Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

who knew

If someone had told me when I was a mini-skirted "groovy baby" teen in London that I would be spending a hot afternoon in the middle of ohio sanding toilet seats I would have said, "don't be daft".
But here I am. Sanding loo seats and painting plungers.
This is Nancy in our test photo to see how the placement of the seat works for the souvenir photo board we are working on for the grand opening of the ChamberPot Gallery.

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Monday, May 29, 2006

To My Son

Do you remember this picture your sister drew? From my dairy entry Feb 24th 1991. Who would have guessed we would be there again :(
Without getting too soppy or sentimental I just want to say thankyou for serving your country. I can't tell you how proud I am of you. My thoughts are with all those who are in uniform, past and present, and for their families.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

Plungers, Candy, and Art

So I am supposed to decorate a plunger as one of the prizes for the opening night. And are you wondering what the heck the toilet candy is? You get a little sweet plunger with each toilet and inside the toilet is fruit powder dip. Okay, I couldn't resist, the kid in me you know ;)
The photo in the bathroom is of Nancy Mellon, the instigator of this mad venture LOL. Thankyou Nancy!!!!!!!!!

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Wednesday, May 24, 2006

The ChamberPot Gallery

Oh my goodness I thought my telephone interview was terrible. I just blabbed away like a madwoman. I am amazed the reporter made sense out of it LOL!
Well here is the story about the ChamberPot Gallery. I think it turned out pretty good, yea!!!!!!!!!!
By the way this is a photograph of the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce train station.

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Sunday, May 21, 2006

Faking It (son you can read this one)

This is my daughter posing with someone who might look familiar to some of you!
Okay! sigh! the real deal.
Moi, a real artist, went to a fake art reception at a real art gallery for a fake Jack Nicholson. I was invited to go along by my daughter to a promotional video shoot for Roger Johnson, a look alike actor, whose card says “all play and no work makes Jack a fun guy” He played the part to the hilt too LOL! He was very good, in fact so good that a customer going by the gallery rushed in with a camera, and shaking with excitement asked for his autograph. I did get to say something on the video. Yep, it's there for all the world to hear, my gentle moan of excitement at the unveiling of Jack's photograph by Dave Levingston.
Such is my life as an artist and mother is Yellow Springs , Ohio.

Photo credit: Dave Levingston

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

obgyn and art (son don't read this one)

I just LOVE this Van Gogh's painting, but it does nothing for me at the obgyn office. Hey I have to credit the doc with nice artwork, but I would much prefer a jolly good dose of laughing gas prior to going into the "room".
I think the worst office I ever visited was the one where they had a poster of Fabio barechested on the ceiling staring down at me while I was straddled on the table. Somehow that just didn't feel right eeeeeeeeek!

So what's hanging in your doc's office?

a related joke

By the way I have to credit W. J. St. Christopher for being able to turn a photo of a mundane piece of equipement in the oral surgeon's office into a work of art.


Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Hating a painting

There are times when I have painted something and hate it so much I want to spit and curse it. I hide it in the cupboard only to be haunted by it until I have to go downstairs and rip it off the stretchers. I once got up 2 in the morning to do just that. It almost happened to this painting. Her neck is terrible, like a tree stump. Her nose is too long, one eye all squinted, huge cheekbones, and what is the bump on the chin? But there was something about it, something in the eyes and it kind of grew on me after a while.
It seems I am not alone in wanting to throw out paintings or hating many of them. Cezanne "left most of his works unfinished and destroyed many others."

"the element of chance in his work and the frequent destruction of his paintings".An inteview with Francis Bacon

Howard Hodgkin stated in the Guardian, "I hate painting" and "hides his unfinished canvases "

So do any of you have a work that you once hated but grew to like? Or maybe another artist's work that you didn't like but now love?

Monday, May 15, 2006

Sunday, May 14, 2006


I got tagged
5 things.

