Tuesday, October 31, 2006

The Invisible Artist

The Invisible Artist

Hey, I wasn't complaining, just talking about the realities some older women, and women artists, face. There is a reason the guerilla girls are still on the go.

"Good George, Bad George and Okay George."
I had fun doing this painting (oil on canvas) and it is one of my favourite paintings.

Sunday, October 29, 2006

dolls and stones

I get a real laugh everytime I go to the Emporium because the staff there started adding things to the ugly doll, first a leather jacket and now a hat.

This is called "chat room" and will be in the Emporium Show,"ugly pretty things" in Yellow Springs. The formation of the stone lent itself well to the image that ended up looking like Peter Lorre (not intentional) , in the movie "m" by fritz lang. The theme of the movie fit with the theme of this piece, so perhpas subconsciously I was thinking of Peter Lorre when I painted it.

Can't really get into my new series of paintings until I get my show up and finish up a few bits and bobs left over from the Is It Art? show. Ah, it will be nice to have no more bits and bobs and I can just concentrate on my new series of paintings.

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Found Art and Ghost Hunters

I posted this on the Found Art website, but hey, I wanted to post it here too. I photographed a spare skull I had lying around the studio. I had painted eyes on some stones and put those in the sockets. Manipulated the photo on Microsoft Picture It. Hope the jokes make you groan, which is what we are supposed to hear this month anyway ;)

By the way it is official, Ye Olde Trail Tavern (106 years old) in Yellow Springs possibly, maybe, err, could just really have a ghost after all, so say the Springfield Ghost Hunters.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

The Art of Tombstones and Churchyards

I often used to walk through churchyards growing up in England. Nothing to do with being into the spooky. They are places full of history and interesting tombstones. This is one of my favourites. I used to see it when I cut across the churchyard to get to the bus stop on the other side.
It is called Haddon's Tomb (c.1717) and is located in Heworth Church, St. Mary's, "was probably founded by Ceolfrid, abbot of Monkwearmouth and Jarrow, within two years of the consecration of Jarrow Church, A.D. 684." Of course the current building isn't that old, it was built in the 1800's. It always fascinated me and I wondered who the three children were in this stone four-poster bed, tucked under a Durham quilt. It wasn't until my trip home in September that a neighbour told me they were the children of Joesph Haddon and had all died in a fire.

This is a gravestone in the churchyard of St. Mary's Church (now a visitor center) in Gateshead by the Sage (or the slug as the locals call it). Again another very old church (going back to the normans) and some of the gravestones are so old they no longer have writing on them.

This gallery has some fabulous photos of funerary sculptures around the world.Here you can find a grave of any famous artist or famous person, along with bio info, etc.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Stick Men & Cheese on Toast

And what have stick men and cheese on toast got to do with each other? Nothing! I just love art and food and wanted to talk about them both on the same post.
Okay so there is a woman in the bunch, so technically speaking it isn't stick men,but stick persons, people :) These are the sticks that will be going into the "ugly pretty things" exhibit at the Emporium in Yellow Springs in November. 
I love cheese on toast and one of the first things I wanted when I went home to England is my mum's cheese on toast, which is the best. Yes, it is pretty basic, but there is an art to making it special, as you will find out here.
And just to keep the subject of cheese relevant to an art blog check out this cheesy art list.ships made of cheese cheesy boots house of cheese
oh, PS. I have to tell you I am really chuffed because I got a gold star rating on bloghop. thanks bloghop :)

Friday, October 06, 2006

Strange Creatures

I used to love getting off work (who doesn't) and hearing the church bells of St. Nicholas as I stood at the busstop on the Newcastle end of the Tyne Bridge. As a teen and young woman I used to walk around the cathedral, the quayside (no not picking up sailors you lot) and exploring the area, but for all the time I was there I never saw THIS.

Yes, it is a vampire bunny and it is located above the doorway of the cathedral buildings (used as solicitor's offices). The building was built in c 1900 and faces the back of st.nicholas cathedral and amen corner. Nobody seems to know how it got there or anything about it, it is a mystery. My mum used to work in the building and never knew about it (well she never really used the back entrance of the building). It was fun to take mum there and show her it. How did I know about it? As some say it "by gannin on tinternet " In other words exploring the Internet, isn't technology great!
"The rabbit's alertness and speed made it a Christian symbol of vigilance and the need to flee from sin and temptation. Like the lion, the hare was believed to be so vigilant that it slept with its eyes open. Its flesh was contaminated with wakefulness and could cause insomnia in its eater. Its speed was a reminder of the swift passage of life." source: ChristStory Bestiary

Monday, October 02, 2006

art and identity

Fun-da-men-tal.ism n. A usually religious movement or point of view characterized by a return to fundamental principles, by rigid adherence to those principles, and often intolerance of other views and opposition to secularism. Fundamentalism is based on but extends a traditional religion to include rigid precepts for thought and behavior.

You can't see it but there is a mirror behind the mesh. The hand with a stone is a reference to the proverb “people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones”,