Saturday, July 28, 2007

graffiti painting: Vampire Rabbit

Well, I am not sure what to think of this. I like elements of it, the idea, and I love the bunny, but as a whole I am not liking it too much. I am going for gestalt, which really is the theme of my show, that is bringing all the fragments together into a whole (fragments of ideas, life, past and present, dreams, bits and pieces of text, found images weaved with my own etc). Seeing it posted here I see the need to make the bunny stand out more and add a shadow for the ledge, a trompe-l'oeil effect. This is spuggy, a geordie lass singing the Blaydon races, and a piece of her heart still back home in Newcastle with her family. For any Geordie readers/expats out there who want to see a little bit of home, check out Newcastle Upon Tyne Daily Photo blog. There is a blogger, Norwegianity, who has seen my work exhibited in Yellow Springs. He has this to about my work: " I'm hooked on Jafabrit's art blog even if I couldn't live in a house with most of her stuff. Seriously, I don't know if I could go to sleep if this bottle was in the room, but I love looking at it" . I understand! I am not sure I would put a lot of my work on my walls either, which begs the question: "why on earth do I paint them". The answer is simple really. I don't think about work being painted to go on a wall, I paint things to get it out of my system, to express something. Today's music is Lindisfarne, described on Wikipedia as "a popular Tyneside based folk/rock group of the 1970s, fronted by singer/songwriter Alan Hull. Their music combined a strong sense of yearning, often for home, with an even stronger sense of fun".
Lindisfarne - Lady...

Thursday, July 26, 2007

This Art Life

My husband bought me this teapot 11 years ago in honor of my new found passion, art. I have about 35 teapots in my collection, and I use them all at some time or another. You see I LOVE tea, a strong cup of tea with milk and sugar.When I first came to America there were two things I remember specifically rejecting, paper napkins, and iced tea. Paper napkins I thought a waste of money, and iced tea because I thought it an absolute aberration. It took me 15 years to get used to the idea lol! WEll it wasn't that I was totally stubborn, the quality of the tea used back in the late 70's=80's was 'orrible. Nowadays there are so many choices and really good too, just don't serve me Earl Grey (YAK, can't stand the bergamot). Oh and tea made with microwaved water, double YAK!!!!!!!!! And what is my favourite tea? Ceylon. And for iced tea with lemon and mint I like Turkish black tea called Rize. How about you?

I never could just sit and watch telly without doing something, and so I stitched up a storm of worry dolls when I watched the movie "Perfume". I had read the book twice and couldn't imagine how they would translate it into a movie. I thought it the most strange and interesting story I had ever read, and the movie was no different. I think it really helped to read the book first to appreciate the movie, though.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

An Artist's Life in Yellow Springs

Peaches Grill has the BEST "bloody mary" EVER, of course for medicinal puposes ;) This is the view from the patio of the Mural on the side of HA Ha Pizza, that has the best pizza EVER (with anchovies of course).

Well, err, here is the update of the vampire rabbit painting. I am letting things slowly evolve and am just adding as I feel the mood at the time. The rabbit harks back to my past, but what I see happening is its competing with patterns, almost as if the present is obscuring my past. Oh la la, getting a bit existentialist or something, eek! By the way spuggy is my family nickname.

Frederic Yonnet plays Little Wing on his harmonica during the AACW Bluesfest 2006 hosted by Dave Chappelle in Yellow Springs, OH. For a small village of 3,500 it never ceases to amaze me how much is going on, how much talent is here, and that we still have a privately owned art movie house, The Little Art Theatre.

Monday, July 23, 2007

sketchbook: doodles

There's that bird again LOL! I used to see Deborah Donelson's work a lot when I lived in Maryland (Baltimore was her home at the time) and really loved exploring the many layers of her paintings, and her drawing. I picked up this card of a painting called "Artemis"at one of her shows in the Gomez Gallery. I was so inspired by her work and wanted an example in my sketchbook. I often like to glue an image into my sketchbook and then see where it takes me.

Talking about Birds, how about thieving Birds: I LOVE this bbc story, a seagull turned shoplifter caught on tape.

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Worry Dolls and Rocks

I am making a few worry dolls for the art ball machine using left over fabric from the pillow I made for the guest room. I can't make a lot as they take a wee bit time, but I do like to put a few special things in the art balls to keep up the element of surprise.

My son took a pic of this "zipper stone" at the JUMING Museum located about an hour from Taipei city. Sort of reminds me of one of my fave artists, Claes Oldenburg. I would LOVE to have this in my garden, that would ROCK! go on groan!

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Vampire Rabbits & decorating mojo

I actually deocrated a room and LIKED it. I am not very motivated or adept at decorating, let alone comfortable at picking a colour scheme for a room. I painted a crappy old gold sideboard the same blue as the walls, bought a new suede swivel chair, lamp, mirror and fabric for a throw pillow.
I did have the depressing realization that I don't have many paintings of mine I could use to dress up the walls, not unless I want to scare the shit out of my guests in the middle of the night. So I will have to ponder a bit on what I can paint. Egads making art to suit the decorating, blasphemous! Not sure if it should be flowers, landscapes or abstracts. What would you like to see in there?

Meanwhile my studio is a disaster zone.

Still I did manage to work on little bunny foo foo ;) despite the mess. Haven't got a clue what else I will do for this graffiti panel, but then what's new. Maybe I should put "howway the lads" on it somewhere since it relates to Newcastle-Upon-Tyne.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Sketchbook: Bunny strikes again

Except it isn't the bad pink rabbit (still haven't got around to working on it). No this is the Vampire Rabbit of Newcastle. The story about it is in the link. I started working on a new graffiti panel with the ideas from this sketchbook page.

