Posts Tagged ‘art’

Einstein Thinking Outside the Box

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

I received a wonderful work of art in the mail yesterday and MUST share it with you!

First I see this:

Cool, its a little Einstein head collage box. And I pull it out, and its just the sweetest box ever, with a message around the sides of the top:

How clever is that!
Turn it over and a message on the bottom

and on the square legs, E = MC2 !brilliant

Take the top off, the inside beautifully collaged.

As if the box weren’t enough, what! is that adorable little pouch!

Open it and see:

Little blocks 😀 Turn them over and put the puzzle together!

How fun was that!! Who created this clever, awesome object? the wonderful Karenann Young of course!

Win an original work of art by the talented Megan Noel!

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Megan Noel

The Most Inspiring Art Teacher I have ever Known

Monday, November 21st, 2011

The subject line is a blog prompt. I get so bored of my unimaginative, repetitive posts that I decided to look up some journal prompts and I will try to do one daily or a couple times a week, maybe :D. I hope it makes for a more interesting blog and helps me to think more expansively.

So today’s prompt obviously leads me to my college days at San Jose State University. I had two art professors who I feel sincerely grateful to have known, one is Sam Richardson my 3d art professor. I am not certain but I think I took about ten of his classes, some of them like his innovative thinking class “Color in Space” repeatedly. As a teacher, he had a way of not allowing his students to be passive, but pushed and pushed us (in a gentle way) to think outside of the box. I learned that art is the expression of ideas and is not limited to a certain medium. He insisted that the artist determine in what way the idea would best be expressed and not be locked into one medium. He encouraged performance art, and video and site specific installations, it was all very inspiring and forever changed my preconceived notions about what the heck ART is.

And secondly, Will Nelson, my painting professor whom I recently learned has passed away. I was very sad to read this, he was so vibrant and encouraging and active with a healthy sense of humor often reflected in his own art works.

This is Will in one of his painting classes.

And this is Will and I at an art reception:

I’m rocking an asymmetrical hairdo and a little plastic monster hanging from my ear. I’m still weird like that. 😀

I don’t think there was a single professor in college that I did not like, and college days were some of the best years of my life.

Karenann Young

Monday, November 14th, 2011

Karenann has been sending me goodies in the mail for a couple of years now and her work always gives me a lift! every little thing she collages is so carefully and painstakingly done, such hand made treasures! And this exquisite little box is a treasure and will hold some treasures!

Fred Babb

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

While cleaning my studio this week I re-discovered my Fred Babb book and recall what good advice it gives. Much needed advice since I have not painted in over three weeks. that is really odd for me.

Scream 4 artwork on exhibit at Hyaena Gallery

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

I posted my piece here:

video from the opening

Mail Art

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Delightful package of arty goodness arrived in the mail for yours truely from friend Eve Noir. Many thanks dear EVE!!

Art in the mail, more real than the internet and so much better than bills!

evenoir

Bravo’s Work of Art, the Next Great Artist, Episode 8

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

During the critique, when Peregine glanced askew and sneered that “Mark could have given her more” I saw that not only did she not want to take responsibility for her weak piece but she wanted to let Mark take the blame, at that moment I lost interest in her winning. Conniving, manipulation and deceit ala “Survivor” and Miles Mendenhall, puts a bad name to good art, were there any. While the judges apparently don’t see the goings on behind the scenes the public does and its hard to separate the art work from the artist behavior and attitude and one hopes that decency prevails. Because of its game show like format, its a matter of luck and one good piece, even Abdi stands a chance. And since Abdi and Nicole are the only two who havn’t tried to be underhanded my hope is that they will strike it lucky with an outrageously good idea and maybe even a strong work of art.

Mark seems unpretentious and allowed himself to be vulnerable at Peregine’s bidding. China Chow’s tears at the end probably had to do with recognizing Mark’s sincere effort and then being shot down, not sure, but for her to shake that icy demeanor had to mean she was touched…And honestly, while the heaven and hell topic was trite to begin with, Marks piece worked better to me than Peregrine’s grommetted, glittered gunky cigarette butts of a mess.

Jaclyn’s piece was suppose to be about masturbating while standing up but her posture read something else to me. The limp hand shrouding her pubic area and her pose with head thrown back appears to be an act of complete surrender and maybe shame (as a fig leaf would do, covering nudity) rather than control. This is after all what happens with an orgasm, a complete surrender of bodily function. I would be interested in what scholarly feminists in the know would say about that. It seems that the meekness of it in contrast to a powerful stance and confrontational stare, in the nude or not, might have been more effective if trying to convey feminine “control”. And oddly enough, Mile’s piece, which was suppose to convey masculine/out of control, showed literal, violent penetration, think what you will, but he did penetrate that wall with his fist.

Work of Art the Next Great Artist

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Last nights episode of Work of Art, the next Great Artist, in my opinion was the weakest yet. :(

I don’t have much time to write because its a work day but I will say that I simply can not understand why Jamie Lynn did not get cut and why Nao did. Nao can be obnoxious but her piece was the only piece that illicit ed any reaction at all, it was disturbing and confusing which is more than anyone else did, nothing at all was shocking, and that was the premise, make a shocking work of art. Sex is not shocking and Jacklyn’s soft core porn pic with yellow stars is similar to a gazzillion of images on the internet, its only redeeming value was her using Eric’s idea to put a jar of sharpies available for people to write graffiti on the images, that was conceptual but not shocking. Boring.

Need to think about it some more, but got to get to the gallery, its a work day

Edit: I have to say, its great fun watching the show and love the various discussions over the web. Jerry Saltz one of the judges does a recap each week and in the comments Jaclynn defends herself: “Critique my piece as you like, but do not suggest I lack self-awareness without first reading my thoughts on the piece. If you still hate it, fine. If anyone watching the show is really interested in myself or any of the other artists – rather than just trashing us – go to our websites, read our blogs, then make your assessments.”

I still think her piece wasn’t strong enough to be in the top two, and the eliminations were not well chosen. Jamie Lynn should have been cut, her piece was not at all interesting or shocking, and neither was the girl in the rabbit suit.

There was some very funny moments throughout and I enjoyed listening to Serrano.

Baby Dove Dies

Tuesday, June 29th, 2010

I know this is not art related but I feel like I should follow up about the dove and I promise to be back on the art track by this afternoon!

Baby Dove died last night. I saw it an hour earlier and it was opening its beak over and over and I thought it was hungry so I checked dove cam and it appeared that the momma or the male dove (who helps with feeding) had fed it about an hour earlier, but I guess it just wasn’t enough food, and the feeding had been infrequent and sporadic. I went online and found that I could feed it diluted gerber high protein baby food and I was going to go to the store and get it and try to feed it and bring it in from outside because it was too cold out and momma dove had not been sleeping with it to keep it warm. According to what I read it needed to be in 85 to 90 degree warmth, so they said use a light. by the time I went out to retrieve it (it was about an hour only) it had ants all over it and was dead. I cried a bit because I felt so bad that I failed to read all the indicators and should have read the detailed instructions sooner. I kept seeing its little beak opening and closing, which now I realize meant it was dying. I think I should not have put the nest on the ground but I was nervous that it would fall down from the pergola again, but I think the momma would have slept with it if I had left it in the pergola, maybe she was confused and thought it was at the stage where it was ready to fly because it was on the ground. I don’t know but it was really sad. If it ever happens again I will know exactly what to do, I mean those mourning doves nest about six times a year and have used the pergola over the years often. Anyway I wish I could quit thinking about it.