Sunday, March 25, 2007

The Lady Marion

I cannot for the life of me figure out how to put a You Tube Video on my blog. All I get is error messages. ::grumble::

If I was a song, that is what I would sound like. I listened to Clannad when I was younger, back home, and found them again here in America, making music for "Robin of Sherwood". It was like a song from home, even though I'm not from Ireland.
I've always liked the Robin Hood legend, any fairy tale at all, really. This one I liked especially because the Lady Marian was a spunky sort and could shoot a bow and wield a staff if she had to. A fair but independent maiden!
Once, a hair weapon was made for me, because it was thought that I was such a woman. I still have it. I can't wear it in my hair anymore because it is no longer long enough. I ought to find a way to keep it with me. The top is Herne, the Hunter, who was Robin's guiding spirit. One of the old Gods, of the old ways.
The song is sweet and haunting, with an underlaying sadness and great destiny in it's heart. Now maybe to someone else, it may sound like just so much harp string plucking, but to me... it sounds like a song in my heart. I listen to it, and all this memory comes to my thoughts, you know, the kind that is more image than word.
Do you ever feel you have been born into the wrong time?

Friday, March 23, 2007

tiny book

From big to little -- another little deco I made today. My latest interest is book making! Always something new to try. It's very satisfying to make something out of next to nothing, and to make it beautiful to my eyes. It's really the process, more than the product, because once it's done, I send it out into the world. And on to the next project.

I spent happy times down in the art corner today, I was listening to a book on tape while I was working on art, the sun was shining and a gentle breeze came in through the window. Very blissful. It felt really really good.

Goddesses Of The World Journal

This is the cover of a journal I created from scratch -- it's bigger than any book I've made so far. It's about 5x7, and it will be traveling in a round robin of fabulous artists.
I had fun making it, and I can't wait to see what beautiful Goddesses it is going to be filled with.

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Zetti Deco

I like the idea of Zettiology -- the seemingly random images collaged and doodled together to make another meaning. Or maybe it's just randomness sometimes. Hard to explain, more fun to make. Think Monty Python's Flying Circus, and of course for more contemporary artists, there are Tracy and Teesha Moore.

I made this little deco for a "Pay It Forward" challenge for beachstudio in PA.

On this first day of spring

(Well, ok, that was yesterday! I took the picture yesterday, just didn't get to posting it.)
For winter's rains and ruins are over,
And all the season of snows and sins;
The days dividing lover and lover,
The light that loses, the night that wins;
And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the spring begins.
Algernon Charles Swinburne

Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Say NO to free Art!