Well I can't believe this and I am not sure whether it is a good thing (master of bullshit or a great yakker), but I got TWO awards LOL! My family always said I was a bit gobby! Not gobby as defined in wiki ( free software collaborative real-time editor), but gobby as in gift o'the gab ;)
Much thanks to fellow bloggers Margot and Jennifer. Eek, does that mean I have to live up to it now? Will it be difficult? Naw!!!!!!!!!


"A new poll has revealed that Geordie is the nations favourite accent."
To hear a bit geordie you can visit bbc voices and click on pic of gail

My son sent me this pic he took in Taiwan. What is wrong with this picture?

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

yea baby! She's effigy-alistic

What a doll, yeah! shagedelic baby! switched on! smashing! yeah!!!
handmade effigy doll

Okay, if you want to see a REAL doll that I created, then click here.
"You know you've made it when you've been moulded in a miniature plastic. But you know what children do with Barbie Dolls - its a bit scary actually" Cate Blanchett

Tom Forsythe isn't a child, but he did a few scary things to Barbie, which got him into trouble with the toymaker, oops. All was not lost though, Boing Boing tells all.

Bad Joke
There is a new Barbie doll on the market -
Picasso Barbie …everything’s in the wrong place

Check out Bad Kitty's Art Doll, it's wild
Another totally cool doll here at Cynthia's blog

Monday, July 09, 2007

Prams in trees and it's Monday Morning

Gregory at Gregorys Studio of Wonders on Dayton Street just loves to decorate the outside of his shop. His newest thing is hanging odd things in trees. Anyone visiting has to go in, the place is like a Vincent Price Mansion full of odd things, wonderful things, incongruous things. LOVE it.
Current Mood. Dead Chuffed because I have been awarded the "rockin girl blogger" by Noonan. Sweet! Thanks Noonan, and I hope I continue to live up to it.

Village Police Report: a resident reported a skunk was in the field behaving strangely. Police shot the animal.
Since I don't really know what would be normal or not for a skunk save making a stink I wondered what behaving strangely meant? It conjured up images of a skunk perhaps reciting poetry, or dancing, or standing on its hind legs shadow boxing.

Current Book: The Drink and the Dream Teahouse by Justin Hill. I love it when you can read a book and it can make you burst out laughing not because it is telling a joke, but because a character in it reacts to something she doesn't like.

Studio Jafabrit: Effigy Doll gets her leg today :) Wood Kimono gets finished :o AND I start a new graffiti panel (oh I really should work on the pink bunny one)

Gau cha Adrian

Friday, July 06, 2007

WIP: Wish Doll / Marketing questions

Dear Visitor
Thank you for visiting my blog and my apologies.
 Unfortunately due to the continued infringement, mining and exploitation of my images by individuals, spammers and companies I no longer have the incentive to show images on my blog.

She's coming along, although she needs more hair, another leg, a few embellishments and some accessories. She is a wish doll because I put a secret wish list inside the doll and many of the features are tokens to ward off the things, such as a bad back for example. She is made of fabric that I painted after I constructed her. The filling is stuffing (I stole from a pillow of often steal from off the couch, which my husband is beginning to notice is not as fluffy, oops!) and rosemary, as well as a bay leaf . She is wearing a brace similar to the one Frida Kahlo used for her painting. There are two reasons why I used a similar brace, one being I love Frida Kahlo's work and the other because I identify with persistent back pain. She is sitting next to my Rhubarb patch because I LOVE rhubarb, especially rhubarb pie.

Art Marketing: Philip asked me a few questions with the intent it might help me focus, and it did. In fact I am reminded of what 2007 was supposed to be about. In other words I have meandered along and forgot my purpose this year and got myself in a tither.
Views on publicity at the start of the year and my plan for 2007 : "The year will be about a new direction with my art, doing my blog, doing found art (which I have found to be personally very rewarding) art fun with friends and special art projects."

1. How do I feel about marketing and the skills and effort needed? After recapping 2006 my answer is the amount of time/energy with little to show it isn't worth diluting so much time away from my art.
2. What do you think the ideal way would be to market your work given that you live in a very small community? Online with a website portfolio, a link on DVAC (Datyon Visual Arts Center), link on the YSArts Blog, and links on both Galleries that represent me. I exclude the blog because my blog isn't about marketing as much as using it as an art form in itself and communicating with family, friends, and fellow artists. I guess what I see after writing this and thinking about it is that I don't really market my work for sales as much as promote what I do (if that makes sense). I prefer to leave the sales and promoting of sales to a gallery.
3. What happens to most of your work? Some in galleries, some is given away to family, some stored away. Work that doesn't sell after a few years gets chopped up and reused, or painted over.
4.To what extent is your work on display in your own home? I have a few fave pieces in the dining room, in the den, but most of it is packed away.

So I guess if I want sales it is up to me to promote sales or leave it up the galleries and shut me gob griping about it.

Oh that felt good. Thanks Philip :)

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

The Yellow Springs Tile Mural Project.

The John Bryan Community Pottery had a community tile-making project and everyone was invited to participate. I had a look at the progress today and WOW! it is so much fun to look at. I did the round blue tile with the black dickie bird and daisies, and the blue evil eye (nazar bonjuk) cockroach tile to the left of it.

Well off to town with daughter and doggies, going to check out the block party and

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Effigy Doll

Well here is a peek of how my effigy doll is evolving. It's funny how Cynthia has started with the head and I have started with a torso lol! While cynthia's is an expression of ugly feelings, mine is about what I wish, more of a wish doll really. Rather curvy, hint! hint! to the powers that be, nudge! nudge! say no more! oooo la la :)

Anybody else want to join in our doll challenge?

I think this is very odd, and political correctness gone a bit far as it seems to have destroyed an interesting custom related to these particular wish dolls.

Doll Face

Update: To read about the making of this video Andy Huang talks about it here.