The View from a Drawbridge

The random musings of a bridgetender with entirely too much time on her hands.

Every once in a while, I have this powerful urge to get creative. I suspect it’s the same feeling that animals get when it’s time to migrate for the winter. It’s not an option. It’s a compulsion.

But as we’re in the throes of a pandemic, I didn’t want to run out to an art supply store to get materials. That made me cast about in the yard and garage to see what was already on hand. That added an additional layer of creativity to the project.

We have a lot of (perhaps too many) mostly used cans of paint in a wide variety of colors sitting around, taking up space. I also happened to have a bunch of empty terra cotta pots in my greenhouse. So I thought, why not? What you see below is the result of my handiwork.

Okay, I never said I was Van Gogh. But it was a fun few hours, and now when I see these pots it makes me smile. I even went a little wild and tried gluing glass beads on one, as you can see. While it looked good on the day I took this picture, it didn’t hold up well. I guess the moisture and drying qualities of terra cotta do not make for a good gluing surface. Lesson learned.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to be artistic. You just need to look at what you have available in a different way. Use your imagination. Have fun. Satisfy that compulsion.

Teracotta pots

Do you enjoy my random musings? Then you’ll love my book! http://amzn.to/2mlPVh5

12 thoughts on “Painting Flower Pots

  1. Helen says:

    Those look great! Now for some plants…

    1. I’ve been putting succulents in them. I’ve been fascinated by succulents lately.

  2. Lyn says:

    I call this compulsion to create…It’s Feed My Soul Time. No one can nourish your soul as well as your own creative efforts. Waiting to see pics of those succulents that completed this endeavor. Gardening is also a creative act.

    1. Feed my soul. Love that! I’ll do a post on succulents. It’s on my to do list.

  3. Martin says:

    wonderful Barb. As jasper johns once said; to make art you do something and then do something else until you are done 🙂

    1. Well, I’m no Jasper Johns, but it was fun! 🙂

  4. Carole says:

    LOL, Love it. Flash forward to ANTIQUES ROADSHOW 2050 – CORONOVIRUS EDITION. Cottage crafts created from caution, comfort, creativeness, and boredom.

    Make sure you sign and date.

  5. Carole says:

    I would love to buy a small pot with a “Feel Painting or “Memory Pot.”. A Small painting of pic in your mind of our connecting or trigger memory you have of me. Take no special care, just let it come. Interesting it will definitely be. First of all, make “Your” special memory pot that gives everyone a mental pic of “you”.

    1. I’ll give it some thought and get back to you. 🙂

    2. I’ll give it some thought! ❤

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: