Thursday, July 31, 2008

guerilla knitting






"bee pole"
Textile Totems by the Jafagirls

I think this has to be my favourite pole we've done so far. I like this shot because you can see the other poles and get an idea of the location. And guess what, nobody can complain we are killing a tree (we had several people who were convinced putting knitting on the tree would kill it). It's a strange fad isn't it, but it's fun, it's creative, and it seems to give people a real chuckle.

Flickr has a Urban Knitting Group with photos of knit graffiti around the world. I liked the Knitting Hooligans (what a great name) wristband they put on a Chinese Lion. and how about those red mittens on Lenin :)



Monday, July 28, 2008

Niki de Saint Phalle at Missouri Botanical Gardens




Went to visit family in St.Louis and they surprised me with a wonderful 4 hour visit to see Niki de Saint Phalle's work in the Missouri Botanical Gardens. The Gardens on their own are just stunning, but add the sculptures and it was a total visual feast.







This is just such a sweet little award from San at "A Life with a View". Thanks San.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Death Show



A fellow blogger, Rodrigo Pradel, at Estudio Luna is doing a Death Themed Art Show and I sent along my collage and acrylic reverse painting titled "ecstasy". I built the frame myself and then sanded the frame and a little of the surface of the Lucite.



artwork & photo by c.bayrak

Meanwhile the Southsea Free Art Exhibition that My Dog Sighs arranged looked like a fabulous day with a lot of happy finders.

The Arte Y Pico Award
A special lady at Chronicles of Trisna gave this award and I want to send a BIG thank you from ME :)

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Monday, July 21, 2008

Getting the finger

The first time I ever got the finger in America I was in Texas in the 80's. I was at a stop sign and the car in front of me has this finger sticking out of the sun roof. I think to myself, "hum! why is she sticking her finger out of the roof, how strange?" I wonder to myself if she is perhaps drying her nail (she had the most fascinatingly beautiful long nail with pink nail polish) or testing the wind direction. However it was her malevolent look that tipped me off and I realized I was getting "the finger". In England the crass way to show displeasure was the animated "two fingered salute" done with such gusto one could feel the wind from it. I wasn't familiar with the single finger sign but I have to say for my first official finger

Friday, July 18, 2008

Never Judge a Book by its Cover




"Labeled"
8” x 9” x 1 1/4
Oil on stone, mixed media 2005

I found an old library index box in a garage sale and it triggered the idea of how some people like to categorize others, to put them into neat comfortable little categories. “Never judge a book by its cover" yet people do it all the time. Sometimes it's based on an initial impression (and some of those impressions are not always wrong) or based on prejudice, preconceived notions and dislikes. I guess when it bothers me is not that we sometimes do it (I think that is human nature), but that some take their perception as fact and leave no room for accepting that people are not always what they seem and don't keep an open mind.




My blog entry was inspired by a great story on
Simplistic Art called "Jumping to Conclusions".


Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Knit Graffiti, skeletons, and crushed can art


"Peace Pole" photo by c.bayrak

Not much major artwork being done as our skeleton crew (jafagirls) are busy taking photographs for a postcard series, working on a grant, and preparing work for free art friday coming up this week. Here is one of the crushed can paintings I did for free art.

Who is Briana Sewage?

Briana Sewage is the female version of Brian Sewell. He earned the enmity of people in the Northeast of England after some of his comments regarding art in the North. You can hear him on a radio clip on the bbc news website (link is at the right). I'll let you draw your own conclusions about him, but I do believe he would be an excellent recipient of the booger award. If anyone isn't familiar with who he is, he is a British art critic who talks EVER so, EVER so posh and is often the target of comedy groups such as Dead Ringers.
Talking about Peace: number 13:00 Blair offers a peace road map to resolve the tom and jerry conflict.

Monday, July 14, 2008

a BIG nose and Pusillanimous




collaborative nose by c.bayrak and n.mellon

It is made with impregnated plaster bandage,painted with acrylic and then coated with resin inside and out. The booger note says, "don't pick on me" . Not sure where it will go, but it isn't free art, so we have to be careful about placement.


BOOGER AWARD

Snotty People: A friend of mine encountered one of these the other day, a so called intellectual snob and bully,who called her pusillanimous and then said, "you do know what that means, don't you"? Now I don't know about you, but I didn't know what it meant, but I am always open to learning and people sharing unusual words. What I am not open to are people who try to make you feel intellectually inferior by using rare words that are not only insulting but then being snide about you not knowing it. So this man gets my "booger" award for being a snot.

A word from Briana Sewage


Get a Voki now!


Dealing with Bullies at Kids Health Org

Adult Emotional Abuse, Dealing with work bullies from Team Technology.


Sunday, July 13, 2008

photography by Corrine

photo by c.bayrak
Yellow Springs


YOUR DOCUMENTS PLEASE
homemid The travelling exhibition "Your Documents Please" has its own web presence for those who can't make it to any of the galleries kindly hosting the show.
You can check out my contribution as well as Loretta's at Your Documents Please website.


