Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Updated Flea Market Painting

It's called Pity Puppy by Gig from the 1960's and the story is the puppy is sad because his home burned down.
Anyway I picked up an old framed print for a few dollars at the Yellow Springs Flea Market and added my own twist.
Meanwhile I have faced the cold demon and have the beast under control. That can't be said about my sewing, I got carried away making nazar boncuk felt birds.
I think I have enough done.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Snow Monster

Has come back to haunt us
and it is snowing hard and fast.
I would say eek, but I am still recovering from a week of cold and side effects of cough medicine, so staying home snuggled in is okay with me. Sewing, prep work in the studio, a little bit drawing, and reading me thinks.




Friday, March 22, 2013

Vintage Scrapbook Pages: The Peasant Look 1970

No, not talking about me
I am still fighting a horrid, icky, grotty, miserable, rotten cold. I think you got the gist of it, right ;)
So I thought I would share a page from my 1970-71 scrapbook. My mum did the beautiful chalk pastel design but don't remember which mag I cut the images from.
I still have a cameo brooch that belonged to my Nana and I used to wear it similar to the photo on the right on on a black choker. I remember NOT liking the models hair.
LINKS

A fun peek at some vintage footage

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Bottle Cap Art and Much More

I came across a wonderful artist who refers to herself as an artist and agitator, Mary Ellen Croteau,right there you must have guessed she is an artist right up my alley.  Did you notice the size of the portrait? She kindly shares how you can make a bottle cap mural on her website here.
Mary does much more, check out her gallery and see the range of her work. As she says in her artist statement her work is "about looking at things in a slightly different way, and is intended to undermine the status quo with wit and humor."

Life Drawing and Wall Art Issue

WARNING


Before you give me the evil eye be warned if life drawing offends ye, don't scroll down.

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This is for those who are new to my art blog and may wonder why on earth artists spend time drawing the human body; here is a handy link that might help explain it.
ahem!
So here is last weeks humble effort
20 minute pose in graphite equaliized on adobe
My lines and proportions seem to be getting a little more confident and I'm able to get it down fast enough that I can spend time working on the hands and feet. This was only a 20 minute pose, so there is only so much I can do, BUT I feel I am improving.
I say that and won't you know that that blasted murphy will put a hex on my pencils this week. Well NOT on my pencils, I can't attend life drawing this week due to a horrid, awful, nasty, miserable, grotty cold.

Wall Art
Somebody was asking me why some bristle at the term wall art for 2D work. My answer is that it could be seen as reducing someone's work to nothing more than decoration and marginalizing their work. Which isn't to say there is anything wrong with wall art in and of itself but it is a description or category of work made specifically for home decor and/or mass produced. Not all 2 D work fits into that category, so it becomes an inaccurate description.  That's my humble take on it.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

All that is Golden

I couldn't get out of my comfort zone TOO much with this one, so I ended up letting loose with the brush with her collar, touched up the nose, the birds beak and added red to the lips.  Just need to leave it for a month or so and let it thoroughly dry before putting resin on it. Then fix the hinges, and it's DONE. I love the gold leaf paint effect, makes the wood look carved and has a Gothic Gilded Icon feel about it. I have done this before with the Marmite Shrine in my dining room.
Thanks to KAOS Queen Karen Russell I now have Marmite Gold sitting on the shelf.


Friday, March 15, 2013

Fighting Your Comfort Zone

and it isn't easy. 
I wanted her hair to look like a nest, the brushstrokes visible, and the bird more of a suggestion of one rather than try and render it realistically.The whole time I was doing this I wanted to slip back into my comfort of  blending and trying to get a realistic face.
Not sure what to think of it, although I really like the bird. I do like the loose brushstrokes, but I'm thinking I would like to integrate blending and loose.
In fact right now I feel like I want to get a big brushstroke and smudge it into the blue(lets see if I have the courage to do that). Kind of a mix of Francis Bacon and graffiti  artist Conor Harrington.
Just adore his work

LINKS
5 Wacky Ways to Ditch Your Comfort Zone



Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bird in Hand and Liquid Gold


I made a cast of my hand last month and used it for the Public Art Box.  We, as in jafagirls, don't change it every month, but we take turns putting something in it when the mood strikes.
Meanwhile in the Studio
I started preparing mdf panels I cut out for a tri fold frame for a painting. 
After painting it black, I glued on filigree paper (think I got it from the scrapbooking section at a fabric store), rubbed on some red paint acrylic paint then rubbed on liquid leaf gold paint. 


Tuesday, March 12, 2013

All Things White and Fluffy

Snow Patterns
I love how snow has a way of creating patterns and shapes  that highlight a tree trunk, or a branch. Or when the snow melts and creates what looks like a cloud floating.

