Archive for March, 2010

A day in the life of this artist

Friday, March 12th, 2010

So, I was laying in bed having a can’t get out of bed day (not all that unusual) and thought, maybe I will feel better if I get out and do a walk about and take my iphone and take pics, and clear the cobwebs. And then I thought, I could walk to the little nail salon by the post office and get a pedicure and so I did. I havn’t had a professional pedicure in quite a long while. (I do my own). But it was really time. The pedicure included a foot massage and I have to say it was the best one I have ever had. It was suppose to be a ten min massage but she spent ten min on each foot at least, and I just started to melt, I mean all the tension left my body and even made me emotional it was so very relaxing. Plus the lady did not yak at me. It was completely quiet except for some mellow new age music. Gosh it lifted my spirits so much. And look I have pretty toes too!

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On the way out I stopped into an adorable little shop and found these!!

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salt and pepper pugs!! with magnets to hold their kisses!! cute!!

I took some lousy pics so am not going to share all put this one oak that I pass I love so much

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can you tell that the weather was absolutely perfect!! Its about a two mile hike and all up hill on the way back so I wore my exercise sneakers.

And I took a pic of our crazy pine trees on the corner of our property. We trimmed them a couple years ago and they have grown back all furry!!

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And finally, when I arrived home, this sweeeet basket of miniature roses from my brother

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What a delightful day its been!

And now to get ready to take the big boy pug for glucose testing. Hope YOU are having a good day too 😀

Fight Club Girl: Fire Crotch

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Fight Club Girl: Fire Crotch

I documented the process through most of this piece, but the approach was different than I usually do, so I don’t think I will be able to share the process, epecially towards the end where much of the decision making was intuitive.

Will allow this to dry then a bit more glazing and details.

From the artist “Lola”

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

The artist “Lola” writes about being an artist in her blog: https://www.lolafineart.com/blog/

you are unique! and not alone..

for any artist reading this blog, please enjoy….

12 Step Recovery Program for Artists

1. Admit that you are powerless over your ARTmaking, and it is the only thing that makes your life manageable.

Many artists describe the feelings they get from making art as an almost spiritual or sexual experience, feeling a complete and total sense of happiness and being at one with the world. Much like the feeling an athlete gets from hitting the ball in the sweet spot. But, instead of it being a fleeting moment, it is a lasting sense satisfaction and contentment. It is what keeps them the sane, wonderful people we love.

2. Believe that ART is a Power, greater than yourself, and can restore you to sanity.

Making art is the way artists create order out of chaos. It is a personal order, that allows them to navigate their way through life. The most positive addiction. When you find yourself cranky or irritable, is it really just because you haven’t allowed yourself quiet time to work?

3. Made a decision to turn yourself and your life over to ART.

The term “frustrated artist” didn’t come out of nowhere. Societal pressures, parental pressures, and sometimes our own need to succeed or fear of failure, keeps a lot of artists from ever realizing their dream. You can’t escape from it forever…eventually, the need to create will overpower whatever rational reasons you have developed to keep yourself from finding the time to make art. The sooner you accept it, the better.

4. Made a searching and fearless inventory of your ART skills.

There is nothing wrong with being a self taught artist. But, in the same way your vocabulary skills can improve communication skills, so can developing your technique as an artist. The beauty of creativity is it’s never ending quality. Making sure that you are constantly looking, learning and improving your skills as an artist (and that includes keeping up to date with technology) will ensure you are working up to your potential

5. Admit to yourself and one other human being, the importance of ART in your life.

Artists are not capable of “controlling” their work hours. When you are “in the zone” your friends and family accuse you of being preoccupied and/or distant. But, it’s like a switch you can’t turn off. It creeps up on you when you least expect it, and never, ever when you summons it. You need to communicate this to the people in your life that are important to you so they can understand the importance of ART in your life and not take it personally when you are not “present.”

6. Were entirely ready to allow ART to be an important part of your life, but not your entire life.

You may not always have the luxury to work on your art when you want to. Responsibilities of real life get in the way for most artists. But, you can learn to come up with tricks to ease back into a work schedule, when it is absolutely necessary. For example, working on 3-4 things simultaneously. When you get stuck on one, you can easily move into another. Other artists have described the technique of only leaving the studio for the day only when you know exactly what you next move on a particular painting will be when you comes back…something easy, that has already been planned and you won’t have to think about.

7. Humbly promise never to ask anyone “What do you think of my work?”

Admit it. If you’re an artist, there is ALWAYS one question on your mind that you are dying to ask people…”what do you think of my work?” There is no doubt, that as an artist, getting feedback is important. If you’ve read my article Art is a Verb, not a Noun, you already know that I don’t believe any object an artist makes can be called ART until it is out in the real world and has real eyeballs looking at it. A painting that is stored in your garage or under your bed isn’t art until it has the experience of being seen. It is only logical then, to assume that once the work is out there, you want to know how people are reacting to it. But, artists need to be extremely careful how and when they submit to that urge of asking people about their work. Before you even contemplate asking the question, let’s take a moment to think about 3 things: Why are you asking this question? Of whom are you asking this question? How will the answer change your relationship to this person and/or your work?

