Sunday, November 23, 2008
The human heart weighs between 9 – 11 ounces. It was thought long ago to be where human emotion came from. It is the size of 1 clenched fist. What is the capacity of the heart?
Why do they compare the brain and heart to a fist? Are we angry minded and mean hearted?
Humans are the only animals that cry and we are the only ones that kill our own species.
These are some of the things that piqued my curiosity years ago and prompted one of my art statements. I thought I would share this with everyone (You can read the art statement on my very first posting).
I have been busy getting ready for: Holiday Art Mart (11/28 thru 12/25) at Ukazoo Books in Towson and getting artwork for the Robert Andreasian Gallery in the Arts District, downtown. Plus the other shows coming in December and January. My writing and artwork will also be in the online publication Traipsing Turtle. Well I hope everyone has a wonderful and FILLING turkey day.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Last night my sleep was disturbed. I tossed and turned, woke, all to often. What dreams I had were very intense and vivid. Thoughts just going, going, going and then the odd feeling........ you just KNOW somethings going on or about to happen ( good or not ). Much like animals with weather. Maybe it's due to transition.
I want to thank those who have e-mailed me about my Yule cards. With everything that's going on it is very refreshing to have conversations as well as orders for them. I miss the days when I had great conversations on all sorts of art topics. Speaking of ART....I will be in an Mail Art Exhibit at the Atelier Deux Mondes in Metz France. The theme for the exhibit is TWO WORLDS. and it can be viewed at the Gallery blog from October 2008 thru April 2009 ( I will post link when the exhibit opens ).
I have done several of these before and they are always a fun and challenging experience. The challenge for me is to create on such a small surface ( 5" x 7" largest ). I am looking forward to seeing other artists versions of the Two Worlds theme.
I am also doing the Painting Cans Show in Madrid, Spain. I like this one just as much as the mail art show, since it's crushed cans with pull tabs, that are painted and then sent to the Gallery/Space. I will post this link at a later date as well ( the site is under construction at the moment).
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
I'm working on sets of original, signed & dated Yule cards. there are 12 in each series and cost $20.00 per pkg. I will mail images with an e-mailed request ( Top right sidebar ), due to the new copyright issues ( laws ) I do not wish to post them. I will be taking some to a few venues in Olympia. I want a few more retail spots and have been networking on this. I think it's called administrative work, the real time consumer :( . I would much rather be creating, of course. So any who...... I am a very disapointed football fan...... these are things that happen in sports. I have joked about giving up being a fan! ( cough, cough, wink, wink..) RIGHT!!! onto a different subject. I had the chance to see and hear ALBINO! a band from California. They were at the Eastside on 4th. WOW!! they KICKED ASS!!! I would so love to see them again.
My Son Jason will be 26 on the 26th jeeezzzz where does the time go?? AND He and my Daughter inlaw have been married a year!!
I edited my last entry since I found this really cool poem, so check it out.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
I am still only sketching, instead of just doing charcoal or graphite; I am incorporating color with pastels and colored pencils. The sketches I have done are Warhol-ish self portraits, there will be 6 8 x 11 like the portraits he did of people. One is purple, black and white (shown) another will be primary colors and one earth tones. I have not thought yet as to what the others will be.
The Because of Wichita series will be featured through the University of Mississippi Forensics Department ( Sept. 19, 08 ).
I am still sniffing my paints and brushes, like lovers attracted by scent or someone huffing glue. Makes me feel like I'm ( back ) with the love of my life. I miss painting and doing encaustic more than I have ever missed anything in my life. I am becoming depressed and just feeling down right off balance. I am reminded of something I read. ( I do not recall the author )" At the core of us, as an artist. It is in our work, by our work that we re-assemble the fragments, re-create wholeness". This statement is appropriate to the circumstances in my life.
September has always been a busy month for birthdays, etc. My Daughter Areca's, my Brother Bryan's birthday ( both on 9/15), my Son Jason's birthday on the 26th , A few other personal events, 9 – 11 and should I now include the month Tom Brady went down as well as a few other good players?. Well time for me to stop writing and finish diggin' on Cyndi Lauper The Body Acoustic. Enjoy the full moon!!
from September 1, 1936 by W.H.Auden
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
I have done some sketching while jammin' on The Beatles and now I have " I Got a Feelin' " stuck in my head. These following words surfaced.
His touch on her skin would be a mantle She could shed and put on again through the power of memory. Here on this gravel bed in the pine needle rain she let him enter her like water. The memory of this morning, his eye in hers, his movement like a tide pushing the sea against the sand of its only shore. Her body's joy was colored darker now from venture of skin on skin, might be the last one. Each image stood still besides it's own shadow. Even the warmth of his body next to her afterward was an orange brown heat she stroked with her fingers, memorizing it against the days when that space would be cold.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
I am really digging the rain along with the New Moon. On the roof top and Down in the ravine, It reminds me of the " Crying Shower". The cleansing. The inner and outer workings of buildings and the people that dwell with-in them. I posted that writing on my myspace blog.... Lotus_beauty.
