Friday, June 29, 2012

Long Beautiful Hair

Out to lunch and fun shopping in town with dear daughter and couldn't resist photographing her long beautiful hair. 
She should be a hair model, yes!

Kate Kretz does amazing embroideries with hair and is featured on Mr. X Stitch website
Having tried using hair for embroidery I can tell you it requires a lot of dedication and patience and to come up with the kind of work Kate does is why I say it's amazing.
By Professor Wei Jingxian

This is Scandnavian and as you can see dates from 1886. According to this link hair was used by poor women as a craft material.

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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Sunny Side of Life

Happy Face Yellow Springs, Ohio
I was really down one day and as I was driving downtown Dayton I saw a happy face someone had painted onto the side of a log by the side of the road. It was so unexpected and I don't know it just made me smile. I don't know if the person who did it realized the impact it might have, maybe they did, but seeing it  cheered me up no end. 
So I decided I would do a happy face too and hopefully it brings a smile to some passerby in town.

There's a dark & a troubled side of life
There's a bright, there's a sunny side, too
Tho' we meet with the darkness and strife
The sunny side we also may view

[chorus:] Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life
It will help us ev'ry day, it will brighten all the way
If we'll keep on the sunny side of life

The storm and its fury broke today,
Crushing hopes that we cherish so dear;
Clouds and storms will, in time, pass away
The sun again will shine bright and clear.
Let us greet with the song of hope each day
Tho' the moment be cloudy or fair
Let us trust in our Saviour away
Who keepeth everyone in His care

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

There Was No Way

I was going to Ann Arbor and NOT get up to a little  guerrilla art mischief.  So our day trip included stops in my fave place, graffiti alley on Liberty Street

where I left a bit free art.
 and then general walkabout 

which included being accosted by greedy little squirrels whose look of disgust was clearly apparent when we had nothing to offer. 
"gimme food, gimme food, gimme, awwwwwww come on gimme food, bugger you're just like the rest of those moving creatures, go ooh and awe ain't that cute and give me NOTHING."
Bad Bunny showed up too.
 A fun day, and if you stop off at Sweetwaters Coffee & Tea check out their Sunshine Shake, oh YUMMMMMMMMMMMITY YUM!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Day Trip and Decorated Stones

Took a day trip to Ann Arbor Michigan and took along a couple of stones I'd painted to leave around somewhere.
Car music was 
Lunch was at the
Food (I had the Not Just BLT) ambiance and service was excellent.
Here is where I left one stone
Kind of gets lost next to the barber pole, but that is intentional. I like the idea of small surprises in unexpected places.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

All in a tither

 I am tied up with a lot of things it seems all of a sudden. I am enjoying helping do my wee bit supporting the local Yellow Springs Pride group with a wee bit rainbow pride yarnbombing. I'm also trying to figure out how to alter large papier mache heads into money boxes for YSKP  who want them for the Cirque Carnival coming up in town.
Working on a secret project but as Geordies say, have to keep me gob shut for now. More about that later AND EEK better get off here and into the studio.
Meanwhile I will leave you with a pic of my two fave locals (and my hair stylists Michael and Gary) from the 2011 Cirque Carnival.

See ya later 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Narrative Embroidery: A day in a Mining Village

Work In Progress
Mixed Media Embroidery

 paint,feather,embroidery on Linen

 I picked up the crows feather when I was visiting an old mining village in England with my mother and sister. The blue circle is reminiscent of a mining wheel similar to the one in the photo.  As a child I used to see these from my bedroom window in the next  village (Houghton-le-Spring) and watch the bins going back and forth dumping slag, kind of like in this video. I imagined the slag heaps were beautiful mountains. 

If you watch the movie Get Carter I was living there when it was filmed (even have a cousin playing an extra in it).  It shows the darker side of my world at that time. 
About the Embroidery
It has a version of a Scarlet Macaw (new world in America) feather in stitch and a crows feather (old world in England) painted with dots. The crow and macaw speak of what I needed to do as I faced the onslaught of fragmentation at home and the loss wrought by the watchful eyes of others that consumes people you love. 
 PHEW! heavy stuff, eh!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Where Art thou Art

That's what some people ask about John Baldessari's conceptual work, but Oh my, I LOVE this video
 thanks for sending it Treena

I find the whole process of his development as an artist intriguing and totally relate to some of the ideas in this review about his Pure Beauty Exhibit.

John Baldessari Website

Meanwhile it's hard to find my art as my studio is in a current state of mayhem. Oh why, oh why did I decide to move things around and organize, grrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

On Display Chuck Close Portrait on Stone

On display in the Public Art Box
"Chuck Close"

Actually it's more of an oddity box than an art box. Sometimes we (jafagirls) put in art, like the painted portrait on stone above. Other times odd little things such as "pickles goes hunting" seen below in slide show.

"Painting is the most magical of mediums. The transcendence is truly amazing to me every time I go to a museum and I see how somebody figured another way to rub colored dirt on a flat surface and make space where there is no space or make you think of a life experience."
 (Chuck Close)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

It's a puzzle and it's a good thing too

Work In Progress: Paint and Stitch on linen
Suddenly I just wanted to start sneaking eyes into parts of the painted and embroidered linen piece I'm working on."recent study has concluded what many of us knew already.  That great ideas tend to appear when you aren't trying."  source

One of my favourite paintings to revisit each time I go back to Penn State's Palmer Museum of Art is Country Dog Gentlemen by Roy De Forest  When I saw they had a jigsaw puzzle in their gift shop I had to get it.

Sometimes I have to fight the idea that doing a jigsaw puzzle is a time waster, BUT it's one of those activities that is good for the brain, so they say. This one is fairly easy but the last one, phew it made me cross-eyed.
"While working on jigsaw puzzles, it has been studied that there exists continuous activity thought the brain involving all the cells and parts of the brain. This intense activity works to exercise the brain cells and thereby activate them and increase their efficiency and capacity too."source: Why Jigsaw Puzzles Are Good For The Brain


"Study from the University of California: Why great ideas come when you aren't trying and they say "creativity is fostered by tasks that allow the mind to wander."

I just hope all this wandering is working ;)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wordless Wednesday: Niagara Falls Seagull

Dear Visitor, thank you for visiting and my apologies. Unfortunately due to the continued infringement, mining and exploitation of my images by individuals, spammers and companies I no longer have the incentive to show my photographs and artwork.

"huh, you lookin' at me" 

Thursday, June 07, 2012

STIKMAN at Niagara Falls

Fun to find STIKMAN aka Bob at Niagara Falls USA, not sure what it is, but it just warms me cockles. On The Trail of the Mysterious STIKMAN explains a little about this funny little robot figure that shows up around the country.We have even had him show up here in Yellow Springs, Ohio.
Not one or two but quite a few on the crosswalks and walls around town. I did an embroidery version of one I saw on a crosswalk in Washington DC.
Cathin'Up With STIKMAN at Wooster Collective
Flickr Group Page dedicated to STIKMAN
although on the video they believe he is around his mid twenties. Hum, well however old he is, his fun little robot figures seem to bring a smile, and THAT is a good thing.