Dreaming, Drawing and Building

in art •  3 years ago 

I'm a dreamer. Always have been.

Ever since I was little, I wanted the "house with the white picket fence", the family, the dog, the truck. I've also wanted a piece of land to design and build my own home.

I received an Associates from the University of Alaska Anchorage while I served in the U.S. Air Force. My degree is in engineering, but we're talking old school right before autoCAD was becoming mainstream. I prefer to draw out my plans the old fashioned way.

My passion has always been around building things. Ask my mother. I bet you she's cursing the Lego blocks she's still finding in the heat registers some 40 years later.


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If I had a huge garage and unlimited resources I would have half the room dedicated to drawing, building models, and playing with Legos and Lincoln Logs - and Matchbox cars. I drive the woman crazy with all of my "collectibles".

Lately I've been doing a lot of drawing.

And I'm using all available wall space to hang my dreams much to the woman's chagrin.

I'm researching shipping container homes and earthbag homes. The drawing is a hybrid idea implementing shipping containers as the main support and then surrounding it with earthbags for R value and aesthetics.

It's a 2/2 small home with a fairly large back porch that can be sealed for 3 - 4 seasons depending on the weather. If there's a decent view then I want to be on the back porch relaxing, drinking beer and cooking in the outdoor kitchen.

And here are some more of my drawings taking up wall space

Drawing is how I relax. I dream and plan while considering the layout and the needs of my family.

What do you do to relax? What do you dream about?

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You used the word chagrin

Yeah, yeah!

Why am I always the girl?

I have Associates degrees in architectural and mechanical drafting. I was in one of the last classes at my local college to get any board drafting at all. I know just enough engineering to be dangerous at this point. I like AutoCAD, but I love Solidworks.

that's what my wife says - enough knowledge to do A LOT of damage. I've been tempted to try out a few design programs but we have old computers and drawing calms me down. I just watched a video on Solidworks standard. Dang, that's impressive! It would probably take me a year and a day to figure out how to use it. lol