8. Made a list of all persons affected by your ARTmaking, and be willing to make amends to them.

There is no doubt that artists are wired differently than the rest of us. At times, living with an artist can be difficult. Learning to identify the strategies that will help you move seamlessly in and out of your “normal” life will benefit not only you, but all those around you. Send my article “If you are addicted…” to everyone you love.

9. Made direct amends to such people, whenever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.

It is true, that to some artists, their work is the most important thing in their life…more important than parents, spouse or even kids. It’s not a crime, or something you should feel guilty about. It is a part of who you are as a person…would you ever feel guilty about having blue eyes? But, remember, the rest of the world doesn’t work that way. If you find this is true for you (and not ALL artists do) you must come to grips with that reality yourself, but never admit it to your significant others.

10. Continue to take personal inventory and realize you and your ART are not the only important things in the world.

Artists sometimes need to be forced to step outside their reality. Make sure you are able to separate the art making part of your life and the responsibilities of real life. As much as you may hate it, admit that you need a job, relationships, money, housing and the discipline to manage your art career so you can accomplish those things.

11. Sought through private time in your studio to improve your work, and devote the time necessary to just “look.”

The impulse that fuels creativity is nourished by stillness, time alone. That’s why so many artists find their most productive hours are in the wee hours, when everyone else is asleep. The lack of distractions, is a must for artists to be productive. Resting, thinking, meditating, looking…this is when the creative juices are most actively percolating. And, this is one of the most difficult aspects for non artists to understand.

12. Having accomplished all of the above, tried to carry this message to other artists and those who love them

Puglets

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Wish I could say they are mine, my brother breeds them, I am so in love
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The little milk belly just keels me

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From left Lil Girl, Astroman and Rocket man!

Review

Monday, March 8th, 2010

So I feel like I should comment about Alice in Wonderland since I posted about it in an earlier post. I went to see it on Friday of last week and while the visuals and characters were fascinating (of course!) the story itself left something to be desired. A bit disappointed I am 🙁

Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen was my fav, no surprise there. And, well Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, whats not to love. And I adored the Cheshire Cat. About mid way I noticed it felt like there was no 3d and while some people find 3d annoying I enjoy it especially for movies such as Alice that are based a lot on the visual. The story begins with Alice returning from having left Wonderland as a young girl and now of marrying age, once again she falls down a rabbit hole and that was exciting. I was so ready for it! But it was less and less enchanting as it wore on until it culminated in a battle scene between Alice and a creature and that, nah, not so good. Still, there was plenty of charming, clever and and artistic aspects to keep me entertained. I’d say two stars. Out of four.

Speaking of ALice In Wonderland, I really like Trevor Browne’s illustrations which are available in prints. And, the 80 page hardback book.

Speaking of movies, I did watch the Oscars yesterday (nearly all day)!
I’m glad The Hurt Locker won best picture, not only because after 82 years of Oscars its the first time a woman has won but because I thought it deserved it. While Avatar was all flashy and expensive to make, I mentioned before that the story itself has been told before. The Hurt Locker was very meaty and different. The idea of war being addictive which is the premise of the movie is so interesting and relevant. I watched GI Jane yesterday (remember that with Demi Moore) and I thought about the hurt Locker because while in training for the Navy Seals, the exercises although tough, had a lot of excitement, by that I mean jumping from planes, rafting, flying, etc, things that thrill seeker type personalities would love and then of course the adrenaline rush of overcoming adversity, of succeeding and getting stronger. All big ego trips. And addictive I think. In the hurt Locker there is that adrenaline rush when the guy who takes apart bombs before they blow has only minutes to save lives including his own. When all is said and done, in spite of the danger nothing else in real life can compare. Its Russian roulette.

I knew Sandra Bullock was the favorite for the best actress category but I was so hoping for a surprise, like Gabourey Sidebe!! Every time I have seen her interviewed I am so in awe of how at ease she is with her appearance. She is not self conscious or apologetic at all about her weight and she has a delightful and infectious Joie de vivre. I am bummed that I still havn’t seen Precious. I really want to see Monique’s performance.

In other news, I feel like I need to post a picture so here is my Heart Joya that finally has a new leaf after over a year! yay!
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Every thing But the Kitsch N Sync

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

I’m very excited to have a piece in the exhibit, if you live in southern cali and like Low brow you will like this show with over 150 artists.

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Max Kennedy writes about the exhibit on on the La Luz de Jesus blog siteArtofficial

Uggs n puggs

Monday, March 1st, 2010

I dunno, I couldn’t resist this

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I ordered these slippers last Thursday, they arrived fast from Zappos. Got the hubster a pair as well in a different style for his birthday he is a leap year baby. Uggs hold up well and are super comfy.

Linden Lorenson

Monday, March 1st, 2010

I bought this print from artist Linden Lorenson, how could I resist, a pug and a Barbie!

my print from Beeblebrox