Monday, March 26, 2007

A jafa Monday

Did you know I have a candy bar named after me LOL! Okay not really true. My daughter went into a brit store in florida and couldn't resist getting it for me.

Check emails, do a little painting, take dogs to groomers, make WIP video, go and get Ha Ha Pizza. Got sidetracked by the smell of yummy soy candles that this young man (Orion Soul) makes himself. If you happen to visit Yellow Springs he is to be seen on the corner of Corry St and Xenia Ave. Talitha waiting at Village Artisans,wondering where I am with the pizza. Share art chat, game of scrabble, talk with customers. Talitha says if I don't use those eggs soon they will be rotten, so I guess I will make the video
about Humpty Dumpty soon. Right, better go and do some work in studio since I have been goofing off today. I am rather happy as one of my FAVE paintings (Homage to Frida Kahlo) sold today through "would you, could you" gallery.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Photograph of Ohio Sky

We were driving to Beavercreek, Ohio and the clouds and sunset were beautiful. I saw a shape of a plane and HAD to take a photo.

Saturday, March 24, 2007

WIP and Humbling Reminder

Reverse painting and collage on plastic
I am adding as I go along, leaving it, staring at it, and adding bits , kind of like my sketchbook. I have added a naked dickie bird since I took this pic. I wonder if a story will evolve
ps. lone beader do you think I had a spare mirror in the house? Nope! I don't even have a make up mirror larger than 3".
The Humbling Reminder
Every now and again I get a question that takes me off guard and humbly reminds me that not everyone takes me seriously as a working artist. Yesterday a neighbour (she's a nice lady by the way) who lives very close by asked me if I am still doing art? I said, " of course, I have work hours in the studio every day, and I have another exhibit coming up." arg! I wonder if anyone ever asked Picasso this? I know I ain't no Picasso, but my commitment and passion isn't much different.
Had it been a catty remark I would shrug it off, or if I barely saw the person and we lived in a big town, but I live in a village of 3,600. Sigh! I have a studio in the house, a workshop in the garage, run two art blogs (mine and the art councils) co-organize and curate the ChamberPot Gallery in the village, help organize/participate in art events in our village, leave found art , have work in two galleries (one in our village), sell work, carry my sketchbook and camera everywhere, run three websites (mine, chamberpot gallery, and ys arts), just had a solo show a couple of months ago in one of the busiest cafes in our village. sigh! how much more committed can a person be in their profession as an artist!!!!!!!!! I don't do all this just as a pastime while I am stuck at home and will stop when I get bored. Do any of you men out there get this?
Oh well! Coming a few days after a wonderful interview by phil
ip on his art blog it brought me smack back down to to earth. sigh! such is the yin and yang of life for the artist known as Jafabrit.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Waiting for the Paint to Dry

Doing patches of reverse painting on a large panel. Haven't got a plan. It isn't as easy as small panels as I can't stretch my arm around the back and look from the front as I paint. So while I am waiting for the paint to dry: Researchers are now saying exercising makes us smarter. So like I need another excuse to exercise I thought, Hum! treadmill here I come.

So I put the telly on,but can't hear it over the hum of the treadmill,shut my eyes. god has it only been 5 mins. okay so how can I describe in a short sentence what existentialism is? poop, what am I going to make for dinner. open eyes. god has it only been 6 mins. wonder what I will paint next. man my legs are tired. you know hah! I have known people who have exercised their brains out and you could trip over their iq. yes! epiphany! will make beef bolognese for dinner. yea 5 mins to go.

I got off the treadmill, tripped over something up the stairs (not my IQ you cheeky so and so's), phone rang, took the dogs out, changed my top, and started dinner. Haven't had time to think so I can't tell you if I.m smarter or not! Beef Bolognese was good though :)

Oh, err! blushing! err! if you want to see my austin powers look then check out Philip's blog interview of yours truly.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Sketchbook Page: Word Art

Melange of Irreconcilable Otherness

Do you ever read those artsy fartsy art mags and wonder what the heck they 're blathering on about. Yes! I get it after thinking okey dokey then, nice bit of bull*hitting! Sometimes I wonder if what I'm reading is not so much about the content of the words, but written more for how nice the words LOOK, like word art. Sort of flux'ish, if you know what I mean. No! Well, it means! and if you're too lazy to go to the link: "Fluxus creators like to see what happens when different media intersect."

Oh! the image is a little painting I did in my sketchbook today. I added the phrase (which I really like reading and saying over and over) after reading my mag:
Poor hubby if I am not doing my Arianna Huffington voice (my fave person to mimic lately) I fling my current fave words at him.
Hubby: What's for dinner then?
Moi: A melange of irreconcilable otherness
Hubby: That's nice dear, pass the salt.

