I first learned about Dr. Martin’s Dyes in high school, back in the Dark Ages.
I was one of the select students in Mr. Gaynor’s art class that was permitted to never complete any class assignment. Dan Gaynor allowed me and Chris Duke and a few others to do whatever we pleased in his class.
In my senior year of high school, I had only English and Corporate Accounting classes as required courses to graduate. I filled the empty slots with three art classes. Mr. Gaynor gave me free reign to create whatever I wanted. He had Dr. Martin’s Dyes, a vibrant concentrated watercolor ink, tucked away in a closet. In those days I did a lot of illustrative art. Continue reading “Dr. Ph. Martin’s Dyes”
A while ago I started a mosaic on our wall around our back yard. Circumstances put that project on hold. Circumstances have changed.
This week Liz and I decided to bring this project to completion. Last Sunday we completed installing the tesserae and yesterday we began grouting the finished mosaic. We have about a third of the wall left to grout – it has been raining all day so that will have to wait for a dry day. It is so gray today one would think we were in Seattle and not in the middle of the Sonoran desert!
When the grouting is complete, I will post more pics including close-up shots of some of the interesting features.
We used Christmas break to install a stone backsplash in the kitchen.
Our house is old by Apache Junction standards. All of the walls have been finished with a textured paint, so installation began with a challenge.
Using orbital sanders, we sanded the wall down to a smooth finish. Home Depot had tiles of stone, which I cut to size with a tile saw. Outlets were cut out with a diamond blade on the Dremel. start to finish, the project took about 4 hours.
I installed a new faucet with a brushed finish to compliment the new backsplash. The final touch was to hang a painting by New Jersey Artist Kevin Quigley.
I am reluctantly selling my RZR side by side. It runs great and I enjoy it when I get out. But I need a trailer to haul it, and a trail tool kit and tool box for when I am off road without buddies in another side by side… the expenses for extraneous items are as costly as the RZR itself.