Saturday, May 29, 2010

Slow Art

So much is going on my embroidery and painting are going very slow.

I got some of the corner done. Sometimes being forced to take things slow is a good thing.

Talking about Slow
Have you heard of the Slow Art Movement?
I think sometimes we get caught up with the idea that if we take our time we will come in last. One is reminded of the fable The Tortiose and the Hare.
So I will plod on.

A Loss

The Jafagirls (Nancy Mellon, Susan Gartner in the photo- and Jafabrit) added flowers to the steps of Sam & Eddies to honor the passing of Eddie Eckenrode.
Susan took another picture and all the flowers on the steps are so beautiful.

"The temple bell stops but I still hear the sound coming out of the flowers."
 Matsuo Basho

Thursday, May 27, 2010


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Bananike by Lora Zombie

I liked this artist's work from their site.
Here is their Promo video

Jafabrit's Sticker Art

"I used to be indecisive, but now I'm not sure"
 Junction Box Graffiti Alley Ann Arbor, MI

Fave Links

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

It is nought good a slepyng hound to wake


Well, it's not a hound but a hairless chihuahua ornament I picked up from a flea market, but the title works.Something about the juxtaposition of the sleeping dog and the skull drawing in my sketchbook on the coffee table struck me and inspired  a painting on Gesso Board. As you can see I'm starting  with a Grisaille to get all the tones before I start glazing with colour.  
Talking about picking things up from flea markets I found this vintage tin.

I'm a fan of Shakespeare, Turkey, and have family in St.Louis so I couldn't resist this, which is now my mini sewing box.

By the way the saying in the title is by Chaucer from - Troilus and Criseyde (bk. III, 764) which was to become the inspiration for Shakespeare's version.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Hanging about Alley's and Naked Art

Spent the day hanging around Ann Arbor while my son was hunting for a flat.  Can't go to Ann Arbor and not leave something in Graffiti Alley on Liberty Street.

Hanging Around Naked Art
You can be sure we were NOT doing this at the life drawing exhibit at the ys art space.

Only thing nude I was sharing was this drawing and a couple of others.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Photography and Drawing

A view of Williams Eatery on the corner of Corry and Dayton Street in Yellow Springs, Oh.
On the other side of the street to the left of Williams is the Arts Council space where I attend life drawing once a week.

40 minute pose

I find backs fascinating to draw because you really have to capture a sense of the spine and muscles.I became obsessed with the lower right but arg! I made a mess of it.  If there is a part I like best it is the upper right shoulder and suggestion of the scapula.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Yarnbombing and Textile Arts

Did an embroidery of the Yellow Springs Chamber of Commerce website address for a yarnbombing project we (Jafagirls) are working on.  It's a mixture of knitting, crochet, felt, canvas etc.

 Ongoing Street Art Project Around Town

I added Karyn's Blue flower to the Jafagirls Peace pole on Dayton Street next to Williams Eatery. The Side street looks so pretty with the yarnbombed poles, cafe tables, ivy covered walls, and REAL flowers in the pots.

Talking about Street Art
Do manhole covers have to be ugly? No!!
Check out the flickr pool of Japanese ones. Some of them are really beautiful.

Meanwhile in Jafabrit's Studio
working on a new embroidery

Upcoming Shows
Will be exhibiting some work in the YSart Space Group Exhibit "Artwork of the Human Form". Reception is on third Friday, more info on the YS Arts Blog.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sunday Thoughts

Everytime I walk past this tree (Ponderosa Pine) I'm fascinated by the beautiful bark. 
This is the joy of being a bit of a flaneur and experiencing things that one often misses when driving from a to b.
On one of my little walks on Saturday I found the coolest hand sign at a garage sale. It was sitting on the table in the driveway and I told my dh, "oh, I just HAVE to get that."
He groaned and said, "I know."

