Thursday, December 30, 2010



I take a pic, post it here, it looks like a robot stuck in a tree, google robot and come up with Roila.
Learn something new everyday.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Sketchbook: Heading into 2011

As I head into the new year I'm reading one of my Xmas pressies:  The Subversive Stitch by Rozsika Parker
A review by Ingrid Mida

Snow Pics
I seem to be seeing things in the snow this winter

Snow Gun

Friday, December 24, 2010

Best Of

Best Art Blogs
I know it's a long list, but it's lovely I'm included at Art Sediments, thank you.

Best Art Blogging Info
Katherine Tyrrell has some great observations in her blog entry: Reviewing art in 2010 and art blogging. An excellent read I highly recommend.

Best Christmas Decorating 1963

 I like the candle holders AND the fireplace, not sure about the paper roses though.
How to Make Paper Roses

Twin Fibers did a LOVELY retro Christmas Tree & ornaments.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Ugly Christmas Cookies


they were yummy, and just in case you're wondering, that is supposed to be a fragment of a greek statue, ahem!

Okay, so I didn't really stick to the theme of the life drawing groups cookie bake off.

Dam, I can't even find any uglier on google.

Well, time to stop faffing and indulging in flibbertigibberty, I have STUFF to do.
Toodle Oooo!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Censorship at the Smithsonian

Whether it is good or bad art, or whether I like it or not, is really beside the point. The point is whether we should accept work being censored. 

"Late in November the Smithsonian’s head, G. Wayne Clough", bowed to pressure  from a fringe group and  "ordered the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC to ‘remove’ a video by David Wojnarowicz from a museum show called Hide/Seek. "

An organization  was pulled together called Art Positive, in response to this kind of censorship.

Please visit here to read their full joint statement.
"Anybody is entitled to criticize an art show but First Amendment principles bar government officials from suppressing controversial viewpoints and imposing the values held by one religious group on society at large. The National Portrait Gallery cannot and should not tailor its programming to promote the views of certain interest groups at the expense of others. Taxpayer funds go to maintain a vibrant and diverse cultural sphere that serves all Americans not just Republicans or Democrats, conservatives or liberals, Christians or Jews. We may differ on cultural or social issues and argue about these issues - in the press, in public spaces, in galleries and performance spaces, but government officials cannot use financial leverage as a threat to silence those with whom they disagree. 

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Snow and MORE Snow

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It's a winter wonderland here in Ohio and we are stuck indoors.
Movie: Brick Lane , and it was  as fabulous as the book. Here is a great review.
Sketchbook: just doodling.

Studio: Time to buzz and sketch out a new embroidery piece, and cut wood and prepare for a new painting.

Keep safe! Keep warm!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Henna Hand Embroidery

Yea! finally finished by henna/mehndi style hand embroidery on tea stained linen. I'm really happy with how the design worked out. Sometimes even when I think doodles (or as some call zentangles)in my sketchbook aren't working there is something to be gained from them.

edited to add
I forgot to mention there is one similar for sale at IN A FRAME in town

Monday, December 06, 2010

Birdies One way or Another

Old Garage Yellow Springs, Ohio

"Hold fast to your dreams, for without them life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly"

and this spuggy

Embroidered Bird

is flying on the wings of dreams.

Now if I could just put them all into some artwork :) Okay, I am still doing the henna embroidery hand so I am tied up.

© by Corrine Bayraktaroglu. All Rights Reserved

I want to do it with black linen.

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Friday, December 03, 2010

Winter Dreams

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"Winter Dreams"
Ritsu Katsumata

The color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination.
~Terri Guillemets

Hope this is true because this doll is watching the snowflakes.
jafabrit wish doll

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Not quite mehndi embroidery

I say not quite because I'm not using traditional mehndi patterns. More of a mix of zentangle doodling, some mehndi elements, and including good luck motifs :) such as the nazar boncuk in the palm on this one.
© by Corrine Bayraktaroglu. All Rights Reserved
dmc floss on tea stained linen

 I had two in my "stitch gasp" exhibit and one sold before it got on the wall and the other the day of the reception. Since I have fun doing these and my arm is better and I know of two buyers in waiting I thought I would do some more.
Well gotta go and design some new one's.

More Seasonal Decorating

I know what you're going to say;"why does she have a skeleton in her den wearing a  Xmas hat."  I got her (esqaulita) one christmas and she hangs around all over the place, even in town. Hey, I'm an artist and I can get away with it.