Monday, December 31, 2012

Amazing Winter Wedding Photograph

Yes! this is REAL!
It was a white wedding as the there was snow on the ground but then as the reception was  underway it started to snow that lovely gentle snowfall. Dj ju ju added to the mood with the song "Let it Snow" and it was pure magic. The Bride and Groom were stunning but then our photographer Crystal Heis came inside a minute later and showed me the photograph she had just taken and my jaw dropped. Of course as the Mother of the Bride I cried, AGAIN

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Boxing Day Sewing, Candy Canes and Panto

and it sat hidden in the cupboards for years since I bought it in a garage sale back in the 80's. Always intending to do it but oh well, you know how that goes.
Titan Needlecraft Felt Applique Tree Skirt Kit 1987
Still not quite finished (some pieces were missing), BUT ta DA! finished enough it can sit under the tree.  
Meanwhile outside on Boxing Day the candy canes dance in the trees as the snow and wind swirls around them.
I loved Boxing Day growing up in the UK. It was the day relatives and friends would visit and there was always more presents, food, sweeties,kids running amok, and watching cartoons or a pantomime on telly if we could.

err, yes, this years Christmas Cracker Jokes
What do you call a multi story pig pen?
a styscraper
Why did the scarecrow win so many awards?
Because he was outstanding in his field.
(we voted this the best one of the lot)
Why did the bacon laugh?
Because the egg cracked a yolk.
How does Good King Wencelas like his pizzas?
Deep pan, crisp and even.
(none of us got this one)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Put a Bird on It-Brian it's Started

 Pal Brian Housh and I have decided that next year is the "put a bird on it " year in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and what better way for me to start than with the Christmas Wreath I just hung on the front door. I noticed it had NO BIRD in the nest. Hum, luckily I have a few spare birds and "put a bird on on it."
For those who don't know, "put a bird on it" is a hilarious skit from  Portlandia

Saturday, December 22, 2012

#FAFyes: Glittery Things

No quotes with this one, just seemed nice as is. Nothing handmade, but for the season who can resist glitter and a glue gun ;)

By the way did you know there is a
It was started by the Crafty Chica and dedicated to self proclaimed glitter disliker Ellen DeGeneres, uh huh, take THAT Ellen.
 It's fun, check it out.
Back in 2007 I wrote a blog entry about glitter after  another artist told me in a hoity toity huff puffed up blithering kind of way that glitter had no redeeming qualities in art and he would never use it. 
Say that to accomplished Painter, Illustrator and photographer AND Glitter Wizard Rene Garcia Jr

Friday, December 21, 2012

This time Last Year

Last year this time I was in San Juan Puerto  Rico watching fireworks
This year I'm in Ohio photographing

Hum, not sure if winkles are as exciting, BUT hey, I have learned to make my OWN fun wherever I am. 
  I am finding taking black and white photographs quite a challenge. I see something I think is cool and then see it on my camera viewer (which is set to b&w) and realize it ain't that cool, so I am learning to see differently. Trying to capture something that is compelling or tells a story takes a skill that I know I will never achieve but I'm sure going to enjoy trying.

This one by Jeannette Oerlemans from photo tuts just makes me smile.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Vintage 1970 Christmas: Balls and Fudge

Giant Christmas Balls
Found a few old mags at the local charity shop and  thought this project I found in a 1970 Better Homes & Garden Magazine would be fun to do if anyone wants to give it a go.
and if you're in the mood for Fudge
(is there are time when you aren't ;)

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A New Pencil

30 min pose
An art friend from NY sent me a wonderful pencil to try out called a Mitsu-bishi Hi-uni 10B.  I tried it in Life Drawing, and it's the softest pencil I have ever used and divine to draw with. 
The study looks like smudgy mess, but I was trying to get soft and hard lines for the form and smudging to get the muscles underneath.
30 min pose
Feet are always hard for me to do, so I was really happy with the right foot and heel part.

Where to buy
I found them on Jetpens or via Amazon

Monday, December 17, 2012

It's a dull grey wet day in Ohio

2012 Fairfield Pike, Yellow Springs, Ohio

There are moments when all anxiety and stated toil are becalmed in the infinite leisure and repose of nature ~ Thoreau

So yes, it's a dull day, but when I would normally just look at it, having to photograph it means having to SEE it

Looking vs Seeing: 15 min tutorial

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Creature Bone

There is no light without shadow and no psychic wholeness without imperfection ~ Carl Jung

I have and continue to be very partial to Chiaroscuro in my work and so I thought it would be a good exercise to explore black and white photography next year (along with daily drawing). My goal is to  see if I can evoke a mood beyond just the image as well as capture shadows, and tonal rangesSo this is my first image for the series. It's an old bone a friend gave me from Africa that she painted and I have on my wall. I thought it was interesting that the shadow looks like a giraffe.

How to do Chiaroscuro Lighting for Photography

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Sketchbook Studies: Pencil Drawing

pencil drawing in sketchbook
In order to keep up my drawing skills I go to life drawing OR do studies in my sketchbook.I used a photograph as a reference and drew out grid marks to get the general proportions of the nose and eyes and ear. The rest I relied on eyeballing it. Some don't like grid marks as a means to lay out a drawing.  I don't think there's a right way or a wrong way, just different ways of approaching drawing.  
Grid Method
 I have no idea why I want this to be finished as it is, but there it is, it's done. My muse has spoken and must be obeyed. 

"The delicate threads of imagination and creativity are the support beams of a healthy, flourishing society.
Kayhan Irani

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

K is for Kaput

Hand Embroidery by Jafabrit
Well not quite, but that's how I view the past year *artistically* speaking. Somehow I lost my footing and my self esteem and confidence took some huge hits. It wasn't any one thing but rather a collection of unpleasant unrelated events over the span of a few months beginning in March that did it. Boom! Boom! Boom! one thing after the other. Becoming a recluse was looking mighty attractive.  So it's been a lot of hard work trying to crawl out of this.
There have been some BRIGHT spots that sustained me and for that I am truly thankful.

Doing BOX-isms for Free Art Friday has fed my creative needs and inspired me.

In between working on pieces for two group shows next year I have decided to spend a year drawing. Of course I say that and will probably go mad with painting LOL!