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Sunday, June 7, 2009

Sunday Meditation - House Collages and Redneck BBQ Painting

She heard the mountain laughing as the moon and stars came out, and crow came to take her for a ride...Art-A-Day Journal Houses
My art-a-day journal has these whimsical, somewhat quirky collaged houses here and there that make me smile. When the mood strikes and I have interesting paper to play with out comes another one. I like combining my journal collages with pen drawing and a few words. My favorite pens lately are the Uniball pens with permanent ink, ultra fine lines, and their gel pens with an even smaller .38 line, and of course, the occasional Sharpie which sometimes bleeds to the other side of the page.

The first collage above has to do with the our interconnection with the landscape, the crow-raven native american story of being the bearer of light and I call it "Crow Came to Give her a Ride". Below, the second one I call "No Dumping" because that's what the label says on the frig in the picture, and it all relates in a way to my continous effort to declutter all the debris I've collected over the years, an effort that never seems to end. Especially true, since I experiment with all kinds of art, my eyes see potential new uses for ordinary things, it's laughable. Doesn't it seem like we all do it, amass physical and mental stuff that eventually is useless to us and in the way of other things, ideas, outlooks? Perhaps collaging lots of houses is a way of remodeling...
The third collage below reflects the pure fun of the Artfest retreat in April, and in fact, is made from remnant candy paper we were given, a nice reminder, I call it "Beaver Brittle House."Sunday Meditation
Now here's a really fun and funny video. I don't think I will be experimenting with BBQ sauce this way, but maybe the point is just to be creative, use whatever you have on hand, you don't have to go buy new art stuff, and probably don't need another workshop either (though these are fun things to do).

So here it is: "Redneck Art made with BBQ Ribs - Speed Painting" from Eclectic Asylum Art. The music is "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" by The Creaking Tree String Quartet. By the way, probably because the original would get moldy, the artist makes prints out of his art and sells them on Ebay, you can google it. I saw an Elvis portrait print done with real cheetos, actually quite good too. Cheers to family and friends in Texas who will love this!

6 comments:

Paula McNamee said...

Your whimsical house collages encourage simple journaling. I like how you add the line drawings and love the crow story. Thanks also for the video. It's fun to see an artist at work.

HeartFire said...

Thanks Paula... Definitely a posting of whimsy & fun...

JonesMoore said...

I LOVE the video (deer painting from BBQ sauce...who knew?), and love your everyday collages. Wish I was that disciplined!

HeartFire said...

Hi Lisa,
Isn't the BBQ a scream, my husband said it reminded him of finger painting. Well I have to confess, I sometimes don't do one, so I have to do 2 the next night, one for the day I missed. Oh well, I still have one collage or sketch or something for every day since last Nov. It's been fun and helpful in some ways.

Tara Ross Studios said...

I love your house collages. I am thinking of more collage in my work.

xo...

HeartFire said...

Hi Tara,
I'm glad you like them, I know I'm going to do more, I have quite a few I haven't posted. Collage is lots of fun.