Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Dreamy Series: Riverwalk San Antonio

River Walk Stairs San Antonio
We used to hang out a lot in San Antonio when we lived in Texas and so our trip back there last year was a trip down memory lane.  These stairs are off the River Walk where the outdoor theatre is and lead to La Villita. 
Of course I have to notice 

© corrine bayraktaroglu skull image in tile floor texas
a skull in the stone step. I seem to see faces in things everywhere
including this hare in a tree.

Monday, April 29, 2013

From the Streets to the Cloud

This is the title of the exhibit by Chaz Bojorquez at the National Museum of Mexican Art(You can read the Chicago Mag review here and this one the darker side to his art).It was a real bonus and a treat because I had no idea about it before going. Chaz is recognized as a Pioneer in the Street art movement "by his iconic skeletal stencil of Senor Suerte created in 1969".
He studied with a Master Calligrapher, as well as studying  painting ceramics and sculpture. 
The complexity of his paintings were really stunning, and the range of work.
You can see more of his work on his fb page.
 It was an inspiring exhibit for so many reasons, the quality of the work for starters, the expression of an identity and culture, and the journey itself.
I am sorry (for those that don't get it) but I had to leave a gift. My own unique little humble marker in honor of the artist that says I was here, I loved it, thank you.  

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Free Art Friday: Embossed Pewter Effect

So my sample piece with filigree die-cut scrapbook paper on mdf, and rubbed on sliver leaf paint went out for Free Art Friday. I thought this was the perfect spot for it. Hopefully guests at this local Bed and Breakfast will notice it and like it.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Not quite Downton Abbey

Finally finished the maids uniform for the wedding I'm helping out with, not sure about the purple wig, although I heard the 
bride-to- be loves purple, so maybe I will.
 Not sure I can follow all the maid rules but I don't mind being called emma for the day ;)

Sewing continues in Studio Jafabrit
as I prepare to start a sketchbook page interpretation in hand embroidery.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Mexican Folk Art: Feather Painting

"nude with calla lilies" by Luis Olay

Could have knocked me over with a feather, sorry couldn't resist but this feather painting was just amazing. This is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. 

Meanwhile back home in life drawing I'm attempting to get out of the  habit of drawing small and get bigger and FILL the page.

Why it's important to draw bigger from  love life drawing website with podcast 


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Gussied Up Porch Geese and the Meerkat Craze in the UK

I remember being fascinated with them when I first came to America. They seemed to be all over Ohio at the time, that and painted fire hydrants. Some of the costumes were hilarious, some basic and some very elaborate. I thought they must do this ALL over America, but I rarely saw them in other States and realized it was an Ohio thing. Rarely see any now.
You can see a little about The History of Goose Lawn Ornaments on this website.FLickr has a group for Lawn Geese Statues. 
My dear jafapal Nancy ♥ remembered my stories about my earlier years and impressions as an immigrant and made me this for my birthday.
Came in a special Nancy decorated box with several hand sewn costumes. I just couldn't stop laughing and what a gift that is.
Meanwhile back in the UK garden gnomes are passé, meerkats are all the craze


They even have a cult following, some even seeing their faces in a garden fence. This tv ad really ramped up the craze.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Customized Monopoly Game for Yellow Springs, Ohio

Thanks to Bob Swaney from Corner Cone who instigated the idea and Brian Housh who has overseen the project and pulled together a huge community effort Yellow Springs Ohio is going to be getting it's very own customized Monopoly Game.
Fellow artist Kathy Moulton designed the board which is wonderful. Can you see the knit knot tree?  There is even a Get out of Jail Free Card with my pic of local officer Al Pearce helping us to yarnbomb  on Xenia Ave:) 
I can't wait to see all the wonderful cards and the customized game pieces when the game is launched in June.  I helped with the portrait image for the money for friend and biz owner of Constantina's Soul and then the design team at Bing Design got to work.




It's my Birthday today so time to buzz and get a bit fun in. Take care all.




Friday, April 19, 2013

Life Drawing: Making Sense of Weird Angles


I really didn't think I was going to get this down in 20 minutes, in fact I think I groaned. Yep, I groaned! The head was particularly difficult, but I think I managed to do okay. I definitely enjoy the challenge of the most awkward angles and trying to make visual sense of it.

whoa! check out this extreme foreshortening in ablog post on Drawing Life by Fred Hatt, really beautiful series of images. I really like the lines on some of the them that suggest the underlying structure.

LINKS

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Mindfulness: No need to stare at a raisin for five minutes.

Image taken from visit to Old San Juan Cemetery Puerto Rico 2011
Mindfulness, allows us to be in tough with world, the universe, and the present moment.



“People have the sense that mindfulness is something they can do by focusing on a raisin for five minutes,” said Michael Baime New York Times

It is said by some that one must meditate to learn mindfulness. I don't think I necessarily agree with that, we  sometimes  slip into those momements when staring at the sea or the flames of a fire. For me it also comes with photography, being in the moment,paying attention to things oft neglected as we flit here and there. When we go on holiday we try to soak things in, but generally people go to all the typical tourist sites, the shops.  The Santa Maria Magdalena de Passiz Cemetery is by the seashore, next to Castillo de San Cristobal and it is an extremely peaceful and beautiful place, not something one normally associates with graveyards. The added bonus of taking photographs is that I revisit that moment in a new way and still get those sensations I had when I took the photograph. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

THE HOUSE: Mouse in a Leaf Boat

A Collector's Home Series

It didn't matter which corner you looked at, there was some little surprise in this house of THINGS and one of them was this little iron caste mouse candle holder. Love how the tail is a handle. I feel 6 years old when I look at it and imagine it can talk.  Floating on a leaf, with the gentle waters rippling below and the mesmerizing flicker and glow of a candle. There is something nice, something healing, about those quiet moments and lost in one's imagination.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

A Visit: Cricket Cages

I spent one morning visiting a collector of THINGS, and I mean LOTS of things. It was a wee field trip with members of my Textile Art Group and what fun. His house was filled with WONDROUS collections that I swear we all needed drool cups.  I spied this grouping of cricket cages. How often do you see these cages? Of course I should have known pinterest would have a page devoted to them :) Sites on how to clean them, how to make one, and the history behind keeping crickets as pets. Why am I not surprised that they were also used for fighting and gambling.

I think I will stick to enjoying the photo of empty cages, but such an interesting history.


Monday, April 08, 2013

Sad little bird

My little stencil bird looks rather lonely sad little critter.
but it seems to be another one of my current obsessions and I have to let it play out.
Mannequin gets it





Friday, April 05, 2013

Dreamy Series: Summer Garden


"Then followed that beautiful season... Summer.... Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood" ~ Longfellow


I am READY!

Monday, April 01, 2013

Studio Shots and a Beef with Pretty

Jafabrit's Studio Wall
It's Monday morning and I'm ready to get in the studio and finish up an embroidery/painted panel I'm working on.

WIP
The Yellow Circle is embroidery and the panel is mdf with acrylic and spray paint.
Had to share, although not related to the painting/embroidery, unless of course ya don't think it's pretty ;) 
Pretty powerful poem.


Saw it on Upworthy this morning.