Another cool thing happened, 2 or 3 crows were messing around rather curiously on the kitchen skylight. It was odd to see and hear the close inter-action.
I am listening to an interesting mix of music. I have heard my Beetles The Black Album and now The soundtrack from Natural Born Killers. I just love days like this to get your head screwed on tight.
The image posted is titled " Breaking Out of The Past." it resides in Key West FL. The media used for it is : Oil Paint,barbed wire, broken mirror, plaster, rope and razor blades. I wanted to post a sketch I did of a female figure peeling / shedding her skin, BUT I do not have an image of it on my photos. I will post some new work as soon as I get some done.
This image is fitting for the new moon and the cleansing rain.
Till next time....
Sunday, July 27, 2008
The 2 workshops I were to do have been officially canceled, by me. :( :( . I think they are looking for someone to take my place in the classes ( Center For The Creative Arts) I feel really sick about not being able to go, but I have to move and II can't afford to do both. I must admit, that even with the ugly feelings I have against Delaware; Newark, my "hometown" has been very supportive in my classes. I was also looking forward to seeing my son Todd, my Momma and a few long-time friends.
My anchor and I went to the Tenino Wine Festival. We met a couple there ( some friends of his ). Bump Kitchen played, they are a really great band. There was a vendor selling sand-cast African beads. The blue ones were my favorite. I did purchase a bone; He thinks it's human and so do I . What do you think?. I also feel it could be a piece of the ulna or radius in the arm. I love it and it was really worth the $5.00. Humm, even dead our bodies have a price......???
So anyway, I want to pick up a motor home ASAP. I am just really digging on that. I have always wanted to have one so I have this opportunity for one ( IT NEEDS CLEANED ) it runs and could be a fairly constant art studio. I have a design already in mind for the table being converted to one that can be placed on an angle, like a drawing table.
Fantasy roadtrip....... if I could, I would drive down through New Mexico, Arizona, New Orleans, Kansas and Florida. I do not think the motor home could handle all that, but it sounds good in my head!!
I broke down and purchased some soft pastels, just so I can have a medium that is dry and has pigment. I am still planning on doing the Lacey Community Market August 9th.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
I am in a state of turmoil. I need to create and express visually, since I am not very good at verbal communication during stressed moments. In fact, something very few people know about me; I stutter or stammer when I am VERY stressed. I do speak in public, as in: lectures, presentations or classes. I digress. I have to paint. I think I'm Dt-ing from colbalt blue, yellow ochre, alizarin crimson, linseed oil and warm wax. I find myself sniffing oil paintings that are tucked in between their homeless cardboard box layers; Anxious,sitting, waiting for their new??? place.
I have entered the Burning Man '08 community art project( wdydwyd dot com ) DO IT YOUR SELF :) The question is " Why Do You Do What You Do?" My response " Because I am a birth order ( 1st ) woman - marketing tool born in the 60's."
Since I have not been able to paint, just semi-sketch and write. I have been thinking quite a bit about nature and how I really feel AS nature. I am so peaceful, grounded, calm and STILL when in nature, hence the motor home. I love to camp. I give my Mother credit and kudos for this. My Mother has always been one I hold in my utmost admiration, but that will be in the biography. Alright, back to where I was. I feel like I need to re-ground myself.......Did I not just freakin' do this ?? I just went camping for 2 days. I feel that I really need some solitude....NO!! Sanctuary. I stumbled on my artist statement on actual paper tonight, so in my nature thought. I conjured up other nature quotes. I have quoted Thoreau in one of my art statements, well, I covet the life he had on the pond. He was a fortunate man.
Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote "Nature is the organ through which the universal spirit speaks to the individual, and strives to lead back the individual to it."
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tonight is the 1st night of the full moon. I'm thinking there will be clear skies, so the view should be wonderful. I have been packing up to move again ( has this ride stopped yet??? ). My brushes, paints and painting surfaces are put away. I hate doing that, it really leaves me feeling distraught. There have been some dynamics in the last week or so and I have the need to get some of the responses out. On a lighter note, there were 2 baby deer in the yard yesterday and they were so darn cute as well as semi friendly. I went to a small bon-fire the other night and met this GREAT sculpture / artist his name is John Reese ( click on entry heading ) check out his site he has some take your breath away pieces. The posted sketch is a self portrait, it fits how I feel. When I have my supplies unpacked I would like to put it on canvas. !!! Enjoy the MOON !!!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
In psychodynamics, cathexis is defined as the process of investment of mental or emotional energy in a person, object, or idea. I'm working on some 24 x 24 abstracts. Cathexis, the title of the series; They are color and emotion based abstracts and I feel that they come from the PLACE where I am in my life. My relationship, moving ( again ), the process and energy that goes into creating art.I hope the viewer will experience a cathexis of their own as well. I will post images at a later date. The image that is shown is from the BECAUSE of WICHITA series ( the series with human ashes )
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
I find it hard to believe that it's JUNE!! I'm still wearing sweaters and warm stuff??? solstice is just 11 days away hummm. Well on a final note........................