Since I am talking about white and fluffy, I found an artist, Khalil Chishtee, online the other day who creates the most amazing sculptures using white plastic bags.
Some of them are so poignant, some beautiful and some wonderfully strange.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Leaving Our Mark

One can never really know if what we paint, write or sing passes through the centuries and sometimes the most obscure and strange things take on a life of it's own.
Will these strange tiles left on the streets of so many cities be remembered in 50 years, a 100 years? The tiles will disappear, but now they are recorded for posterity, perhaps.

Available on Netflix Streaming.

My Mark
Out of all the things I have drawn and painted, this simple little study from a day sketching with a friend at Princeton University Museum remains a favourite.  I think it's because I love the suggestion of a face, the angle, lighting and lines. It has some mystery to it, an ambiguity that really appeals to me.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Not so Cute Really

altoid tin, velvet, embroidery text, shell, bottle caps, paper and plastic
Free Art Friday Box: Plastic Pollution
I know it looks cute on the lid, just as we think owls are cute but are we wise. We love our birds, owls and sea creatures and YET  we are killing them by the thousands with our plastic garbage. Sixty to  eighty percent of the marine litter is plastic and it doesn't degrade. Some friends of mine looked at the bird in the box and thought it looked so sad. Not half as sad as some of the pics I have seen of birds whose bodies are bloated with bottle caps and other garbage that killed them. 


What can we do? 
Easy Steps from Plastic Pollution Coalition

I know for my part it is hard to be plastic free, and a bit overwhelming because plastic is everywhere. I keep forgetting to take my cloth bags to the grocery store, grrrrrrrrrr.

About Free Art Friday: A worldwide movement where artists on any given Friday leave free art out in public for people to take home.

Friday, March 08, 2013

It's International Bunny Day

no wait, Women's Day. Like this Hare I just woke up and gathering me wits (with the help of a cup of strong tea).
Anyway I thought I would share a few links about Female Graffiti Artists who very "often find it hard to be taken seriously


"painting your voice in the street is an act of courage and transforming your city and making your gender visible on the wall . These female graffiti artists provide a model for the contemporary feminist movement."

I am not up to doing spray paint street art, and even if I could there are not enough walls left in Yellow Springs. HOWEVER I have found my own way of doing street art, currently with YS Put a Bird on It and Free Are Friday.

So this is what's going out for #FAFYES,(Yellow Springs Ohio now has a fb free art friday page) an old crushed beer can portrait I found stashed in the closet. Did it a few years ago and I am thinking I need to do a few more. These were fun to do.

LINKS
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Female Graffiti Artists Tumblr

Thursday, March 07, 2013

While I was stuck in the studio

and the birds were stuck in the treetops
I worked on my own bird
adding layers of cut plastic feathers 
static made it rather a challenge

It was passed from one bird to another,
the whole gift of the day.
Pablo Neruda

The day was a gift, a winter wonderland with the beautiful sound of silence.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Bursts of Colour

I know, it's the same old stencil bird cd AGAIN
but this is more about colour and placement. I always enjoy walking down Keiths Alley in Yellow Springs and seeing the graffiti.
This one is on the back wall of Main Squeeze, which also got a bird CD.
In the cold grey winter days these bursts of colour are much needed. 

Getting my Craft On
working on another faf box
and you would think after my moanfest with  the last box I wouldn't embroidery on velvet  again. Oh, but it looks so lush in the real.
Time to buzz, have to work on a Free Art Friday presentation coming up at the Yellow Springs Experience Saturday

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Tea for Two English Style

Finally after reading each others blogs for about as long as we have been doing our blogs (6 years)we get to meet. Sue has a wonderful blog called Rabbit Run Cottage and what keeps bringing me back is her fabulous photography and descriptions of life, and travel and all the things she loves. After a cuppa we buzzed downtown and of course she couldn't come to Yellow Springs and NOT put a bird up somewhere.
Sue
 I added one to the pole.



Friday, March 01, 2013

The Tortoise and the Hare

 The fable of the The Tortoise and the Hare is often referred to as a children's story, but it's not. 
I see many adults who could learn a lesson or two from reading Aesop's Fables.  Sometimes we (general we) are in such a rush we compromise our art by trying to be popular, get noticed,or get ahead. I see it in the art and craft world and sometimes we see others getting so much attention for doing what you have been doing for years (not speaking about me, but speaking in general).  In the end though, the winner (however you define winning) isn't the fly by night but those who stick to their dream, their authentic selves, and hone their craft. 
This month is
National Craft Month 
and a time for celebrating creativity and innovation
Time to get my craft on.
tweet meet in town
and
free art friday
see ya