As I mentioned before, a very sweet and generous friend was kind enough to give me a number of cans of brightly colored paint--which I promptly put to good use. But when I started looking for a home for all my new paints, I ran across another stash of cans--old and outdated--left behind in our house from previous owners. None of these colors were very pretty and most of the cans were rusted and dried out. But what do you do with all that old paint? Take 'em down to the local recycle center, of course!
I thought I was just going to be tagging along on a boring old trip to drop off a bunch of junk we no longer wanted, but I was in for a surprise. Who would have dreamed the recycling center would be an inspiring place where creative people could find a way to turn someone's old trash into works of art? Well, duh. Maybe a better question would be, how could I have ever doubted?
What a bunch of fun people to work with who would turn what could have been a dirty old warehouse into an art gallery? Even the paint spills are pretty! I wonder if they'd let me just hang out with them sometime.
The moral of this story? You can find inspiration in even the most unlikely places. And meet interesting and inspiring people in the process. Two cheers for recycling!
If you live in the Pueblo area, you can find the local recycling guide here.