I got this really beautiful handmade jewellry in the mail from the The Likkle Girl Who Wurves Pwetty Things Thank You
♥ it

I haven't forgotten Likkle Girl, will be shipping something to you tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Retro Goodies and Artful Mischief on a Budget

I noticed my blog is listed on Oola Moola, and I think I know why :)

"We think everybody deserve the nicer things in life without paying an arm and a leg. So we got together to show you how to think creatively about how to live the good life for less moolah – without sacrificing quality and style!


I couldn't resist these Pyrex 1960s-70s! cups from TranzentalArts on Etsy

Retro Craft Corner

1970 McCall Magazine

The black doilies just POP on that fuscia pink wall and I like how they reinforce the theme with the doilies on the chest of drawers and mirror. I think it's easy to pull this off, a little paint, a few doilies, a lamp/drawers from the local charity shop and bobs yer uncle.

 Wall Art
I remember doing this(create wall art on a budget)back in the early 80's and its a super easy way to create a pulled together cool look in a room.

Even in the studio/workshop I enjoy the challenge of creating something from scraps or found pieces.

  Stickemen by Jafabrit
picket fence pieces, painted faces on scraps of canvas, and found objects 


Jafagirls spotted this at the local telephone booth on Dayton Street in Yellow Springs

Monday, May 10, 2010

Wee Beastie Finished


print transfer on cotton, acrylic paint, embroidery floss
long and short stitches, satin stitch, weaving stitch, couching

 Save a minor detail, which is to add gems in the crown, but I haven't found what I wanted to use yet.  I will know it when I see it.
So here is the original sketchbook collage.

Resin on Wood

Monday Morning

and I'm working on covering spin art painting with epoxy resin (how to here) with a wee bit glitter in the mix. Did I tell you I LOVE glitter. And working on flowers and leaves for a new textile graffiti pole.

working on getting the guest room ready

if I don't buzz orf I won't get anything else done on my long Monday morning list.
Toodle Pip
güle güle
Time to go and do MORE


Friday, May 07, 2010

Bits & Bobs

 which is basically how my week has been. I got a bit of this done and a bit of that but nothing really to show for it.
 Worked a bit on the pieces for

Wored a bit on the pieces for the  Mellow Yellow Pole, similar to the Yum Yum Pole in the middle.

Hung out at Brother Bears for Sew-In.

There's JafaLad (Pierre) sitting on the wall, and Karyn sitting and sewing some more flowers.  It was lovley sitting in the sunshine and attaching more flowers to the window bar while hearing the guitar music.

Retro Corner

Went to a consignment antique store with a pal and picked up these vintage mugs for $1.99. Yep that's right $1.99 for all four of them, what a flipping bargain. I was skipping out of the store.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Sketchbook: I hate clowns

They're so Creepy

which begs the question why draw one in my sketchbook lol! Have NO idea! I just doodle whatever comes to mind. The art muse is in charge and I'm at it's mercy. I painted the page with acrylic and then sprayed over a bit of a stencil.  Then stitched in a piece of embroidered linen showing an example cretan stitch.

 I had fun with this
Yellow Springs can boast of 2 clowns mowing, seriously they are a landscaping service and they are dressed as clowns. You know they're around when you see the truck with the painted cows on top of it.


The jafagirls (Nancy and Moi) were interviewed on one of my FAVOURITE sites, World Graffiti and Urban Art
Thank You

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Bad Dog Street Sticker

 This is based on a sketch I did of my ceramic studio dog, Phineas Fallis. I then uploaded into Adobe and used the cutout tool.

Oh Dear I can't help myself LOL!

It's just I am LOVING all the bursts of colour.  I love playing with paint
love the ideas spinning in my head

Saturday, May 01, 2010


I know, NOT another spin art painting, but I just LOVE this one. I'm keeping this one for myself.

I just love the blend of colours and the way they span out, with some paint forming dots and crackles.
Can you tell I'm mad about colour lately?

Upcoming Exhibits
Yea! The Flower Power Gang will be brightening up the bla winter months with a show at the Emporium Underdog Cafe Jan 2011.

Have a GREAT weekend everyone