20 years ago today I gave birth to an almost 10 pound baby boy; HAPPY BIRTHDAY TODD!!
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Well it has been sometime since I posted, which to me is a good sign......that means I have been busy!!! which I have. I am working on so many projects at the same time. I have done many small encaustic works and I have been working on a self portrait series, PLUS getting proposals out for shows with & with-out lectures or presentations on the Because of Wichita series. I have also been looking for a part time job as well. I really hope that my open studio on June 21st goes very well ( financially and attendance ).
Olympia is blooming more everyday. I have cut several types of very colorful flowers, their smell reminds me of all the years I lived in New Orleans.............SIGH
It seems that most people I know are finding partners or they are getting married....LOVE IS IN THE AIR.
till next time......
Friday, May 9, 2008
Today I have A False Spring, from Ernest Hemingway's A Movable Feast. brewing in my head. The first paragraph is fitting for this moment in time, for me, since I would like to pack away woolen sweaters and socks, but, given the weather here Mother Nature would surely laugh in my face. My favorite sentence is the last in the paragraph " People were always the limiters of happiness except for the very few that were as good as spring itself.";
I also have a news brief from San Fran. About a dead whale under the pier The news reporter, to me, came across as rather cold about it. Question......Could the whale have gotten stuck because the pier was there in the first place???? another humankind contribution to the demise of harmless and fascinating creatures.
Saturday, April 26, 2008
The window looks good at Doria's I wish I could have had Fur, the movie about Diane Arbus playing somewhere along all the gowns, shoes and shiny things.
Nasa has released some images of galaxies colliding, I think they are awesome, could be some source of inspiration...
Friday, April 18, 2008
I would reccommend this movie to any artist. My favorite part was when they compared the 4 year old to Jackson Pollock, who in my opinion painted drunken temper tantrums!!! . The lesson to be learned from the movie................ IT'S ALL ABOUT THE MARKETING, make sure you have a HOOK.
Sunday, April 13, 2008
I figured for todays post I would comment on other art forms. Knitting and recycled clothing. The purple wrap my mother knitted for me is beautiful; Isadora Duncan would be envious, it's over 6 ft. long, soft and a wonderful shade of purple. There are also flowers in the design/pattern. The dress I'm wearing in the other photo, was an unintended gift. It's a slip that has lace enhanced features. Some of the lace is antique. The dress is the creation of Nalo Hopkinson, the writer. I believe she still sells her craft on ETSY. I have placed a link to her blog with this post.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
I have found this very interesting site on creativity and the 32 traits of creative people. Http://www.cre8ng.com so check it out. Also, it's fundraising time on KPLU, if you listen to NPR then give something if you can.
Thursday, April 3, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
"Because of Wichita"
Nearly a million people world-wide die by suicide, annually. The Because of Wichita series brings to the viewer the varying perspectives such as religious thought, mental health, gun control and the value of human life. In turn the residual effects the act leaves behind.
Art is about communicating, first of all, with self and later the listener, the viewer. It is about communicating through emotions in one form or another, reaching out and if successful, connecting with and resonating with-in the viewer.
I want to create this sort of communication by presenting paintings that are open to the viewers entering, engagement and imagination.
I am after a presence that transcends whatever illusion suggests itself, a presence that constitutes the expression of the painting. What the viewer sees', reads, connects with, perhaps recognizes, his or her own meaning, depends on that persons' experiences.
What "effect" means to me is the emotional response to a place, an event, a person; Of course this occurs from whatever is retained with-in me, from experience, observation, perception and/or impression. We are part of nature physically and/or spiritually.
This series is the human form in the truest sense. By using a stark white background, graphite and paint containing human ashes and personal ephemera associated with a suicide.
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
By the way......... I have read something about the weather channel founder wants to sue Al Gore over global warming issue.................WTF!!!!!!!!!!! I mean really come on are that many people wearing blinders or something?????
Monday, March 3, 2008
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Last night, while walking home. I had a skateboarder run me over. Now he is coming down a pretty good sized hill, so he's going fairly fast. I did not see or hear him, so he plowed into me. I have a bruise on my breastbone, two skinned up knees, A ripped pair of nice pants, a broken toe, and a broken and ripped off nail on my thumb. I have nothing against skateboarders, but they should really watch were they are going.
Friday, February 22, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
So I can't wait untill I am in bed again and she wakes me up.