Saturday, June 15, 2019

Living Life as a Work of Art

You'll find me hanging out on the Instagram link below :)
Jafabrit Instagram
 I  pretty much post daily artwork, art mischief, our adventures exploring Arizona, road trips, eyebombing, faces in things, and issues relating to proaging, celebrating life, loving nature, healthy living, loving creating, being a cancer survivor, and being a nana.

cheers

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Using Paint Pens and Creating Magic

Well not quite magic but close enough :) I've been meaning to paint this old wood table for a year since we moved to 
Arizona. It was painted brown and rather ugly, so out came the paint pens (posca and ZIG Posterman). The design is loosely based on an ancient Turkish ceramic plate. 
I was a wee bit out of my comfort zone with some of the colours but it was worth it don't you think?
Turkish style painted table 
cheers
 I hope you are inspired.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Hiking in the Southwest :Tom's Thumb Trail in Scottsdale

 We are lightweights when it comes to hiking, but still we are on the trails twice a week during the winter months in Arizona.
 I have a fear of heights and going along a narrow trail, climbing over boulders, or on a ridge is a true test of fortitude. This along with fear of tripping and local critters makes for a wary slow hiker. We usually hike between 2 to 4 hours and I've got to the stage when I know just how much water I need to carry depending where, and length of hike.
Trail up to Tom's Thumb Peak

One of our recent hikes was Tom's Thumb Trail at McDowell in Scottsdale and while we didn't do the whole loop we did hike up to Tom's Thumb. It took us 2 hours to climb 2,500 feet and 2 miles to reach the top. Talk about a cardio workout and I had to take a lot of breaks to slow my heart rate down and catch my breath. According to their website this is an extremely challenging trail and I am glad to see that as I was feeling like a wimp the whole way up BUT I did it, YES!!! 
The scenery was breathtaking!

TIPS

  1. The trailhead has bathrooms, but NO WATER so take plenty water.
  2. Wear good hiking shoes because while the trail is well maintained it is steep with loose gravel.
  3. I really recommend hiking sticks. Here is a list of 10 benefits of trekking poles.
  4. Wear a hat and use a sunblock
  5. Take along an energy bar and some fruit.



Friday, January 25, 2019

Corrine's Hodge Podge Soup with Bone Broth

HodgePodge
  A collection of miscellaneous things 
The Base
Whenever we have chicken I save the bones/scraps in a large ziploc bag along with a bit celery,carrot, half onion, slice of lemon peel and then freeze. When I need to make chicken broth I toss the lot into a pot with a bit salt and pepper and cover with plenty water and boil gently for several hours. Unlike this recipe I don't use vinegar, but check it out for directions for the novice or the bone broth elites ;)

HodgePodge Soup
Ingredients
Medium pan of chicken broth
Two chopped baby bok choy
Half cup cooked chicken pieces
 cup sliced mushrooms
teaspoon sesame oil
Half cup noodles

Directions
Fry mushrooms in sesame oil
Throw everything into pot of broth and boil until noodles are done.
Sprinkle with chopped celery and serve

That's it, simple and very tasty. 

  

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

She Cuts with Scissors

And it's been fun trying to figure out where to cut because my current creative experiment with craft felt is like a jigsaw puzzle. As with a lot of my work one creative adventure leads to  new interpretations.
 It started with a painted stone portrait, which led to photographing it on a magazine fashion page collage, which led to putting the photo through a fun filter, which then led to the current incarnation with felt cut pieces.

Sunday, December 16, 2018

JafaRocks:Faces Lost in Time

Have you ever looked at old photos and wondered who they were? These long lost faces in photographs who stare out at you, but there is little to no context of who they were, except you know that someone loved them once, they existed once. It often evokes a poignancy and a reminder of one's mortality and eventual anonymity in the timeline of humanity.  Millions of  unique faces and the only record of their existence is in a portrait, or a photograph, or etched on rock, or a bust, a death mask,  or recorded in a scratchy film.
I started a series of faces on stones with the intention of leaving them out for the public to find BUT that got sidelined because my bestie Jafapal Nancy made me promise NOT to give them away until I had done at least 50 and created an installation to photograph. So my stone series has evolved into several projects. Whether they get left out somewhere for the public to find or sold or remain in my possession is up in the air. We shall see how this evolves. Meantime I continue to paint faces on stones, and photograph them on collaged fashion magazine pages.I'm currently exploring other ways
 to use them too.

There are some who love the stone faces, and others who are indifferent and then those who hate them and find them disturbing. I wonder if those that find them disturbing feel the same way about faces lost in time in found photographs. The sad realization that they too will be lost to humanity once they are gone, a stranger, a blip in the universe.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Art Addict and Setting your OWN agenda

OLD POST but so much still applies:
Yep! that's what I am, addicted to art. If I am not making it, I am buying it, looking at it, sharing it, getting it, talking about it, photographing it, living it. Here is a photograph of my fave ceramic dog I purchased from the Golden Nugget Antique Market in Lambertville, New Jersey, on my fave coffee table with a sketchbook study of the skull on the vinyl record painting.


SETTING YOUR OWN AGENDA AS AN ARTIST
I hadn't really thought about whether I had a philosophy as an artist or not until the other day. I suppose it grew from the time the Jafagirls started in 2005 as a result of a very disappointing exhibit we had. It was from that point we decided we were going to do things very differently.

Jerry Saltz states in his article about the general art market: "The agenda needs to be set by artists, not the market. ...Supply-and-demand thinking has to shift to production-and-experience thinking." source village voice.

