October: a beautiful month

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Yesterday morning I received a beautiful reminder from a friend….she sent me a link to a youtube video of U2 performing: It’s a beautiful day…today I listened to it again….tomorrow if all goes to plan I will listen to it again…sometimes I just need to remind myself

It was a beautiful day
Don’t let it get away
Beautiful day

Touch me
Take me to that other place
Reach me
I know I’m not a hopeless case

What you don’t have you don’t need it now
What you don’t know you can feel it somehow
What you don’t have you don’t need it now
Don’t need it now
Was a beautiful day

And then to top it off I received a parcel in the mail from another friend.  She sent me this amazing rubber necklace!

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Studio snippets: I am stitching like crazy…there is progress, but the process takes sooooo long that I get jittery, fustrated, anxious and nervous….that’s when I have to remind myself….its a beautiful day…to stitch away, anyway

work in progress

I am thinking about using a wooden toy that belongs to my son for a base of this sculpture. Not so sure he will be happy about it, but I think it might just work?? (note this is not the final view, just putting the thoughts together)

In between working on some larger works I continue to make headgear just for fun:

etienne met helmet

I started keeping a journal at around age 13, and when I started studying we had to have sketchbooks (which i really enjoyed) so I kept on working in sketchbooks and keeping visual diaries since 1996. When my children were very small I stopped for a brief period. These days i find that I dont really have time, but I try…so I resort to collage and ink since it is immediate, quick and plalyful: doing something that you feel doesnt need to be perfect or to be seen or exhibited.

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Other news:

It’s this time of year:

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Just love to hear them eat or watch these beautiful creatures going about their business.

and

I am still obsessed about Basquiat. The lovely ladies from our library ordered 2 Basquiat books, and I am enjoying it soooo much to spend some time with his images in the comfort of my house.

currently this is the work by Basquiat that I adore, would love to own this one:

Basquiat: Mona Lisa 1983

Basquiat: Mona Lisa 1983

oh and his helmets are awesome as well:

helmet

and while reading the books I learned about another artist called David Hammons…check out this piece made with rubber! :

Work by David Hammons

Work by David Hammons

so all and all everyday is a beautiful day, and I hope you experience it too

Inspiration on a rainy day

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It was raining the whole day, since yesterday.

Confession:

Our beloved budgie flew away…I doubt it if he would survive outside.  Although I don’t like the image of a bird in a cage, I still got attached to him.  It was actually my son’s. In retrospect I ask myself: why didn’t I close the cage properly?

Back to work…

While I sit and stitch in the studio I watched the film: Basquiat.  O my word I love this movie, especially the following scenes:

There is a scene where Basquiat and his friend was shooting hoops and the actor Benicio del Toro shares his advice on how long it takes to become famous:

And then there is the fairytale told by Basquiat towards the end of the film…:

There was this little prince with a magic 
crown. An evil warlock kidnapped him, 
locked him in a cell in a huge tower and 
took away his voice. There was a window 
made of bars. The prince would smash his 
head against the bars hoping that someone 
would hear the sound and find him. The 
crown made the most beautiful sound that 
anyone ever heard. You could hear the 
ringing for miles. It was so beautiful, 
that people wanted to grab the air. They 
never found the prince. He never got out 
of the room. But the sound he made filled 
everything up with beauty.


I fell in love with the words right at the beginning and found out that it is from an article that appeared in Artforum called ‘Radiant Child” written by Rene Ricard:

Everybody wants to get on the Van Gogh Boat. There is no trip so horrible that someone won’t take it. Nobody wants to miss the Van Gogh Boat. The idea of the unrecognized genius slaving away in a garret is a deliciously foolish one. We must credit the life of Vincent van Gogh for really sending that myth into orbit. How many pictures did he sell. One. He couldn’t give them away. Almost no one could bear his work, even among the most modern of his colleagues. In the movie Lust For Life there is a scene of Kirk Douglas (as van Gogh) in front of La Grande Jatte being treated rudely by Georges Seurat. When I went to the Art Institute of Chicago to see the Grande Jatte, it was having a hard time competing with the white walls of the gallery. This habit of putting old pictures up against the white walls is deadly, the walls reflecting more light than the picture, but van Gogh’s Bedroom at Arles was on the opposite wall and it was screaming at my back and I turned around and I listened. He has to be the most modern artist, still. Van Goghs don’t crack. But everybody hated them. We’re so ashamed of his life that the rest of art history will be retribution for van Gogh’s neglect. No one wants to be part of a generation that ignores another van Gogh. And yet looking at art history we see that these other guys were pros. They started when they were kids. They sold their work. They worked on commission. There is no great artist in all art history who was as ignored as van Gogh, yet people are still afraid of missing the Van Gogh Boat.

By Rene Ricard (https://artforum.com/inprintarchive/id=35643)

The soundtrack is also amazing….

And at some point during the day….this was the view from my studio:

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What do you do on rainy days?