Archive for April, 2010

Sad

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

“Sad” is an older painting that I still like a lot.
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Not to imply that I am sad today 😀 I am off to work at the Ten Women Gallery, have a great day readers.

Mystery objects and Lilys and paint and palatte

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Keith LO Bue is having a contest at his blog, guess what the mystery items are…fun!

I adore this Lily, so fragrant and showy, on the kitchen table to bring the happy.

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I havn’t posted it to my etsy yet but I am having a mother’s day special, prints two for one, or buy one get one free~~ printed one by one on 250 gsm archival, matte finish, 8.5 x 11″ watercolor paper, they are sealed with a uv, water resistant laquer and are beautiful. I sell them for 25.00

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My painting corner:

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My palatte:

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If you have been reading my blog for a while you already know, I love the smell of turps in the morning~~

Inspiration

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

I prefer very few items cluttering up counters anywhere in our home and a sense of spaciousness, which you would not know by looking at my studio :b where a whole different vibe occurs…a vibe of unbridled creativity, random bouts of expression and impromptu manifestation of ideas aside the painting corner full of tubes and pigments and brushes and turps and mediums and crumpled rags and paper towels and a big crusty loaded palatte 😀 sounds like heaven, must be heaven. Which, is nothing at all compared to the state of say Mr. Francis Bacon’s (my all time favorite painter) studio:

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The genius in his environs

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His posture seems to be hunched in as if overwhelmed by all the clutter yet, this is how he worked always, using anything within reach for a palette and in complete irreverence for the ascending piles of debris accumulating around him while in the throes of raging creativity. I’m utterly in awe of that focus and ego-less determination. Sterile, pristine studios speak to me of control and and anal engineering type retentivity, a space for designers, architects, and restrained types of expression not suited for the serious fine artist. (now, I know there are neatniks who will disagree with me, and no offense). Bacon had the ability to express the most intense, visceral aspects of the human condition and had no inclination to conform to any predesignated standards of mainstream presentation.

This has some good shots of the studio and Bacon at work.



My own efforts at painting seem so very small and immature and unsophisticated in comparison, at the same time, Bacon makes me swell with the desire to be a better artist.

MIghty Mary

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Mighty Mary’s ego hurt more than the bruises.

Mighty Mary's ego hurt more than the bruises

finally some painting time. Prints of this painting available on etsy.

Work of Art/the next Great Artist

Friday, April 9th, 2010

I blogged about my experience auditioning over a year ago for Sarah Jessica Parkers up coming reality show on Bravo.

well, finally a sneak preview of the fourteen artists chosen and some glimpses into the show:

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Like most reality shows this one will probably be formulaic. I’ll still watch, maybe there will be some interesting banter and maybe even some interesting art~~

UPDATE: BRAVO’S “WORK OF ART”
“Is America ready for art criticism? Because plenty of art criticism is definitely part of the mix in the Bravo cable television channel’s newest reality show, “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist,” which is slated to debut on June 9, 2010, at 11 pm (with the subsequent nine shows airing at 10 pm). Check out the show’s new website, featuring the familiar mugs of some beloved art-world insiders”.

“How is it? Fascinating, full of snappy edits, with scenes of the artists talking, working and stressing out, all in one big shared studio. The nude — arguably a key ingredient when it comes to art and popular appeal — makes an all-too-brief appearance. The competing artists, who are all identified here, are cute, though fairly conventional in their art-making; the show could have benefited from a Duchampian or two. “Work of Art” has some drama, though the participants don’t display much cut-throat art-world competitiveness, at least not in the first episode.”

Read the rest here
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on a different tangent: I’m in love with Maximus!

Heres the Church, heres the Steeple

Friday, April 9th, 2010

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Her inner child just couldn’t let go of the many things she learned as a child. Real or not, important or not, stupid or not.

Deliberate Levitation

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

deliberate levitation

I have been on painting hiatus for a couple of weeks, eep eerie feeling, glad to have paint brush back in hand. This piece sat around for a couple of months, being very difficult, not telling me which way to go. Finally, no resistance. and boom, done in no time at all.

When I was in elementary school, friends and I use to play a levitation game where six people would get on either side of a person in the middle laying on the ground and then put their hands underneath the person to lift them in the air. We all were suppose to think “your as light as a feather” over and over. Including the person being lifted.

I have often thought how lovely it would be to think, I’m as light as feather and feel myself floating, free from the weight of the body and free from the weight of sadness. I suppose, some people with extraordinary meditation skills, may feel something like this.

