Friday, April 20, 2018

Invasion of the Tumbleweeds

I never saw a real tumbleweed until I came to Arizona. They always looked kind of cool,
that is until you actually have to deal with one and you realize it's full of nasty little thorns and like giant bur's. Luckily this was just a lonely one in our neighbourhood and nothing like the invasion in California.

Monday, April 09, 2018

An MRI and The Fabric Cactus

I was having an mri and started to panic as they rolled me into it and my face was just inches from the top.  I told myself, "close your eyes jafagirl, breathe slow, imagine what you want to create in the studio". 
Fabric versions of catci came to mind and by the time I'd finished exploring how and what I imagined it should look like I was done with the MRI. Finally after 2 years I found a use for the gorgeous vintage green velvet my friend Karen gave me.
This is a work in progress as I have other stems to add, as well as beads/thread, flowers and perhaps a wee critter. I'm not trying to copy any particular plants,  but rather imagining them and going from there. As with so many of my 3d textile art I don't have patterns or any examples to guide me, so I just make it up as I go along.  It will be one of several wall pieces for the Winds Cafe Exhibit in 2019 with my TAG group in Yellow Springs, Ohio.  

Saturday, April 07, 2018

The Creative Desert

and I mean this in two ways because Ahwatukee is in a hot desert climate and because 
creativity/arts is almost non existent in the visual sense within my daily and immediate area.  Before any locals get defensive this is not a complaint, it's just a difference I will get used to.  I was very spoiled as an artist in the last place I lived, Yellow Springs, Ohio, which was like Bisbee or Jerome.

I no longer have the distractions of the visual prompts or the daily interactions of a very active arts community, but I don't see the creative desert as a negative, but rather as an opportunity.

What creative people understand about the importance of being alone

In the digital age, it's easier than ever to avoid spending time alone with our thoughts. If we don't have family, friends or colleagues nearby, we can just whip out our smartphones or fire up Netflix. In fact, we so dislike solitude that we would rather administer electric shocks to ourselves than just sit and think....

Monday, April 02, 2018

Pareidolia: Snot Rock in Ahwatukee

There are times when seeing faces in things is fun BUT when I noticed my water fountain looked like a face I was NOT pleased. I can never unsee it now lol!
Before I even noticed the rock looked like a face I had made a wee cairn that someone else in our household (I am not naming names) laughingly said looks like rock had sneezed out some wee rocks, hence the name snot rock. Anyhoo, snot rock is sporting a lovely flower power hairdo.

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Just for your amusement ♥

14 eerie 'faces' of pareidolia from nature

Most of us know there aren't faces on Mars or messiahs in our toast. Still, we can't help but see them. The human brain is programmed to recognize other human faces - so much so, in fact, that we even see them where they aren't.