Brilliante Weblog

Well thank you Jafabrit for this award as usual you are too kind.  Thanks for the remarks on my painting, I was just beginning to lose faith in my art because sometimes I just get that  way, but you cheered me up.

I think yours is the blog I visit the most, brcause I really enjoy what you do and what you write about,.

The other 7 blogs I nominate are:

1.  Art News Blog, full of exciting news

2.  Erika Takacs Sculpture and Paper Art A great blog show her wonderful sculptures being created

3.  Off the Wall Art because I love it

4.  Laketrees Very interesting blog

5.  Megapunched I like stuff like this

6.  Madsilence lots of interesting art info

7.  The Colorist so colorful 🙂

Skull Art

Jafabrit is at it again, she has come up with some wonderful paintings of skulls, click the skull below to see more on her blog.

It reminds me a bit of the Damien Hirst skull which sold for $100m.
You never know maybe someone will pay that much for  Jafabrit’s, I much prefer hers though it is so much more artistic and from the comments she has received it looks like it has also been very inspiring to others.   Keep up the good work!
If you want to read more about the Hirst skull look no further:

Dead valuable … For the Love of God, by Damien Hirst. (AFP: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd)

A diamond-encrusted skull by British artist Damien Hirst sold on Thursday for $US100 million ($123 million), a record price for work sold by a living artist, a London gallery announced.

The work, entitled ‘For the Love of God’, is a skull cast in platinum and encrusted with 8,601 diamonds. Carbon dating has shown that the original skull on which Hirst’s work is modelled dates to the 18th century.

Hirst remains best known for earlier conceptual works in which creatures including a shark and a cow were pickled in formaldehyde inside glass tanks.

The diamond-encrusted skull was sold to an group of anonymous investors, a spokeswoman for the White Cube gallery in London, where it has been on display from the beginning of the summer, told AFP.

Death is one of the central themes in works completed by Hirst, 41, who once said that the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States were like a work of art, but later apologised.

Pizza Hut Pizza Box

Yes I have followed in Jafabrit’s footsteps and entered the art competition too. I thought why not it looks like fun. So if you feel like it then have a look and vote if it takes your fancy. Of course, you should vote for Jafabrit as well. 🙂  Check out Jafabrit’s design here

Pizza Hut – Pizza Box

Art y pico award

Art y pico award

arte y pico

Arte y Pico Award

I am not sure if I understand this one but have I also one the Art y pico award winners if I was thank you Jafabrit I think I misunderstood at first, but that is great.

Other I would give this award to would be Jafabrit, Laketrees, Madsilence, Off The Wall Art, The Colorist

I am just going to copy and paste Jafabrit’s text for what you have to do.

1) You have to pick 5 blogs who deserve this award for their creativity, design, interesting material and also contibutes to the blogging community no matter what language.

2) Each award has to have the name of the author and also a link to the blog to be visit by everyone.

3) Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and the link to the blog that has given her or him award itself.

4) Award winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of “arte y pico” blog (linked in my title) so everyone will know the origin of this award. (Cut and paste the info into your blog to make things easier).

Jafabrit’s Knitted Tree in the News Again

YELLOW SPRINGS, Ohio — No, that’s not a hallucination. That pear tree is wearing a sweater.

Wrapped around the trunk is a colorful, crazy-quilt skin made up of panels of yarn knitted individually by residents and visitors alike. Good-luck charms cling to the yarn. Family photos, poems and jokes peek out of knitted pockets.

The art project in this southwest Ohio village, already known for its offbeat art, has become a conversation piece and even a photo op.

“What takes this to a different level is it is a community thing,” said Corrine Bayraktaroglu, an artist who helped start the “knitknot tree” project. “People are really, really enjoying it. They’re coming from towns to have their photograph taken with the tree. They’re adding stuff to the pockets.”

Knitters around the U.S. are dressing trees, street signs, benches, door handles and other objects.

Last month, residents of Columbus, Ind., knitted cozies for 33 ornamental pear trees that line the city’s main street. One tree, called the People Hugger, has knitted arms.

Knitted coverings are showing up on trees and doorknobs in Charleston, W.Va. In Houston, knitters have dressed up park benches, car antennas, telephone poles and beer bottles.

“It’s fascinating what’s going on in the knitting world,” Bayraktaroglu said. “Graffiti street art is going to a whole different realm. It’s gone beyond just painting on sides of buildings.”

Artist Carol Hummel is among the pioneers. She crocheted a cozy for a tree in front of City Hall in Cleveland Heights several years ago. It took her 500 hours and the use of a hydraulic lift to dress the upper branches.

The cozy has survived several winters and even a swarm of cicadas, which left their molted skins clinging to the material.

