I scored some sidewalk chalk, too.
I started thinking, though - I could get some plain cloth bags & embroider runes, ceremonial magic sigils or Vodou veves on them & sell 'em on e-Bay. You can embroider with all kinds of stuff - ribbons, metallic flosses, foil threads, fishing line (which comes in some funky colors & even glows in the dark), horse hair... In other words, if it's stringy & can be pushed through fabric, you can embroider with it. I used to do embroidery when I was a little kid, but I kind of lost interest in it along the way. I've got an embroidered pair of jeans & Robert at my job asked me if I did the embroidery myself - which, no, I didn't, Lane Bryant did it, but it made a huge lightbulb go off in my tiny brain. I very well could have embroidered those jeans.
It's hard to find embroidery pattern books anymore. People have gone to cross-stitching instead. It's the same principle, but a different technique. Personally, I think embroidery is a little more free-hand and versatile. I embroidered a million pot-holders when I was a kid. One had pumpkins & black cats on it & I gave the cats fishing-line whiskers. Not the most practical potholders, but they were decorative. I gave them to one of my teachers. At the time, I didn't know how to make patterns for them, but now I do, which means anything I can trace w/a heat-transfer pencil, I can embroider. Something embroidered with the serpent priestess of Minoa, anyone? Or Tarot card designs on Tarot cloths?
My biggest hurdle is trying to remember the stitches. Ack!
I could be artsy at those prices. Do you think anyone would buy pillows from me if I sewed buttons on them & did a little embroidery? I think I can remember how to embroider. And I could definitely paint shell patterns on rocks - there are a whole bunch of rocks in my backyard & I have a tube of black oil paint that might not have dried out yet.
Ashes & Milk
I do like the ceramics, though, especially the ones painted with birds.
The first ten people to comment in this post AND repost this meme in their own journal get to request a sketch on the topic of their choosing from me!
I can't promise that it will be recognizable or good, but I can doodle, so wtf, why not? They will also be small sketches so I can post them in my journal.
Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...
Non-conformist, Visionary, and Independent
15 Abstract, -12 Islamic, 3 Ukiyo-e, -1 Cubist, -4 Impressionist and -24 Renaissance!
Abstract art uses a visual language of form, color and line to create a composition which exists independently of what may appear to others as visual realities. Western had been underpinned by the logic of perspective and an attempt to reproduce an illusion of visible reality. It allowed the progressive thinking artists to show a different side to the world around them. By the end of the 19th century many artists felt a need to create a 'new kind of art' which would encompass the fundamental changes taking place in technology, science and philosophy. Abstract artists created art that was diverse and reflected the social and intellectual turmoil in all areas of Western culture.
People that chose abstract art as their preferred artform tend to be visionsaries. They see things in the world around them and in people that others may miss because they look beyond what is visual only with the eye. They rely on their inner thoughts and feelings in dealing with the world around them instead of on what they are told they should think and feel. They feel freed from the tendancy to be bound by traditional thought and experiences. They look more toward their own ideas and experiences than what they are told by their religious upbringing or from scientific evidence. They tend to like to prove theories themselves instead of relying on the insight or ideas of others. They are not bound by common and mundane, but like to travel and have new experiences. They value intelligence, but they also enjoy a challenge. They can be rather argumentative when they are being forced or feel as if they are being forced to conform.
I can tell you from experience, her dreamcatchers are substantial pieces of arty goodness - these aren't like, flimsy little keychain trinkets. Whatever nightmares you have are gonna get tangled up in one of these bad boys.
( Finally painted my drum )
I've never worked w/oil paints. They're messy. I mean, that stuff gets everywhere, and I think I made a mistake because I bought 'turpenoid' instead of turpentine. Every time I reached across the drum, I left streaks of white or red or yellow behind. The snake is badly off-center because I had to erase my preliminary sketches once I started painting - I wanted to put down just a thin base of white to make the colors stand out more against the drum colors and the pencil marks smeared, so I had a metallic gray drum. Ewuch. Had to wipe the whole mess down w/'turpenoid' & then work it all off to get back to where I could put paint on it again. I am planning to go back and clean up the work, but I think it needs to set a little since every time I touch it I just smear it again. It was fun to sit in the middle of my kitchen floor & make a royal mess, though.
Probably not. I'm aloof and standoffish and wait for people to come to me and they have to be very pushy about trying to be my friend before I even realize they've been standing there talking to me for an hour.
2. What is your most guilty pleasure?
Ok, I'll admit it. I like to drink Worcestershire sauce from the bottle. And pickle juice. And caper juice. If it's strong, salty and briny and used to store or season food with, I will sneak into my kitchen and drink it. I do it sneakily because well, it's kinda gross and I don't want Rob to lecture me about the sodium. I could be more mature and use a spoon for my stolen sips, but it takes too long & makes too much noise.
3. When was the last time you laughed so hard you cried?
I don't think I've ever honestly done this.
4. What is your biggest fear?
Becoming old and incapacitated and having my fate left to others who will keep me around because they are too selfish to let me go.
5. What's your favorite book to re-read?
Watership Down by Richard Adams
6. Have you ever been awake for 48 hours straight?
Yes. Ask me 'how long has it been since you've been awake for 48 hours straight' in a week - I'm on day 5 of no Elavil.
7. Favorite physical feature of the opposite sex?
Their back - that V shape from shoulders to hips. Mmm.
8. Is there anything that made you unhappy recently?
I think it's just that time of year. The depression is back again.
9. Name a personal hero.
It's a group of people - the founders of NecroSearch, International.
10. You have 50 dollars in your pocket, what do you do with it?
Well, $30 of it goes into the gas tank. $15 for coffee at the court house next week, the other $5 probably gets stuck in the vending machine at the Excalibur over the weekend.
