Monday, December 11, 2017

Faces In Things - The Iceman Smokes

Paredolia and as far back as I can remember I saw faces in things, just never knew the term for it. Judging by the amount of articles and websites, instagram pictures devoted to it I am not alone in this phenomenon.
 Happy Face by the waterfall in Glen Helen and it looks like he's smoking a stogie.
 This article states people are likely to be religious, or believe in ghosts or ufo's

Pareidolia Is Why You See Faces in Everyday Things | Reader's Digest - Reader's Digest

Have you ever been looking up at the sky and notice a shape in the clouds? Or do a double take of a tree because you can see a face in the bark? You're not alone; a lot of people have the tendency to do that. This phenomenon actually has a name.
How that works for me I don't know since I don't believe in ghosts, or ufo's, the the lockness monster  

Thursday, December 07, 2017

#metoo - Is There a Woman That This Hasn't Happened To

Viva La Vulve
"It was about women coming together and  not wanting to be silenced.”

I will NEVER forget the first incident. I was walking home from school in the wee mining village we lived in and a man with several children my age (6 years old) around him called me over. He was exposing himself and I was horrified and ran home and told my mum. She called the police but they never found the filthy pig. Actually that's an insult to pigs. 

 By the time I saw a man flashing himself in the cinema a few seats away from me I had sadly seen this happen so often during my teen years I was not shocked, just again disgusted and I shouted "put IT away" and reported him. The police came and to my further disgust the officer tried to interview me and ask for my address within earshot of the perv. 

Late teens I worked in a Butcher's department in a supermarket and the head butcher, a man in his 50's, couldn't keep his hands off the women. Our job was to try and protect each  other and NEVER walk by the cooler alone lest he drag you in for a feel. No matter how much we objected, no matter how many times women stamped his foot or dug an elbow into him he insisted women loved the attention. NOTHING could dissuade this piece of trash from his belief and the other men pretended not to see it, management didn't care.

There have been worse incidents, some brutal that led to jail time for the perpetrator, but the sad reality is that I am not alone. 

I was asked by Amelia Robinson in a blog radio interview at WHIO Dayton if the #metoo will make a difference and I can't really answer that. 
Are men listening, are men making changes, are men in power holding others accountable, themselves accountable? Is society listening and demanding changes or are they making excuses for those perps that align with them politically, socially, economically, career wise, etc. 
This article talks of lumping the trivial in with the "legitimate sexual assault". The problem is that the trivial is part of the conditioning and pattern that leads to an unhealthy acceptance of abusive behaviour towards children, teens and women.  I purposefully excluded the word "legitimate" because that smacks of marginalization. 
I have had TRIVIAL up to my eyeballs and 
it's NOT acceptable.

TIME Person of the Year 2017: The Silence Breakers

Movie stars are supposedly nothing like you and me. They're svelte, glamorous, self-­possessed. They wear dresses we can't afford and live in houses we can only dream of. Yet it turns out that-in the most painful and personal ways-movie stars are more like you and me than we ever knew.

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Tis the Season and the Art of Jollity

I am just not feeling it this season.
Jollity is being elusive. 
A major MOVE looms. 
 It's my last Christmas with my dear friends.
It's my last Christmas in this wee village surrounded by cornfields.
How I've come to love those cornfields.

The Art of Jollity
Open the door a wee bit and it sneaks in
with that smile of a friend
that connection with a loved one far away
that candy crunch all the way from Ireland
that handmade gift left at the door
that moment you volunteer for a cause
that card that comes in the mail
that video of a grandchild
that smell of roasting chestnuts
and the moment I remember
 how utterly blessed I am.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

The Craftivist Sisterhood and Craftivism in the News

altered altoid tinI was asked on a blog talk radio interview at whio Dayton what the Craftivist Sisterhood was. I can tell you what it's not and that is it's not a formal group, club or organization. In our case, the reason for the interview, it was three friends who joined together in a spontaneous act of sisterhood to express our feelings through craft. Definition: Craftivism is joining craft and activism but for a longer explanation check out Betsy Greer who coined the term.
Any women who get together and create crafts to express an opinion or address an issue is in the Craftivist Sisterhood. There are organizations you can join  such as the craftivist collective started by Sarah Corbett OR you can do what a friend of mine, Johanna Smith, did when she moved to a new state and put out the call to fellow Knitters/crochet and started a Crafting for a Cause group. 

Craftivism in the News

Craftivism: Melding of crafting, activism is having a moment

Colleen Haraden-Gorski uses her embroidery skills these days to embellish quilts made by students at school and community-center workshops on themes of social justice and working together to make a difference. Recently, she embroidered images of barbed wire and the serial numbers of concentration-camp victims on a square about the Holocaust.

