Regeneration after blues, hopefully

I am struggling to work on art stuff today with low energy and motivation.

I took a look at my Etsy site and adjusted the shipping, adding Australia, Japan and Canada to the list of places I will ship to (https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/robotladypowerart). I need to photograph, measure and list some more items in the shop- art mobiles, some bookmarks and postcards. I also need to finish quite a few small canvases specifically for Esty (Death out and about… and Lilliput out and about…). But I don’t feel like doing it, or painting the mandalas, or working on the Edmonia Lewis portrait. I just cannot be arsed.

I checked my Artfinder shop to find a message from July 27th asking me if I wanted to write an article for an online site about the Jonestown massacre (October 1st deadline). They found my Jonestown painting listed on artfinder (https://www.artfinder.com/product/trouble-in-jonestown/) through a google search. I  apologised for taking so long to reply and said yes, I would be interested. Random!

I’m looking at all of the artwork and stuff that I’ve been making the last few years and how it is starting to accumulate in my house. Maybe the tipping point will be an overload of inventory and this will motivate me to find other places to put it. Until then, it’s hard to be bothered, though I’ll keep the dream alive. I feel slightly discouraged but this too shall pass.

Back to the doodle board.

Might just go back to bed.

 

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Human Artist: Identity, Memory, Location

I am in the process of creating a large-ish hanging mobile. It centers around the theme of memory, identity and location. I’m using some google map screen shots for references along with some photos I took.  I google mapped places I lived throughout Florida. This could be infringing copyright law with google as they own the images, but I am painting them from scratch, using them only as references. Seeing as how I doubt I will profit on this and I’ll be changing them enough, I feel like this is fair use. Also, I am virtually invisible in the art world– so really, who cares- why do I even bother worrying about this shit? Please sue me Google, for I could use some publicity!

The mobile will include painted mandalas (which is just any design or imagery within a circle). I glued some unstretched canvas together- the circles are the size of a plate and bowl. I will paint different scenes on the front and back, no doubt adding symbols and characters, beads and sparkly things along the way.

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Today, it’s bittersweet to look at the photos from 2009-2010, remembering that huge time of transition- leaving my house, studio, pets– yeah ex-husband too– but I was ready for that one (we are both remarried now to other people, happy and friends). Leaving the house, the nature, the pets and my stuff was harder. I took risks and sacrificed- starting a new relationship and forging a new life. It was worth it, but the older I get the less dramatic/traumatic I would wish life to be.

Someday I will go back to Florida for a visit and get some closure. Visit family- my ex is still storing a bunch of my stuff and he would probably appreciate me sorting it out- what the heat and humidty hasn’t rotted. The cat I left there died last year. The dog’s still there, but she was a new addition and I hadn’t spent that much time with her like the cat, still for 6 months we were companions.

Here are some photos from my last time living in Florida- 2010.

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Toxic Bloom, Reading the Spread

Finished another painting. This one features the gigantic toxic algae bloom discharging from Lake Okeechobee, Florida- here’s a link to a newspaper article about it if you’re interested (http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2016/07/13/will-this-toxic-algae-bloom-eat-florida.html).

I did not plan to include the toxic algae bloom in this painting, but it found its way into expression along with some Florida friends- the flamingo and manatee. I dabbled with the idea of putting gas masks on them, like Banksy would, but decided against it.  Originally it was an abstract landscape using an old photo of Pamela Colman Smith as a reference.

I did change her a bit- she’s the model for the figure in the foreground. You can find out more about her here (http://www.autostraddle.com/fools-journey-the-fascinating-life-of-pamela-colman-smith-267673/) and see the original photo I referenced here (https://marygreer.wordpress.com/2008/04/17/the-art-of-pamela-colman-smith/).

Summer’s almost over! Love y’all.