Bugs be gone…

To start with – we don’t have bugs.  Well, we don’t have bad or gross bugs.  I just want to set the record straight from the beginning.  Ok.

We do have a little spider or those mini fruit flies occasionally.  That’s what this post is about – a little spider and those pesky little fruit flies.  It’s probably a relief for most of you that you won’t have to look at bad or gross bugs here.  For the rest of you – those that were looking forward to some bad bugs – sorry to disappoint.

For some time now – like a year or so – I’ve had a few mini fruit flies and a mini spider appear within 2 pieces of artwork.  Maddening.

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This is artwork that isn’t all that personal to me, but I like that it is large, somewhat interesting, and has some pretty nice colors in it.  It is, however, impossible to get a decent photograph with it’s highly reflective glass.

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I actually got this artwork for someone else a few years ago.  She declined to hang it in her house – it reminded her of blood cells. I think about her comments every time I look at these, but I don’t really see it. Officially, the pieces are called “Garden Party”. I definitely don’t see a garden party either. I don’t know. I am not one of those people who has to figure out art or find a meaning in it. I either like the way it looks or I don’t. I am an art simpleton. All I see here are some lovely shapes and colors. That’s enough for me.

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Anyway, I have been thinking about replacing these for a while but haven’t really found anything I like better.  The pieces came already framed, but not really properly sealed from the bugs that found it an interesting place to go to die.

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I had been kind of dreading doing this because I thought it would take forever to do – and as mentioned earlier, I wasn’t sure I was going to keep the artwork.  Last week I had a mandatory work meeting – a phone meeting from home.  The meeting was a serious dud – as many meetings are.  It was comparable to those awards shows on TV – without the accompanying fashion to provide some entertainment. There were a lot of people I don’t know, thanking people I don’t know and will likely never know.  I struggled to not lose my mind.  I started looking around to see if there was something productive I could do during this meeting.  I spotted the dead fruit flies and spider carcass in my artwork.  I decided to just get it done.

I bent back the little picture tacks to remove the print. Carefully, I dusted the print itself off.  The bugs got vacuumed up and out of the frame and off the glass.  I cleaned the glass.  Then, I put everything back together.  At this point, I discovered that I didn’t really have anything to seal off the print with.  This isn’t fine art that is at risk of disintegrating at any moment – so, I decided to just use some masking tape to block future bug access.  Of course, I then discovered that I didn’t have enough masking tape on hand to complete both frames.  I had to run out to the hardware store.  I returned with masking tape, got the frames taped off, and sealed tight against any future bugs.

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Less than an hour later, the meeting on the phone was still going strong as I finished up this little task – speeches about nothing, people thanking people, etc.

The bugs are gone – for good – I hope.