Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunny Yellow

Acrylic Reverse Painting on Plastic 
I asked the owner of Ha Ha Pizza if he minded if I stuck up a piece of art on their wall and got a resounding YES :) Hope the staff enjoy. 
It was Pepperoni & Anchovy Pizza day with pals
JafaT and JafaMOG aka Nancy Mellon
Free Art Friday
 It may have been a dull grey day outside but inside it was sunny happy cozy day in this Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Just in case you're wondering what MOG means, it's Mother of the Groom.

MOB signing OFF.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Artful Dodger

 Organizing a wedding in 2 months has proved to be consuming and become a bit of an artful dodger, stealing all my time. I also seem to be prone to wedding humour.

there are windows of time where the  ART muse pokes her head around the corner and screams delights at me. 
So along with the joys of planning a wedding with my darling girl,  I am in the studio working. I finished the trashy bird for the exhibit, and am working on my costume now.
The bird is called Trashy Bird, and this is my Trashy Duster. Funny, must be some freudian connection between the video and me posting image of a trashy bird LOL!
Anyway Trashy bird is made of cut up plastic grocery bags, and the legs from an old doll I had lying around the workshop. I love the shadow on the wall. Hum! seem to have a THING for shadows. 
Oh well, time to buzz.
cheers all
signing off
(mother of the bride)

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Power of We: Creative Altruism

 It's Blog Action Day, a global event where bloggers around the world post on the same subject and this year the theme is 
The Power of We. 

Craft Activism 
It took me a while to consider myself a craft activist. I made the mistake of thinking that being an activist required joining a group and marching/ protesting in the classic sense and forgetting activism comes in all shapes and sizes. Don't have to join a group, or specific cause, in fact Betsy Greer who coined the term Craftivism talked about that recently on her blog entry titled Craftivism: Party of One.

Embroidery of George on discarded metal
by jafabrit

 A statement can come in the form of creative altruism and this is where Free Art Friday and craft come together. In a consumer driven society where garbage pollution threatens our world the act of giving away art created from items normally tossed in the landfill is a twofold statement.

"Hungry woman" 
Polymer Clay and Grocery Store Carton
by Nancy Mellon
 for  Bloggers Unite for Human Rights 2008

It's a statement that many around the world are wanting to make and since the inception of Free Art Friday 10 years by MyDogSighs (check out his fab upccyled can paintings) the power of we is growing leaps and bounds. 

Sadly our efforts to recycle barely scratches the surface. According to Blog Action Day Partner Greenpeace "15 billion pounds of plastic are produced in the U.S., but only 1 billion are recycled." Much of it ends up in the oceans "leaving a trail of death and destruction."

How to reduce pollution list

crochet a plastic bag

We can make a difference :)


"Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the autumn tree" 
Emily Bronte

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Bones of Art

  Life Drawing Study by Jafabrit

Drawing is the 'bones' of art.
 You have to be able to walk
 before you can run.
 Dion Archibald

Friday, October 05, 2012

World Smile Day

That's right, today is world smile day and to learn all about it visit their website at World Smile Day
San Antonio Texas
Their motto is Do an act of kindness. Help one person smile! and that is definitely a motto that fits with jafagirls operation smiley face, and all those artists who leave free art out all over the world. 
What are you doing to bring a smile today?

Today's free art for Free Art Friday

Somewhere in Yellow Springs Ohio 

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Ha Ha makes me Happy

NO rain this morning, which meant I could go out on my trike for an hour's ride along the bike trail, YES!!!! Along the way I passed one of my fave murals in Yellow Springs and a place that makes me happy, Ha Ha Pizza (which reminds me I need to give Jafa T a call-she is my ha ha pizza buddy), hence the smiley face.
Right, off to the studio and dither about.

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

The Bitch Factor

Saw this article in Jezebel titled  Being a Bitch is Every Smart Woman's Birthright. I can't decide if it was meant as satire or not, but I don't agree with it. 
A really smart woman, an empowered, self confident woman doesn't need to tear down other women, be sarcastic, or nasty.

On the other hand the word "bitch" in  the feminist context can indicate a strong or assertive woman. I certainly can get the reasoning behind the attempt to reappropriate the word and agree with Jo Freeman's statement BUT. Yes, there is that BUT, defining the difference seems to be lost on a lot of people and has reappropriation really worked? So many woman seem to confuse being strong as meaning they can be sarky and rude. I really like how this author confronted the word in the commentary from 2008. She concludes "if we could successfully turn the word into something we could be proud of"  but I wonder why?  Why not accept it for what it is and work on changing attitudes. Will re appropriating it really diffuse and dissempower the mindset behind those who attack women they deem isn't subservient enough.  I don't believe it will, it's 2012 and woman are still having to deal with an attitude that belongs to the dark ages.