Thursday, February 22, 2007

Artistic Influences

An Interview
Andy Warhol interview at bbc4
Andy Warhol Quotes
I think having land and not ruining it is the most beautiful art that anybody could ever want to own.
I have Social Disease. I have to go out every night. If I stay home one night I start spreading rumors to my dogs

Favourite Objects
Found this at the Lambertville fle market years ago. It's a really ugly dog sculpture, but I love it and sketch it frequently.

Monday, February 19, 2007

Photograph of Queen Victoria monument

Queen Victoria at St.Nicholas Square, Newcastle.
One of the the things I miss about England is the architecture, the monuments, the history. This statue was one of my favourites in Newcastle (near the Vampire Rabbit at the Cathedral Buildings). Here is a link to a fabulous photo, but what most of the links don't tell you is that the monument sits atop a Plague pit in "which over three hundred bodies lie". Why the historical aspect was not taken into consideration when they decided to plonk this monument over it is a mystery, but oh well! There is a strange dichotomy of feelings when looking at this Victorian monument and all the historic meanings behind it, yet knowing that there lies beneath hundreds of bodies from the 1665 plague. It sort of dulls the grandiosity of the this major piece of sculpture knowing the ugliness that is below it. However maybe it's not such a dichotomy for those who have studied the realities of the Victorian era.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

What sort of art do you do?

I've always found this a little challenging to answer since it isn't easy to categorize what I do. I happened upon a website, thanks to a poster on Wet Canvas, called Interstitial Arts Foundation. It is described as "art that flourishes in the borderlands between disciplines, mediums and cultures. Art that blurs the divide between fine art and craft, high art and low. Art that crosses boundaries. Artists without borders."

According to Wikipedia it is: " difficult to easily categorize or describe within a single artistic discipline"

That seems to describe me very well, don't you think?

Anway, here is my latest creative venture
It is based on a sketch I did a few years ago and is called "she clutched a chicken and crossed her eyes" (Literally, I asked my daughter to clutch a chicken and cross her eyes and bless her for being a good sport she did). This is a photo of just part of the image. I painted it on fabric and embellished it with embroidery (eyebrows and eyelashes), a silver earing, and small blue beads around the circle edge. It is hand quilted around the lips to help emphasize them. Below is a painting on wood I did years ago, so as you can see I am playing with a theme.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Happy Valentine

I was going to leave this in town somewhere, but well, we are kind of snowed in. Sending my sweet valentines to those I love, to friends and if you are reading this, I hope you have a sweet day too.

Monday, February 12, 2007

The HouseMouse Artist

You're reading art by corrine bayraktaroglu originally posted on Jafabrit's Art. 

Thank you for dropping by.
a little doodle in my sketchbook

I get like this every few months. A need to stay home and enjoy solitude, days of uninterrupted creativity. A time to catch up on letters, the family diary, and pottering around the house. Of course most of my time this morning has been spent pottering around the net getting biz cards for the Chamberpot Gallery and Yellow Springs Arts blog and renewing domain names. I highly recommend Vista Print by the way, great prices, specials, user friendly and prompt delivery (no not getting a kickback or advertizing for them-just an old fashioned recommendation for anyone who is interested).
I am not a professional photographer, but I took this photo last year and really love it. My mum, cousins and I spent the day in one of the most beautiful ancient market towns in England, Hexham. The sky was a beautiful blue that day, and the relief on the building was fabulous. Would you believe this is a circular building? One of the nicest looking banks I have ever seen.
of course just as I go on about being a housemouse Talitha the Tongue calls and asks if I want to have ha ha pizza (pepperoni and anchovy) and play scrabble while she works at Village Artisans today. arg! the desire for my FAVE pizza is stronger than my desire to be a housemouse LOL! typical!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Pottering Around

This is a tiny portion of part of a larger project that the The John Bryan Community Pottery in Yellow Springs, Ohio is sponsoring, which "is a community-wide tile-making project!" Sometimes the arts council will have their meetings at the pot shop and as we talk biz we make a tile. I did the little blue good luck "evil eye" cockroach (that you can barely see) at the bottom. My second one is a dickie bird (of course lol!) which hasn't been fired yet. I can't wait to see the mural finished, because some of the ceramic tiles and peices are amazing. I have never really been a one for clay, but I have really enjoyed participating in a small way.
This is just something I am experimenting with. As I may have mentioned I have always loved hand sewing and embroidery, so integrating that along with painting isn't new.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Sketchbook: snowy evening

A blog entry about Van Gogh's sketches on The Colorist inspired me to try doing a snowy backgarden scene (view from my family room). I don't often do landscape scenes. It was a messy business as I was using white and black conte crayon on dark grey paper. I was hacky mucky I can tell you. When I sprayed it with workable fixative it darkened the sketch a bit more than I anticipated, but I don't think it has dimished the sense of a snowy eve. However I notice things are leaning to the right, DARN it!!!!

On another note I am feeling really chuffed because Columbus Monthly Magazine decided to include the ChamberPot Gallery in their "Best Driving Vacations" speciality publication. They called the story Potty Art and had a pic of one of the paintings, as well as the photo Lauren Heaton took of Nancy and I for the Yellow Springs News LOL! Believe it or not we have sold a few paintings, the most expensive being a $1000.

Saturday, February 03, 2007

sketchbook: quilt patches in paint

I've always loved quilts and have done the occasional pieces of work that show my love of quilts. Somehow I see a correlation between quilts and my sketchbook. Just like patchwork quilts a sketchbook is a patchwork of ideas, colours, shapes and forms symbolizing the channeling of creative energy coming together as a whole.

On the other hand Ms. Robinson's work is rich with texture, shapes, and colours and it's like taking a fantastic visual journey full of suprises. Aminah Robinson's quilt title" journeys" in the National Underground Railroad FREEDOM CENTER in Cincinnati is amazing.

Thursday, February 01, 2007

Found Art and Dark Star Books

For some reason I am having a difficult time getting a good close up on my decoupage stones.
Will try again today.

The owner of Dark Star Books had seen one of my found art decoupaged stones and asked if I would make some to sell in her book store in Yellow Springs. I am quite chuffed about this as Dark Star is a very unique book/comic store to visit, and besides who can resist

I did something a little different with the one's for the store. Usually I just shellac the stones, but for Dark Star I coated them with resin giving them a high gloss finish. All the images on the decoupaged stones are from photographs of my OWN work, which makes them original to me.

ps. Will still be leaving Found Art stone faces around town now and again, along with some of the other favourites. You know, the  and nazar bonjuks.