Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Playing with my Dolls

The invitation for a solo show next year may have to wait as it seems this year is dedicated to exploring, playing and experimenting in my sketchbook or doodlecloth.  I painted my troll doll in acrylic, took a pic and then manipulated it on Adobe.  I think I may have to make a version for FAF.

Meanwhile on the subject of Shock Art
I have been thinking about Chawne's controversial quilt and some of the responses.   Sometimes people dismiss work that shocks them and disparage the artist. What if it wasn't meant to be shocking though? History is replete with examples of  master works that shocked many of their day. What if it was meant to be shocking, to challenge and make some uncomfortable, what is wrong with that? Why would it be wrong to shock a specific segment of the population and bring attention and a dialogue about an issue? 
 Shock Art-Controversial or Ahead of Time? 
 Interview with Ai weiwei who talks about his art,and how people with different ideas are persecuted.

Ai Weiwei documentary get's middle-finger salute at Sundance - Culture Monster

Monday, January 30, 2012

Yit be his feiris he wald haue fukkit:

Oh naughty! naughty!  and this Scottish poet has the dubious distinction of being the first to publish the "word" in his, William Dunbar, poem "Brash of Wowing" back in 1503. 
I bring this up because it seems Cauchy's guest post at whipup about her "give a F*ck" project has some in a flap.  It's not so much that others don't have a right to be offended and say so, it's the insults, presumptions and vitriolic pouting. Ah, the power of words, eh!

Here is another example of the use of the word  incorporated into textile art, only it was in morse code. It was done by a soldier in a Nazi prison camp and it must have given the prisoners a real chuckle to see it displayed in camps for several years and the German guards never noticed.
And before you get your knickers in a twist with umbrage, this is a REAL name of a village in Austria.

It's not my favourite word. If I do swear I tend to resort to British one's that many Americans seem to find rather quaint as I mumble in my Queen's English, ahem ;) 

In the Studio
I continue to add elements to my doodlecloth, experimenting with stitches, etc. Who knows, I may add a naughty word if the mood strikes :)

Warning: Don't watch British video if you are easily offended. 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Hanging Shows and Free Art Friday

Trying to hang work by so many different artists and media is such a challenge. I was helping jafapal Nancy install the Yellow Springs Arts Council Permanent Collection on Friday at the John Bryan Gallery and it took us 5 hours, and we are still not finished. Have to go back today and hang 8 more pieces. I hate hanging from ceiling hooks, arg!
The black gothic shaped painting with the face is the one I donated a few years ago, called "saints of misinformation".

Label for Free Art Friday
I finally got around to designing another label for the Jafagirls Free Art Friday.
and left this little acrylic painted leaf in town, as well as a less formal piece.
 varnished acrylic and collage on board

Thursday, January 26, 2012

WYSO Interview

Since Nancy and I are doing the Kiss for the LOVE IN weekend  organized by the Yellow Springs Arts Council we were invited to talk a little about it along with Arts Council Arts & Cultural Part Time Manager Jo Caputo at WYSO Weekend with Jerry Kenney. It will be aired Feb 5th, at 10:30am.
Jerry felt the LVE
I don't think Jerry Kenney was quite expecting this when Jo suggested we take a pic lol! but he was a good sport, and really who can resist a bit attention eh!

You're reading art by corrine bayraktaroglu originally posted on Jafabrit's Art. 

Thank you for dropping by.

Monday, January 23, 2012

As you sew so shall you reap or is it

so shall you rip.
 Anybody that sews can relate to that horrid moment when you have to rip every blasted stitch out, grrrrrr.  Thankfully since this is my doodlecloth for 2012, I don't have to worry about it, I can mess it up and experiment and just play.
Saw a beautiful feather in a National Geographic Magazine, and wanted to experiment and see if I could do an hand stitched version.  I also used a wee bit acrylic colour wash on it to blur the lines between colours.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Going Dotty!

Damien Hirst, loved and despised.
His spot paintings are featured in Gagosian Galleries and the globe trotting spot challenge was conquered.
 spiffy riffs is what Jerry Saltz calls them.

Meanwhile I got a bit dotty playing in my sketchbook.

"Dribble Dot"
Paint, painted feather, wire

 Hockney's Landscape paintings are a huge hit for Yorkshire folk. Perhaps it was the northern girl in me that felt a joy in his paintings. Whatever it is I have had luscious colour filled dreams inspired by them (not a dot to be seen).

