Friday, June 29, 2007

In your dreams Jafa

I will be helping host the "exquisite corpse" at the Emporium tonight on behalf of the Yellow Springs Arts Council. Ladies and Gentlemen, this IS the "exquisite corpse" and "The exquisite corpse will drink the new wine." Sounds very sinister, perhaps dr. evil'ish, but don't get yer spiritual knickers in a twist, it's just a drawing game (invented by the surrealists), and really quite innocent.

Could someone tie me to a tree and NOT feed me, like I am trying to lose weight and the monkey on my back is really being a pain in the arse.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Reverse Painting on Lucite

I did this in 2005. Painted the skull first and then added some collage and paint. It's called "Ecstasy' and although an art critic, Jud Yalkut, at the Dayton City Paper thought it was a self portrait in his article about our Bones & Stones exhibit, it isn't. I can understand why he got that impression when you see our poster for the show.

Looking back though I wonder if he saw what I couldn't at the time. I thought I had made a painting about the risks associated with looking for joy in a pill called ecstasy. Now I look at it and see something else. A see a mind full of patterns/ colours, frenetic, full of life, and a sense of mortality. Long after I am gone I peek out. I am here. I existed, I had life, I smiled. See me, for I once walked the earth, smelled the air and tasted the sweet joys and sorrows of life.

"For a moment of night
we have a glimpse of ourselves
and our world islanded in a stream of
stars-pilgrims of mortality,
voyaging between the horizons
across the eternal seas of space and time"
Henry Beston

Vanessa tagged me and while I am a wee tagged out, here is a little story for new visitors.
I do like to pop bubble wrap
I am a huge Dr.Who fan

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Artist Burnout and attitude adjustment

No, not the desire to create, that's as strong as ever and won't change, slow down maybe. But I am, if I'm going to be honest here, a little discouraged and tired. So many distractions lately in so many quarters. I am not really interested in fame, but I would like to see some return for all the work I put out. I don't make enough sales to pay for a months worth of grocery bills, let alone buy supplies. Hey, I didn't expect I would be able to make a living with my art, but I did expect to see my efforts justified even if on a wee scale. Oh, I get small pleasures from doing street/found art, from fun projects like the art ball machine, doing my art blog, the process of creating, but err, I do have to pay bills. I am not sure there is a darned thing I can do about that, that is the nature of being in the arts. I am sure after a little respite and an attitude change it will be fine, I will be fine, but that is my mood right now. Here are some bournout tips some might find helpful, including myself. Whine over!!!!!!!

Meanwhile here is a picture of a doll my friend jafajan and I made several years ago for a mutual friend whose husband had walked out on her. It wasn't meant to be a voodoo doll, but more a vehicle for our friend to vent her pain and her hopes. Jan supplied the pins and I supplied heart stickers. Huh! after I found out a little about something he did a long time ago I think pins were too good for him, but that is another story.

Maybe I should make an art doll for ME!

By the way did you know china banned voodoo dolls in 2006 , which resulted in a new craze. People always want what they can't have eh!
Meanwhile back at the ranch, some think there is money to be made from these two dolls.

Monday, June 25, 2007

The Secret to a Good Painting

Not Only But Also, Art Gallery sketch(E3,p2)ery sketch(E3,p2) with Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.

Talking about sandwiches, what is YOUR favourite sarni? Mine is a bacon butty with ketchup, or banana & molasses. The British Sandwich Association has some great recipes for sarni lovers.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Alas not on the golden throne

Gosh I have been tagged by so many people I have lost count. Let me see there was BAAAHHH, and The Bird Proofer, and a couple of others that I can't remember right now. I am supposed to tell you 8 things, but I think I will spare you and just share one story. Really I am not good at this tagging thing.

I have peed in noble places

I must have the ChamberPot Gallery on my mind lol! I was around 16, with my sister, it was almost midnight on a deserted city, both of us quite inebriated (tut tut) and both of us desperate for the netty. We saw our chance as we walked past the castle keep. We climbed the stairs and quietly did our naughty deed, assuaging our guilt with thoughts of how many generations of soldiers must have graced these steps the same way. We honor you castle, giggle! giggle! Drip! Drip! Then we nearly pooped our pants, because we heard a deep voice shouting up the stairs. Another slightly inebriated soul had seen water dripping down the steps and concluded that since it wasn't raining and the castle hadn't sprung a leak something else was afoot. We sheepishly came down the stairs to a man peeing himself laughing.

This is the Castle Keep in Newcastle upon Tyne. It was built by the eldest son of William the Conqueror, Robert Curthose. Curthose founded this ‘new’ castle on the banks of the river Tyne in 1080. The present building was built in the late 12th early 13th century by Henry the II and King John. The castle keep is one of the best examples of this type in the country.

Photo From: toontraveller"s Newcastle Upon Tyne page here.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Wooden quilt kimono

Q: What type of art do skeletons like?
A: Skull tures

I am getting art withdrawal symptoms. It has been impossible to do any studio work for the last three weeks due to family events, visitors, arts council stuff. We did have our art reception at the ChamberPot Gallery and it wasn't easy since Nancy was left pretty much to do it all herself. Thank goodness a couple of artists helped out. Been hearing around town that everyone enjoyed it though.
People seemed to like ourwacky artball vending machine too. YEA!

Anyway, as you can see in the pic above I did do one sleeve of the kimono and will be starting the neckline and other sleeve next week. Next week is the week I get back into the studio on a daily work schedule or else I will go slightly more bonkers than I already am.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Graffiti Paintings

I finally finished this painting and unfortunately the resin makes photographing it a challenge. I cut out a door and used black plastic coated wire for the hinge. My son prefers the country to a city so I decided to show that with a little painting I did of the countryside. The car is one of his toys from when he was little :)
Bad Bunny on the left got rubbed out. He was too small, so I will make a bigger version. Talking about bunnies, you should check out this giant knitted pink bunny on top of an Italian Mountain.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Photograph, and Saatchi showdown

Gatlinburg Aquarium

I managed to get a nice photo of this jellyfish in the Aquarium.
Check out this artists neon jellyfish, they are so cool.

If anyone is interested, and I would appreciate it, could you vote here for my painting "dead space" on the saatchi showdown. thanks :)

ART SCeNe: Not much lol! graduation, birthday parties, visitors, chamberpot gallery stuff. Made a video for it here. Want to thank another blogger, naj at MyDepictions, for sharing a tutorial on making a movie (her paris hilton cartoon is fun by the way).

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Sketchbook War Embroidery

Sometimes I like to put photographs of my work into my sketchbook and then play around it, see where it leads. I like the swan with the forked tongue (black glitter). This text is what I used on the actual painting in red letters that is spreading out above the wall.

"Of course the people don't want war. But after all, it's the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it's always a simple matter to drag the people along whether it's a democracy, a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism, and exposing the country to greater danger."
-- Herman Goering at the Nuremberg trials