Friday, February 29, 2008

I See You Peeking

more info
"Peek a Boo"

The Xenia Gazette had a nice little story about our tree sweater in the paper yesterday.
"Local artists knit tree sweater as downtown art project"
by Ron Siemer

Knitting and Crochet Donations
Knitting for the Homeless Compassion Knit
Knitting for Soldiers
List of Knitting Charities and Donations from Interweave Knits
Project Linus-providing security blankets to seriously ill/traumatized children
Snuggles Project provides knitting or crochet for pets in animal shelters

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

ArtFul Playing

This is my first attempt at doing an overlay of a photo I took of my daughter. This image reminds me of the the Tattle Tale sayings.

Geordie Version
Tellie Tale Tit
yer tongue'll get bit
aaaal the little dickie birds
will come an have a bit

Scottish Version
Tell Tale Tit
Yer mamma cannae knit
Yer daddy cannae go tae bed
Withood a dummy tit
Dummy tit is a baby's pacifier

Tell Tale Tit
Your tongue shall be slit
All the dogs in the town
Shall have a bit
Tattletale, tattletale
Hanging on a bull's tail
When the bull has to pee
You will get a cup of tea

Hum talking about tea and recent obsessions with knitted things, time for a cuppa and get ready for an interview
(more on that another day will not tattle).
Part of a photo I cropped. Original photo taken Kiriko Shirobayashi of Debbie New's knitted teacup in the KnitKnit Book.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Trees and Art

I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth's sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
Joyce Kilmer

Added this to the tree Monday :)

Tree Proverb: Do not be afraid to go out on a limb ... That's where the fruit is. (Anonymous)Tree Joke: How do trees get on the Internet? They LOG in.

ART STUFF: I am so NOT MOTIVATED, grrrr,gnashing teeth! I think I just want to PLAY! YES! will clear out studio and prepare to PLAY!

If you want to see some cool links about the exciting things happening in the knitting world and some of the questions or comments I have heard regarding tree sweaters visit the jafagirls yarnbombing page.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

ChamberPot Gallery

The Chamberpot Gallery is an art gallery that Nancy and I started with the backing of the Yellow Springs Arts Council. It is located in the Chamber of Commerce building (train station) restrooms. It is what I call a "loo with a view, a place where one can answer nature's call AND enjoy a curated art exhibit". When we first opened it the press coverage just blew us away, it was in the papers all over the world, from NYT to Kuwait and China, as well as a somewhat fun sarcastic commentary from CNN Entertainment Showbiz Tonight. We have a little scrapbook page of the Grand Opening, which was wild. To read the AP story, here is the Washington Post article by James Hannah. Below is the painting they talk about in the article and it is a horrid painting really, but it seems to have tickled people. It now hangs in someone's bathroom in Yellow Springs :)

The suggested theme this year is " Beasts in the Bathroom" and ties in with the local art theatre groups summer festival "monster mash" and guess what play they are putting on? "bunnicula- the vampire bunny" ha! ha! so I just had to use the image of my vampire bunny somehow.

Undaunted asked about the media I used for the bunny. It is an oil painting on mfd board, which I had cut out with a scroll saw. I then coated the whole painting with epoxy resin. For the missing poster I just taped a photo of it onto paper, but for the Chamberpot Gallery painting I will recreate the poster and paint the bunny onto the canvas.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Missing Poster Art

It seems the missing bunny posters I plastered all around town worked. Some were kind enough to put them in their shop windows too.
I GOT MY BUNNY BACK!!!!!!!!! Yea!!!!
A BIG thank you to Ty who found it, saw my poster and returned it.
Here is the story about this rather strange looking bunny.
Nancy suggested I use this poster for my new ChamberPot Gallery painting, and I thought why the heck not :)

Personal Stuff: I got my hair done, eyebrows waxed, met up with my dear daughter and went to the new Sephora (oh we LOOOOOOVE this place) in this area and had lunch at the Mongolian Grill (oh we LOOOOOOVE this place). So I guess you could say this all made up for the Huffy Pants day the other day LOL!

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Hanging around the Knit Knot Tree

Nancy and I were hanging out at the "knit knot" tree yesterday and a skateboarder asked me if I was one of the guardian grannies? arg! like I need any more names, but he had seen one of our tags. Err, hum! I don't think I fit the description LOL! but I don't blame him considering how this photo in the Yellow Springs News looked, arg! Maybe I should walk around sticking me tongue out, I look much better that way.

Isn't the tree coming along great. We met a young woman who told us she had added one of the bands to the tree. People are LOVING the tree sweater, although I did hear someone was having conniptions about it hurting the tree and talked to the tree committee about it.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Document for Traveling Exhibit

"ID therefore I AM"

I am everything you say I am and I am not. I am what you choose to see.
I finally got my piece done for the traveling exhibit called 'Your documents please'. To see another document with a different take on it, please visit the failed painter. While Loretta's theme is "'the stateless person' mine is centered on the mercurial nature of our Identity, and how it shifts and changes depending on the politics/personal agenda's of those who are looking. We don't know whether those labels makes us a friend or a foe. We don't have control of what is written in files about us, no recourse or means to challenge, no knowledge of whether those labels are a good thing or a bad thing, but then it could be both depending on whose looking.

The front and back covers are made of wood, painted an glazed a dirty grey. The front piece is an old computer part than has a dial that spins, oil on canvas for the eye inside the watch face, India ink washed paper, and wax thread binding.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Art Awards, and Find Art Fridays

Art Award
Well this came as a HUGE surprise, and a lovely one too, from the Colorist and frankly I am blushing! I got an Art Medal, plus a citation that you can read at Casey's Blog. I hope I will continue to do it justice. YEEEEEEEEEEEE hawwwwwwwww!!!!!!

Art Stuff

Been busy working on a few "Find Art Fridays" art pieces. This one was so quick and simple to do. I just painted a small canvas board red, used a heart doily and sprayed painted with black paint. I then glued an old piece of a bracelet on the center. I will be using a heavy duty velcro to hang this up somewhere in town.

Another Award

I will have to make a shelf for all these wonderful awards, but oh don't we need a little sunshine (well in these parts we do lol). Kim sent me this because I seem to be exuding sunshine.

Sketchbook Page
Ah those pesky monkeys of temptation, curses. Here I am still trying to stick to my plan,but there was that Mango Bubble Tea Smoothie at the Asian Cafe and Samoosa's at the Indian Grocery Store. DRAT!!!!!!!