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Hawk and The Snake

birds of prey
I saw this magnificent hawk grab a snake and fly up to the tree next to our house. I was on my way to a local cafe in the village but sat in the car and watched the hawk for a few minutes. They say in AZ in the more rural parts it's a good idea to create nesting boxes for hawks and owls to help control the rattlesnake population in your back yard eeek! I think me and my husband will be building about a hundred nesting boxes when we move there. 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Flying High with Hello Kitty in Taiwan

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 Hello Kitty is EVERYwhere in Taiwan and I mean everywhere, from vendors goods at night market, to scooters, face masks, helmets, exhibits at the Art Center in Kaohsiung, Hello Kitty Cafe's and even a plane.  
I found this video and it's pretty close to how we experienced Taiwan in 2014.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

A Wet Weekend and NOT Loving Vincent

I LOVE his paintings and have seen some major exhibits of his work but the movie was hard for me to watch. 
It was BEAUTIFULLY done and so the fault is not with the animation. My problem is that my eye's had difficulty focusing and kept wanting to close. I am lucky I saw any of it, especially the amazing animation of the reflection in water.  I also found the story rather slow, which by itself perhaps would not have been a problem if I was being bedazzled by the animation. 
water reflections
The major bedazzlement for me this evening was watching the rain from under the Sunrise Cafe Canopy. The rain was coming down in buckets, which made the street look magical.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

In the Pink and This and That and Tother

  Being "in the pink"  means in good health and spirits and I certainly felt that on my daily walk and came across this scattering of the most glorious fall leaves. 

My work at the Wind's Cafe came down and I was so happy to see a few pieces found good homes with some dear friends thank you.

Despite not having my studio at the moment I am still very busy and just finished helping set up the Holiday Art Jumble at the Yellow Springs Arts Council for the past couple of days. Always fun to open boxes and see what goodies people have donated. 

If people wish to waste time sending spam that goes straight into the spam filter box and get's deleted have at it I suppose. If you want to waste your time with sarky comments and unsolicited advice so be it but be aware the comments  generally go unread and go directly into the spam filter and get's deleted, so have at it I suppose.

As they say in the south
Bless Your Heart

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Starting Your Career as an Illustrator by Michael Fleishman

 A couple of years ago my friend Michael
 asked if he could include my copyright infringement story/saga/nightmare, included in chapter 12, in his new book.

COPYRIGHT: Hall of Shame

I started to find these infringements May 2013 when I discovered Suffice it to say that as soon as I discovered how much work was infringed/used I deleted my jafabrit flickr account, removed many of my images off other sites, put all my blog entries into draft (and republish with low res watermarked images), added a nopin code and no right click code, and reverse image search on google.
If you're starting out I highly recommend Michael's books and NO I am not getting paid in any fashion to say this. I just happen to think Michael is a fabulous artist with over 30 years experience as an artist, Illustrator, teacher and author of seven other books.   You can check out the Art League's review here.

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Ideas for Skyping with a Grandchild

and it is indeed an art when the vocabulary is limited to two or three words. My face can only hold attention for so long before the wee one dashes off exploring.
Bear has been a presence in my granddaughters life since the day she was born, either physically on visits or through shared images. 
Here is a card I recently sent and in the 
toy photography, toy bear
 card I included one of the silk leaves.
So when we skyped today  and I had lost bear on the screen and talking to her she recognized him immediately and laughed.
Bear asked for bao bao (cuddles) and the iphone got a big cuddle lol. 

For some other creative ideas check out this link at grandma ideas

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Gentle Patter of Rain and The November Guest

My November Guest

My Sorrow, when she's here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walked the sodden pasture lane.

Her pleasure will not let me stay.
She talks and I am fain to list:
She's glad the birds are gone away,
She's glad her simple worsted gray
Is silver now with clinging mist.

The desolate, deserted trees,
The faded earth, the heavy sky,
The beauties she so truly sees,
She thinks I have no eye for these,
And vexes me for reason why.

Not yesterday I learned to know
The love of bare November days
Before the coming of the snow,
But it were vain to tell her so,
And they are better for her praise.

Robert Frost

Time to snuggle down by the warm glow of the fire, drink a cuppa and read a good book.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Boo Time in the VIllage

mextures app
Photo by Corrine Bayraktaroglu
It's always fun walking around the village and seeing all the Halloween decorations and carved pumpkins. Tomorrow night we shall see the joy of little faces as we hand out the sweets and ooh and aah at their costumes.

Back in my day in the UK we didn't have pumpkins to carve but used turnips, nor did we do trick or treat. OF course all that has changed now and UK has imported the Americanized version.

The Very First Jack-O'-Lanterns Are WAY More Terrifying Than What We Have Today

There's nothing quite like visiting a pumpkin patch, finding the perfect pumpkin, then settling in to carve your creation on a cool, fall night. Sure, the "pumpkin guts" are gross and make my arms itch, but the end result is always worth it.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Letting Go of Your Art Projects

yellow springs, ohio corry street shops and public art
As I plan to move out of state there are projects that were dear to my heart that I have had to let go and one of the them was the jafagirls "peeps in the park" which has now been handed over to the Village Artisans. It will be exciting to see how it changes under new leadership though. 

Letting Go seems to be my theme this year as I sort through my house, letting go of things, the clutter of mementos, of memories and dreams once held dear, and those things that were not meant to be. It can be very unsettling and yet very liberating.