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Hockney on why art has become less

It seems his paintings wear art critic Adrian Searle out, hum!   I like the reduction of the images to marks and colours and find them inspiring. I don't really do landscapes, but I thought it would be fun to play in my sketchbook.  ONLY I painted with my non dominant hand and scratched into it with my right.
Women's Park, Yellow Springs, Ohio

8 Drawing Exercises Every Artist Should Practice from today in art

 I love the title of this article and advice
Creative Thinkering

Friday, January 13, 2012

FAF: Making Felt Chocolates

So I hung out in the studio  and made chocolates out of felt for free art friday, free of calories and free art rolled into one, what a winner eh!

Very easy to make
Just cut out and stitch corners
stuff with a little fiber fill and sew on bottom piece. Then embellish. I did a little fly stitch,couching, satin stitch heart, and small beads.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

grey and dull

are the days in Ohio during the winter months
but I do seem to enjoy some of the scenery, I think it's because it reminds me of the bleak brooding moors I so often walked back home in  the Northeast of England. Minus the castles, and roman walls  though :(

Well, off to the studio to play with paint.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

God in a Cup and no

this is not a religious post ;) 
I met Michaele in Puerto Rico and while our husbands were busy at a conference we goofed off.  I think we talked each others ears off. I did hide my wee packet of instant nescafe lest I get clobbered with her book, which as you can see is all about coffee. I'm not really a coffee drinker, or an avid reader, but I have to say the book so far is fascinating (here is a review).  
 I had taken a little flower yarnbomb to Puerto Rico and Michaele didn't escape my yarny plans. I gave her my mini knit bomb to put up somewhere that day we spent in Old San Juan. There is a special tree in the cemetery in old san juan called the children's tree. At christmas time people hang little toys and presents for the lost children. When I took Michaele to see it it somehow just felt right to put it up right there.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Can't help myself, ahem!

Yellow Springs, Ohio
I've been itching to do a yarnbomb that would compliment RAC's spray paint graffiti and finally was well enough to go out and do it.

Jafagirls have joined forces with the Yellow Springs Arts Council again, this time for "THE KISS" (we did it a few years ago and was very popular).

Nancy and I continue to be major supporters and part of the Yellow Springs Arts Council team in other ways.  Nancy has taken on the role as Gallery coordinator, and I continue to help out with the website.

You're reading art by corrine bayraktaroglu originally posted on Jafabrit's Art. 

Thank you for dropping by.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Bronchial Boar

or is it bore, for that's what being sick is. I lost all energy or will to start anything. Tried to paint, gave up, tried to draw, gave up and then I thought of the advice I have given others when facing lack of motivation or artists block.
Play, doodle, dabble. So I took my own advice and started a stitch panel for 2012, no planning, just stitch whatever, whenever. I also thought it would be nice to kickstart the year doing something I rarely do, take a workshop. The workshop (mixed media stitched journal) is with one of my FAVE embroiderers, Victoria at Freedom of Stitch.

I tried the chicken broth recipe with fennel and I can't believe I have never had fennel before. If you know me, you will know I LOVE licorice, in fact I am a licorice fiend. I have now a new title, fennel fiend. I shall be roasting some today. 

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Lethargy and Tea

seems inescapable as I fight off the seasons ills. Getting sinusitis and bronchitis makes a mockery of my flu shot, I still got sick. Worst of all I lack any creative energy grrrrrrr!!!!!!!!
So I rest.
Jafapal Nancy dropped by with her homemade chicken soup (yum) which has helped. I did find this wonderful recipe for another one here that I think I will try later this week. 
Monkeys got their tea :)

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Compelled to Leave a Mark

 In a dark dungeon at Castillo de San Cristobal Puerto Rico  someone found a way to leave their mark, their story, and here I was hundreds of years later standing witness.
"The room is labeled a dungeon but it's really a "room branching off a tunnel" from the main plaza of the fort. The legend has it that the ships drawn on the wall were done by "mutineers who seized control of the cannon of the fort in 1855 and held San Juan for ransom." 
It was fascinating to look at the drawings and writings.I wondered if they ever thought their images would last so long, what they used to draw them, how long it took,what they thought.
Meanwhile in Old San Juan I left my marks,but ephemeral one's.
A local woman walked by and asked me if it was real and couldn't stop laughing when I touched it and she realized on closer inspection it was FAKE. I know, totally goofy, but it inspired a fun moment in Old San Juan besides the usual touristy stuff.

Back in the Studio Jafabrit
In between fighting off sinusitis and bronchitis (and being relived that my second mammogram gave me the all clear), I'm working on a small project. More about that later. 
Oh, this gave me a good chuckle.
Somehow my yarnbomb image ended up being included in a book called blogging for dummies lol! A friend (thanks susan) tipped me off when she came across it the other day.