Sunday, December 21, 2014

dulse mo bryant



“I’m 67 years old; you’re not going to tell me what to do. 
The only person who can boss me around now is my daughter.” —Patti Smith

YAHOO-  I got to the studio pretty early today, right after I went to visit the house and see my plywood roof.  It's covering about half the house now, and they are beginning work on the second floor, however, they will only work 2 days next week, and 2 days on the New Year's week so they won't get much done.  At least I'll be able to go over there and sit in my lawn chair.
An old friend wanted a piece so I finished that up and got it wrapped and ready to mail out whenever I get myself down to FedEx. Hopefully I can get some presents off at the same time-  at least I bought myself some time.  I worked on the circle quilt the whole rest of the time until I hit the wall.  

Last night I woke up at 3 AM, probably because of the dog trying to jump onto the bed and landing on my stomach.  But I was lying there awake and ready to work so I solved some problems of the circle quilt.  It's all made of vintage stuff that I have had around forever, and I am desperately trying not to CUT it, but Self told me in no uncertain terms that cutting is the way to go, it's OK to make it up as I go....  So, today TY is going elsewhere to watch a football game and *I* am hitting the studio with scissors poised for a whole parcel of new problems!  But I have my permissions from Self so it will be OK. I'm holding her responsible.

And on wards to the House Department:
They are going at warp speed, and I was able to spend a good long time yesterday studying stuff and seeing little tweaks here and there.  I have to wait to solve it though until after the New Year because everybody is gone until then.  Meanwhile, the second floor was delivered:
(The second floor is only over a small part of the house.)

My gracious welcoming entry...  wear hightops and wipe your feet.

Pretty roof trusses over the rest of the house.  This would really test my perspective skills!

Living room- wish I could just leave it open!



Public Service announcement



And finally, Christmas in South Florida-  not like northern days, different, but nice!

 I'm leaving early today from blogging because I know nobody is visiting over the weekend before Christmas.  I may or may not be back tomorrow as I seem to have been lax lately in this department.  We'll see how much I get done in the studio.

With thanks to Deanna who occasionally finds me short on squirrels!

Friday, December 19, 2014

massive glue increasable



Through a painting, we can see the whole world.  Hans Hoffman


Yesterday I found myself in deep doodoo.  I admit to being stressed and overdoing worrying about one thing or another-  first of all Pepper's re-stitching and trying to keep him quiet after he pulled off his bandages and ate through his stitches.  They gave his some good drugs because he pretty much slept like a little lamb for ONE day but was ready to climb the walls and live a vertical life yesterday.  I have a very active dog and he resents not peeing on grass.  But more on that at another time.
I was told that the construction crew needs all my plumbing choices last week, but nobody told me that before so I called the plumbing place and the woman I have to see is going on vacation until the 5th of January.  So the building will come to a massive halt until I have my appointment with her.  On the 6th I have the appointment with the cabinetmaker for everything built-in in the house, also scheduled way past the date somebody should have told me to do that!  
So at 1 PM I got a call from a good friend wanting to know if I was coming to lunch or not.  HUH???  I had completely forgotten about accepting an invitation to her Christmas lunch at 12:30.  I threw on a better pair of khakis and drove the one block over to her house where 6 women were waiting for me, so embarrassing!  But it was perfect to be there and to forget all the crap for 2 hours.  I owe her big now and have to come up with something special to apologize.  
No tv here, so I had to be home by 3 to wait for Comcast and they actually did arrive on time.  As I was trying to corral the livestock and herd them into the bedroom, Pepper slipped out of his collar and I lunged for him and fell face first onto the stone floor and both dogs went after the poor Comcast guy who stood there asking me over and over if I was OK.  NO I WAS NOT OK.  I checked to see if I still had teeth, pulled myself up and grabbed the dogs and threw them at the bedroom.  Comcast guy was bound and determined to get out of here asap, and I needed to chill.
Anyway, that was my wake up call that things were out of control.  Today my shoulder is really hurtiing, but I immediately started in on the series of exercises I did for 6 months at PT and hope it works.  And Aleve.  Thanksgod I have a big bottle.

Today TY's friend from the west coast (of FL) is coming to stay a few days to play some golf, so I have to get the place set up for a guest being here,basically pulling all the stuff I have stashed in the guest room closet out, and THEN I am going to the sorely neglected studio to work on the round piece.  I still don't know if it's a 'go' yet, but I do have to start over and do it right.


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Wonderful TED talk explaining fluid turbulence in artist's work.  I LOVE physics, wish I would have known about it years ago!  Sure, I might have had to repeat a class to 'get it', but it wouldn't have been the first time (ask my algebra teacher, Mrs. Pease or my Latin teacher, Mrs. Bacon!  Yeah, really.)



This was a result of watching a video of Jackson Pollock and the research that was more recently done on his painting technique which the experts decided was an exercise in turbulent flow of his paints.  Briefly, 'The laws of physics were greater collaborators with Jackson Pollock than most painters.  Leaning over unstretched canvas flat on the ground, Pollock experimented with movement, speed, density and height in his drip technique.  Recent research has explored how fluid dynamics were an essential aspect of his Abstract Expressionist technique."

