I spent my weekend on an art of another kind.
On a trip to an out of town flea market, we dug around and found this loom. It was broken and missing a piece, but we bought it anyways. The best thing I’ve found about doing art almost everyday, is that I am always full of ideas on how to make and/or fix things.
To fix this, I made another arm out of a yardstick and some dowels I had left over from making canvasses. And it worked! So now I’m using some wool and weaving a scarf out of it. Wearable art! I love the colors of this wool, and how its working up in the weaving.
I am still working in my journal, layering away. Nothing that I think is finished enough to show… Soon though!
At MacNab Street Tunnel
I was on a walk with my partner D, and I took him to my favorite mural in the city. I can’t believe forgot to take him here until now: The art I take for granted! Well, I made that right yesterday, and showed him. It is amazing work! This tunnel was just gray for the longest time. There was some graffiti, mostly tagging which is not my favorite unless it is really cool. Now its a great (and colorful) rep of the city. I think my favorite part is when you are coming up the stairs out of the tunnel, and there are arrows showing you to all the great parts of Hamilton. The project was completed July, 2010 by two Hamilton artists, Laura Zajacz and Becky Katz, and about 30 youth volunteers.
8"x 8", mixed media on canvas
I found out that I have high blood pressure. Apparently, I don’t handle stress well- but does anybody?
I thought it would be nice for me to paint something that showed my heart that I do care about it; and I hope it won’t crap out on me because I’ve been stressy. This painting kinda grosses my partner out. But I like it. I like that if you look closely, you can see that there is an image of a heart under all the veins and stuff.
My good friend Shira painted this portrait of me for the AWOL square foot show this August in Toronto. She is a great painter, and photographer.
I’ve never felt like art before, Thank you so much Shira!
16"x 20", Mixed Media on canvas
Here’s what I’ve been working on this month instead of my journal. I was working on it to finish it for a friends birthday present. She’s been wanting something I’ve made for a while, and I finally had the time to make it for her. I wanted to make something calming for her, and so I chose blues and greens. I’ve been on a weird Picasso-esque cubist faces kick lately, so that made its way into the painting too.
Its hard to give something away that you’ve made. I knew it was going to be a gift, but now that its done, I’m attached to it. I can’t keep everything I make, but it never gets easier when I sell or give something away as a gift. I don’t know if it will ever get easier either…
-Summer Journal, 2011
I got to use some new papers I found! I love these Japanese papers- there are so many colors and textures.
The thing I love about my journal is that I can make something if its a good day.. or bad. This was a good day.
Summer journal, 2011
I thought should start showing some pages from my journal so here is a page I made for my husband.