The Big Picture has arrived…

Wow, unbelievable service from Diamond Photo! I ordered a large canvas print of my artwork on Tuesday and it arrived today – Friday,… how awesome is that? It is huge! I am really pleased with it, cant wait to see it in a gallery setting. Meanwhile here is a pic or two to give you an idea of the size:

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Look at the size of my head next to Red’s!

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I like this spooky black and white hand effect, and it is Halloween in some parts of the world…

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My Gallery Space…

Phoebe and I went to check out The Refinery today, to view the space that one of our curators suggested might suit my installation. It is perfect! Enough room, dimmable lighting and I can hang stuff from the ceiling! There is an artist installation in there at the minute, as you can see, which is not connected in any way to my work. The photos are just to give an idea.

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The photo below shows the entry to the space:

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It’s PERFECT!!

 

 

One more for the list…

It is Dylan Thomas 100th birthday today… or it would have been. I read ‘Do Not Go gently Into That Good Night’ at my local club to celebrate. Not sure if they were impressed, but it was important to me.

Taking authors and books…look at this, the latest item on my list of ‘Beautiful Things I Desire':

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The Library Chair was created by Alexander Love, in New York, and if you live in the USA and have 3k to spare, then you can buy one.

Now for the hardest part… the animal print or the pink?

I think I would like dusky pink velvet, like the stuff that is on the old Chaise-Longue, way down on the list of ‘Beautiful Things I Desire’ Yeah, this pink is a bit too…shiny… And maybe oak, or mahogany wood. It will need to go with the other coveted items, in my witch’s cottage in North Yorkshire. Yup – that’s on the list too.

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New Tarot Bags…

I have had three commissions for custom Tarot Bags in the past couple of weeks, so I thought I would share them here. Two were for the Thoth Tarot, but with very different requirements. The images below were for a regular size Thoth deck, and the client wanted an embroidered bag to reflect the energy of the Two of Disks card, she was delighted:

The bag arrived today!! I was surprised it got here so quickly. It is exquisite! My husband says it is the most beautiful Tarot bag that I have and I agree! Love all of the different colors in it and the way it reflects the 2 of disks card. I love holding it in my hands and feeling the wonderful energy from it. The cards fit perfectly into it. My husband and I were just looking at the amazing bag again. He is an artist and I thought you’d enjoy hearing one of the things he said. He said, “It’s like painting with thread and fabric.”

Here is the bag, front and back:

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The bag pictured below was for a Tarot reader who wanted his own sigil embroidered on a heavyily padded velvet bag with wraparound spread cloth. This was for the large Thoth deck.

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And finally a bag for my friend Beth of Little Red Tarot, for her Wild Unknown Deck:

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Ever feel someone is tapping your dreams?

For the past few months my dreams and my days have been filled with Ruby and her journey through the forest, into the shadows with her animus. Soon this stage of her journey will be captured in the big end of year final thing… except Ruby will keep going, the journey is never over.

Just a few minutes ago I came across the work of Pierre Huyghe. Don’t tell me there is no collective unconscious… geez it feels like this dude and I have been invading each others dreams…. I looked at a couple of images of his work and felt I knew it… check these out:

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He even has the red ribbon.rag thingy…! I must look further into his work because the write ups I have read so far are totally fascinating, and deliciously inspiring to boot :)

Images retrieved on 22/10/14 from:

http://www.art-agenda.com/reviews/pierre-huyghe%E2%80%99s-%E2%80%9Cin-border-deep%E2%80%9D/

The Hood or the Hair?

We had our third critique session in studio today. I presented Ruby in her current state of half fur, and a couple of versions of my mixed media painting.

I wanted to know which version of the painting they felt looked best, the red hooded Tabby or the red hair Tabby. Leigh liked the red hair best but the other two group members liked the hooded version the best. I am posting images here in case anyone out there cares to give me feedback!

