Friday, May 30, 2014

Feeling Very Eggy Today

 check out this artist Marcello Barenghi
His videos are just phenomenal.

Embroidered Egg on Toast by Judith Klausner
henk hofstra: art-eggcident.

Here is my attempt to do a close up photo
and trying to capture the reflections and ridges.

Now for a visual feast
Egg Curry
Of course if curry is NOT your thing this is not going to look or taste like a feast.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Key Line Filter: Themes for Photography

Not quite sure I would ever run out of ideas for photographs, BUT the idea of picking a theme is great for challenging and stretching ourselves creatively.
328 Photography Themes: A List Of Themes To Photograph

My theme yesterday was to use my key line filter on my Olympus camera and take photographs of everyday objects.
Here is a great video explaining the art filters. His explanation about the key line filter is that it looks like a painting,which is one of the main reasons I like it. It  inspires me to see how I can translate some of the images into actual paintings.

Why bother if I can just take a photo?  Putting aside a LOVE of the process of painting and the smell of a studio, there is the challenge of seeing if I can take an image/idea further. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Garden Art

Quiet Memorial Weekend, rather hot, and called for lazing on the porch swing, thinking of family, of lost one's, being thankful and counting one's blessings. 
We indulged ourselves and got a wee water fountain to keep my garden gnome company. 
I accidentally discovered a great place called "The Secret Garden" on the way home from lunch at the famous Golden Lamb.
I saw this rearing metal horse at the entrance and wondered what the heck it was. 
Got the rabbit whirly gig too.
Staff are lovely, the gardens lovely, the prices lovely, yes LOVELY is the word.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Painting Water Droplets on Feathers

water drops on painted feather
I thought I would paint some water-drops on feathers to add to the curiosity box collection and have to say that anyone that can paint whole landscapes or animals on feathers has my respect. Just doing a few waterdrops was a mega challenge. 

I am somewhat pleased with the result but wow, check out this artist' feathers.
Featherlady Studio: Painted Feathers & wildlife art by Northwest feather artist Julie Thompson

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Lines and Shadows

It's all about the lines dude!
sitting nude drawing with shadows
Two things I really like come together,  line drawing and shadows and you know I love shadows. It was a great pose and he is a great model. This was a 30 minute pose and I guess the extra 10 mins beyond our normal 20 min pose made a difference.  I had time to refine the hair/beard and his hand.  
I have always been fascinated with how artists can reduce forms to the simplest lines and that is my goal this year at the life drawing studio. Also trying to get the hands down because hands have always a real flipping challenge. Here is a great link and the author is right, if you don't get the hand right in a painting or drawing it does stick out "like a sore thumb."
If any of you are thinking about being models here are some Tips for Life Models. Many make the mistake of thinking just being nude is all that's needed. There's a lot more to it and a good model knows that and will help choose poses that are not only comfortable/sustainable but can help maximize the drawing experience for the artists. 
cheers from 
Jafabrit's Studio

Friday, May 23, 2014

Art PIcs:Thrift Store

Atomic Fox
Thrift Store Items
Yellow Springs, Ohio
Jafa T and I went to have a chat with the owner, Terry, about the art he will be auctioning at Talitha's exhibit next month at the Yellow Springs Arts Council.
Got a really lovely photo of them both too.
I called the painting "bird brain"

well back into the studio
cheers and we hope to see you at the exhibit next month. Should be a blast.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Raindrops on Flower

extreme close up of raindrops on an iris
 Gosh and here I was getting all chuffed as punch because I managed to get a close up of raindrops on an Iris after a rain storm.
Check these out
Linden Gledhill's Dazzling Macro Photography Of Butterfly And Moth Wings

Art Prints

au revoir

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Painting on Exterior Plywood for Public Art

Peeps in the Park is a public art project that my friend, Nancy, and I put together 3 years ago and we're gearing up to replace 11 of the 14 panels.  
stencil painting of an artist
The Pierre painting hung for three years but couldn't be saved :(  So I sanded it and primed with couple of coats Kilz. I decided to do a somewhat abstracted scene of my kitchen window sill .
Painting Doll Shaped Perfume Bottle
Window Sill Ornaments
2'x4' plywood panel
I then sealed the painting with two coats of polyurethane and will add clear silicone sealer to the top edge before hanging it outdoors.

well time to buzz, got framing to do
 Thanks for dropping by my corner of the world. Hope you enjoyed your visit.
If you have any questions please feel free to drop me a line.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sunday Washing Line

washing on the line
The weather is lovely and the washing is on the line. Once I've finished a couple hours of work in the studio I think I want to hang outside too. Maybe get a bit embroidery done or get my sketchbook out and do my soul good by hanging out with the trees. 
Tree Hugging Scientifically Proven To Improve Your Health
crazy screaming selfie
Cheers and thanks for dropping by my blog

Saturday, May 17, 2014


The news is grim, hundreds die in preventable disasters, civil war looms, dictatorships terrorize, police hold protesters down and allow government supporting thugs to abuse them, women are condemed to being stoned, hung or gang raped, animals are brutalized in factory farms, and the list goes on ............... and I feel utterly helpless.

