Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Found Art: What a Woman!

Rosa Murillo's Found Art Tuesday theme was "woman" and I thought how there are some women who inspire the phrase "what a woman". Louise Nevelson is one of those women.

Discarded Computer part, clay bead skull and a little picture of Louise Nevelson. The picture on wood slides out and on the back is her quote.
”When you put together things that other people
have thrown out, you’re really bringing
them to life – a spiritual life that surpasses
the life for which they were originally created."

Work of Louise Nevelson

Check back for found art tuesday updates from participating artistsNancy - women and world hunger
Lest you think I don't leave seasonal cheery objects also, here is my latest, a little snow roach.

Sorry ANON SUBSCRIBER I just can't go without music, I just can't. I am sorry to lose you, but music is a part of my art here.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Sketchbook Studies

Just experimenting with an idea.
This is the music I was listening to when I was playing in my sketchbook. I know! kind of a saucy song, but I am innocent, I swear it! All I heard was the beat and she's got skillz bit, which resonated with me.
I don't know about some of you, but when I'm in the zone I'm not paying attention to much else. The beat becomes a primal part of the "potion in the motion" when painting.

I found the nameless tape in a box and found myself listening to an interesting mix of music. Children!!!!!!!!!!

All 4 One - She's ...

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sunday Musings: A matter of Context

I saw an odd thing when taking the dogs for a walk

  and I found it oddly disturbing.
It's not like I am not used to seeing road kill, but somehow seeing a squirrel gently placed on a settee on the side of a road put it into a different context, into the unexpected. I wasn't seeing a piece of road kill anymore, I was seeing a beautiful little animal in deathly repose and felt a sadness for it.

What artists do
It reminded me how powerful it can be when the ordinary can become the extraordinary simply by virtue of context. Artists do it all the time. It can be as simple as a painting of a pear, or as bold as a dissected cow.
When I was growing up butcher shops always had posters of a cow dissected into a visual map of each cut and the name of each cut. You don't see those posters around the meat department at the supermarket. How many visualize the whole cow or what part the cut comes from? It seems we have become so removed from the actual animal that seeing a dissected cow in an art gallery is incongruous and shocking. Would it have been so shocking if we were used to seeing meat as it was once displayed in butcher shops/window displays?

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Having Fun in the Studio

abstract painting of heart on wood

In the spirit of a jafa and doing what I want, when and I want and when I'm in the mood, I wanted to paint a pretty picture. If it makes the cut, then I will cover it with resin and add a black satin bow to hang it :) It sits on the pile on my desk for me to stare at until I decide if its finished or not.

Until then I am working on creating a doll template, and festering about my next painting series.

Sunday, November 04, 2007


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which is what happens when I start to get that itch to paint (start of a new series) but I'm not quite ready yet. So I am puttering around doing everything and nothing, doodling in my sketchbook, dithering about on my blogs, preparing my studio and supplies, doing found art (decided to join Rosa Murillo's found art Tuesday project), knitted a hot pink scarf in a week. Been years since I knitted and I got to the end of my scarf and I couldn't remember how to cast off-Lol! Thank goodness for the internet and was able to find a great video demo at knitting help-thanks.
This is moi wearing one of my fave scarves, a skull scarf, a present that I much enjoy and wear all through the cold season. Meena is a patient model and wore the pink one for the photo shoot. I must be into pink because I used it on the found art. This is only a peek at the front, will reveal it on Tuesday :)

Friday, November 02, 2007

So back to art explorations

and looking beyond a glossy ad in a magazine, this time for avant garde filmmaker Nathaniel Dorsky and a still (above) from his 1996 film called Triste.
One of the reasons why I am exploring the ads in artforum is that I was finding myself glazing over the ads and not giving them much thought? I thought it would be fun to explore who the artist is and get out there with my camera and challenge myself.

I'm not unhappy with what I photographed, but it was the process of doing it that was more important rather than the end result. I don't have the skill to capture the " sense of impermanence and mystery" of nature in photographs or film, but I had fun trying. The danger of seeing an image in a mag is that we don't always see beyond the glossy image and don't get a sense of context or feel the impact (any of you shocked/surprised when you see a painting at a show and it is much smaller or larger than you thought). Photographs of Rothko's paintings will never capture the feeling one gets in a room full of his work. There is this wonderful quiet beauty and tranquility that a little glossy print in a magazine can never do justice. Same with seeing Ron Mueck's figures, which I hear evoke a whole range of emotions that a pic of them can't.
So I learned a little about Dorsky, had fun trying something new, and now have a new appreciation for the image in the magazine.

Just a side note. Talking about re-seeing an image I really like what Cedar Lee did on her blog entry titled Hypothetical Settings. Wow, what a difference seeing her paintings in a room, gives a completely new perspective of the paintings and how they work in various settings.