Sunday, March 18, 2007


I had already done the page on the left cataloging the painting I had started for the Chamberpot Gallery and the colour mix I used. Next page I just wanted to play. I randomly cut some things out of my ArtForum magazine to do some collage and then paint around. The center piece and the bird set the tone on how the page would evolve. When I had finished I decided to see if I could integrate the two pages, so I extended the blue into the second page, and collaged some of the red into the first page. It seems I have, without planning it, painted the cycle of life of a spuggy-moi. LOL! But then little bits of us always creeps into our art some way or another.
Currently NOT reading, but listening to:
"The Religion" by Tim Willocks
One of my fave blogs to visit is the Book Nook by Vick Mickunas. He had mentioned audio books and spoke about Tim Willocks book. I have never tried audio books before as I thought I wouldn't like them. Vick was kind enough to loan me his and I am really enjoyint it so far.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Happy Feet

My legs were slim back then, on that evening long ago dancing with my irish friend Althea. We were doing the bump to james brown in a disco called Grobs in Newcastle, England. I started dancing with this fella and by the time the evening was over Althea says in her thick irish accent, "you're going to marry him". I said, "don't be daft". Well here I am 31 years later and it is our wedding anniversary today. Had we known St. Patricks Day was such a big deal in the USA we wouldn't have picked March 17th for our wedding, but there ya go, Luck of the Irish. Have a good one folks.

Beauty contests ban seductive aromas"Aug 28,1922 Perfume, sweet-smelling face powder and flowers having a “burden of perfume” will be barred from Atlantic City’s fall pageant at the suggestion of Hudson Maxim, who will portray “Father Neptune” during the carnival. The 19 shore beauties who will form Neptune’s court consented at a “war council” today to form an anti-scent guard about Neptune. Miss America, Queen of Beauty, will have her looks accentuated solely by flowers which lack the olfactory powers of seducing the public and the judges."

Hum!!! I wonder if I added a rose scent to the rose painting it will seduce the public into buying it.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

Rose Painting, sketchbook, found art

I finally finished the rose painting and it was the range of greens that was a real challenge. I had to leave my comfort zone and not use my favourite green,sap green. I mixed ultramarine blue+lemon yellow, and for the underside of the leaves white+black+some of the mixed green.

Here is my latest sketchbook page which shows the colour mix for the Oh Poo! painting. I liked the dark grey (a mix of white+lamp black+raw sienna) but when I wanted a lighter shade and added more white I was not pleased, reminded me of very light coffee colour. Which leads me to my latest found art I called coffee head and left in one of my fave places in Yellow Springs that sells coffee. On the back it says:"Caffeine isn't a drug, it's a vitamin!"


Monday, March 12, 2007

Kid's Art and Kippers

I used bugle beads and small beads for the eyes on this one by my son. It is of course mr. and mrs pacman in love and the stork deliving a baby pacman :)

Media and method: I gesso black fabric, trace on the design, paint outlines and fill in with acrylic, use quilting thread around some of the edges, and then embellish with black embroidery thread, beads, buttons etc.
Kipper Trivia

new lingo
Well I thought Kippers meant just smoked fish, but apparently that isn't all it means. According to this BBC article it is 21st Century lingo for: "kids in parents' pockets eroding the retirement savings". In the last decade one-in-four young adults in their 20s has returned home to live with their parents after university, according to market researchers the Henley Centre. "Boomerang kids", "Mammons" and "Parasite singles" are not red herrings, they are simply similar terms adopted in the US, Italy and Japan respectively."

Food Art

And then there is Sarah Lucas using kippers in some of her art, ( I hate to tell you in what way she used them, guess you will have to visit here to find out). Sacrilege.

Bad Joke

1st kipper: 'Smoking's bad for you'
2nd kipper: 'It's OK, I've been cured'

Friday, March 09, 2007

WIP: Oh Poo!

"oh Poo!"
I'm stuck in the loo, can't escape, how about you! Okay! Okay! I am NOT a poet. If you don't enjoy potty humor poetry then skip Porcelain Poetry, but if you want to see some AMAZING bathroom fixtures then visit Clark Sorenson's wesbite.
Some artists have already done their paintings for the ChamberPot Gallery, so I thought I had better get my act together and start mine. This is based on a photo I took of my daughter. I wanted it to have a stencil cut out look almost reminicent of Banksy. Here is a link to some examples of his work on his website. I LOVE the one of the maid painted on the old brick/stone wall sweeping the dirt off the pavement. The idea of the painting and title came when I was with Nancy helping switch the paintings between bathrooms and my odiferous sensibilites were assaulted with a smell that made my toes curl. Thank goodness there isn't a odor emitting widget on our computers (yet) so I couldn't share this horror with you. Suffice it to say a good idea came of it.
Referenced photograph of the Banksy maid was taken by Simon Crubellier.

Thursday, March 01, 2007

Painted Wine Bottle

I did paint ON glass once, this is oil on glass with a Harry Lauder branch and is in the gallery "in a frame" in Yellow Springs. My daughter has this fabu tree called a Harry Lauder tree in her front garden. The tree is named after a much beloved scottish entertainer who performed using its crooked branch as a cane. The shrub itself was discovered growing in an English hedgerow in the mid-1800s. In the Garden of Paghat the Ratgirl has some nice info on this very unusual tree. I called it transmutation because it is about art of changing and transforming your mental state.