We have a voice!

Sometimes I wonder!

Have to keep trying though.

The American Society for the

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Women Worldwide by Ria Vanden Eynde

I got a fabulous postcard in the mail the
women worldwide object postcard
 other day from one of my favourite artists .
 www~women worldwide
I asked Ria about the series and what inspired her to start working on it. 

What inspired me was seeing how women are portrayed on TV, in newspapers, in music clips (sex sells), in movies (how woman actresses have less lines in their roles, how disproportionate nudity is, more female than male, in magazines, in politics (thinking of equal pay day), in the media, in beauty ads.... The sexism that (still) exists, the way women are still  objectified, stereotyped, reduced to their bodies.... 

While in anthropology, and research it has been shown that by supporting women, you support whole communities. The spark was a newspaper photo of a woman running from a bombing in Aleppo, Syria, holding her two children, their feet not touching the ground, the way mom would carry me sometimes when I was dawdling. I fantasized on where they would go to, she had a blanket over her arm, did they find shelter, food, would they still be alive?  Very raw thought. The contrast couldn't be bigger, there was a lipstick ad running on TV while I leafed through the newspaper. I thought in some places, REAL WOMEN are actually just trying to physically survive, and work at bring up their children, keeping them safe. I thought of sex trafficking, women revolutionaries, stoning, femicide, maternal mortality rates and recently the kidnapping of the Nigerian girls, .... and these are the themes, contexts I will be addressing in the painting series, there's so much work.

Ria Vanden Eynde Portfolio Website
The image for the painting on the postcard is based on a photograph by Reuters photographer Mohammed Salem and was used with permission. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Cute Reaction to Public Art

I was sent this lovely photo of a child hugging my troll painting and saying
child hugging painting
Image used with permission

 "give me a big hug you sweet monster."
That has to be one of the sweetest reactions I have ever had to one of my paintings. 
Thanks for sending it D and making my day.

"morris" painting is part of the Fence Art Gallery Project in Yellow Springs, Ohio

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Auction Glen Helen Raptor Center

oil painting of girl with bird on head
My oil painting will be part of the fundraising exhibit/auction at the Yellow Springs Arts Council in June. More information HERE.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Custom Camera Bags for Women

I was going to do a review on here but I don't think I need to because A&K did such a brilliant job.
A+K ...all the way: Custom Camera Bags!
I never leave the house without my camera and was is such need for a camera bag. Nothing out there was working for me until I found Porteen Gear, and the quality and design exceeded my expectations. 
Porteen Gear
Robyn Porteen is a photographer herself and knew exactly what was needed when she designed and created her first bag, the rest is history.
I got the compact camera bag and it is not heavy at all. It has plenty of easy access pockets that will protect your glasses, camera etc. If you are looking for a camera bag that looks like a regular handbag Porteen has some great choices.
Cheers and thanks for dropping by.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Beautiful Blue Butterfly on Mothers Day

Art Prints
Mothers Day and as I'm walking to the car this gorgeous butterfly landed right in front of me. It not only stayed long enough for me to whip my camera out and snap a couple of pics but long enough for me to just glory in it's magnificence. 


Saturday, May 10, 2014

The creative challenge of the seemingly blah!

I can't create stunning magical, exotic, urban photographs that so many post and get highlighted on the various social media sites. I live in the middle of Ohio (I am not putting Ohio down, I enjoy my life here). In some ways though that can be a plus creatively. Since I can't depend on amazing rain forests, quaint streets, exotic animals, major urban areas,  I am forced to explore what is around me and what I feel about it.
Waiting at the Car Dealership Xenia, Ohio
abstract photograph of car dealership window
and I wondered if there was anything possibly interesting to photograph. It certainly made me explore my blah surroundings.Then there is the  need to express the joy of lying on my back watching the sky which is as precious 
art photograph of fence and sky

 and as intense as it is to express grief.
the face of grief
Grief is like a million little creatures conspiring to swallow you up, stab at your heart, consume you, creeping over you when you least expect it. Despite the pretty photographs of tears, it is not the tears that roll down your cheeks, but the drool of anguish that takes over.

This is my world, and it is yin&yang and filled with awe. Thanks for dropping by.

Friday, May 09, 2014

Introduction to Brian Sherwin and The Art Edge

I am posting this first because it's something I continue to deal with

Copyright Contradictions

I really appreciate his rant.
Thank You ♥

I didn't need that article however to follow his blog The Art Edge. Brian just happens to be a really good writer, art critic, and his blog full of interesting articles, artist interviews, art marketing, and art world issues.  Brian Sherwin is a regular contributor to FineArtViews

Check out the sidebar on the blog for the many categories that should to appeal to anyone who has a passion about the arts and the art world. You can read more about him on this wiki entry.