EXHIBITION DATES

April 4, 2008 - April 20, 2008 ------ Museum of Arts and Crafts - Itami, Itami-shi, Japan
August 2, 2008 - August 17, 2008 ----- ZAIM, Yokohama, Japan
Late November - December, 2008 ------ 2B Galéria, Budapest, Hungary
January 2009 (tentative) ------ Galerie Kurt im Hirsch, Berlin, Germany
February 2009 ------ GALÉRIA Z - Bratislava, Slovakia
April 17, 2009 ------ May 8, 2009, Galería Ajolote Arte Contemporáneo, Guadalajara, Mexico


THE CREATIVE PERSONALITY

Thought some of you might find this article interesting from Psychology Today:The Creative Personality

Friday, July 11, 2008

Your Documents Please Exhibit:. catalogue is online

homemid The travelling exhibition "Your Documents Please" has its own web presence for those who can't make it to any of the galleries kindly hosting the show.
You can check out my contribution as well as Loretta's at http://yourdocumentsplease.com/



EXHIBITION DATES

April 4, 2008 - April 20, 2008 ------ Museum of Arts and Crafts - Itami, Itami-shi, Japan
August 2, 2008 - August 17, 2008 ----- ZAIM, Yokohama, Japan
Late November - December, 2008 ------ 2B Galéria, Budapest, Hungary
January 2009 (tentative) ------ Galerie Kurt im Hirsch, Berlin, Germany
February 2009 ------ GALÉRIA Z - Bratislava, Slovakia
April 17, 2009 ------ May 8, 2009, Galería Ajolote Arte Contemporáneo, Guadalajara, Mexico



Thought some of you might find this article interesting from Psychology Today:The Creative Personality

Free Art Friday Exhibit: FAF



I submitted these two pieces (reverse painting and collage on plastic) for the Free Art Friday Exhibition July 20th in SouthSea UK that's being organized by MyDogSighs. I am part of the Free Art Friday Flickr group and I was delighted to participate (keep your fingers crossed the US mail delivers in time).
Here is a link to an an article in The Portsmouth News titled "Takeaway art's a delight".


To see examples of the jafagirls free art in Yellow Springs, Ohio, check out our slide show.


Blush! Deezden gave me this award and want to give a BIG thanks :) There are several bloggers I would like to pass it along too because I think they are brilliant. I never tire of visiting Art News Blog (always posts interesting info about the art world and not afraid to touch upon issues that sometimes provoke a visceral response), Failed Painter whose imagination and art (writing, poetry, photography, video, collage, painting) always intrigues and inspires. Margot Potter, what can I say about this lassie, she is fun, she is a creative wild woman and she is cool. Olga the Traveling Bra, I mean really this bra is an original, bodacious, audacious, and mischievous piece of cloth. sheesh, I never thought I would make a bosom buddy blog pal with a BRA! who knew! Lone Beader because her beadwork is very original and technically brilliant. Watching how each piece progresses and how they came about is fascinating. Laketrees blog is chock o block of interesting info, her art, links and she is a huge supporter of other artists (and that is really appreciated). Pollocksthebollocks because not only does he have examples of his beautiful abstract work, his blog template makes it easy to explore the many wonderful articles he has on famous and not so famous artists, art reviews and news. Art For Housewives just celebrated it's 5th year blogging, and I have been visiting for a while now. If you are interested in seeing all the brilliant ways things can be recycled into art, then this blog is a must with its gazillion links and tutorials.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Reverse Painting on Plastic

This was one of my favourite pieces that I really enjoyed doing and had no plans of selling.
It found a home with a special lady, now in Chicago (yoo hoo! hope you are enjoying your new life-you are missed).

About the Painting

It is a mixture of collage (using modge podge), and acrylic paint on a lucite shelf I got from a Liquidation Outlet in Dayton Ohio. They were selling boxes of these for 25 cents apiece. Of course I went mad and bought a gazillion and who knows if I will ever use them all LOL!


Monday, July 07, 2008

Homage to Frida Kahlo


Homage to Frida Kahlo
oil on board

Yes, doing what passes through my head
In between prepping wood for the next painting, and waiting for paint to dry between layers I am always working on something. If it's not knitting for the jafagirls textile totems, then it's painting a crushed can or a stone,or sewing a happy doll for the art vending machine, making noses, scribbling in my sketchbook, or just doodling in the studio.


Ah! some have said it is nice I have time.
time
When did time have anything to do with a powerful thirst to create?

L.S.Lowry painted from 10pm until 2am while his bedridden mother slept

we MAKE time


Saturday, July 05, 2008

Crushed Can Art

"Feeling a bit crushed"


Art News Blog had a great post about crushed can art/painting and a group in Spain at Painting Cans calling for admissions. I thought I would play in the studio instead of watching the paint dry (still working on the skulls). What I can't figure out is how the heck others get the tab right smack in the middle like on Painting Cans. Anyway the idea fits right in with free art fridays and a desire to recycle things for art, so this one is slated for the 3rd Friday Fling in the Springs.




I really do have to get a trophy room so I can share not only the trophy's but all the wonderful people who have given them to me. Here is another one from a fellow blogger, Linda Blondheim) whose work and approach to her work I admire. Linda is the one that helped me change my attitude on marketing (to view not as a chore but as part of what I love to do already, which is communicating with the public).

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Crushed Can Art


crushed can art
"Feeling a bit crushed"


Art News Blog had a great post about crushed can art/painting and a group in Spain at Painting Cans calling for admissions. I thought I would play in the studio instead of watching the paint dry (still working on the skulls). What I can't figure out is how the heck others get the tab right smack in the middle like on Painting Cans. Anyway the idea fits right in with free art fridays and a desire to recycle things for art, so this one is slated for the 3rd Friday Fling in the Springs.




I really do have to get a trophy room so I can share not only the trophy's but all the wonderful people who have given them to me. Here is another one from a fellow blogger, Linda Blondheim) whose work and approach to her work I admire. Linda is the one that helped me change my attitude on marketing (to view not as a chore but as part of what I love to do already, which is communicating with the public).


Wednesday, July 02, 2008

New Skull Painting: WIP

Been working on a new skull painting. Did the grisaille yesterday and added flesh tones today. Finished the Basquiat one yesterday.

These are oil on mfd board that has been coated with a sealer, primer, and gesso.