Archive for September, 2009

A know a little whirlwind

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Her name is Isabella


She was born adorable, just couldn’t help it


She likes to play with pugs, and she is patriotic!
I wish she would come over to my house cuz I misses her
and want to squish her and smoosh her with hugs and kisses.
She won’t play dolls with me but we can create art and messes together!

oodles and bunches of love is what I feel for her.

My dining room table

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

and why I am still mailing out packages from Barbie Redux exhibit.
Mail ail



Sunday, September 27th, 2009

Potato Sack Person

potato sack person

I think I will start one of those art journals, where you actually hand write your daily entries.

Dia de Los Muertos at Ten Women

Saturday, September 26th, 2009



Saturday, September 26th, 2009


A must see!!


Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Several weeks ago I entered a contest over at Red Ravine, you might remember this drawing

the contest was for Out of the Blue Films ( creates exceptional documentaries on important social issues that ignite positive action and promote open dialogue. Our mission is to foster the production of documentaries, feature films and web content of the highest caliber and widest reach; to tell inspiring stories that explore, articulate, educate, and celebrate humanity).

They are doing a documentary called Envy

“A bold, insightful, and humorous feature-length documentary on the causes and consequences of that most corrosive human emotion: ENVY.”

They have created an Envy website Its exciting to receive “Honorable Mention” but I didn’t hesitate to tell them that while its great to receive honorable mention I did indeed ENVY the person who won the Kindle!!

winner of the challenge and other thoughts

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

The original challenge edited for succinctness:

Look at the work you have currently hanging on your studio wall or work space or in progress on your easel or your work table and pretend that you are someone else. Someone who does not know you and imagine what they might think of the artist who created it. Write those things down and keep them for yourself, to help you determine whether what you are creating is tied in with who you are or what you want to say or express. Post your thoughts.

Do you find that the statement “You can tell a lot about a person by the art that they make” is true? Does this exercise give you some clarity or ability to see your creations differently? Do you know someone who’s art clearly reflects who they are? Is the work you did ten years ago different? have you matured artistically or just improved your skills? Is there a difference? Is the content or the media the same?

Many of you answered the questions without doing the exercise. If you did this I tried to get you back on task by asking questions, hopefully you then did the exercise…

Because if you did not do the exercise you will not have garnered the insight necessary to answer the question, can you tell a lot about a person, by the art that they make?

I humbly submit to you my thoughts and I am just thinking out loud and again I am no authority its all just my opinion:

Its an interesting question for me personally because people have for as long as I have been putting my art out for the public to see, always been surprised when they actually meet me. They are surprised by how “normal” I am. And vice versely people who have met me or known me before seeing the art often do a double take, “you made this art”? I concluded long ago that by my personality and and my personal appearance people expect that I will paint monet style images, or flowers in vases. Art that is decorative, safe. So, what does that mean? well, it means, they are not able to know me by just my personal appearance, that the depth of a person is not superficial, that when it comes to art there may be more than meets the eye. That taking the time to see beyond the surface, to read between the lines, may elicit a new found appreciation or understanding of a piece, may mean that you “get it”.

I often feel frustrated by people who are instantly dismissive of art work, they “don’t like it”. It took 30 seconds and they walk away. The aesthetics rub them the wrong way but there is no effort to understand why. Its making the effort, that makes the difference, that is the challenge. Why does it rub you the wrong way? Gaining that perspective and understanding can change you as an artist. Can take you from mediocrity to brilliance. And that is why, looking at art through another’s eyes with as much objectivity as possible, is a helpful exercise.

Dynamics, symbols, colors, metaphors, line, perspectives, distortions, light marks, heavy marks, negative space, positive space, glitz, media, time span, history, location, all offer up a bit of info about the person and the ideas they are attempting to express. i have heard it said that all art is autobiographical! How can you get away from yourself~~

Is a landscape artist just a landscape artist? Or is he Van Gogh, painting sunflowers that you can feel and skys that are alive and breathing. There are landscape artists and then there are landscape artists. One is mimicing a scene while the other is making a statement.

Clearly some experience and some history has to be had to determine a meaningful bit about who the artist is, or what they are like. If there is only one piece to view then probably some quick assumptions may be made but if there is a whole body of work, a sense at least, can be made of the artist. conclusions can be made like, the artist must be fearless, (large massive, hard edged works) or the artist must be a woman (flowers, feminine colors, a softness), the artist probably rides a skateboard and is in his twenties (grafitti artist) its all just a guessing game but one that can be interesting if you are an artist intent on projecting a certain kind of content, or idea. And yes, to quote Lalainia Lloyd “I think people see you as THEY are. We all have filters through which we see people. That is why art is so subjective-because we see what we want to see.”

