Wednesday, November 29, 2006

gannin to the Baltic


Newcastle Quayside


This is when I was back home in September and mum and I went to the Quayside. I'm on the top floor of the Baltic Center for Contemporary Art. I remember it when it was a flour mill (that's going back a few years). Was wonderful to see it transformed into an art center. Would have loved seeing this exhibit, "spank the monkey" coming up sept-jan 2007.
They say: "This exhibition will be the first serious international examination of urban and suburban art bridging the gap between the street and the traditional art space.". Looks very cool.

Miss you mum :(

Friday, November 24, 2006

Emporium Exhibit: ugly pretty things

oil on wood

"I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head
without any other consideration. "
Frida Kahlo
If you would like to see more of her work and life, please visit here.
My exhibit is up until the end of November at the Emporium in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Hope everyone had a great thanksgiving.
If interested in purchasing painting please contact me at:
jafagirlart@yahoo.com

Monday, November 13, 2006

art motivation

Anna Seller's asked what is your art motivation? Hum! I had to stop and think for a minute since I seem to be blocked at the moment and rather obsessed about that. I am working around it though :)
What motivates me:
Well it certainly isn't the money LOL! (bless gallery owners Mike and Sheryl for their support despite that wee problem). I suppose it boils down to a very basic need to create or be doing something creative all the time. I love the smell of a studio and a workshop, the act of painting, of cutting wood, the act of putting into visual form something that has moved me. What motivated this painting was very simple, I wanted to see if I could paint a mouth open and paint a tongue. Can't give you any logical reasons why his neck is twisted.

I call it "you assume wrong" because people seem to think or assume there is some motive behind it, especially because there is a flower going through the head. I don't blame them, but the truth is that the flower was put there to solve a compositional problem. I was driving along somewhere and I was distracted trying to figure out the dead space and what supported his head and all of a sudden WHAM! I had a visual of a flower. Problem solved.
so there ya go, sometimes motivation has to do with a desire to paint a tongue just because I had never done it before. LOL!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Art Exhibits in Yellow Springs

"ugly pretty things" at the Emporium the month of November.
This is one of the pieces in the exhibit called "Gold"
In 1887 the world’s largest gold field was discovered in the Transvaal, South Africa. Transvaal President Paul Kruger said: “Instead of rejoicing you would do better to weep, for this gold will cause our country to be soaked in blood.” It didn’t take long for this prophetic statement to come true. After British colonial leaders were unable to annex the Boer republics and attempts to overthrow the government failed war was finally declared in 1899. In 1901 Lord Kitchener ordered that concentration camps be built to house thousands of Boer women and children, and separate camps for the Africans who served under the Boers. The war ended 1902, but not before the deaths of thousands of women and children. It is estimated that 28,000 Boers died in the camps, (22,000 were under the age of 16) and around 20,000 in the African camps.

Peek a Boo at The Village Artisans. Each artwork requires the viewer to open the door, the curtain or lift the lid to see what's inside and there are some fun surprises.

"the Faces of Iran:Before you call me enemy, find out who I am" is at 108A Dayton Street and features photos taken by the Dayton International Peace Museum Director Steve Fryburg.

Nancy will be in a group show at The Winds Cafe (show starts Nov 6th) for the month of November.

THANKYOU nancy for helping me hang my show at the emporium, your guidance and help was invaluable. Have monday marked to help you hang yours :)