Saturday, November 27, 2010

well I gotta do SOMETHING

In a bit of a creative flux and with the holidays it's hard to get into any serious work, BUT I just NEEDED to play and paint. There are all these theories about art and when I looked over the list here I thought the closest I came was self expression. However the possibility that someone just enjoys the process for itself often seems overlooked. There's this  meditative quality that comes from a quiet repetative act. That's what I wanted,just to paint for the sake of it.

So here it is so far, a wee piece based on byzantine art. I needed to wear a filter mask when applying the liquid leaf gold paint. Once it's dry I'll sand it down to give it an aged look similar to what I did with this painting below.

oil on canvas-sold

Friday, November 26, 2010


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  I got it into my head I wanted white lace curtains to match the white tree, and white faux fur cushions.  Well, err the local cheapo shops don't sell cheapo lace curtains anymore (too old fashioned I guess), and I couldn't find faux fur cushions anywhere except on uk sites that cost an arm and a leg. Amazon to the rescue and I ordered a yard of faux fur, wheeeeeeeeeeeeee! I was so excited, and THEN I cut it and YIKES, I looked like a duck, covered with fluffy bits from head to toe, what  a MESS. Husband wouldn't let me leave the room until he had hoovered me. WARNING: when working with faux fur wear a hazmat suit and mask.  Oh! but it was all worth it and I got three lovely cuddly soft white cushions for the winter season.
Now just waiting for those lacy curtains to arrive and I'll be all set.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Art Scams: Hello

"I came across your artworks on internet search"

Uh huh!
Like many artists I often get these emails from people seemingly interested in purchasing my art, BUT the spelling is off, the grammar is off and so is the request on how they'll pay.  Check out the samples on Stop Art Scams.

I got this copyright infringement lawsuit claim email at the Chamberpot Gallery addy. They want you to open the document (contains malicious malware and a virus) that supposedly outlines the case.

Meanwhile in Jafabrit's Studio
it's a disaster zone.
Not much getting done, ripped my latest embroidery, and crocheting small pieces for the snowflake tree.

to our craft bombed, knit graffiti, yarnbombed tree. When the sun hits the sparkles it's magical.
Some of the comments (apart from the "it's beautiful" comments) have been, err, kind of interesting: it looks like a woman tree, it's a victoria secrets tree, it's an underwear tree, it needs a bra.
Maybe I should add a glittery paddle and spank those naughty commentators! 

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Shit Not Another Ceiling

Michael Caine by David Bailey

The title refers to a comment in this interview about taking pictures vs making pictures: a video interview with David Bailey. I'm sure some of you will recognize many of his iconic images. Just beautiful and a fab interview! His work is currently showing at Bonhams in London.


Meanwhile I TOOK this photo at the Springfield Ohio Diwali last night. Whether I took a picture vs making a picture I suppose it up to the viewer. I thought it captured

a lovely moment of The Springfield Diwali 2010 which really did knock my socks off :) and was an absolute  feast for the senses, indian food, art, music, humour, poetry and dance (mixture of contemporary and classic).

Friday, November 19, 2010

Post Exhibit Blues

I'm feeling a bit discombobulated.

I'm glad to find I'm not alone, that this is pretty normal and an issue many artists face.

The Painters Keys: Post Show Blues

 I went through this after my 2007 exhibit and decided I wasn't going to exhibit again. Then I spent a year playing/experimenting, and got so excited about what I was doing I did an exhibit again LOL!

I think another year of
is coming up.

I wanted white faux furry fluffy cushions, and white lace curtains, that's it.
The Universe did not deliver them immediately and I realized I will have to get them myself.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Not sure and really sure

Not sure I'm liking this embroidery so far. Nearly finished, BUT, hum!!!!! I enjoyed the process, like the stitches, love the colours and shapes, but to be honest as a whole it isn't doing much for me.  Something is missing, maybe I need to balance out the pink circle on the right, or add some text, OR maybe it is just boring.  The piece of wood at the top is a door knocker that it's supposed to hang from.
Will take it to my critique group.

