Playing with my Dolls

The invitation for a solo show next year may have to wait as it seems this year is dedicated to exploring, playing and experimenting in my sketchbook or doodlecloth.  I painted my troll doll in acrylic, took a pic and then manipulated it on Adobe.  I think I may have to make a version for FAF.

Meanwhile on the subject of Shock Art
I have been thinking about Chawne's controversial quilt and

Yit be his feiris he wald haue fukkit:

Oh naughty! naughty!  and this Scottish poet has the dubious distinction of being the first to publish the "word" in his, William Dunbar, poem "Brash of Wowing" back in 1503. 

I bring this up because it seems Cauchy's guest post at whipup about her "give a F*ck" project has some in a flap.  It's not so much that others don't have a right to be offended and say so, it's the insults, presumptions

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Hanging Shows and Free Art Friday

Trying to hang work by so many different artists and media is such a challenge. I was helping jafapal Nancy install the Yellow Springs Arts Council Permanent Collection on Friday at the John Bryan Gallery and it took us 5 hours, and we are still not finished. Have to go back today and hang 8 more pieces. I hate hanging from ceiling hooks, arg!

The black gothic shaped painting with the face is

WYSO Interview

Since Nancy and I are doing the Kiss for the LOVE IN weekend  organized by the Yellow Springs Arts Council we were invited to talk a little about it along with Arts Council Arts & Cultural Part Time Manager Jo Caputo at WYSO Weekend with Jerry Kenney. It will be aired Feb 5th, at 10:30am.

Jerry felt the L♥VE

I don't think Jerry Kenney was quite expecting this when Jo suggested we take a pic

As you sew so shall you reap or is it

so shall you rip.

 Anybody that sews can relate to that horrid moment when you have to rip every blasted stitch out, grrrrrr.  Thankfully since this is my doodlecloth for 2012, I don't have to worry about it, I can mess it up and experiment and just play.

Saw a beautiful feather in a National Geographic Magazine, and wanted to experiment and see if I could do an hand stitched version.  I also

Going Dotty!

Damien Hirst, loved and despised.

His spot paintings are featured in Gagosian Galleries and the globe trotting spot challenge was conquered.
 spiffy riffs is what Jerry Saltz calls them.

Meanwhile I got a bit dotty playing in my sketchbook.

"Dribble Dot"
Paint, painted feather, wire

 Hockney's Landscape paintings are a huge hit for Yorkshire folk. Perhaps it was the northern girl in me

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Hockney on why art has become less

Why Art has become 'less'

It seems his paintings wear art critic Adrian Searle out, hum!   I like the reduction of the images to marks and colours and find them inspiring. I don't really do landscapes, but I thought it would be fun to play in my sketchbook.  ONLY I painted with my non dominant hand and scratched into it with my right.

Women's Park, Yellow Springs, Ohio

8 Drawing

Wordless Wednesday: Shark Attack

Whitley Bay, England

FAF: Making Felt Chocolates

So I hung out in the studio  and made chocolates out of felt for free art friday, free of calories and free art rolled into one, what a winner eh!

Very easy to make

Just cut out and stitch corners

stuff with a little fiber fill and sew on bottom piece. Then embellish. I did a little fly stitch,couching, satin stitch heart, and small beads.

grey and dull

are the days in Ohio during the winter months

but I do seem to enjoy some of the scenery, I think it's because it reminds me of the bleak brooding moors I so often walked back home in  the Northeast of England. Minus the castles, and roman walls  though :(

Well, off to the studio to play with paint.

God in a Cup and no

this is not a religious post ;) 

I met Michaele in Puerto Rico and while our husbands were busy at a conference we goofed off.  I think we talked each others ears off. I did hide my wee packet of instant nescafe lest I get clobbered with her book, which as you can see is all about coffee. I'm not really a coffee drinker, or an avid reader, but I have to say the book so far is fascinating (

Can't help myself, ahem!

Yellow Springs, Ohio

I've been itching to do a yarnbomb that would compliment RAC's spray paint graffiti and finally was well enough to go out and do it.

Jafagirls have joined forces with the Yellow Springs Arts Council again, this time for "THE KISS" (we did it a few years ago and was very popular).

Nancy and I continue to be major supporters and part of the Yellow Springs Arts Council

Bronchial Boar

or is it bore, for that's what being sick is. I lost all energy or will to start anything. Tried to paint, gave up, tried to draw, gave up and then I thought of the advice I have given others when facing lack of motivation or artists block.
Play, doodle, dabble. So I took my own advice and started a stitch panel for 2012, no planning, just stitch whatever, whenever. I also thought it would be

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Here's a quick one!

The petite panther!

Lethargy and Tea

seems inescapable as I fight off the seasons ills. Getting sinusitis and bronchitis makes a mockery of my flu shot, I still got sick. Worst of all I lack any creative energy grrrrrrr!!!!!!!!

So I rest.

Jafapal Nancy dropped by with her homemade chicken soup (yum) which has helped. I did find this wonderful recipe for another one here that I think I will try later this week. 


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Compelled to Leave a Mark

 In a dark dungeon at Castillo de San Cristobal Puerto Rico  someone found a way to leave their mark, their story, and here I was hundreds of years later standing witness.

"The room is labeled a dungeon but it's really a "room branching off a tunnel" from the main plaza of the fort. The legend has it that the ships drawn on the wall were done by "mutineers who seized control of the cannon of

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