The current research continues to look at how the characteristics of the paint influence the work, which in turn can tell something about fluid dynamics.   In particular the new study centers on how the viscosity of the paint changes when stress is applied.  Paint is a non-Newtonian fluid, meaning it's a little elastic in it's properties.  The movement of the wet paint and how it appears on the canvas is all about how it can resist flow, and Pollock with all his layers of warped lines caused by playing with these properties is a perfect artist for studying fluid dynamics.  The researchers also found that the properties of the paints used were of great importance to achieve these patterns.  (Pollock was known for using whatever paint he could get his hands on!) Now, I'm gonna repeat the quote from above as something to think on the rest of the day!

Through a painting, we can see the whole world.  Hans Hoffman 


So, there ya go.  My big problem now is trying to get some fluid turbulence in my own work without sacrificing my ear or my sobriety.  Hope your Christmas stuff is all done-  maybe I'll get up enough holiday energy to start mine soon.  I did get some silver balls up on the front gate, the full extent of my festivity with the house on the market.  


From my cousin- yes, Cousin Vinny!- who I haven't seen since he was about 3 and recently 
reconnected with on Facebook- and who seems to have a mind as warped as mine!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

arose crossover mend



Any ground subtracts its own hue from the colors which it carries
 and therefore influences. (Josef Albers)


3 AM I heard some munching going on under the bed, chose to ignore it, but it continued so I investigated and Pepper had removed his leopard bandage like a lobster shedding it's shell and proceeded to open all his stitches.  I grabbed him and put a cone on his head and a leash tied to the bed and tried to put a sock on the open incision.  He wouldn't stand for it, so I gave him a sedative and we all went back to sleep until 7:30 when the vet opened.  The vet had to re-stitch him up but got interrupted by another emergency so this took the whole morning.  I picked up a very groggy dog sporting a tiger print bandage this time.  He's been sleeping it off all afternoon and is on strict orders to stop his self destructive lifestyle!  Poor guy.  Back to full-time cone and leash wherever he goes.
Pepper laughing at me.

Me?  I'm exhausted.  And worried.  But the upside is being stuck at home for the morning got some laundry done and some peppermint bark made and chili on the stove for tonight.  I've been a bit lax in the housekeeping department, only picking up when somebody is coming over to see the place, and things have gotten out of hand.  

The house is progressing so much, the plywood is going on the roof today and I've been dealing with the plumbing place and the wood floor places-  trying to decide how to save some bucks yet get the things I want-  I'm not good at this at all.  Guess my guys are proceeding on a sugar high, bless their hearts.  

I've not been able to work much in the studio for so long-  can't even predict even a short a window of time that I will be there for Comcast to get my internet back.  There is a show coming up I want to be included in, but the deadline is looming and I don't have anything far enough along to photograph, let alone finish up.  This has been a bad fall for work, just can't get back into the groove of production!  I wish I could blame it on the dog's health issues or the house and all that's involved with that, but the bottom line is I am just too scattered to think of anything more than the today date on the calendar.

OK, so much for Sandy's Pity Party.  We will get on with some art, I will go eat chili and make some cornbread, and go to sleep early with a drugged dog's leash in my hand.



Conceptual artist and illustrator Gediminas Pranckevicius posesses an imagination to covet. While most of his digital painting is centered around character design, his larger landscapes seen here are rich in detail, creating impossible but ingenious juxtapositions of water, land, and haphazard architecture. 


Time making of from Gediminas Pranckevicius



Katrina Majkut, 2 M9 Guns, Thread and Cross Stitch Fabric, 15 x 12 inches, 2014. Courtesy the artist.  Back when she was still working on her thesis, consisting mainly of large paintings, on one wall were some tiny cross stitch pieces that we could not stop looking at.  She told us that the technique had been taught to her by her grandmother.  There was a humor and honesty in the juxtaposition of the subject matter and the medium that we loved.  Having recently checked in with the artist, we were delighted to see this body of work had evolved.  



While this sculpture may be every couch potato’s dream snack, it actually presents deeper, more powerful issues at hand. In her sculptural piece ‘WARNING’, visual artist Sharareh Khosravani uses cheese puffs to humorously bring about the topic of recent violent incidents.


Bet this guy would love a gun of cheetos


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

appraisal ruben alameda



"Painting is the most magical of mediums," said Chuck Close. "The transcendence is truly amazing to me every time I go to a museum and I see how somebody figured another way to rub colored dirt on a flat surface and make space where there is no space or make you think of a life experience."



Dog Day Again.  Molly had her 6 month checkup with the eye doc who operated on her cataracts and all is great with her.  

Pepper had his bandage changed and is on a new round of antibiotics to stave off an infection.  Other than that he is doing well too, another check up in three days.  This time they gave him a LEOPARD PRINT bandage, very classy, which I just noticed isn't visible in this picture.  Sigh.  He's making a political statement for his peeps back in Tibet.

Psychologists at Miami University have found that people who own pets are more conscientious, more social and they have better self-esteem and healthier relationship styles."