“There are a lot of copycats now,” Hummel said. “A lot of people are getting into putting things on the trees. That’s cool.”

In Yellow Springs, the first knitted panel _ a gold piece with the words “Knitknot Tree” and a smiley face _ went up in October. It wasn’t until early February that more panels began to be added.

Corrine Bayraktaroglu adds another section of knitting to the “Knit Knot Tree” on Xenia Ave. in Yellow Springs, Ohio on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008. The art project in this southwest Ohio village, already known for its artistic flavor and offbeat art, has become a conversation piece and even a photo op. (AP Photo/Skip Peterson)

Nancy Mellon sews another knitted section to the “Knit Knot Tree” on Xenia Ave. in Yellow Springs, Ohio on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008. The art project in this southwest Ohio village, already known for its artistic flavor and offbeat art, has become a conversation piece and even a photo op.

“Then it just took off like crazy,” Bayraktaroglu said. “People were coming from out of town and adding their own knitting.”

Artist Nancy Mellon said people love to come up and touch the tree, and children like to check out what’s in the pockets.

“There was a man _ while I was working on the tree _ who walked by, and all he said was ‘Thank you,'” Mellon said.

Other residents in this village about 15 miles east of Dayton also seem to like the dressed-up tree.

“It looks like Yellow Springs; it’s unique, it’s colorful, unpredictable,” said Lynda Sirk. “It makes me smile. That’s what I like.”

The tree is vulnerable to the raised legs of passing pooches. Because of that, the panels of yarn don’t extend all the way to ground level.

As the panels spread up the trunk, the knitters had to follow, first standing on a chair, then a three-step ladder, a 6-foot ladder and finally an 8-foot ladder. They finally decided they had gone high enough after someone suggested scaffolding and village officials began to worry about someone falling.

“The fear factor has kicked in,” Mellon said.

The artists who started the project tentatively plan to remove the knitting on Arbor Day at the end of April and give away the pieces of yarn.

But Bayraktaroglu has some reservations about that.

“People get very attached,” she said, “and I think they’ll be mad at us if we cut it down.”
from the Washington Post

Jafabrit – Biography Guest Piece

I have been wanting to post some of Jafabrit’s work on my blog for quite some time now.  Her work is so amazing and vibrant, she just has to be included.  I recently got in touch with her and got her to write a short biography about herself and what she has been up to.  She was also recently featured in the media due to her tree sweater.  The pic is below and you can check out the article here

Tree Sweater

So courtesy of Jafabrit here is her biography, thanks Corrine

Corrine Bayraktaroglu aka jafabrit

I’m a middle aged multi-media artist living in the middle of Ohio and I like to wear black. I was born in the Northeast of England and had a mother who earned her living as a graphic artist and is a brilliant draughtswoman/portrait artist.  I was exposed to a lot of art at home, and museums etc, in the Northeast and in London. Unfortunately I was under the mistaken notion that one is only capable of being an artist if they can conjure up a portrait or an image within minutes, so I dismissed any idea that I could do art at all. Before I got married and came to America in 1978 I had a variety of jobs, barmaid, kennel maid ( racing greyhounds), usherette, pool hall attendant, data entry operator, auxiliary nurse, croupier. After moving to the USA I did volunteer work and worked seven years in Texas as a suicide crisis counselor.  I thought would go and get my social work degree in 1995, but after my first drawing class and then an oil painting class that was it.  At 40 years old I found a new love in my life and I was smitten.

Naughty Boy

Naughty Boy, Oil on Wood

It has been said that professionally it is a bad thing to do work in so many styles (they are probably right), and it is claimed suggests a lack of focus. I would say bollocks to that. The range of my work is a reflection of my tastes in life, very very eclectic. As a fellow artist noted, “I move between flippancy or gay abandonment to more serious stuff”.  I don’t really concern myself with adhering to a specific style or school of art or art rules. Content dictates the form so I will use any method/means I feel best fits with what I am trying to say with a piece.

Promise Not to Tell

Promise Not To Tell, Oil on Wood, Hammered Tin, Antique Box

I call myself jafabrit because I am the founder of a group called the jafagirls, which is an acronym for “Just Another F%$#*& Artist”. We create what we when we want, how we want and WHENEVER WE ARE IN THE MOOD. We do public art, found art, run a gallery in a local loo, own the art ball machine, sell art, teach art, own an art gallery, and have fun with art. I am also the co-founder and co-curator of the gallery in a local public restroom in the Chamber of Commerce building, called The Chamberpot Gallery. In addition I run a blog for the Yellow Springs Arts Council, as well as mine, and the jafagirlart blog.

 

Here are the blogs and websites I run

Jafabrit’s art  

Jafagirlart 

Yellow Springs Arts Council 

Websites

Chamberpot Gallery 

Jafagirlart