Painting Live and recycling a fridge

I was asked to be part of a live competition. The competition was to take a refrigerator that had been turned in for recycle and paint the outside of it to bring awareness to the program. This was during First Fridays which is when the Crossroads in Kansas City fills full of people to see art in the galleries and shops.

Three artists were asked. I happened to be one of them. This is so far outside of my comfort zone. I don’t paint live and I’ve never painted a refrigerator. Of course I said yes. I do believe that doing things outside of our comfort zone is when we start really growing.

Once I gave my answer I started sweating it. I brainstormed some ideas and came up with what I thought was a brilliant idea. Then I got called to go help my mom (she had reconstructive knee surgery). Before I realized it, the event had snuck up on me and I wasn’t really prepared with more than an idea.

I began to do what most good artist I know do, and that is panic at the last minute. The night before I completely changed my mind on what I was going to do. I second guessed myself and decided it wasn’t good enough. After all, I know the work of the other two artist and they are good. I just don’t want to be laughed off the stage. Some tears were shed and some tantrums thrown.

Then my trusty knowing partner said, “why don’t you just do what you do”. Huh. There’s an idea. Keep it simple. Paint what I’m known for? That just seems too easy.

So the next day in the melting heat I hopped on stage with my fellow artists. We were each given a fridge and an hour and 1/2 to complete our project. I decided that a recycled fridge needed one more life. Not only did I paint it, I also turned it into a mobile library.

I didn’t win (and I didn’t expect to), but I wasn’t laughed off the stage. I felt some serious growing pains and think I have painting live out of my blood for awhile. I was happy with the end result and now am trying to talk my partner into letting me paint our fridge. 😉

fridge 2painted fridge


About strokeofred

I am from Kansas and I have traveled all over the world. I am an artist, and I have a business brain. I love skirts and tennis shoes. I like to get dirty and ride motorcycles. I am sensitive and I can be mean. I love nature, and believe in protecting it. I love to laugh, and feel better after a good cry. I can be stubborn and impatient. I am constantly growing. I am open and free. I look to be inspired and love to inspire. I play guitar and secretly want to play drums. I have a puppy that brings me great joy. I love hugs, cuddling, holding hands...and wrestling. I love the mountains and the beach. I have to make a pilgrimage to the ocean at least twice a year to balance myself. I believe in balance in all things. Traveling is a passion, and meeting interesting people from all over the world is the perk! I have small town values, and big city dreams. I love beer, hate wine. I believe that what you put out comes back. I believe and live by the belief of treating others like you want to be treated. I enjoy stimulating conversation, and a good sense of humor. Caffeine is my drug of choice, and coffee over chess or good conversation is my luxury. I am strong but sometimes feel small. I strive to be my authentic me.
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