The Gingerbread Man Day
The Cookie Cutters:  one was not attached correctly so the cutter had to be held in a *special* way or it would't cut.  I am so mad I might take it back-  cost way too much money and not even symmetrical.  Harrumph.  Already you can see I have an attitude...

Made a double batch of dough yesterday and it was cold for rolling today.  Borrowed a rolling pin from my walking pal, and then another friend gave me one because she had duplicates.  I worked with a wealth of rolling pins.

And ended up with a wealth of gingerbread guys.

And crummy shaped houses.

Today I got a Christmas present from Moo, as in Moo cards-  a poster and cards and writing paper  that kind of reminded me of Keith Haring so I made Keith Haring Gingerbread men-  wish I would have thought to do this before baking because I could have stretched them into dancing shapes!  Sorry the picture is sideways-  these are going to my art group with the ATC cards tomorrow morning.  The Moo present was a perfect cookie presentation box, flat like a pizza box but rectangular.  

A set of conjoined twins

And the bunch of google eyed construction workers, ready to go tomorrow afternoon to the job site.


Quick bit o' art today, basically MUD and ROCKS.  Amazing what one can do with nothing, eh?




Artist and painter Yusuke Asai has a new mud mural on display at Houston’s Rice Gallery. Working day and night with a team of assistants, the Japanese artist, who is known for his “earth paintings” made from locally sourced mud and dirt, spent just under 2 weeks covering the walls and floors of the gallery with soil collected in Houston. “There are so many kinds of soil in Houston and Texas,” says Asai. “Initially I had hoped for 10 different shades, and ended up with 27: the widest spectrum of colors representing a specific place that I have ever used.”





Back in 2009, Italian designer Giuseppe Randazzo of Novastructura released a series of generative digital “sculptures” that depicted carefully organized pebbles and rocks on a flat plane. Titled Stone Fields, the works were inspired in part by similar land art pieces by English sculptor Richard Long. As the images spread around the web (pre-dating this publication entirely) many people were somewhat disheartened to learn the images were created with software instead of tweezers, a testament to Randazzo’s C++ programming skills used to create a custom application that rendered 3D files based on a number of parameters. Fast forward to 2014, and technology has finally caught up with Randazzo’s original vision. The designer recently teamed up with Shapeways to create physical prototypes of the Stone Fields project. He shares about the process:



I don't 'get' the spelling but then this is not a high ticket broadcast either.  Ricki-  you watching this?  You should!



Okey doke- random title-check, poster-check, quote-check, me-me-me- check, art-check, and squirrel- check check and check.  I'm outta here.


Sunday, December 14, 2014

bradley complex demerit




"In the end, everything is a gag." (Charlie Chaplin)


Pepper seems to be doing well, but it's hell keeping him off the wet grass.  he gets his dressing changed again tomorrow and we'll know more how he's healing when we talk to the vet after his appointment.  Funnily enough we also have a 6 month check tomorrow for Molly's eyes-  she seems to be able to see well and I think her cataract surgery was a big success.  I hope...

All these doggie appointments have seriously cut into my Christmas prep, so have to get cracking' this week and get some things ordered and mailed.  I've basically got the kids taken care of but have some things to finalize.  Thanks to some Facebook friends who I was joking with about the house project, I drove an hour to Boca Saturday to the Big Mall and after going to 3  (count ';em-  three!) kitchen stores, finally scored the gingerbread man and the house cookie cutters I need to make cookies for the guys climbing around the rafters.  
Today between thirty interruptions I got to Publix for molasses and dark brown sugar and managed to get the batter made and refrigerated.  It has to chills several hours before rolling out and baking so in preparation for that I went on a hunt for a rolling pin.  I know I had one here, but discovered my 'rolling pin vision' was back in MA.  So tomorrow I either break down and buy another rolling pin or go door to door until a neighbor relinquishes one. So that's my project for tomorrow to get these little guys rolled and baked and cooled so I can stick on their googlie eyes and yellow hard hats.

I stopped at the studio to gather up my ATC's for the SAQA meeting on Tuesday up in Stuart.  I made too many, plan to keep back a few for other occasions when I see how many members show up.  Here are a couple of examples of different types, running from 2x3" on up to 5x7"- standardization ain't my thing!

and a closer look


So, now it's time to talk about Art-  so what's up with these GOATS?




Noble animals, eh?    Commercial photographer Kevin Horan decided it was high time for an artistically neglected group of barnyard animals to step into the spotlight: goats and sheep. In 2007, Horan moved from Chicago to Whidbey Island, Washington where he approached a neighbor about photographing one of his sheep. The neighbor agreed and his portrait series Chattel was born.





When we last covered the pen and ink drawings of Ben Sack, the artist was in residency aboard the m/s Amsterdam, a ship that circumnavigated the globe from January through April 2014. Sack’s latest drawings are partially influenced by stops in dozens of port cities during the expedition. As well as geography, his drawings are heavily influenced by architecture, history, and classical music.  Sack’s largest work, Chronoglyph, will be on view with Robert Fontaine Gallery at CONTEXT Art Miami this week, and you can watch a timelapse of its creation here.



Shhh, Bebe Sleeping!