Glorious Day

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

my gosh its been a glorious day. Not everything went “right” or as planned but it all went well! The weather was delicious, really, could just inhale it 😀 My head feels as light as a feather, and all silky.

After hair treatment (3 hours no less) I picked up J and we went and had Vietnamese food for lunch, (I had shrimp soup) and then we made our way to LA, naturally getting lost. Honestly, we don’t venture far from home often. :b

I drove and J navigated since I have NO sense of direction, truly lame I am. We made it to La Luz de Jesus in spite of ermmmmm several trafficky obstacles. grrrr. BUT, parked nearly right in front of the very busy little bookstore and gallery.

Bllllooooown away by Scott HOve’s incredible work. “CAKELAND”

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Cakeland is a series of sculptures and installations resembling perfect delicious cakes– wall mounted, hanging and standing– and walk-through cake environments complete with their own lighting.

The sculptures have all of the appeal of the best cake you have ever tasted, but can never be eaten. The nature of edible cake is fleeting, lasting only as long as the brief celebration it was made for. These cakes last as long as the artist or society have the wherewithal to preserve them.

Being such a destination of beauty, Cakeland requires that it be equipped with its own defense, because the reality of beauty and perfection is that people want to possess it. The sculptures, with their display of beauty and potential for satisfaction, lure the viewer into a sense of anticipation. The viewer will slowly notice that Cakeland contains defensive elements, not immediately seen, that create a sense of anxiety and fear. This in turn creates a visual and emotional resonance that is intended to represent what we all have to deal with in our lives everyday… the hunt for satisfaction, and the anxiety that we won’t get it. Cakeland is also a celebration of the artificial, and acknowledges our tendency to embrace the artificial in order to feel safe or receive emotional gratification. Cakeland also can serve as an analogue for the search for temporal love; the experience can be incredibly sweet and indulgent, punctuated by moments of insecurity and terror.

The sculptures are formed using carvable rigid polyurethane foam and plywood. The installations are constructed of cardboard, plywood, and any found object that has a suitable form. They are frosted with a variety of acrylic media, using traditional cake decorating tools, and accessorized with fake fruit and other objects found in stores or on the street.

more can be seen here: Scott Hove and here Hove

He also draws with light, paints and creates web like structures with rope.
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I hurriedly browsed through stuff, cuz the hubster can be impatient though he was trying not to be and I managed to not spend too much. But had he not been with me I surely would have taken a full nother hour to browse. surely.

Passion for painting

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

I slept reasonably well last night although it has been an entire week of vivid and lucid dreaming. I really should have kept a journal by my bedside, given that some of the very best ideas for paintings occur from the theater of my mind. And, while my subconscious imagination has been active, I have not. I have not picked up a paint brush in about two weeks, that is highly unusual for me but something I know I need to do. Those breaks are important, for refueling, regenerating and filling the well. I’m Feeling bout ready now, which probably means a frenzy of passion painting to the exclusion of almost all else, as is possible, and a studio that will need wading through to get to the readied canvas. After viewing the Ryden time lapse photography yesterday, (thanks NIna!!) I wish I had completed the time lapse photography painting I started a month ago;

Fight Club Girl: Fire Crotch

I got three quarters of the way through and then, overcome by that gnawing sense of wanting to complete the thing I forgot to turn the camera on and left the last part incomplete, which was a very intuitive part that I could not explain with words. But, there is plenty of time to give it a go again with this next effort.

Its wonderfully crisp and cool this morning and will be in the 70s today. I’m off to get my mane cut, colored and blow dried. Looking forward to feeling silky straight instead of the usual clump of massive frizzy curls. The Hub dosn’t care for the straight hair on me but I have to say I love love the way it feels. Curly hair does not move, and that swish against my shoulders is a welcome change for a couple of days. Its something I can not do during the winter because the moisture will cinch those curls right back into place.

Then, putting the top down on the car, (fingers crossed its not a heavy smog day) and making my way to La Luz de Jesus to retrieve my painting from the kitsch n Sync show. There is a great little art book store within that also has many varieties of vinyl toys and fun gimmicky, artsy stuff. A money sucker if you will, like a vacumn, it will suck the money right out of my purse as I discover this and that thing or book I MUST have :b Its a good thing I don’t get out there much! But then, due to taxes and and logistical issues I will not be able to make it to the Tim Burton exhibit in NYC, :( so I think I will feel fine treating myself a bit, just a bit, a lot. 😀