Friday, February 27, 2009
Today I got up at 4:15 a.m. gez I was groggy until noon because I took some sleeping tablets to get to bed early. Tomorrow I'll do better and just accept that I am not going to get much sleep and go for it. Now for a nice long shower and then to bed and sleep, sleep, sleep.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Here is one last picture of the costume and just in time for Mardi Gras. Thursday it will be modeled at Evangelos restaurant and the Valley recyclers luncheon and then it will be displayed at the Madd Matters Gallery in Palmer. OoW I'm getting alot of mileage from this costume.
When it has made its rounds I will dismantle this and store it away for some future use.
Judy O Queen Bee (satisfied smiles)
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Teresa Ascone said it's so moody and beautiful. So like Paul Harvey used to say "heeeeres . . . . . . the rest of the story."
Size: W. 38" X H. 27"
Artist: Judy Vars
I loved doing this painting of a place in my heart, this mountain was part of a canyon where the Bear River Massacre took place one of the most shameful battles in American history.
More than 400 Shoshoni occupied a winter camp that offered ideal protection in Battle Creek Canyon. But they suffered a disaster unmatched in western history when Connor's Force struck at daybreak, January 29, 1863. It was a bloody conflict where even women and children fought fiercely, in the end they were defeated by the troops from California. The unruly troop raped women, burned the huts, stole the horses and left the survivors to freeze to death.
Why do I call this small mountain a place in the heart? It is because it was a landmark on the way to my grandmother’s house in Weston, Idaho. The stillness and loneliness of this place I recalled while painting this scene. The railroad tracks, the wind, the fields, the bees, the hay and a hot August day.
Remembering one frozen January years past driving with my mother to Grandmothers house, we drove for miles and miles not seeing a car, a person or any sign of life; it was so still and so cold so very cold. This scene seemingly unchanged is etched in my memory forever a place in my heart.
Please don't tell anyone, the painting was to thick and wet when I was doing it some nats flew on it got stuck and died, they looked like hawks so I left them on. he he he
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Size: 12 x 24
Artist: J Vars
There’s a place in my mind
No one knows where it hides
And my fantasy is flying
It’s a castle in the sky
It’s a world of our past
Where the legend still lasts
And the king wears the crown
But the magic spell is law
Take your sword and your shield
There’s a battle on the field
You’re a knight and you’re right
So with dragons now you’ll fight
And my fancy is flying
It’s a castle in the sky
Or there’s nothing out there
These are castles in the air
Fairytales live in me
Fables coming from my memory
Fantasy is not a crime
Find your castle in the sky
You’ve got the key
Of the kingdom of the clouds
Open the door
Leaving back your doubts
You’ve got the power
To live another childhood
So ride the wind
That leads you to the moon 'cause..."
dj satomi lyrics
Friday, February 13, 2009
Ok almost finished, it needs more bees, lights behind the honeycomb, and the model. Ashley is very excited, she is wearing a black tube top, long black gloves, her hair will be in an elaborate up-doo. Nicole and Sharon my helpers admitted how much fun they are having helping me construct this thing. So the next time you see this dress will be on the run-way.......
We want to make this a well loved tradition. The VAA Wearable Art Committee will bring all the creations together to present the audience with an exquisite evening of art entertainment, using the theme, music, staging and narration to bring it all together! It just keeps getting better and better.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Monday, February 09, 2009
I'm so glad I was able to con her into helping me with this. LOL From the mess shall arise the beehive costume.
This is the front, its beeswax, tissue paper and chicken wire. It needs more layers and shaping so it looks like honey cells. I told myself I would just whip it out, yea right, it's going to take hours. I didnt' get out today although there were things I should have done, people who required and requested my presence, but I have a job and it's art, sometimes it requires that I hole up in my studio in my home and create. I could have a boring job selling cars or stocks.
Your ideas and comments are muchly appreciated.
Sunday, February 08, 2009
newspaper, tissue paper, beeswax, big safety pins, and yellow ribbon.
I'm just sitting here checking out other peoples blogs. We creatives are a fascinating bunch aren't we? But sometimes reading blogs is just my way to avoid my own creative mess.
I know it's just that initial apprehension that I feel whenever I start something new. I have 13 days to do this, so no need to get nutty (yet).
Saturday, February 07, 2009
This costume is becoming a logistical nightmare, let me elaborate. First I tried foam pipe insulation made and hoops then tied them together with twine and white duct tape in a pyramid fashion. It didn't work. Next idea was to cut foam rubber and make the beehive look like a cake. Foam rubber costs 69.00 a square yard. No Way! Currently the idea is to make the beehive out of duct work. Yikes, I feel like quiting before I even get started.
Good points: Dear One is willing to help me, my daughter is willing to help, it will be fun, we will bond, others will share in my craziness, I will get loads of publicity.
But did I mention that KAKM Public Television is going to interview me on camera, I'll be on TV while my piece is being auctioned. If I was looking for attention then I am certainly getting it and lovin it too!
Here is a link to the site click on the right KAKM Art Showcase Auction http://kakm.org/2009/02/ look around for some nice Alaskan artwork mine is "A Place in the Heart" you can bid on the telephone live with the bidders in the studio.
Friday, February 06, 2009
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Monday, February 02, 2009
Apparently they were put in the wrong p.o. box. The people were out of town and had someone picking up their mail and throwing it on their table, when they got home they found our passports in the pile and took them to the post office. WoW
So I already filed a lost or stolen passport form and that cannot be reversed and the new passport takes 10 business days. WTF did I learn from all this??? If only I'd waited through the weekend and not reacted so negatively, if only............
At least I like my new passport photo better than the first one.
Sunday, February 01, 2009
I went back to the post office and spoke to the Post Mistress who looked at me and my rant with an appropriate espression of understandingand making placating noises. She said they will look in all the boxes again. This was the 6th trip to the post office and numerous calls to the passport agency. Yesterday I called the Post Mistress back and she says with her understanding monotone voice that spoke she to John and they still can't find them still yatta, yatta, yatta. I'm going to puke. Why is this happening to me?
So Friday January 30th we came back to the post office and filed a DS-89 lost or stolen passport form and reapplied for new passports and opened a new p.o. box downtown.
In the meantime can anyone please tell me,