Monday, October 20, 2014

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Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. (Louisa May Alcott)

Today I went tot he appliance store, got a salesman who was so nervous I had to finish all his sentences.  In theory I spent a ton of money.  In reality I walked out with my dignity and some ideas.  I nixed the high, HIGH end and took myself down a peg to more normal.  I love love love a giant industrial refrigerator with a glass panel in the door, drool all over it but reality tells me that my unmatched Tupperware and half eaten rotisserie chickens wouldn't look 'pretty' in there.  So I banned windows in the refrigerator and 'saved' a couple thousand dollars.  I went down two notches in the dishwasher, I'm perfectly happy with the KitchenAid I have now, all I care about is it being quiet and it is.  Saved hundreds.  And the range-  I took my want list from a 48" 8 burner 2 oven giantess back to the way *I* cook and I'm back to a 36" model in a less expensive model that has everything I want-  saved $1500 plus it comes in these colors, I just pick and they deliver-  cool!
I may have to add this to my color wheel page!
After being fleeced at the appliance store, we went out for lunch to the fish market and brought home a couple of varieties for me taco on my OLD stove.  I have no idea what color to pick, but I'll tell you the lavender (second from the bottom on the right) is gorgeous but I doubt it would be big in the resale department.  I'll be more conservative.

This picking stuff out is daunting.  I don't know what I'm doing.

And hey, I don't know diddly squat about most art, but I do know what I like.  Sometimes I don't like the things I show you but they tickle my ironic bone or tweak my curiosity, or make me ask WTF???  Here's one now.

After a weekend of controversy and attacks, Paul McCarthy's so-called 'Tree' has been taken down in Paris.  Here are the before, during, and after:

 Of course such an 'art piece' attracts proponents of seeing it in a new site-  too funny!
After a rough start for Paul McCarthy’s 80-foot tall “Tree,” which included a few punches and name calling by people unhappy with the artist’s provocation, the inflatable green sculpture has been, well, unplugged. Within a day of being unveiled, “Tree” was already the target of critics, who turned off the fan keeping it inflated on Friday night. Later, several straps that were keeping the work securely in place were severed, according to Le FigaroEventually, authorities decided to deflate the sculpture after the artist agreed that its time in Place Vendôme was over.

 Yes, it’s that time of year again for the world’s largest flower parade, Corso Zundert in the Netherlands! Located in the small town of Zundert at the Belgian border, the annual parade features 20 giant floats created by various districts within the city. To encourage a wide breadth of creativity the parade never has a theme, leaving teams free to design whatever they want as long as the floats fit the within 20 x 10 meters and are completely adorned with dahlia flowers.

And Away I Go----  I need a drink too.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

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“The professional loves her work. She is invested in it wholeheartedly. But she does not forget that the work is not her.”  Steven Pressfield, author of the War of Art

I've been lax, I guess I must be busy, or more probably 'bizzy'!  Still fighting with keeping the house picked up and ready for visitors but alas, none through the place yet.  Good thing, I am out of Windex and have nose prints about 18" off the floor on every low window.  I*forgot*about*that.  Hope that when this hits MLS that we will see that all this polishing was worth it.  What a pain.  Meanwhile I spend all my time online (not on Blogger apparently!) looking at flooring and wallpaper and faucets-  next I am gonna need some online therapy because I am going quite mad.  And it hasn't even started yet.  

In the art department today, I guess it's WOOD, some fabulous sculptures, some very usable items, and a bit of fantasy thrown in!

Furniture-maker-turned-sculptor James McNabb just opened a new exhibition of work titled Metros at Robert Fontaine Gallery in Miami. McNabb continues his exploration of architectural shapes using an improvised form of woodworking frequently described as “sketching with a bandsaw.” Without regard to the design or stability a true architect might utilize, he instead works with more abstract shapes cut from repurposed and exotic woods which in turn become component pieces for larger sculptures resembling wheels or tables.  To die for...  

Freelance illustrator and graphic artist Martin Tomsky is gifted in the art of laser cutting wood. He creates everything from tiny pendants and brooches of small animals to these intricately layered sculptural works depicting entire illustrated scenes. See much more in his Etsy shop

Designer and woodworker Frank Howarth has a passion for building things with his hands, he makes everything from shelves and chairs to toys and tables. But there’s one thing he might be even more passionate about: showing people how he does it on his YouTube channel. In some of his most popular films, the Howarth removes himself completely to create stop-motion animations with thousands of photos, where the objects appear to build themselves.  

