Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Gannin Yem-Travel Journal Pages

I am hoping I can take my little journal on the plane. I am putting pics of home, family, recipes (texas ceasar salad -YUM) for mum and sis, and small sketches and observations as I travel. This is a photo of my back patio where mass quanities of tea are consumed and the mosquitos enjoy a bloody feast on my husband (they really seem to like his blood the best). Gannin Yem means going home and means the same in Norwegian. Here is some pictures at flickr of Newcastle/Gateshead created by JRStudio.

signing off so gan canney man ( take care)

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Stone Mad

Studio is cleared and ready but I can't concentrate or start new work because I am too excited and distracted about my trip home to England (in a couple of weeks). So I am just doing bits and bobs and had fun printing out some of my work to decoupage on stones, some of which I will take to England.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Art out of Necessity

Dear Visitor
Thank you for visiting my blog and my apologies.
 Unfortunately due to the continued infringement, mining and exploitation of my images by individuals, spammers and companies I no longer have the incentive to show images on my blog.

These were my very first stone portraits, which I put in a show in the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis. I was very encouraged because they both sold straight away.
Why art out of necessity? Well we had moved to New Jersey (this was about 8 or 9 years ago) and I couldn't get my studio up and running . One day as my dh and I we were walking the dogs I was lamenting the fact I couldn't paint and my dh picks up a stone and said you could paint on this. I was like, "suuuuuuure". Well bless his heart because he really did come up with something. The closer I looked at the stone and the shape the more I was intrigued. I liked the idea of tricking people into wondering whether it was the shape of the stone that defined the features or the way I did the shadows/values.
This is my ABSOLUTE favourite stone that now belongs to a dear friend of mine.

So I have to say my dear husband gets the credit (and he says any percentage of sales lol) for coming up with the idea of me painting faces on stones.

Friday, August 04, 2006

Portraits on Stone

I used to find a lot of really cool stones by a river in New Jersey and paint them. I haven't found any around here that are irregular AND smooth to paint so instead I just do decoupage or quick one's for found art.
 In the bowl is Orson Wells, Chuck Close, and Edith Sitwell. Can you tell which one's? 

There is a Greek myth that when Zeus sent a deluge as punishment for human wickedness Deucalion and his wife, Pyrrha, were saved in an ark. When the flood waters subsided, Themis instructed them to repopulate the earth and said, “With veiled heads and loosened robes throw behind you as you go the bones of your great mother.” They took this to mean stones of the mother earth. As they cast the stones behind them those thrown by Deucalion became men and those thrown by Pyrrha became women. It is from this that they say the hardness of our race is considered the living proof of its own origin.