Monday, April 30, 2007

sketchbook doodles

When I did these doodles I had no idea what purpose they could serve other than a nice day sketching in Princeton University Museum with a friend of mine. Now I am looking at them I am thinking there are a number of motifs I could use in my graffiti panels. It seems to work out that way. I often don't like my current sketchbooks and it is only after a while that I go back and browse through my old ones that I see images I like or can use.
Princeton University is one of the most gorgeous campuses to walk around and even though it was an hour drive for one summer my friend and I went almost weekly.


Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird?
Pablo Picasso

I think this is a great quote, sometimes it is just nice to enjoy something for what it is.


David Hockney
Henry Moore
Jackson Pollock
this one will surprise you

One book I own and love looking through is :The Journey Is the Destination: The Journals of Dan Eldon. This young man is not famous, but he left behind his amazing journals.
Before he died at the hands of a mob in Somalia at the age of 23 he had traveled to 46 countries.
I hope you enjoy visiting this site.

Friday, April 27, 2007

Variations of a Theme

sketchbook drawing and collage of girl clutching flowers
It all started with this sketch several years ago with a collaged pelvis for the wings-which led to this oil on wood version on the left- which led to the reverse painting on plexiglass in black and white negative=which has led to the latest variation in progress on the graffiti panel.
Talk about milking an image, or recycling an image, but I just love this angel and why she came about and the thoughts that come each time I look at her and paint her. The title of the work is "dig freedom" and the underlying theme of the image is to do with cluster bombs in Iraq. Unexploded or dud cluster bombs continue to pose a risk to civilians, especially children. You see they are small, look shiny and children pick them up thinking they are a toy or a soft drink can, or farmers clearing land accidentally set one off. The title alludes to the amount of graves that have been dug. Several organizations are fighting to have cluster bombs banned, for more information please visit Handicap International or for information and links visit here.

Thinking Blogger Award

Want to thank both Angela and Domestic Minx for honoring me with the Thinking Blogger Award. Considering all the really cool blogs out there, it is a real treat to be chosen.

why do I blog and what is it that drives my art?

I will try to keep this short as I have answered this several times before and don't want to bore the heck of those who've read it already. Blogging is basically an extension of what I have always done, either with scrapbooks/family diary/sketchbook. I use this blog as a form of art in itself to visually communicate. It is also a wonderful means to keep in touch with family and friends worldwide, as well as meet and network with people around the world.
What drives my art is a love of putting into visual form things that move me, the smell of a studio, the rush that comes from seeing an idea realized, the meditative quality of the process itself, and knowing that I can create a quiet and sometimes powerful silent connection with the viewers of my work.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

sketchbook: graffiti

After I had glued the WIP pic of the painting I'm working on into my sketchbook the page looked empty and sad, so I played with the graffiti theme. I added bits of things I found around the studio too, like the kissing couple (wrapping paper). The eye top right is from a printout of my angel reverse painting at the left.


There are some voices I love listening to, and one of those is Richard Burton. What a voice! If you would like to hear him reciting Dylan Thomas' "Under Milk Wood" in full you can listen here.

A silly poem
Spike Milligan
Said Hamlet to Ophelia,
I'll draw a sketch of thee,
What kind of pencil shall I use?
2B or not 2B?

Yellow Springs Bike Trail

Sunday, April 22, 2007

WIP:Portrait in Oil

I nearly scrapped this painting when I started it. I had put three coats of special wood primer gesso on the panel and started to paint on it in oil . It was absorbed instantly into the primer. What I should have done was put another layer of regular gesso or acrylic on the panel. Well what's done is done, so I decided to build up on it with glazes. It started as a grisaille , then I started adding the colour layer by layer using liquin as my oil thinner.
It is a technique you can't rush. You try and put another glaze over it before the previous coat dries it just lifts the paint right off and your painting is ruined.

Oh looky here, there's that darned spuggy again LOL!

my nose saved the day

sheesh it takes 20 mins to get to the airport
but nooooooooo, with all the stupid construction the gps got all flustered. I really felt like I was in the twilight zone. It is 5am, dark, no lights, no open businesses and I haven't a clue where I am. The Gps kept telling me to take a left, take a right and I went around and around three times on the same loop trying to get onto the stupid motorway. Never did get on the motorway. I followed a smell. Yep my nose became a gps. There is this one town that has a factory that puts out this overwhelming french fry smell. I got a whiff of it and I kept a sniffing and it led me right to a town I am familiar with. 2 hours later I made it home.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

graffiti granny strikes again

Only on wood safe in her studio :) Okay, so technically I ain't a granny, but it sounded good. It's interesting to see how work evolves and what seems to be evolving as a theme for my show is capturing fragments of life (patches in a quilt, patches of kids work, bits and pieces put together to make a whole). The graffiti panel above fits into that as it is a collection of fragments of my own work and found images/objects and text put into a new context. Sorry about the quality of the photograph (old crappy camera). I haven't quite finished with this piece yet. I will add a doorway on the chest area and inside will be an image. I also need to attach the Mexican tin hand on the left hand side. Once that is done the panel will be covered with resin.

QUESTION: What do you imagine is inside the door on the painting?

Would any of you be interested in voting for me on the Saatchi Showdown here.
If you did, thankyou :) from a grateful spuggy.

Saying of the Day Why is the word abbreviation so long?