11. What is your drug of choice?
Currently caffeine. Mostly alcohol, though.
12. If you could keep any animal for a pet, what would you keep?
Gods, I really want to invite a bearded dragon into our home, and a red-tailed Colombian boa. We also met a puppy named Momo at a pet adoption clinic a few weeks ago. She was a Lab/Aussie shepherd mix. But the m.i.l. says no dogs, so Momo had to stay behind.
13. What is your favorite keychain on your keys?
Probably the one I have featuring art by Christos Achilleos - it's a demon embracing a woman & he's scratched her butt so there's a tiny trickle of blood on her cheek.
14. Do you have a motto?
You can't move away from yourself.
15. Grab the book nearest to you, turn to page 55, and find line 5.
For once, there is no book sitting nearby. The Sun magazine on my desk only has 48 pages. Ah, wait, here's one: "Psilocybe cyanescens is relatively easy to identify by its wavy brown cap, 3/4 - 1 5/8 in. (2 - 4 cm) wide." - from The Revised and Expanded Edition of Plants of the Gods: Their Sacred, Healing and Hallucinogenic Powers by Richard Evans Schultes, Albert Hofmann & Christian Raasch.
Went to an art supply store for the first time in a looooong time today. Picked up some oil paints, turpenoid and some brushes, a mixing tray and a very cool purple Sharpie marker (If I could get away with it in this world of 'blue or black ink only', I would write everything with a fine-lined purple Sharpie). So now I have more stuff to sit up on top of the cabinet next to the papier mache supplies. Eventually I'm going to paint my drum. Eventually.
This chick is incredible: Pia Van Ravenstein @ deviantart
I love her totem art, but I'm finding myself drawn to the Wandsuna series that's scattered across her gallery. They're compelling and disturbing all at the same time. I also really like the true-to-life herons - they're like Audobon, only better because they capture the birds' spirits instead of just how they look so birdwatchers know what they're watching. She is extremely prolific, so there's always something new over there. This is her actual website.
I also did something I'd almost never do... I commissioned a piece from her, which is featured in my newest icon :) It arrived today, and it is even more detailed in real life - the lines, the patterns of the hairs on the bear, little spirals & separate dots and color strokes. I was mostly curious to see what someone else who barely knows me would come up with... she saw a cardinal, which are the red feathers encircling the mammoth. I'm working on that. For some reason, all I think about when I see red feathers is my continuing battle with my period, but maybe there really is a little red bird somewhere in my totem pole, lol.
Funny, it's supposed to rain tonight. It rained the other day.
But now, I've got conflicts - I want to put a sunflower in the center. And a snail. I think the sunflower & snail are going to have to go on a different drum, though. I sketched the basic idea out in my little notebook, so I can remember. The snake had a yellow bar on the back of its head, & its rattles were yellow. It spiralled out from the center of the drum, clockwise. I think it had a solid black line down its spine. Very bold primary colors that stood out nicely against the creamy white of the drumhead.
Anyway, now I have to find out what kind of paint or dye I can use on goatskin drums and actually paint it. I am not artfully endowed, but Saturn is going into retrograde this month, so maybe I can take advantage of the lack of restrictions in my life.
Sometimes, it's good to know that people are still out there on the other end of teh internets.
1. Where is your cell phone?
2. Your boyfriend/girlfriend?
3. Your hair?
5. Your father?
6. Your favorite thing?
7. Your dream last night?
8. Your favorite drink?
9. Your dream car?
10. The room you’re in?
11. Your pet?
12. Your fears?
13. What do you want to be in 10 years?
14. Where did you hang out last night?
15. What you’re not good at?
16. Eyebrow rings on the opposite sex?
17. One of your wish list items?
18. Where you grew up?
19. The last thing you did?
20. What are you wearing?
21. Your life?
22. Your mood?
23. Your car?
24. Your work?
30. Your summer?
31. Your relationship status?
32. Your favorite color?
33. When is the last time you laughed?
I got a little statue of Santisima Muerte. I need to get her some rose water & myrrh oil. I know that there's this cult surrounding her - the media says it's all the drug dealers & pimps & prostitutes who appeal to her, but she speaks to me like the Guedde. She's happy on my altar, there with a new lucky bamboo plant & Baphomet & Durgha.
Ugh, I am working all swing shifts this week. I hate swing shifts. I've got a noon to 8pm & those are the absolute worst. An entire day at work... I come in & the early morning people leave. Then the regular day people leave - and I'm still there. Then the afternoon people leave - and I'm still there. Then the regular swing shift people come in - and I'm still there. Blargh!
I talk a lot about empowerment, negative body image stereotypes, media poisoning - I am a champion of the right to be a fat woman, but honestly I think Leonard Nimoy is a chubby chaser. I was intrigued and grossed out all at the same time. The photos aren't bad, really, but... look for yourself: The Full Body Project by Leonard Nimoy What the fuck is that one woman wearing on her head? It looks like someone threw a net muscle shirt over the top of her head. I do have to admit, I like the one outfit one of the women is wearing in this one - she's got a tophat on & this short, frilled dress, complete w/fishnets. And some of the tattoos are great... but I question the motives behind the scenery.
No I take it back. The photos are pretty bad. Especially after looking at his 'Egg' series. Leonard Nimoy composes pictures like William Shatner sings.
(On another note - I think Rob got me Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows for my Samhain present!)
Brand New Dead Things
The Black Rabbit
I love the internets because I get exposed to all these fantastic artists. It's absolutely mind-blowing. My computer is full of screen-saver happiness. I'm going to have to join deviantart just so I can tell people how much I love them.