Friday, October 17, 2014

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Taking care of housekeeping first:  I got a note from Sue who sent this about a show of Lisa Kokin's out in Mill Valley.  I've been tooting her horn the last few blog entries.  If you are anywhere near, GO!  And of course then tell me about it!
Artist talk with Lisa Kokin

This Saturday, October 18
5 - 6pm


Facsimile: Lisa Kokin

October 1 - 30, 2014

The photography day went well, but as soon as the photographer left I was faced with finding all my stuff and putting it back where I use it!  It was nice to see my countertops for awhile plus they are preserved in pictures so I can remember what it's supposed to look like!  I don't know when it will be online, just hope it brings a few folks in to look. Meanwhile nothing has happened as far as building goes.  Tomorrow we get pressure washed and get the windows washed (hopefully) and that means I will be holed up with the canines in the studio to keep the barking down-  they are quite unhappy when there are men crawling all over their property!

Tonight TY wasn't feeling well, a bad headache,  and neither of us get those very often.  Fortunately we now know he doesn't have Enterovirus, but he takes small comfort in my charts-

But he's now resting comfortably and I have the remote to myself.  And thinking compulsively of gingersnaps.

So instead of giving in to a need to make them, let's talk some ant-speak!

Collage artist Travis Bedel  continues to make intriguing collages with imagery acquired from field guides, textbooks, and vintage etchings. Bedel, who works under the moniker Bedelgeuese, makes both physical and digital collages that form a wild amalgamation of botanical, zoological, and anatomical imagery.

Using nothing but wire, sculptor Clive Madison creates tangled trees that grow from wooden bases into dense clusters of leaves and branches. Each piece is made by hand without glue or solder, using single strands of wire that start at the base and terminate at the top. You can see many more pieces on his website

And we'll take our leave with this spooky costume show-  More of these to follow, of course, interspersed with squirrels.  This is actually how we used to trick or treat!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

trousers swedish bernardo

The urge to replicate may come from a natural reverence for the works of perceived "stars." 
You might give some thought to being your own star. Robert Genn

what a day.  Actually got into the studio and TY found a guy with a pickup to bring some extra furniture over so now things are getting even more congested there.  Seems like I am paying for a storage unit, not a studio.  i worked on a special post for the 27th (be sure to check back and see what's going on!)  and got some more work done on the Kantha landscape, and some chai taste tested from the Keureg.  It passed.  I also got some organizing done and some stuff thrown away-  like why did I have a tree branch painted with gesso?  And why was I holding onto a big box of teensy scraps?  I've had it for five years and never gone into it so out it goes.  Also tossed a window screen that will never be a pierced-earring stand, and  a ute bag of 'precious' lace that turned out to be machine made with holes all over. OUT!  GONE!  And will never be missed.  

'Gone' reminds me that we saw 'Gone Girl' last night and I really liked it-  at least until the end which I thought seemed unconnected to the rest of the plot.  Looks like maybe they did an audience survey to pick it because it was very unsettling in it's resolution.  Since I spend all my tv time watching the ID channel and the murders it covers, this was not out of my realm and it was easy for me to follow along with the psychopathic thinking.  Go, see it, and let me know what you think.  Ben Affleck can act like *I* can act, and tut's to say dismal, but he was sure buffed up for this role an came across as likable.

Tomorrow morning the photographer is coming to take the online pictures of the house.  I have lots to do to make the place clear before then. Today TY took one lamp to the repair shop and called the guy with the truck to move things over to the studio.  I guess I will stash the doggies in the studio by themselves while pictures are being taken, and warn the people in the office next door that THERE MAY BE BARKING.  Don't know what else to do, TY has a golf game and godforbid that would be set aside.

Wanna see some ahht?  Me too.  Escapism.

Ian Strange: Suburban is a multifaceted photography, film, installation exhibition and film project created by New York-based Australian artist Ian Strange. Between 2011 and 2013 Strange worked with a film crew and volunteers in Ohio, Detroit, Alabama, New Jersey, New York and New Hampshire to create, photograph and film seven site specific interventions incorporating suburban homes. The recording of these interventions through film and photographic documentation forms the basis of this new body of work.

