Thursday, August 30, 2007

sketchbook doodles

"official dribble"
I could do with two more panels for the exhibit and it isn't happening. I tried, but I should know myself well enough now that if I am not inspired I can't force it. I spent a day working on one panel and all along instead of the feeling, "wow, this process is fun, can't wait to see where the image is going" I was saying, "hell, I need another panel, how can I rescue this." It was absolute crap. Part of it is feeling this pervasive sense of things not being right, feeling unsettled, which is due to my daughter not being here now. It will pass but in the meantime I think it is time to just play in my studio and sketchbook a bit. I have enough for the exhibit I think.
I have been meaning to do something with the above sketch for ages, so maybe I will experiment. Official dribble! sheesh! we certainly have had a lot of that the past few years, more like verbal diarrhoea actually. dribble! dribble! dribble!

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Roadside Photographs

This is one of my fave views from the freeway driving back home. It is 62 feet tall and is in front of Monroe's Solid Rock Church. Roadside America has a nice article on it here.

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Saturday, August 25, 2007

On the Road Photographs

This is one of my fave views from the freeway driving back home. It is 62 feet tall and is in front of Monroe's Solid Rock Church. Roadside America has a nice article on it here.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

I'm Back

it creeps, sharp and dull
a tear drop rolls down her cheek
waits impatiently

Talking about backs, that is how mine feels. We drove 2300 miles round trip from Ohio to Florida. On the way there and back I wrote notes, and tried my hand at haiku. We moved our daughter into her new apartment, hung out with some old friends we had made when we first came to the USA, and visited the Salvidor Dali Museum.
Hope everyone is well and will look forward to catching up with my fave bloggers.

Message to Disney Gal: boo hoo! miss you already.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Sketchbook: sketches and painting notes

"she thought" is a photo of a painting I did a few years ago and is about the horrors of the Pol Pot regime. I know she doesn't look Cambodian, but I didn't want to copy the photograph that inspired this painting (looking into the eyes of this woman in her pre execution photo was just too sad). I left out her arms on purpose, an allusion to helplessness to save her baby. The reference  photograph is from the Tuol Sleng Museum of Genocide
The gargoyle looking doggie drawing is of my ceramic studio dog " phineas fallis".

As you can see I changed my template because on my old template my sidebar disappeared (seems to work on this template) and was at the end of the blog. I didn't do it, honest? Any ideas what happened?

Monday, August 13, 2007

Coffee, and Found Art,

My son took this photo in Taiwan. Wonder if it was as strong as the coffee this teen from County Durham overdosed on.

Mind you researchers have found that drinking three cups of coffee or caffeine a day might help protect "female memory" (apparently it doesn't help men). Doesn't seem to have helped me much either, DRAT! Supposed to help with sex drive too, HAH! and help relieve gym pain, HAH!

I think I will just stick with me cup of tea.


Did a few pieces of found art (not art made from found objects as per
objet trouvé-
but art made with the intent to be found) for the October Art Stroll Event at the Hip Joint the YSArts Council is arranging. Talitha the Tongue gave me this weird shaped stone, which I quickly painted with acrylic and call "the snotty artist". The theme of the event is street art and we will be asking visitors/artists to bring some art or make some and then leave it in town somewhere.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Wooden quilt kimono

It is "almost" finished. I actually was able to get all the hardware done (with help from dh) and get it hung yesterday. Now I can work on the fabric part of it, then glaze it. Then of course I will take a much better photograph.

If I were to this again I wouldn't LOL! but IF I did I would have drawn the whole thing out on paper first. Working with something lying flat gives you a skewed perspective. I didn't realize the sleeves were different or that the patches didn't flare out as much. Still I love the concept of stitching wood together and I do think I will be playing with that idea in the future (smaller scale).

Materials: mfd, acrylic, plastic coated wire.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Heart paintings and Skatepark fest

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

Thank you for dropping by.

Oh yes! this jafa loves hearts :) I think I will make a couple of them for the guest room, and the others are for the exhibit in October at IN A FRAME gallery in Yellow Springs.
Unfortunately due to copyright theft I had to delete my flickr account which is why you don't see an image, and I can't remember which heart painting I had on here :(

Did I mention I hate my stupid bloody wooden kimono?

skate park-art-music fest

I will be the first to admit I am not a great photographer. I use my camera for my art, to document images etc, but not professional style photographs. I am pleased with the action shots considering my amateur abilities though. It was fun watching the skateboarders, and hear live bands. As a member of the YS Arts Council I was there to help out with the skate-art-music-fest that the Yellow Springs Arts Council and Yellow Springs Human Relations Commission cosponsored. One of the jafa's (Deb) and her husband basically pulled together the whole thing, PHEW!
I loved the superman toy watching a local teen band called the "bloody shelalies" (think that's what they were called).

Saturday, August 04, 2007

Glittery Things

Jafa likes heartsAcrylic and glitter on mdf and coated with resin

Well I am not the queen of sparkle, that title belongs to margot potter, but I do like a bit sparkle. Ever since another artist told me he saw NO redeeming qualities using glitter in art and would never use it or teach his art students to use it I have been on a mission.

I found some lovely artwork by New Zealand born artist Daniel Mounsey that incorporates glitter very effectively.

Please, I beg you, don't say velvet has no redeeming qualities or I will be buying yards of the stuff lol!

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Graffiti in Taiwan and Reverse Painting

My son took this photo of some Graffiti at Chung Yuan University in Jhongli City in Taiwan. Notice the barbed wire? It's the girls dorms ;) My son spent a month in Taiwan and said the people were very friendly, fantastic food (there was a mcdonalds for those wishing to taste exotic fare from other countries lol ) and many spoke enough English that he could travel about himself and get directions if he got lost.

Noonan at failed painter asked about the arch shape and if it was my trademark shape. Not exactly, although I do love it, but it all started when I found these plexiglass pieces at a downtown Dayton store called Mendelsons, a liquidation outlet. It's actually a shelf and they were selling boxes and boxes of them for 50Cents each. SO I bought boxes and boxes and still haven't used them all lol! I have learned since never to buy mass quantities of art stuff (except paint) thinking I will use them., because they just sit and languish in cupboards and basements. The vase with the flowers is a an old salt shaker made of bone.

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