Trying to get there gave me a headache – Wood, Rocks, Color, Values, Hues, Does it flow, Is it warm, ????Even a Democrat can say a true thing! I heard ex-President Clinton say “Not raising the debt ceiling is like not paying for things we already bought” Going on to say “If you did that
…..you would get put in jail” How long will it take to get a two party agreement – Bet they get there before we pick our rocks! – Read on! — Bear with me! — Hey, any of you men out there married to an artist? Maybe you relate to what I have been doing!
All of that was to get a lead in to say Lawyers and artist have the ability to see true things that others do not see — or at least we normal folks do not see. (President Clinton is the lawyer in this case)
All of that was to get a lead in to say my wife is the artist in this case — Grandma sees things that normal folks like me do not see – We did have a discussion about the word “Normal” and of course wether I was real — She said she knew I was real because — “If I were only in her mind she would make numerous improvements.”
All of that was to get a lead in to say the engineer gave a plan to solve our floor problem — well half a plan – our problem is inside and outside — the inside part has a plan – still working on the outside part.
All of that was to get a lead in to say the plan is, we will replace glued down engineered wood floors with rocks – the wood and the glue-down organic stuff used for wood floors is mold food. Rocks on the other hand are not food for anything. Rocks have been sitting there since God put them there. So we will put down some form of rock – in selected areas — ENGINEERING DECISION MADE.
All of that was to get a lead in to say – THE ARTIST DECISION STARTS NOW – the rock floor store has 10 thousand examples of tile, ceramics, slate, fake slate, 1000 degree heated ceramics, terracotta, travertine, ETC – each in what I call several different colors. But, to the artist, rocks do not come in several colors – they come in thousands of blue greens, orange reds, pink browns, all with values, contrasts, hues. THOUSAND of combinations! That is where the headache starts.
All of that was to get a lead in to say, why I stand by for hours listening to Grandma and the rock-store lady discussing – with samples of our wall paint, counter-top granite , a draw I brought from the cabinets, left over samples of the adjoining wood floor which I dragged out of the attic , samples of my hair color, the color of Grandmas eyes, if the pest man ever left a silverfish live would they match the floor color, the show on TV has a tone that may reflect on the floor, if I drink red wine would it match the floor color, how about the coffee – do I lighten it with cream or milk – maybe I drink tea, orange juice or V8 juice, what color are my underwear? — all of the things and many more – must be considered when an artist selects floor covering- and Grandma is an artist!
All of that was to get a lead in to say I have had a tough week now that we moved from the ENGINEERING DECISION to the ARTIST DECISION phase. I have luged a ton of sample potential tiles (rocks) from store to car, from car to kitchen, to front door where light is natural, to back room where natural light is not natural, luged those that got voted off out to the garage– well maybe the decision was made too fast — lug them back in — on and on it goes just to see all of that stuff an artist sees that normal folks like me do not see.
All of that was to get a lead in to say what is true? Is the floor world made up of hues, color values, temperatures, flows?
All of that was to get a lead in to say It is true — The artist told me so! — but she did not tell me how long it will take to get to the one true rock. But I know in the end – her hard work and color skill will make it perfect – Thanks Grandma.
All of that was to get a lead in to say – Gotta go move yesterday’s samples to the car – drive to the rock store and get another load of samples – So now you got an idea of what I have been doing.