5 Artists I loveBasquiat His raw images and bold colours continue to intrigue and inspire.
Frida Kahlo
Caravaggio like de la Tour his use of light and shadow fascninates me
Georges de la Tour
kiki smith I first saw this crawling down a wall in the met and her eyes were very blue. I was totally mesmerized by it.

5 items in my fridgetamarind dipping sauce
white plum wine
roasted chicken
chapati flour
pita bread

5 Items in my Pursedecorated rubber cockroaches
a spoon

5 Items in My Carpainted stones (found art items)
cough drops
gps for the directionally challenged driver ;)
bottle of water
british brolly

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Bad Art for Fun

A friend was talking about her husband and she stuck her tongue out at me. I suddenly had the image of the Frida Kahlo painting in my head and just had to do a painting for my friend. We had a good laugh about it when I took it over to her house. Not sure here husband liked it too much by the pained expression on his face when asked what he thought. I believe it has been relegated to the gallery in the basement closet LOL! Did have fun painting it though.
Talking about BAD art, there is a really great museum and website called: Museum of Bad Art The painting that started it all was "Lucy in the Field with Flowers" , which is brilliantly horrid.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Spirit Dolls

"Oh!" I thought as I drove to jafa jans house, "wouldn't it be fun to make a spirit doll together for jafa X." So we threw a bunch of stuff on the table in her studio and took turns making it. Our hope was that it would make her laugh every time she saw it. Also perhaps provide a means to direct her pain rather than lash out at the person it represented or internalize it.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Don't be fooled!

I know I look soooooooooo cute, but if you are rotty or bulldog, beware!!!!!!!!!!!! I once tossed a rabbit bigger than me over my shoulders, and showed the neighbour's rooster wot for last year!!!!!!
Me: Yes! I know I had to pay for it with a painting to cover the vet's bill.
Q: What is the dogs favorite city?A: New Yorkie!
Q: What do you get if you cross a sheepdog with a rose?A: A collie-flower!
Source: Aha! Jokes,

Sunday, May 07, 2006

SKetchbook musings

One of the best things ever happened was having a teacher (Marie Linnekin) who encouraged us to use our sketchbooks as playgrounds for the imagination. To put anything and everything into it. Words, ideas, scribbles, fave art, bits of fabric, jokes, whatever! As you can see I am a fan of Basquiat. I often don't like my current sketchbook (not sure why). I usually go back to the previous one and explore and enjoy seeing how ideas evolved and get inspired.

Friday, May 05, 2006

esqueleto says "cool"

you finally finished the painting for "The ChamberPot Gallery". don't look at the mess, don't look at the mess. Oh darn, you looked. Must clean tiny cramped studio, whine!!!!!!!

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Hey at least MY roaches are rubber

How would you like to wear one of these brooches. and do you dare to watch this? Good heavens it even has a little leash eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! and selling like hot cakes, wow!
This is too much even for moi. What is it with me and bugs lately LOL! well this is one I made for a bug themed art group show I did a few years back. It was contructed out of paper, clay, wire, and netting for the wings, painted and then resin coated to get it that glossy look. I do have to say doing a bug themed art show really helped me appreciate them a wee, wee as small teeny weeny wee, bit more.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

A bug just for you

I thought you might appreciate this one w.j. st.christopher. I remember those roaches in texas and it isn't an exaggeration to say that some could be almost as big as a mouse eeeeeeeeeek!

Found Art

It's gone. "love hurts" hung outside the Wind's Cafe for just over 5 months. Going to miss looking out for it now. Will just have to put something else up there eh! ;)
Hum. plot! plot! plot! what shall it be?

Monday, May 01, 2006

Falling out of trees

Okay so this isn't a tree in fiji, or anywhere if you want the truth. This is a tree from my head, but since we are talking about trees I thought it okay to post a pic of it. Keith Richards falls out of a palm tree in fiji and some people are saying what is a 62 year old doing climbing a tree. Meanwhile I am just thinking I wish I could even climb a flippin tree, let alone a tree in fiji. :0