Someone in my Flickr group, Badbird Patterns, requested I do Maneki Neko, so I thought I would give it a try. Enjoy.
Archive for April, 2010
Click Here for printable tags: Doom Girl Gift Tags
Your Mom knows you where a brat. There is nothing to be a shamed of. We all went thought it. You can use my gift tags to embellish your gift of appeasement ( Mothers Day Gift) for your Mom who had to live through your brat phase. Besides, your Mom was a brat once too.
ps – You might want to think about giving Mom a extra great gift considering that your head was the of a watermelon.
You all know me mainly by my needlework. I embroider, quilt and sale embroidery patterns. But, in the deepest part of my soul I am a painter. I believe that oil paints have their own life. I feel privileged to have the ability to use the life in oil paints to communicate.
I do get lost though. The images in my head become distant. The flash of pictures in my mind tumble out before they can reach my hand, paint brush and canvas. My ideas vanish leaving only a crude idea of what I was thinking.
That is when I open my book of work by Lucian Freud. His images stop the leakage of my ideas. The simple concept returns. I stop the overthinking and analyzing. Because what I really do in my art is paint people. I may put them in headdresses or costumes, but what interests me is that they are just people.
Mr Freud’s paintings are just people. But these people are extremely alive. I never look for the symbolism or possible hidden messages in these paintings. What excites me about Freud’s work is how human and alive he paints his subjects.
I know my work doesn’t compare to Freud’s, but if I can get just a touch of humanity in my work, like he does, I would say that I had a good day painting.
So there I was, minding my own business, reading the most current issue of Stitch magazine, and what did behold! Why, it’s my Flickr group, Stitched by Hand, listed as a resource for the Stitch article: Needled, The Art of Embroidery (pg 20, lower right hand side). Also mentioned was the super awesome Flickr group, Embroidery, which I am a member of.
So , for all of you that belong to either Stitched by Hand or Embroidery, at Flickr, you might want to brush your teeth, comb your hair and have cookies baked because we might be having a few visitors come by.
Today my Husband and I took a drive to the Desert. T he Flowers are blooming now, but what caught our eye where some large sculptures that had been plopped down in the middle of this stark landscape. These sculptures are in Borrego Springs, CA. I was able to check them out on the internet and found that they where made by an artist named Ricardo Breceda. The sculptures are spread out in a area called Galleta Meadow Estates , http://www.galletameadows.com/ .
Our dog found these creatures to be very suspicious. He likes to growl at larges animals from the safety of our car. Cows, horses, deer and turkeys don’t have a clue to the rage that is lurking in our car as we drive by. As we drove down the dirt road to get a close up of the sculptures we heard a subtle growl and mild phoofing (phoofing is like barking, but softer and starts with a “F” sound) coming from the back seat. Once parked, I told my furry son he could get out of the car. He immediately ran over to the smallest mammoth with hackles up and in full phoofing mode. You can see in the image above that my boy is trying to smell the butt of this animal.
Our boy continued to circle this horrible beast until he was satisfied that the Mammoth wasn’t carrying a knife or gun.
This view helps to demonstrate the odd sight we found in the desert.
There are many more sculptures located at Galleta Meadows Estate. It’s great to see them at their website, http://www.galletameadows.com/ , but photo’s can’t convey the feelings of seeing these animals up close.