Say NO to free Art!
- Author Unknown
“Every day, there are more and more Craigs List posts seeking “artists” for everything from auto graphics to comic books to corporate logo designs. More people are finding themselves in need of some form of illustrative service. But what they’re NOT doing, unfortunately, is realizing how rare someone with these particular talents can be.
To those who are “seeking artists”, let me ask you; How many people do you know, personally, with the talent and skill to perform the services you need? A dozen? Five? One? …none?
More than likely, you don’t know any. Otherwise, you wouldn’t be posting on craigslist to find them. And this is not really a surprise.
In this country, there are almost twice as many neurosurgeons as there are professional illustrators. There are eleven times as many certified mechanics. There are SEVENTY times as many people in the IT field.
So, given that they are less rare, and therefore less in demand, would it make sense to ask your mechanic to work on your car for free? Would you look him in the eye, with a straight face, and tell him that his compensation would be the ability to have his work shown to others as you drive down the street? Would you offer a neurosurgeon the “opportunity” to add your name to his resume as payment for removing that pesky tumor? (Maybe you could offer him “a few bucks” for “materials”. What a deal!)
Would you be able to seriously even CONSIDER offering your web hosting service the chance to have people see their work, by viewing your website, as their payment for hosting you? If you answered “yes” to ANY of the above, you’re obviously insane.
If you answered “no”, then kudos to you for living in the real world.
But then tell me… why would you think it is okay to live out the same, delusional, ridiculous fantasy when seeking someone whose abilities are even less in supply than these folks? Graphic artists, illustrators, painters, etc., are skilled tradesmen. As such, to consider them as, or deal with them as, anything less than professionals fully deserving of your respect is both insulting and a bad reflection on you as a sane, reasonable person. In short, it makes you look like a twit.
A few things you need to know;
1. It is not a “great opportunity” for an artist to have his work seen on your car/’zine/website/bedroom wall, etc. It IS a “great opportunity” for YOU to have their work there.
2. It is not clever to seek a “student” or “beginner” in an attempt to get work for free. It’s ignorant and insulting. They may be “students”, but that does not mean they don’t deserve to be paid for their hard work. You were a “student” once, too. Would you have taken that job at McDonalds with no pay, because you were learning essential job skills for the real world? Yes, your proposition it JUST as stupid.
3. The chance to have their name on something that is going to be seen by other people, whether it’s one or one million, is NOT a valid enticement. Neither is the right to add that work to their “portfolio”. They get to do those things ANYWAY, after being paid as they should. It’s not compensation. It’s their right, and it’s a given.
4. Stop thinking that you’re giving them some great chance to work. Once they skip over your silly ad, as they should, the next ad is usually for someone who lives in the real world, and as such, will pay them. There are far more jobs needing these skills than there are people who possess these skills.
5. Students DO need “experience”. But they do NOT need to get it by giving their work away. In fact, this does not even offer them the experience they need. Anyone who will not/can not pay them is obviously the type of person or business they should be ashamed to have on their resume anyway. Do you think professional contractors list the experience” they got while nailing down a loose step at their grandmother’s house when they were seventeen? If you your company or gig was worth listing as desired experience, it would be able to pay for the services it received. The only experience they will get doing free work for you is a lesson learned in what kinds of scrubs they should not lower themselves to deal with.
6. (This one is FOR the artists out there, please pay attention.) Some will ask you to “submit work for consideration”. They may even be posing as some sort of “contest”. These are almost always scams. They will take the work submitted by many artists seeking to win the “contest”, or be “chosen” for the gig, and find what they like most. They will then usually have someone who works for them, or someone who works incredibly cheap because they have no originality or talent of their own, reproduce that same work, or even just make slight modifications to it, and claim it as their own. You will NOT be paid, you will NOT win the contest. The only people who win, here, are the underhanded folks who run these ads. This is speculative, or “spec”, work. It’s risky at best, and a complete scam at worst. I urge you to avoid it, completely.
So to artists/designers/illustrators looking for work, do everyone a favor, ESPECIALLY yourselves, and avoid people who do not intend to pay you. Whether they are “spec” gigs, or just some guy who wants a free mural on his living room walls. They need you. You do NOT need them. Say NO to free art. And for those who are looking for someone to do work for free…please wake up and join the real world. The only thing you’re accomplishing is to insult those with the skills you need. Get a clue.
If you agree with the above important information, please pass it along. The more people know, the faster we can correct this.”
So, what do YOU think about that author’s post?

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Winged heart

Here's a little creation for a fund raiser. I used a mold purchased on e-bay from " crowsnest".

I like the way it turned out.

Victoria Don't Look!!!

This is a little art squared deco that I've made for my friend VK Soaplash over in Oregon. Poor girl is going through the joys and tribulations of moving. I can soooo relate! I still have boxes that need unpacking. Can you believe that? (:::giggle::: I can...)

Monday, March 05, 2007

It's Naptime!

...say the fur children. I think dogs and cats have it figured out. Eat, nap, play, groom, nap, get your belly scratched, nap, go potty, repeat.

Here are my two "favoritest" four leggers:

Journal pages

This is Saturdays' Journal page: "You are here" Started out as a doddle, and turned into a collage.

This is Sunday's Journal page. Mama's death day was 3/2, and I didn't think about the significance of the date on that day, although I think about her every single day. May the Goddess keep you in her arms, Mama.

And this is today's Journal page.. I think it needs something, still. The day is not over, yet.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Other doodle-ies

These little squares are 1x1 inch art squares -- the latest rage in mixed media. I just wanted to try out making some of them. Small is putzy to work with. But you can get them together fairly fast.
And this is a page I did for a housewarming deco ( a hand made booklet) for someone who is moving. More fun stuff.

color play

The challenge here was to pick two colors and work with them only. My choices were burgundy and copper, although in the picture it looks more red and orange. I used acrylics for the background, applied with a credit card ( a very fine use for visa/monstercard!) and made the female body with burgundy colored Fimo and copper perl-ex, and a push mold. Add an asian style stamp, and Voila! a finished art squared page. Fun stuff.