Yes,we all see work through our own filters but a painting of an ocean is still a painting of an ocean, regardless of the meaning that one may personally attribute to ocean…An ocean is still an ocean is still an ocean. And there is an inherent meaning attached to ocean. Which is why when an assemblage artist incorporates something like a bell for example into a piece, even if they used if only for its formal aspects the bell still carries meaning and the viewer is going to see a bell and make some conclusions about the meaning of the piece.

There are many interesting points of view and topics of consideration from all the responses and I don’t think there is a right or wrong answer to most of all the discussion but I may put you to sleep if I carry on with my thoughts and opinions. cuz, I really could go on and on.

But there is one thing I wanted to comment about and that is the fear thing. So many are fearful. You must do the work to get to the good stuff, ie you can’t paint just once a year then expect it to be a masterpiece. You have to put the time in. But no need to be so hard on yourself and judgmental, just do the work and post. art and post art and post. It dosn’t matter what medium you use or how you label yourself. whether you sew or paint, it can all be taken to a high art form.

One of the statements that touched me was made by someone who deleted her response, ” I guess its okay that I am just a crafter of sorts, but I do feel that something inside of me is about to explode”. Love that statement!!! LET YOUR ARTIST OUT, no fear!!! NO FEAR. Play, play and play some more. Leave that ego shirt behind, go stuff it in a drawer and don’t put that shirt back on!!

The response i liked the most, maybe you will understand why if you go back and read it again, and it belongs to Bridgette Guerzon Mills

thanks again everyone

She wanted to be finished today

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009


I wanted to bring the outside in with this figure who was clearly inspired by the Omo (see earlier post) but in a way that wasn’t obvious. Since there is no comparison, only hopes of interpretation of living art. How to capture the emotive power of painted people, walking talking works of art, seems near impossible but I am glad to have something to strive for. Even a glimpse of the powerful expression would satisfy me, sort of.

A fresh new week

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Its Monday, everyone’s favorite day :D… Its cool enough in the morning now that it feels like Fall is approaching. I so welcome the brisk change in temps and the rain. Love the rain. every little nourishing drop.

I plan to read through all the challenge entries this afternoon, and make a decision this evening as to which I found the most compelling, and they all had compelling aspects to them. I want to emphasize that, as you know, I am NO authority on such matters, I am just going to choose based on what resonates most with me and I will give it plenty of thought and I will do my best to explain. As far as I am concerned every single person who made the effort is a winner. I understand from almost all the participants it was a hard challenge and took quite a bit of effort. But, it wouldn’t be a challenge if it were easy, right?

I also made an effort to comment on everyone’s post and I may post the comments and responses if they seem relevant or add something to the discussion.

People brought up so many different aspects that ten new challenges could be culled from them…Much food for thought. I may define and post some of those aspects so you can challenge your own thinking for the fun of it. Okay maybe its not fun for some of you, its fun for me! 😀

Tena Smith-Wasington

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Tena Smith-Washington responds to the challenge:
Can you tell a lot about a person by the art that they create….?

“In my opinion no. Art is created for so many different reasons. Looking at another persons art is like listening to music. That sad romantic lost love ballad that breaks your heart every time you hear it. Then you learn the writer was lamenting over the loss of his favorite T shirt, stolen at the laundry mat. I think we inject our vision, truth, reality, intent in an attempt to connect at some level. At the same time disconnecting from our own work, Ask yourself, have you produced a work that exposed so much of your raw inner self that you could show no one? Few people see you as you see your self —but do you really see yourself?
Beautiful art can come from dark places and ugly people. Dark art can come from hopeful places.”

“Has the work matured or skills improved…?”

At 49 I’m not sure I like the word mature any more. I almost equate maturity with old age, thus immaturity with youth. What is wrong with youthful art? At 17 I had loads of ideas and little skill. Let’s not let maturity make us stale.
“Trying to view my work as thru new eyes…..”

No matter how I squint the view is the same.The word that comes to mind is Hopeful. Hopeful little works. Hopeful of acceptance — Hopeful … they wait to connect with another. It need not be ridgidly my vision or intent. Impose your will on them. Because art like beauty is in the eye of the beholder.