Rust Off Steps

5/24/15 Sunday in Pahrump, NV (Preferred RV Resort-ROD)

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This was a pueblo style church. Great look and a perfect fit for this locale’s weather. On our way home we shopped for parts for our hose. Yesterday a neighbor noted that it was leaking. After lunch John worked on fixing that hose while I started my “rust” project, to get the rest spots off our steps. First I applied gobs of naval jelly to the affected places, letting it set for awhile, then rinsing it off with water. It didn’t take long to dry (hot day), then I scrubbed those areas with coarse steel wool, wiping off the remains. Now the fun part, spraying on Rustoleum’s “Rust Reformer”. We used a drop cloth (John helped hold it) to protect the rig from overspray. That needed 24 hours to “cure”, so that was all for today.

We treated ourselves to reading and TV after our little projects were completed, even managing a walk after supper.


About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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