Since that day in 2005 I just decided to do whatever I want and so I have had work in the local loo, on a tree, on a pole ,on the street, on the web, in an art vending machine, on a rubber cockroach. So far it has been a BRILLIANTLY enriching journey.

Yoko Ono
This is a woman who set her own agenda to become one of the most prestigious conceptual/reluctant fluxus artist's of the 60's. While I am not a huge fan of conceptual art, there are some that resonate and Ono's "cut piece" was a really powerful statement and a unique personal expression.
Today she is still setting her own agenda
Yoko Ono's website "Imagine Peace" and her MySpace Page


So how are you setting your own agenda and how are you breaking from the confines of traditional means to present your art?

Saturday, November 10, 2018

JafaRocks It at Watson Lake in Prescott , Arizona

Be creative with your life, that’s the important canvas”
 We thought we were just going for an hour hike HAH! turned out to a 4 1/2 hours. I like painting rocks, not climbing them.   

Just for the record 
I never leave painted rocks in State or National Parks

Still it was an amazing experience.
 “In photography it’s about that moment ....when your mouth drops open click the shutter...hello! that’s it.” Harold Feinstein
This was like a tree portal with rock guardians
Yeh! my mouth dropped open alright. The grandeur and beauty of the lake and the dell granite boulders that are 1.4 billion years old on the loop trail was awe inspiring and
Heart Rock
 humbling. One section of the trail was called "over the hill" and I am thinking YES indeed I am feeling over the hill LOL!
My photographs may not do Watson Lake justice, but I like to think following the words of Harold Feinstein I've  managed to share some of the awe.

#JafaRocks Instagram

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Bio of Harold Feinstein

Harold Feinstein Photographer & Photography Trust

We were delighted to connect recently with one of Harold's former students, JoAnn Cancro. JoAnn is an accomplished fine art, cultural and event photographer who attended one of Harold's private workshops in New York during the 1990s. She was kind...

Monday, October 15, 2018

Textile Art - Eye-Gor the Owl


I got a flash of an idea one morning that I'd like to try and make an owl inspired by an ipad doodle I did a couple of years ago. Since I had no pattern I just ended up winging it each step of the way. 
What fun trying to figure it out.

For those interested in the process
1. It started with crumpled paper for the core, masking tape to bind it until I got a general shape.
2. Wire and masking tape for the feet.
3. I then wrapped the form in plaster of paris casting tape.
4. Epoxy clay for the eyes (turkish evil eye beads for the center of the eye), the eyelids, the beak and the feet.
5. Once everything dried and hardened I then started cutting small pieces of fabric for the body and gluing each one on. Added frayed strips around the eyes and face.
6. Hand embroidered the wings

NOTE: Had I to do again I would have added some weights inside as it's very light and easy to knock over. 
Eye-Gor is a nod to the GREAT Marty Feldman.

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Postcard for Miniature Art Exhibit at Yellow Springs Arts Council



What a surprise to see my Ridiculously Expensive Felt Strawberry used for the Yellow Springs Arts Council upcoming exhibit ♥  Thank you. 
It's also wonderful to be able to have that thread of connection to a village and people I love. 

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For those that might be interested please do check out my instagram. I am there more often posting about this art life with scenes of my travels, artwork, rock art,  etc. 
 For examples of my artwork please visit my website.

Friday, September 28, 2018

Instagram, This Art Life and Jafa Rocks


For those that might be interested please do check out my instagram. I am there more often posting about this art life with scenes of my travels, artwork, rock art,  etc.  For examples of my artwork please visit my website.

Jafa Rocks
Breast Cancer Radiation Series
I've been painting rocks a LONG time, usually the more elaborate one's are for a special reason, a show, a special cause, or my Radiation Rocks. Some people knit, or sew, or eat snacks, or do a crossword puzzle while watching their fave show or movie,  whereas I doodle on an ipad or paint a rock.  In Ahwatukee there is a great group called Ahwatukee Rocks but since I travel a lot and like to leave my rocks in places other than Ahwatukee is seemed to make more sense to just call them "jafa rocks by jafabrit". 
 Above these are some of my earliest stones from around 1990's that were framed and sold.


Some Jafa Rocks left out for people to find.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Felt Food: A Ridiculously Expensive Chocolate Covered Strawberry

$100
 Real one's are pretty expensive but THIS one is even MORE expensive, like ridiculously expensive because it's handmade. I made it for a Community Tiny Art show coming up in October at the Yellow Springs Arts Council in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

The only bummer is I won't be there to see it. I just know it's going to be filled with some awesome tiny art.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Intersection of Life and Art

How does one cultivate that intersection of life and art, or integrate it. The theme this week for Art is Life Life is Art is the word transforming and I am finding it difficult  unless I showcase the obvious mutations of things, altered,converted, repurposed. This one is obvious, a crushed can found on the street and transformed into a piece of art.
Alias

This article is great but I can only see this applying if the artist is well known.




Art is a Catalyst for Positive Transformation

The Healing Power of Art is undeniable. It raises awareness. Its benefits are versatile and far-reaching. Art is a catalyst for positive transformation in all areas of human development and personal growth. Art has the potential to raise awareness about our individuality and humanity, our relationship to others and our bond with our environment.

Plenty of us create work that goes unnoticed and changes little to nothing. So I wonder if transforming within my life and seeing how it intersects with art is where I go with this.
Or do I think of the many hats I wear in life, hats that someone designed and showcases a profession or activity? 
I guess we'll find out next week.

UPDATE 
Sometimes we just overthink things. One evening as I tried to hurry and finish my swim before the storm hit an idea popped up and BOOM.
Eye on the Storm Postcard 2