Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Sketchbook: Shagadelic it was NOT

It carried the howl of unleashed rage, roaring through the trees, and across the fields,bringing its woes, screeching and ripping off limbs, tossing aside all that was in its way. As I snuggled under the covers slipping into my dreams it slipped in there too and I tossed and turned at the nightmare of a house with yellowish green shag carpets and peeling rotting walls.

So I woke up in a rather glum mood today and can't seem to snap out of it.
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Friday, January 25, 2008

In Your Face

Painting of a nameless man
oil on canvas

Quite a few years ago I saw the "fayum portraits" exhibit at the Metropolitian Museum of Art and was floored by the exquisite quality of the paintings/brushwork. I spent over two hours going back and forth examining them .

I have always been fascinated with the fact that once we are gone we become nothing more than the nameless mass of humanity that once existed. Oh we may exist in a piece of film, a photograph, but we are nameless faces. In flea markets there are sometimes boxes and boxes of old photographs of all these people, of aunts, uncles, wives, husbands, children. Their existence has been reduced to nothing more than a face on an old photograph. I just find it intriguing that we can look at a vintage photograph, or a painting that is thousands of years old of someone who once lived and breathed and ate and shat.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Photograph of Found Art

"bugs rule, ha!ha!"
The jafagirls were leaving bits of art around town and I was photographing some of them. I hurriedly took a pic of my bug on the post in Kings Yard in Yellow Springs and somehow managed to capture some wonderful shadows and reflections.

To see a slide show of some of the found art just click on jafagirls. Nancy painted a stick that has a total of 36 faces in it and its really cool. Whenever we get together to do our rounds to leave art we go through this ritual: "man that is too cool, you can't give it away, I want it", and then we have to remind ourselves that they are intended as gifts and we have to let them go.

I couldn't resist taking a photo of rufus playing scrabble with us.
Rufus won

Not exactly a new idea, but
I thought this might be of interest to those who are looking for venue's to show and sell their work. "Hotels add art to cultivate new clientele": source

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Heart Paintings and New Links

Every now and again I need a colour fix. So while my oil paintings are drying I like to do my acrylic heart paintings. I use mdf board that has been primed, and then I just let loose with the colours, a little glitter, and sometimes a little collage. Once dry I will cover with a clear resin coat.
Talking about colour, I got some lovely postcards from the ultimate colourist Casey Klahn (one in photograph below) Thanks for sending the cards, I want you to know I am enjoying them in my studio. I also saw this fabulous link on his blog for NewArtTv.
My new Link is WebUrbanist, which has oodles of info on urban design, culture, travel, architecture and alternative art.

Book Watch
Stuffed shark,mega-bucks and trophy art is the Times headline for a review of a book that sounds interesting. It's called the The $12 Million Stuffed Shark.

Thanks for sending me the you make my day award colette :)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Culture Watch: Maori Art

Painting on Stone 2004

I was browsing through a body art book that had several pictures of Maori tattoos (Tā moko) and was really taken with their artwork and culture. Tattooing has a long rich history and for me it is quite fascinating to see how different cultures use it to define themselves. We do have a Maori Elder in Yellow Springs called Raymond Ruka who has written a book called "The Family Tree of the Rainbow". We had quite a squabble about which is better, marmite or vegemite, LOL, and for those who might be interested in what the difference is, check this out.

Maori Art examples.
History of Body Art: American Museum of Natural History.

Haka (Ka Mate)
This is a famous Maori dance by the "All Blacks" Rugby Team. I wonder what the opposing team think as they see this. Anyway I enjoyed seeing it.

Ka kite ano
(see you again)

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Meanwhile in the Studio

The jafagirls got together in my studio and experimented in our sketchbooks. The goal was not to spend time thinking about it, just rip a picture out of a magazine and start to paint over or around it. Mine ended up looking very Basquiat like, and I am not sure Rufus liked the way I depicted him (or maybe he did as he imagines himself to be quite a scary big brute).