A Groaner
Why are vampires artistic?
They're good at drawing blood.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Portrait Painting on Wood

I don't have my camera, so I am posting a painting I did several years ago. This is oil on wood and an early experiment in painting on wood. It was a scrap piece of wood and I used a glazing technique (using liquin-a non yellowing medium for thinning oils). I won first place in the 2003 Springfield Museum of Art Members Exhibit, which was very encouraging. Don't we all need that little boost now and again :) Since then I have really enjoying learning to paint on a variety of woods, or wood composite supports (currently mdf, which is high density and moisture resistant).

October art stroll is coming together, and because having a street art themed event in the senior center great hall doesn't sound very hip I came up with a name and we decided to call the room "the hip joint" for the evening :)
We are going to have live music, video/slide show with pics of found art,graffiti, tag, posters and sticker art.

Saying of the Day: When it rains, why don't sheep shrink?

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Tweet Bloody Tweet

I haven't quite finished this reverse painting, just need to add colour behind the squiggly lines around the edge and then that's it. I will leave the interpretation up to others :)

Meanwhile my head is spinning with all the projects to be planned out and worked on. Nancy and I are gearing up for the new exhibit and opening reception in June for the ChamberPot Gallery, several of us at YS Arts Council are planning the october art stroll happening (street art is the theme, lining up live music, a location, etc). I tipped off the owner of the movie art house in town about a documentary called BOMB IT with the hopes she could run it the same week of art stroll (it's a long shot though). That is besides getting work ready for the miniature show IN A FRAME in June, and working on my own stuff for my October exhibit.


Saying of the Day:
How do you tell when you're out of invisible ink?

I am honored that Angela chose me as one of her recipients of the thinking blog award, thankyou :) Frankly I don't know how I can narrow a list down to 5 to pass on this award as there are so many really wonderful blogs I like to visit on a regular basis.

Thursday, April 12, 2007

Plodding: Art and LIfe

Wish I could walk around looking like this coz I think I look kind of cooll desaturated and stenciled.

bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa! my camera fell on the floor and is broken, bwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!! If anyone knows me they know it is like an appendage, I take it everywhere. I was so depressed I had to have a killer stomach churning curry from my fave restaurant miles away to distract me from my self-indulgent woes.

Hell I have been tagged by the FatLadySingz blog. Gotta get goals is the theme.
Personal Goals:
plod on (literally, I try to walk everyday on the treadmill , as well as walk the dogs every evening)
Art Goals:
plod on (haven't got a clue what I am doing but I am doing it and letting my muse dictate where it leads)

Not very profound huh!

Saying of the Day. Man who pee on electric fence receive shocking news.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

art of quilted wood

I have a love hate relationship with my current project. I spent 5 hours working on one section and was ready to vomit if I had to do ONE more patch. I have no idea how it will look, but I got it into my head that I wanted to do it and do it I will. It is getting harder to do as the size of it increases. Eventually I will have to build a back brace to support the piece and then I have to figure out how I will add the glaze or resin and where.

It's my birthday later this month and I'll be 52! Dang!!!!!!!!!!!! as the Americans' say, bloody hell!!!!!! as I would say. I look in the mirror and get a shock coz I wonder who the hell I'm looking at. See I still feel like a kid inside, I mean LOOK at my car (aren't those clouds wonderful by the way).

Anyway you know you're getting old when:
You feel like the morning after, and you haven't been anywhere.
Yea! what's up with that!
You don't remember being absent minded.
Sheesh that never used to bother me.
When a sexy babe catches your fancy and your pacemaker opens the garage door nearest you.
This doesn't apply to me but I thought it too funny.
Your idea of weight lifting is standing up.
ha!ha! but it's true.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Self Portraits

I told Sharron I would share my self portraits, so here they are.

Licorice Girl: I once went to the docs because I was getting numb around the mouth. He couldn't find anything wrong, but for some odd reason as I left his office I mentioned I had been eating lots of licorice (strong british or australian brands that put hairs on yer chest). He asked "how much is lots?" When I told him he couldn't stop laughing. I hadn't eaten a dangerous level but it had had side effects obviously. He told the nurse not to file a bill and told me to stop eating so much licorice. I could still hear him laughing as I left the building. I LOVE licorice.

When I was a kid I hated getting my photo taken and always twisted my face for the camera, but I had one photo that I hadn't. I wanted to do a portrait for practice and decided to use that photo and dang it if it didn't turn out being twisted LOL! How Freudian is that.

Humerous: I did this about three years ago. It is oil on wood and after I painted it for some reason I wanted to sand it down. Well it ended up looking almost like a skeleton, so I decided to put it in the "bones and stones" show I was doing with my friend Jan.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Urban Art

This is a photo I took of my son and will be my new found art card that is printed on sticky photographic paper.

I have added a couple of links, one of which I have enjoyed visiting for a while now called the Wooster Collective. As many of you know I love street art/graffiti and this site celebrates the best that is around. Some of the artwork really is just amazing and refutes the old notion that graffiti is a blight. Just in case you really have a bad reaction to seeing graffiti though please read this sign.

Toodle pip, ta ra, see ya

from jafabrit/spuggy/corrine in a cold yellow springs, ohio.

Monday, April 02, 2007

Assemblage: method & materials

"state of mind"

Dr. John asked: Is there anything you can't use as an artistic medium?

I don't know as I haven't tried them all yet, but I am working on it ;) I would like to paint a junction box in Yellow Springs, but I need to research how to prepare the surface and get permission.

Here is a work I did a few years ago using goat skin stitched onto a box I constructed from spare lumber, a wasps nest (the guys at the local pest control found my request rather amusing), thorned twigs. The skin had to be soaked and stretched wet over the box and stitched before it dried. I was addressing the issue of skinheads who are described by SPL as the "shock troops" for the white supremacist movement.