Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Marmite Shrine

Taking a risk isn't easy when the piece in question seems perfectly fine as is, BUT! drat it! I was compelled to play with it and add colour.

and since I LOVE marmite decided it had to go in the shrine box I made. After the exhibit this will go in my dining room.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Oink! Oink! experiments

or as they say in Dutch
Knor! Knor!

My husband found this face in the sidewalk as we walked down to the farmers market and it made me giggle.

or to hear some Examples visit NPR

Taking Risks
It isn't easy when the piece in question seems perfectly fine as is, BUT!
 drat it! I was compelled to play with it.

Someone recently said she quit trying to be an artist and I looked at her and blurted out, "I'm not trying to be one either". Why I don't know. I am an artist by virtue of the need to create, not someone who decides to be an artist and looks for things to create. 
Not sure if any of the categories listed apply to me really, except maybe #3. I no more feel what I create "has" to be original, anymore than when I talk has to.  I just know that what I create is a visual response to the world around me and what I feel.
what about you?


Friday, September 17, 2010

Guerilla Arts and Stuff

I'm chuffed as punch that STI(C)MAN is showing up around our town.  Now if only Banksy would show up and do one of my pub alley panels, woo hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!  I pwomise I won't rename myself mrs.hogwash and co-opt your work badly and sell it as a mega show for a million bucks. No wait! Can I sort of promise, ahem!

It's FAF and after life drawing my gal pal (Mizz Cranky Pants) and I are leaving some art around town. Jafalass, Karen, is going to give us wot for if we ask her silly questions at her opening reception tonight.

This was one of my all time favourite pieces I left and luckily it stayed up for a month before someone took it. By the way we always leave a tag stating "FREE ART".


wood, porcelain teeth, string, acrylic paint.

It was placed on Corry Street on the wall next to IN A FRAME doorway.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Soothing Sounds in the Studio

This is what I heard last night

Some people get down when it rains, NOT ME!
I love the feeling of being cocooned in the studio, drinking my cups of tea, and working on my art with the gentle sound of rain in the background.
Of course it aint' so fun having to go out and stand at the busstop, or do errands and you start to feel like a drowned rat. BUT that's another story.

"Wee Beastie"

print of sketchbook page on cotton, embellished with embroidery & acrylic paint

Hum! photo looks a little washed out, but you get the idea.  I was stressed having to think about making a frame for it but  lucked out big time when I found this frame in my garage cuboard.  I had made it a few years ago for some other project that never got finished.
It was meant to be, meant to be!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Pierre-Paul Prud'hon-NOT

But how I try!
Somehow I've managed to make my model look like the actor Patrick Stewart.
This is from a 2 1/2 hour pose, conte crayon on toned paper.  I am liking the longer poses much better, and being with other artists, who like me, are there to practice, practice and practice.
If you haven't seen Prud'hon's drawings, oh they are just absolutely amazing!
I am lucky to have the book Language of the Body: Drawings by Pierre-Paul Prud'hon. I say lucky because I didn't pay half as much as what they are asking now (eek).
The delicacy of line, modeling makes me drool and aspire to keep trying.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Shadow Tree

I just have a thing about shadows and these one's called me, "hey, jafabrit, ain't I pretty! huh! huh! come take a piccy."


Did I mention I HATE framing! I really want to get away from doing embroidery that requires framing and work more on incorporating it into mixed media like "shiny pretty things" or "boom bang".  I did manage to stretch Mr. Gobblehead onto a round stretcher and wasn't unhappy with the results.

flippin' typical though,I FORGOT to sign it.

Monday, September 06, 2010

Pee, See & Buy

I donated some spin art to a local cafe (Underdog Cafe & Emporium) for their restroom and it seems  out of state visitors so enjoyed them they asked where they could buy some. So I did up a new batch the other day and these are my faves.  I guess one should never underestimate the value of placing art in  loos!

Sunday, September 05, 2010

SunFlowery Morning

I love seeing the sunflowers in the little park (Bill Duncan Park) near our house.  It is one of those crisp lovely mornings in Yellow Springs Ohio that reminds me of home in (England).  I often stop to explore Beth's Yellow Springs ceramic scultpure sign that's at the corner.

Yellow Springs sign by Beth Holyoke

We don't have this in Yellow Springs though.
They call Gordana an eccentric for painting sunflowers on her house. Not sure I see it as eccentric, but oh well lol!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Life Drawing: I long for long poses

30 minute pose

 and it just isn't long enough for me, grrrrrrrrrrrr! I can barely get the proportions, lines and early stages of muscle modeling before I can even begin to refine it. I suppose it's good practice to try, but I would really love 2 hours of the same pose.

I like to remind myself of this

Went to see the Banksy Movie Exit Through the Gift Shop which was very good, but it wasn't what I thought it was but something else altogether.
mister brainwash is a clever invention that took on a life of it's own and that in itself makes a big statement about the art world.

Uh, huh, anything is possible