Ian Strange’s site-specific artwork injects violent excitement into suburban areas, or drops the suburbs down smack in the middle of the city. With either strategy, his work comments on the drawl and deep isolation of the suburban life through paint and installation. In his most recent project, ‘Landed’ (made for the 2014 Biennial of Australian Art), Strange created a life size installation of approximately half a suburban home, painted entirely black, and made it to look as if it had either been dropped from the sky or was emerging from the ground in the Art Gallery of South Australia’s front courtyard. Details of gravel surrounding the home and a lit porch light add credibility to the realism of the scene.

Amish barn raising, stop motion, Ohio resident Scott Miller shot this timelapse video earlier this year of dozens of Amish men raising a barn. The entire construction cycle takes place between 7am and 5pm—with at least an hour for lunch—and yet the bulk of the work is done by the end of the day. Amazing to see how incredibly precise the entire endeavor is. 

No squirrels, no kangaroos, today it's a tricky MONKEY almost ready to swing solo through the trees:

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

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"Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials." (Lin Yutang)

I should read these quotes before I start my day instead of while I'm winding down!  I had my stitch group this morning an came home to find that the house photography has been scheduled  for the website and print.  On Thursday.  The cleaning team comes on Friday.  I have no idea what they will do on Friday, perhaps clean up from the photographers being here?  Tried to change it to Friday afternoon and they can't do it. SOOOOoooooo, today I hit Home Depot an bought some plants to fill in a really ugly bed of (formerly) succulents that has taken over.  I yanked them all out, easy since they don't need anything as permanent as ROOTS here in Fl.  And I dug holes and stuck in two new things that were $19 worth of something like aloe but big enough to stand up to the Jolly Green Giant of a plant that is 3' high and reaches out to grab your leg if you get too close. These cute little succulents were a tray I bought before the Key West wedding 2 years ago, I ripped out the living plants from the centerpieces and brought them home.  Little did I know they would grow to that size.  So, I also threw out some really raunchy orchid plants that bloomed and bloomed for years but now look pretty snail-eaten.  Sure looks better out there but I am beat!  I HATE garden work, hate hate hate it!  Would rather clean fish.  Tomorrow I tackle clearing the kitchen counters and nagging TY to pick up his shoes and old newspapers.  

Meanwhile we have plans tonight to see a movie and I am just beat, know I will watch it through my eyelids and get black and blues from TY trying to elbow-attack me when I snore.  So let's get on with some really cool art so I can stop feeling sorry for myself.

I've always had a love affair with Australia though I've never been there.  It probably stems from a college boyfriend who I could just listen to for hours, but I wasn't at a place where I wanted to leave the country and raise 'walla-babies' so he went back alone.  Long distance relationships are doomed from the get-go so that was that!  No I haven't been in touch because by now he is (probably) a toothless bent over old man, cause I am certainly no longer a spring chicken either. Sigh. But in his place I have a new friend in Australia, Lajla, who found me through the muse blog.  Today she sent me some pictures of Aboriginal sculptures, using fibers and anything else they can get their hands on!  I absolutely love these, but don't have any information about them, so I am just showing you things I love-  if you want to know more about them, try google images.  So, here we go:
A simple wrapped fabric and yarn pair of ducks-  love the eyes!

A fabulous emu (?) using feathers

This human figure was made from an old blanket

Here they used screening and wire

Wool and twine and yarns

So, I got interested and immediately found more examples without having to dig too deep:

A gorgeous bear out of either asphalt or rubber recycled scraps


Crayfish made with wrapped rope and wax

another primitive wrapped bird


and the iconic platypus

and even more iconic kangaroo

ADDENDUM-  Here is a link to the Tjanpi Desert Weavers-  check the name of the Women's Council at the bottom of the page, and don't ever spell it wrong!  But here you will find great examples of this work, with some for sale too!

As you can see, the animals vary in sophistication from crude and childlike to quite accomplished use of materials and observations.  Hope you love them like I do, and again, thanks to Lijla for knowing I would!  So in honor of my Aussie friends-  

We don't get to see roaming kangaroos here in Florida, let alone battling ones.

A squirrel is kind of anticlimactic after that, eh?  But this one is special.  And it will settle all my cat-lovin' pals that these two species can work together-  the cat finds the sunflowers, the squirrel cracks them open.  Then they both leave the mess and go looking for birds. Or whatevah.