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Cool Graffiti Prints

Photography Prints
I am now making some of my instagram images available for printing at Instaprint.
Hope you enjoy.
and cheers

thanks for dropping by my blog

Letter to Amazon about Copyright

Dear Amazon,
I realize it's hard to keep track of every single seller on your site BUT why do you keep letting the same seller upload my photograph of my spin painting "spin painting white blossom" and sell copies of it as a Damien Hirst?

I had to file several notices with you  asking it to be removed in 2013
Then had to file several notices to get it removed from Amazon UK.
 NOW I find it on Amazon France 

It doesn't matter if it states the item is currently unavailable, it should NOT be listed under any circumstances. 
It's not a Damien Hirst, he never had a spin painting called "spin painting white blossom" and it's violating your terms or service.

Please honor your statement that you respect the copyright of others.
I should not have to spend time asking you over and over again to remove the same image from your sites around the world. 
oh! please share how much has been earned over the years using my image, coz I never got paid?

Spin Painting White Blossom by jafabrit

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Amazing Drawings

No, not mine! This is just a basic line 
30 minute life drawing in graphite
drawing and I know it doesn't look like much BUT it was a very awkward angle and a challenge to get the proportions. I even managed to get her foot, both hands and head angle, phew!  It has taken months for me to get to a point where I can suggest with a few seemingly simple lines the structure of a body.  The first step was to get out of my comfort zone and approach drawing differently. 

Anyway getting back to amazing drawings, I I was talking about these one's below.

No, it's not a photograph! The astonishing pictures drawn by PENCIL and 50 Mind-Blowing Pencil Drawings

Monday, May 05, 2014

COVR, Inspirational Mobile Photography and Fear of Grey Hair

I am constantly inspired by the most amazing creative people and I found out about Amy by way of an email newsletter update from COVR (a little bit more about that later in the post)linking to the below article by Joanne Carter. I find the her images haunting and powerful.
Mobile Photography Interview - A Day In The Life of Amy Leibrand - ...
you can read Joanne's Review of the COVR iphone case with camera lens here.
I am a backer and really hope to see this project come to fruition. Check it out, very cool and you still have a chance to be a backer.

Meanwhile in Jafabrit's Lair 
it's all about 
texture of grey hair

Using selfies to come to terms with aging and watching my hair turn grey. I could dye it I suppose, but I am enjoying the textures. I did a search about grey hair and found this odd article "why do we fear women with grey hair?"  How anybody could call Yasimina Rossi a bag lady is beyond me. 

Yep, nowt as frightening as a woman not worrying about what others think and doing her own thing ;)  

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Best Sepia Photographs

30 Beautiful Examples of Sepia Photography | PSDFan

I have always loved sepia photography and some of the one's in the link above are very inspiring. I liked the one I did of the vanita set up, but I thought I would explore more and used a gerbera daisy.
One of the wonders of taking photographs close up is seeing things you don't normally notice and I didn't realize how many water
 droplets were on the center of the flower.
This one was put through the instagram filter, but I can't remember which one. The one below is the original tweaked a bit on photoshop. It's hard for me to decide which 
one's I like the best

Thanks for dropping by 
 I hope you enjoyed visiting jafabrit's art
If you would like to use any of my images please feel free to contact me
jafagirlart (at) yahoo . com

Friday, May 02, 2014

Classical Vanita Still Life Photograph

I remember someone telling me that to get a good shot you have to almost use a roll of film, or take almost a 100 photos. I now know what they are talking about. You would think a still life would be easy, but the lighting and different settings on the camera make a HUGE difference.
I thought I was going to like it in colour, after all I really love the classic vanita paintings but I ended up really liking it in sepia tones. 
BUT ARG! I realized I couldn't use it for posters etc because I had manipulated it on the iphone and hadn't saved it in a big enough file. Unfortunately using my photograph for posters and cards etc was an afterthought.  However I did have the same shot, but without the warm filter.
I am thinking it will make a great painting and when I am done with obligations for my June miniature show I plan to get on it.
Meanwhile if you are interested in a poster or cards please do drop by my shop.

Skull Still Life by jafabrit

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Myths about Making It in the Artworld and scams

Great Article on ARTFCITY about the Art World and the myth of making it with a great video about Fritz.
Not Just Luck: New Art World Documentary Dispels "Making It" Myths

I came to the art world late in the game, and with no illusions. I think that has been a good thing for several reasons but also because it has spared me from the scams. 
They prey on ego, naivety, desperate need to "make it", or excitement of making a sale.
I get many emails about purchasing my art, inviting me to galleries or major art fairs and all of them are scams. Some of the art fair, gallery scams are very very slick. Almost all involve spending a LOT of your money for the privilege they offer ;)

I was invited to one in Florence just a few days ago. It is one of those vanity art fairs that you pay for everything with no curating or criteria for acceptance, except your willingness to cough up several thousand dollars. .Not sure what they think I would send, a knitted poo perhaps? 
 Joanna Mattera did a blog post questioning whether it's a scam or not. Will leave it up to you to decide.