.  It was fun to do. 

This is a close up of the crop circle art piece.  We are so interested in those.  I think somewhere on the blog I told about the crop circles we had while farming.  I think.  The artist made these after going to England, my strong roots are there-well besides Texas.   She made handmade paper and then these are what evolved. 

One more of the crop circles.  I just thought y'all might like to see the close ups of the art on the wall.
Hummmm one day I will tell you about the crop circles we had,  or have I already?  I will actually have to go look and see. 

Off for now and thanks for stopping by and seeing what is going on in my world today. xoxo


  1. Loving your beautiful wall and paintings. The wind in her hair is an absolute treasure. Enjoy the weekend Annette, x

  2. My favorite is the sunflower photograph!!

  3. oh i love your wall and the wind lady is to die for shes just gorgeous ....

    hugz bev

  4. Bev just said what I wanted to say :-) but the wind lady IS gorgeous, as is your pastel...really beautiful! This wall is very precious, full of good memories , a pleasure to look at. Annette could you tell me what you do to pastels to make them last in time? Wishing you a wonderful Sunday . XXOO

  5. Thank each and every one of you,glad you liked the wall. It is growing everyday with some more goodies to add. Guess the wall will cave in becasue fo so many art treasures.

    Janet the sunflower is part digital painting and part acrylic from a photo I took a couple of years ago. We actually stopped and I took these, not from a moving car. : )

    Jane, I have put nothing on the pastels, I know now that they have sprays but when I did these it was a big no no to put anything on them. I keep them out of direct sunlight, as I do the photos but that is it. they are so like oil paints just pure color but without the oil. I hope they last for a long long time. Just never thought about them not lasting. On some of my larger ones I have a matt between them and the glass also, this one was done in our poor days and was lucky to get a frame. Good question my friend.

    The wind lady, one day we will go back to that shop and see what else she has to offer, she may have had a website not sure now. We have slept since we were there so don't remember.

  6. Hi Annette beautiful things you hang on your wall, and your paintings are really beautifully made, yes to have grandchildren are the best in the world, thanks for your sweet comment.


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