Notes on the Business of Art and Age

While I have taken a break from doing the business of art, I am still interested in the subject.
I read an interesting post about emerging artists on Edward Winkleman's blog in which he stated, "One dealer suggested the cut-off was 31 years old (meaning anyone older than that was sure to disappoint this type of collector)."
Which leaves me out of the picture being an older woman YIKES!
On the other hand there is hope, as this interesting article points out: Marketing for Mature Artists
For those of you who are into marketing during the tough art market times here is link : Ten Points to Ponder for your Art Marketing Plans. I am, of course, focused on number 10 this year per my resolution.

I put this in my comments, but it seems appropriate here:
It seems there are as many views on age, should's and should nots, and how to do the business of art as there are types of art. What it tells me is that we cannot possibly please or cater to all the different views/opnions no matter what age, gender, or type of work we do. In the end all we can do is sift through all the advice/info and find what will work, and what feels right, but , as you so rightly point out Linda, the bottom line is the work itself :)

"To create one's world in any of the arts takes courage."
Georgia O'Keefe

Monday, January 07, 2008

Found Art: painted stone

Left an eyeball in a tree in downtown

I keep spare one's in the studio just for the occasion, not sure why, but then I have stopped questioning why the heck I do half of what I do. This little voice says to me, "oye, stick teeth in a box, paint an eye on a stone" and I say, "what the hell for" and the voice says, "thou shalt not question, thou shalt just doeth it."

Austina Powers Look

By request I am sharing this old post.
I was thinking how really hip and cool my sunglasses were this one day we were visiting Frenchtown in New Jersey. I took a pic and was mortified. Why didn't anybody tell me I had parsley stuck between my teeth and the glasses made me look like a bumblebee. I was compelled to write to my mum.

Dear Mutha, I know this is rather delicate, but errr, a long time ago before I was born, well, errr, did you have a milkman or a postman called.............. mr.powers............ by any chance? It's just that there is this uncanny resemblance to a certain international man of mystery.
affectionately, your number one spawn, austina.

Friday, January 04, 2008

WIP: Portrait in Oil

I started the top and it's interesting what I can see needs to be changed/refined when I post the image up on the blog. Another method artists employ to get an objective view of what they are working on is to look at a reflection of the work in a mirror. It is amazing how you can spot some of the flaws in a painting in the reflection and completely miss it when looking at it directly. I erased the chair because it was a bit wonky and bothering me, so will have to redo.

Ask me a questionI will choose which one to answer in the next post.
David at the Bird Proofer wondered if I used a photo as a guide. The answer is yes, there is something about the stiffness of the image that comes from using a photo reference which greatly appeals to me. It wasn't until I really sat down and thought about it that I realized I was melding several genres that I love, early folk art/portraiture, black and white photography and studio drawing studies. The early american
painting is by Ammi Phillips, a folk artist from the 1800's, the photograph by Dorothea Lange and the sketch study by Pierre Paul Prud'hon.

I got a really cool award from Jean at Jean at Snap out of it Jean .
I am going to print it out and put it in my sketchbook.
thank you

I was sent this interesting link by a local filmmaker, Jo Caputo, in Yellow Springs.
Would you wear one of this suits?

New Links

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Studio Painting

It was snowing all day yesterday, but I've been in the studio working on several projects, drinking lots of tea, and listening to "mourning becomes electra" by Eugine O'Neill. Suffice it to say I am not complaining about being stuck in the house all day.

This is one of the projects I am working on. It is oil on wood and as you can see I started with a grisaille first. It needs quite a few refinements before I can even think of starting glazing it with colour. However I want to fill in the background and add other elements before I decide if she stays black & white or not.

And now for something completely different
I saw these "cute and cuddly" roadkill toys at the sky news website
This one is called
twitch the raccoon, however I think it should be called cringe because that is what I am doing at this moment,eek! They describe their toys " that don’t take themselves too seriously." I enjoyed reading their website and cruising their links, I hope you do too.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Sketchbook: First entry for 2008

I thought if this is going to be the year that is all about
The Doing of Art
then why not draw out my wishes/concerns/dreams for this New Year rather than write them out. It bodes well with me that I start the year drawing my wishes with childlike freedom in my sketchbook, without a thought to artistic merit/concerns.