From the Streets to the Cloud

This is the title of the exhibit by Chaz Bojorquez at the National Museum of Mexican Art(You can read the Chicago Mag review here and this one the darker side to his art).It was a real bonus and a treat because I had no idea about it before going. Chaz is recognized as a Pioneer in the Street art movement "by his iconic skeletal stencil of Senor Suerte created in 1969".

He studied with a

Free Art Friday: Embossed Pewter Effect

So my sample piece with filigree die-cut scrapbook paper on mdf, and rubbed on sliver leaf paint went out for Free Art Friday. I thought this was the perfect spot for it. Hopefully guests at this local Bed and Breakfast will notice it and like it.

Not quite Downton Abbey

Finally finished the maids uniform for the wedding I'm helping out with, not sure about the purple wig, although I heard the 

bride-to- be loves purple, so maybe I will.

 Not sure I can follow all the maid rules but I don't mind being called emma for the day ;)

Sewing continues in Studio Jafabrit

as I prepare to start a sketchbook page interpretation in hand embroidery.

Mexican Folk Art: Feather Painting

"nude with calla lilies" by Luis Olay

Could have knocked me over with a feather, sorry couldn't resist but this feather painting was just amazing. This is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. 

Meanwhile back home in life drawing I'm attempting to get out of the  habit of drawing small and get bigger and FILL the page.

Why it's important to draw

Gussied Up Porch Geese and the Meerkat Craze in the UK

I remember being fascinated with them when I first came to America. They seemed to be all over Ohio at the time, that and painted fire hydrants. Some of the costumes were hilarious, some basic and some very elaborate. I thought they must do this ALL over America, but I rarely saw them in other States and realized it was an Ohio thing. Rarely see any now.

You can see a little about The History

Customized Monopoly Game for Yellow Springs, Ohio

Thanks to Bob Swaney from Corner Cone who instigated the idea and Brian Housh who has overseen the project and pulled together a huge community effort Yellow Springs Ohio is going to be getting it's very own customized Monopoly Game.

Fellow artist Kathy Moulton designed the board which is wonderful. Can you see the knit knot tree?  There is even a Get out of Jail Free Card with my pic of

Life Drawing: Making Sense of Weird Angles

I really didn't think I was going to get this down in 20 minutes, in fact I think I groaned. Yep, I groaned! The head was particularly difficult, but I think I managed to do okay. I definitely enjoy the challenge of the most awkward angles and trying to make visual sense of it.

whoa! check out this extreme foreshortening in ablog post on Drawing Life by Fred Hatt, really beautiful

Mindfulness: No need to stare at a raisin for five minutes.

Image taken from visit to Old San Juan Cemetery Puerto Rico 2011

Mindfulness, allows us to be in tough with world, the universe, and the present moment.

Mindfulness, A Teaching with Thich Nhat Hanh 

“People have the sense that mindfulness is something they can do by focusing on a raisin for five minutes,” said Michael Baime New York Times

It is said by some that one must meditate to

New Tattoos by Matt Decker

Spring is here and we couldn't be happier. Here is  a sampling of new work by Matt Decker. 
Giant Squid; Line Work; tattoo
Giant Squid tattoo by Matt Decker 
snake; line work;
Tattoo by Matt Decker

Trees; tattoo; black work
Tattoo by Matt Decker

linework; tattoo
Tattoo by Matt Decker

gazelle; linework; dot shade
Tattoo by Matt Decker

dragonfly; traditional
Dragonfly tattoo by Matt Decker

Tattoo by Matt Decker

THE HOUSE: Mouse in a Leaf Boat

A Collector's Home SeriesIt didn't matter which corner you looked at, there was some little surprise in this house of THINGS and one of them was this little iron caste mouse candle holder. Love how the tail is a handle. I feel 6 years old when I look at it and imagine it can talk.  Floating on a leaf, with the gentle waters rippling below and the mesmerizing flicker and glow of a candle. There

A Visit: Cricket Cages

I spent one morning visiting a collector of THINGS, and I mean LOTS of things. It was a wee field trip with members of my Textile Art Group and what fun. His house was filled with WONDROUS collections that I swear we all needed drool cups.  I spied this grouping of cricket cages. How often do you see these cages? Of course I should have known pinterest would have a page devoted to them :)

Sad little bird

My little stencil bird looks rather lonely sad little critter.

but it seems to be another one of my current obsessions and I have to let it play out.

Mannequin gets it

Dreamy Series: Summer Garden

"Then followed that beautiful season... Summer.... Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood" ~ Longfellow


Studio Shots and a Beef with Pretty

Jafabrit's Studio Wall

It's Monday morning and I'm ready to get in the studio and finish up an embroidery/painted panel I'm working on.


The Yellow Circle is embroidery and the panel is mdf with acrylic and spray paint.

Had to share, although not related to the painting/embroidery, unless of course ya don't think it's pretty ;) 

Pretty powerful poem.

Saw it on Upworthy this

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