Monday, March 26, 2007

A jafa Monday

Did you know I have a candy bar named after me LOL! Okay not really true. My daughter went into a brit store in florida and couldn't resist getting it for me.

Check emails, do a little painting, take dogs to groomers, make WIP video, go and get Ha Ha Pizza. Got sidetracked by the smell of yummy soy candles that this young man (Orion Soul) makes himself. If you happen to visit Yellow Springs he is to be seen on the corner of Corry St and Xenia Ave. Talitha waiting at Village Artisans,wondering where I am with the pizza. Share art chat, game of scrabble, talk with customers. Talitha says if I don't use those eggs soon they will be rotten, so I guess I will make the video
about Humpty Dumpty soon. Right, better go and do some work in studio since I have been goofing off today. I am rather happy as one of my FAVE paintings (Homage to Frida Kahlo) sold today through "would you, could you" gallery.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy Feet

My legs were slim back then, on that evening long ago dancing with my irish friend Althea. We were doing the bump to james brown in a disco called Grobs in Newcastle, England. I started dancing with this fella and by the time the evening was over Althea says in her thick irish accent, "you're going to marry him". I said, "don't be daft". Well here I am 31 years later and it is our wedding anniversary today. Had we known St. Patricks Day was such a big deal in the USA we wouldn't have picked March 17th for our wedding, but there ya go, Luck of the Irish. Have a good one folks.

Beauty contests ban seductive aromas"Aug 28,1922 Perfume, sweet-smelling face powder and flowers having a “burden of perfume” will be barred from Atlantic City’s fall pageant at the suggestion of Hudson Maxim, who will portray “Father Neptune” during the carnival. The 19 shore beauties who will form Neptune’s court consented at a “war council” today to form an anti-scent guard about Neptune. Miss America, Queen of Beauty, will have her looks accentuated solely by flowers which lack the olfactory powers of seducing the public and the judges."

Hum!!! I wonder if I added a rose scent to the rose painting it will seduce the public into buying it.

Monday, March 12, 2007

Kid's Art and Kippers

I used bugle beads and small beads for the eyes on this one by my son. It is of course mr. and mrs pacman in love and the stork deliving a baby pacman :)

Media and method: I gesso black fabric, trace on the design, paint outlines and fill in with acrylic, use quilting thread around some of the edges, and then embellish with black embroidery thread, beads, buttons etc.
Kipper Trivia

new lingo
Well I thought Kippers meant just smoked fish, but apparently that isn't all it means. According to this BBC article it is 21st Century lingo for: "kids in parents' pockets eroding the retirement savings". In the last decade one-in-four young adults in their 20s has returned home to live with their parents after university, according to market researchers the Henley Centre. "Boomerang kids", "Mammons" and "Parasite singles" are not red herrings, they are simply similar terms adopted in the US, Italy and Japan respectively."

Food Art

And then there is Sarah Lucas using kippers in some of her art, ( I hate to tell you in what way she used them, guess you will have to visit here to find out). Sacrilege.

Bad Joke

1st kipper: 'Smoking's bad for you'
2nd kipper: 'It's OK, I've been cured'

Friday, March 09, 2007

WIP: Oh Poo!

"oh Poo!"
I'm stuck in the loo, can't escape, how about you! Okay! Okay! I am NOT a poet. If you don't enjoy potty humor poetry then skip Porcelain Poetry, but if you want to see some AMAZING bathroom fixtures then visit Clark Sorenson's wesbite.
Some artists have already done their paintings for the ChamberPot Gallery, so I thought I had better get my act together and start mine. This is based on a photo I took of my daughter. I wanted it to have a stencil cut out look almost reminicent of Banksy. Here is a link to some examples of his work on his website. I LOVE the one of the maid painted on the old brick/stone wall sweeping the dirt off the pavement. The idea of the painting and title came when I was with Nancy helping switch the paintings between bathrooms and my odiferous sensibilites were assaulted with a smell that made my toes curl. Thank goodness there isn't a odor emitting widget on our computers (yet) so I couldn't share this horror with you. Suffice it to say a good idea came of it.
Referenced photograph of the Banksy maid was taken by Simon Crubellier.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Painted Wine Bottle

I did paint ON glass once, this is oil on glass with a Harry Lauder branch and is in the gallery "in a frame" in Yellow Springs. My daughter has this fabu tree called a Harry Lauder tree in her front garden. The tree is named after a much beloved scottish entertainer who performed using its crooked branch as a cane. The shrub itself was discovered growing in an English hedgerow in the mid-1800s. In the Garden of Paghat the Ratgirl has some nice info on this very unusual tree. I called it transmutation because it is about art of changing and transforming your mental state.