Archive for January, 2008

Lemons Nesting

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

These are my pieces for Jen Worden’s citrus Collage challenge, and it was a challenge. I decided to use sliced dehydrated citrus as the basis for my pieces. I wanted at first to incorporate them into an art doll but I just could not pull it off, the citrus slices were just too disparate. I then tried making a mobile, but it looked silly since it would have worked fine with the type of stuff I don’t have such as twigs, twine, drift wood or natural ephemera. I finally decided upon coupling the slices with a yellow color scheme and rather then a flat collage, a dimensional collage and that is how the nests came about.

Raga Muffin

Tuesday, January 29th, 2008

Raga Muffin is a hybrid, like Frankenstein she is made up of different parts from different bodies. She thinks she is beautiful and fully accepts all of her various parts. She also thinks she is real, because as you can see, she has a heart.

One World one heart

Monday, January 28th, 2008

I read about one world one heart on Sue Pieper’s Blog, it looks fun so I’m playing, click on the badge to your right if you want to play or know more.

For it, I will be giving away a couple of hearts on Valentine’s Day, to be a contender for one of the hearts all you have to do is leave a comment here.  I will put names in a hat or bowl to pick the winners!!

Unrequited

Crumbs



Be sure to pick up the current issue of Art Doll Quarterly where two of my dolls are on the cover !!

Flooded

Sunday, January 27th, 2008

It rained through the night in California, our pool overflowed and we woke up to our family room flooded. :(

Inspiration

Friday, January 25th, 2008

I didn’t quite make the challenges I was going to attempt this week from Inspire me Thursday, Illustration Friday or Jen Worden’s mono print challenge, but there is always next week and given that I am almost always overextended and time management is a skill I am consistently re learning its a wonder I finish anything at all.


I did some surfing this morning and visited a few websites I had not seen in well over a year mostly because I just forget.

Going here;

  • Joe Sorren feels like being in a pitch black room and seeing bright light seep through the cracks of a closed door such are the beacons of art by the fabulously talented artist. My heart not only goes pitter patter it goes thumpity thump. He has developed the use of light to the point where the figures seem to glow and effervesce in all their anatomical peculiarities. Pure inspiration.

     

  • Hearts and Flowers XXI The Valentine Show

    Thursday, January 24th, 2008

    This Saturday is the reception for the Folk Tree’s Valentine Show. Some of my hearts included amongst work from twenty other artists. From 2 to 6 pm at 217 south Fair Oaks, Pasadena, Ca

    Jesus inside

    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2008

    Finished up a couple of art dolls, I want to get more work done today but I’m sleepy and low energy after a restless, dreamless night and the rain and gloom is bringing me down down down, and the cold isn’t a friend to my feet either. Boohoo, I’m feeling sufficiently sorry for myself, maybe I ought to think about some of last years problems, that usually makes me appreciate almost any day!

    She didn’t have to go to church because she had Jesus inside her

    Here is a comment from friend David, just because I like his  unique take on it…
    "dear tricia.
    by the time i got around to looking at this i was very drunk and very tired and i started to cry right away. it wasn’t because of the jesus/christian angle, which is so "let me at those fuckers with my baseball bat of flaming gold" that i won’t even go there (oops, guess i just did)…
    it’s the skirt, first of all. the nicotine-stained colour. i forgive it, i endorse it and i praise it because i have seen it on actual living insects. the somewhat hairy wings of Junebugs comes to mind but there are others, i know. and then there’s the intrathoracic [sp.?] shrine thingy and the distal-laquered glove thingy (reminds me of a horrific article about butterfly wing patterns from Scientific American back in the Seventease) and all that papiermached text that i can’t read because i’m too old and my eyes are too small.
    no matter.
    I LOVE THIS!!!"

    and Men!
    Her inner compass Was Always Steering her in the wrong direction when it came to Men!

    These are papier mache and mixed media, about 12 inches tall. I wanted to visually incorporate the inherent qualities of the newspaper in to these pieces, deliberately allowing for unfinished edges and obvious layering, deliberately allowing for the printed words to stay revealed, no secrets in its construction. The arranging of mixed media for an assemblage type effect is very time consuming because objects that aren’t purely decorative carry meaning and so the question becomes do I want to allow for that meaning or like a formalist shall I just use the thing as an element for its design principles. There is much deliberating and I worked on these two off and on for about a week.

    Mac Pro

    Monday, January 21st, 2008

    Bernie Berlin ( www.aplacetobark.com ) did a you tube video, the pooches playfully jumping around her are just too adorable!! If you havn’t donated and are able please do so by using the badge to the right of this entry, this will help garner the money for a building to shelter the rescued animals.

    I’ve been absent for a couple of days because my Dell laptop after only two years died on me. So I am now on a macbook pro. Its taking some getting use to, especially the keypad because its like typing on a flat piece of paper.
    I’ve been using a pc for the past eight years, as my geek husband insisted way back that macs would be obsolete. Well, now he wants the macbook air. heh I decided to not get the air because the screen is too small for me, I prefer a bigger screen and more of a work horse since I do almost everything on my lap top that I do on my desktop computer, except for the wacom activities and printing. And really, I must have two computers because I could not function without my wacom tablet.

    So the challenge from inspire me thursday this week is create from outside of one’s comfort zone. I was going to sew something and thought I would buy one of those little toy sewing machines. I have never cared for sewing. Anyway, I went to the fabric store and the least expensive sewing machine was 125.00 so I changed my mind. If I thought I might use the sewing machine often it would have been okay but since I suspect that it will be a one time project I can’t really justify the expense. So, if I want to I could sew by hand. I need to give it more thought.

    I bought Jane Wynn’s ( http://www.wynnstudio.com/ )book at Barnes and Noble yesterday with my membership discount coupon for 25% off. The book is quite meaty.

    No resistance

    Thursday, January 17th, 2008

    Amor

    I saw something on a morning talk show the other day and committed it to my thinking. Its kind of about turning resistance into acceptance in that the more you think, "I don’t want to do that, I can’t do that, I wish I didn’t have to do that" the more resistant you become and it literally makes it much more difficult to do the thing you wish you didn’t have or need to do. So, I decided that I would just accept the fact that there are a number of things that will take me away each day from my art goals, ie, dogs, housework, and exercise. By just accepting that I will have to do these things, by not allowing the bantering in my head, I seem to be accomplishing more with less stress. I am not producing art as fast but I feel peaceful knowing I have done the things that I tend to put off or procrastinate about. I think that eventually, I will be able to be more productive. So, the little chant in my head besides, no fear this year, is, acceptance without resistance…

    Longing

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

     

    Twas an unproductive day, blehh, too much multi tasking. The pugster’s numbers went down from 490 to 180, so the one meter more of insulin, the walking and food monitoring is makeing a difference and that is a relief.