Meanwhile I'm still playing with images of our jafagirl "snowflake tree".
check link for video of tree

I'm really sure I love the lacy spooky effect of the crochet and laced up pieces. Used adobe photoshop elements, filter, distort and then diffused glow.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

The Loo Lost it's View

Chamberpot Gallery Closes
After 4 wonderful years the jafagirls, Nancy and moi,  have officially closed the ChamberPot Gallery in the local Chamber of Commerce Restrooms in Yellow Springs as of November 15th 2010. We would like to thank all the people involved in making this project happen, the participating artists, the visitors who took joy in it, and the visitors who bought some of the work.
So Commodus is back home.
My Knot Tree found a NEW home

thanks Jo.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Hamster in a Teacup

It took forever to make our pet russian dwarf hamster,Crisy, sit still long enough for me to take a pic. This is back in the day, in the late 80's when I was using film so I had no idea if any of the shots would work out. This one became a poster and hung in the house for years. Crisy is long gone, and biscuit bear, alas came to an ignoble end when my yorkie snuck off with it and gave it "wot" for.
But we still have this lovely poster.

Friday, November 12, 2010

through a lens

You're reading art by corrine bayraktaroglu originally posted on Jafabrit's Art. 
Thank you for dropping by.

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I'm not a photographer per se, more of a cataloger, and sometimes I luck out and manage to capture  what I think is a really good image. This is one of my favourites.

 Somehow all the elements came together. A beautiful blue sky, glitttering icicles hanging over one of my fave murals in Keiths Alley by Sarah Dickens.

Marxist Glue Exhibit is Up

Marxist Glue is a Chinese term for wheat paste, the glue used to apply a poster to a wall.

"A new street art show curated by Toks Shoyoye, redefines the Los Angeles community and challenges MOCA." Huffington Post

I love this paintbrush helmet by Nomade

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Sun Shineth Upon Us

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I love how the shadow of the branch looks like a bird. I would like to think it a crow but it looks more like a jabiru, which seems fitting since their plumage is pure white.

We were supposed to have snow but instead it was hot. I actually got a bit sunburn on my neck as my Jafapal, Nancy, and I started our newest craft/yarnbombing graffiti in town.
Photograph included in the book Strick Graffiti

I am hoping it will look magical when the  snow is on the ground and the fairy lights are switched on.

Sunday, November 07, 2010


Street Art Inspired Embroidery

long & short stitch on grey linen
It's coming along slowly.
Talking About Street Art

Retro Corner

Went thrifting and couldn't resist this 50's ornament made made in japan.

Guardian Month in Photography
monthly guide to the 20 best photographic exhibitions and books
There are some beautiful, and compelling images on the slide show.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Glen Forest Cemetery: Old Headstone

Glen Forest Cemetery
Yellow Springs, Ohio

Gravestone Symbols

It's hard to make out since it is so worn but the  may be a passion flower (christ's passion), maybe a couple of apples (salvation) or poppies (eternal sleep), and the hand representing pathway to heaven.
I don't see a born date or age, only months, so I am guessing this was a stillborn child.
(would welcome any additional info)

There is one famous interment, Simeon Davison Fess, US Senator from Ohio.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Luna at The Underbelly Project

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Street Art Way Below the Street in an abandoned subway station.
Another one of my FAVE photographers on Flickr is Luna Park who was lucky enough to go and see the Underbelly Project. She took some smashing photographs and wrote a great blog entry about it on her The Street Spot site.

All this of course makes my little rabbit sticker seem rather pathetic, BUT hey we don't have any spare subways around our wee village.
"I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way"


Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Sketchbook: sgraffito and quotes

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I was experimenting a little with sgraffito in preparation for a painting, plus I just enjoyed doing it.
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 It's painted over a copy of a rothko I'd done and I thought the portrait of my pal George would look cool with the colours peeking through.

I'm not really into the artsy fartsy gobbledegook art speak but I was struck by Ernst Gombrich's quote on page 78 in Art & Illusion. "Record a visual experience, not the faithful construction of a relational model". It had a huge impact on me because once I got past the technical skill of drawing relational models (what I saw) then I really had to think about the experience of what I was seeing and how to convey that.
This really came into play when I created this piece.

and I wanted to reduce fear to that singular moment of primal anguish, where nothing else exists except your scream.

Monday, November 01, 2010

War Art and the Best of British

Seeing a painting printed or online is NEVER going to have the same impact that seeing it in the real does and this painting by John Singer Sargent was very powerful. 

It was included in the Guardian's list The 10 best British artworks about war: Broadcaster Jon Snow picks his favourite artistic interpretations of war.

Kind of makes my work seem rather trivial, but they're mine and they speak of how I feel, and in that sense they aren't trivial.

They call it collateral damage, what a euphemism eh!