This is the hooded version, I do like it because it blends in well with the rest of the image which was the main gist of the feedback I got from the those who preferred this version.

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This second version I also like a lot, and Leigh liked it because of the contrast and shine of the hair. It actually printed out very vibrantly. I actually dulled it a little here to blend it with the back ground a bit more. I do like this, I like how it is a step away from the Red Riding Hood, but I wonder of it looks a little too real, a little too like a glossy advertisement? But then she looks very contemporary, whereas the animus looks earthy, and woodlandy, slightly musty which does work well with my narrative, as the animus is musty in many of us and needs unearthing. I will definitely adjust her eye colour in the hair image if I use that one, make them greener.

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The fur effect with knitting faux fur etc was approved by all. I totally forgot to take in my red cloak remnants, but they will be part of the finished installation for sure.

I had a chat to Jose one of our tutors later, and she agrees that the trees/installation works really well, as opposed to just having the painting on a wall.  I have been very tempted to go this route just to fit in the studio more easily. I had doubts about Ruby and her chopped off head, but after some discussion Jose suggested a plinth on its side. I tried this and with Ruby at one end almost imitation the *animus* dude in the painting, it totally worked! It could almost be used to bring the painting into the scene, like the two would be facing each other. I would continue to drape the wolf *pelt* around the plinth a bit and mayeb add some more red ragged pieces (signifying the cloak remnants but also with a deeper story of coming of age, menstruation…).

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I couldn’t get the space I wanted, but I have another corner. It has a large radiator on the wall but the tutors will have to ignore that. G-Block may be a nice design in the atrium etc but for an art studio with a view to having to exhibit end of year work in a professional way, it totally sucks. There is so little wall space in the studios.

So… I shall carry in knitting/stitching/shredding Ruby, and trying to decide on hood or hair!

Your opinions are highly desired and more than welcome!

Knit Your Own Wolf…

I am experimenting with Ruby’s pelt, as it were. I have been playing with scraps of various types and colours of fake fur fabric, and also knitting with a variety of yarns to create a wolf/beastie/animal like feel, without the killing.

The good news about the wolf head hat mask is that it just about fits me… which will come in very handy for the New Years Eve fancy dress party!

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Here is a close up of the Wolf fur… I like the idea of different pieces and a combination of stitch, knitting and fabric, it adds to the layers of Ruby’s story as a female who confronted and assimilated her animus.

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Pale Blue Dot

I had to share this awesome video by astronomer Carl Sagan. It addresses the whole environment issue from a different angle, looking at the BIG picture. The message is a strong one: If we don’t look after this home we have here on this planet, then there sure as hell ain’t anywhere else we can move on to once we have destroyed it. Please share this video folks, reblog, it… Facebook it, tumblr it, whatever.

It is worth sharing and the message cannot be repeated enough.

 

The making of a wolf nose…

Well, after trying a zillion methods of trying to construct the wolf head mask for Ruby, I came back to good old cardboard and that most faithful of household staples, duck tape. I drew a shape, a sort of birds eye view of a wold head outline,  and then cut s strip of card about an inch wide, and folded it around the drawn shape. I fixed it with duck tape. Then I shaped more card strips around it using Ruby’s head as a guide.

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Next I worked on the ears but they are a bit strange looking:

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Finally I covered the whole thing with tissue and dilute PVA. I had to gesso over the duck tape first as the PVA wouldn’t stick to it.

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I think the nose looks a bit odd and long, but I will work on that when I add the furry bits! Wolf ears change in every picture I look at, so I decided that as cat ears are similar I would study my cats… but their ears change a lot too…

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Incidentally if anyone know the correct term for those wolf mask/hats I would love to know!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ruby has an identity crisis…

Poor Ruby, has no idea who she is. I have been unable to help her very much over the past ten days due to back issues. Anyway she is getting bored sitting waiting around to be transformed into wolf woman, so she grabbed whatever she could to amuse herself.

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On Monday I shall be seeing an osteopath, no choice…