Stuff Art in the Cracks

Rough night. Something stung my toe and it hurt. Or bit it. Or whatever’d it. And then whatever my innards are doing in response to the diabetes meds…doctor appointment on Thursday. If I can get there on time. Crazy hours that day. I don’t feel right. That’s always nerve-wracking. But teaching today should be easy, so I can grade and I don’t have to feel awesome. I just have to get it all done. ALL OF IT. Yeah right. I already had one group try to turn in their project even though I haven’t given them all of the instructions. Like CHILLAX you sweet little things. You’re doing it wrong. You don’t need to panic yet.

One of the things with diabetes is that they want you to be stress free. I get all these emails and mailers from the insurance company and the doctor’s office about how to reduce stress, but my doctor actually laughed at one point and said I’d have to quit my job and that would be stressful in itself. So there’s that. I’m not sure when I will hit “less stress” for work, but it isn’t going to be this week or next. I am just trying to stay as much in control of it as I can. Exercise, take breaks, stuff art in the cracks. As part of that, I try to go do something interesting or fun on Saturday nights. We went to see the Skull Art Show at La Bodega Gallery…kind of a manufactured thing because they all start with the same skull, but some of them were interesting enough…

Huichol bead technique always makes a statement…this is Jose Lopez…

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Interesting composition…Franky Agostino

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Reminds me of my students when I ask where their late work is…Cesar Castaneda…

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One of my favorite artists at La Bodega, Evgeniya Golik

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And the always intriguing Optimus Volts

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Maira Meza with her lilies…

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Another interesting compilation of things, Renee Tay…

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And I really should have taken a better picture of the side of this…Mary Juhn.

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Then we ventured out to a new place for dinner. It was strange, but the food was good. Not many choices in the drinks arena, but all the caps were outside.

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Nailed to the railing.

Came home and finished trimming all the Wonder Under…it was something over 7 hours or so total.

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Then Sunday evening, after my fiber-art-group meeting, I was grading again…all the late work. Simba was very helpful…

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As was Satchemo…

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OK, he woke up, but mostly because he wanted me to take him out to pee.

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Which I did. I finished the butterfly in the car on the way to and from the meeting…

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So that’s July finally done, on to August…which are the three unembellished blocks on here…

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Next in line.

So then I went to sort all those pieces. I don’t throw out the trash pile until I sift through it, which is good, because I found this piece…

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And then I laid out all the bins…

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And spent about 40 minutes sorting pieces by the 100s.

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The last step? Coming into the office and cleaning up…putting all the fabrics away from the last quilt…hanging up the new drawing.

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Now I’m ready to iron tonight. Looking forward to it. But before that, I have to take my achy body to school and get all the things done.

Let Me Hold My Broken Parts*

Yesterday I was efficient and on track and yet frustrated as hell and then incredibly inefficient. Sleep makes one inefficient. But apparently I needed it.

So the app I use to keep track of how much time I’m spending on tasks in my quilts did not update with the iOS update, and instead of just working slowly and inefficiently, it’s completely inaccessible…along with all of my data. Fuckers. So I think I can cobble most of it together from my blog (which means reading through and trying to find that info for the last few months), but I’ve lost some data from older pieces that are in flux at the moment. Frustrating, yes. I found a new app and hopefully the developers will continue to update it and I won’t lose shitloads of stuff because of an update. And maybe I will remember to download all data before I ever update again. OK, that’s unlikely. I think I’ve picked one that keeps data in the cloud instead of on the device…at least, that was the plan. The problem with these apps is that they border on a business app, so the developers want to charge a million bucks for aspects I don’t need with the Pro versions, and the free versions sometimes don’t have the save in a cloud feature. OK. They never do. Frustrating as hell.

Anyway. So that was some moments of my day yesterday. I did finish a big chunk of the grading on Friday night, which is why I did no ironing Friday night. I think I in fact fell asleep on the couch, brain fuzz fully in gear. But I got up at a reasonable hour yesterday and refused to work on school shit all day, so I got 5 hours of ironing done and then went to an art exhibit and out to dinner (and fell asleep on the couch again…aaargh!). Must have been tired still.

Walked the little dog on Friday night…lovely skies…

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Kitten doesn’t like it when I close the door on her…

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Simba needed knots combed (and cut) out…this is his bitey face. Y’all love his bitey face because you are just looking at a picture of it and not trying to keep him from biting you while you cut knots out of his incredibly badly designed butt fur.

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Ironing begins…this thing is BIIIIGGG.

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I’m using two teflon sheets to try to iron the entire width. Straight up, it’s a pain in the ass, because it’s heavy and keeps trying to fall off the ironing board. There’s my cup of tea and cat in the background.

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I did try to keep this piece relatively simple (for me), but spiderwebs crept in…

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The bottom with roots…this piece has a lot about roots in it…our beliefs rooted into our behaviors…or vice versa. This notion of what it means to be an American seems so deeply rooted in some that they can’t see sense or have empathy.

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Working on the female figure…the two margarine containers are being used as weights to keep everything from falling off.

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The heart…complicated…always…

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Her torso is done, although there’s another arm out there…

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I got the other arm down, although the sun is shining on the hand so you can’t see it. I can’t remember how wide this is, but it’s not small…

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From there to octopus tentacles. I wanted her to be able to reach out and hurt him, but not with a weapon, per se. I only wanted one real weapon in the piece.

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Yes. That is a cat. In a box.

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Third tentacle done just in time for leaving for an art exhibit…

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So I got into the 300s yesterday…next up is her head and stuff behind her. More of that tonight, I hope. Less sleeping on the couch…more art. I say that but I know I did a lot yesterday.

From there, we headed out to the Perfect 10 exhibit at La Bodega Gallery…

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Everything is supposed to be 10″ square…

Below are Kristine Tran and Natalie Bessell…just a note, I link when I can easily find one and it’s obvious it’s the artist I’m showing…sometimes I can’t figure that out. Which maybe is a commentary on artists who need to have a better presence online? But if you know you have a good link to someone you see, I’m ready and willing to fix this. I do want people to be able to go look at their art and maybe even keep an eye out for it or buy something. I wish I could buy more, honestly.

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This is Skindiana Bones…I love her stuff…

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Mario Chacon…worshipping pizza with cactus heads…La Sacred Piksa, he calls it.

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Jennifer Cooksey…with some badass 3D work…

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This is by Hyper Helix…

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Luchuk’s stabby eyeball…

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Another Spenser Little wirey piece…

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I really like this Karen Ramirez piece…’twas all shiny and frightening…

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David Van Gough…the lighting was hard to get around, but incredible detail…

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Optimus Volts…they look like spray cans all cut to pieces…

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Iwatsumi…the lighting was changing as I watched it…sorry for the crookedness. There are always lots of people at these exhibits and it’s hard to get straight-on views sometimes.

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Turns out I follow this mural artist on Instagram…this is Shiva Trump by Celeste Byers…crooked to try to beat the glare…

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Hers was the only piece with a statement…

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Anna Stump with one of her beautiful nudes…

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Teenah Clemente

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Chris Farrington

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TEM…

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Lauren Grant

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Buffalo…

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An interesting show…with that much small work, you’re bound to find something you like.

With that, I need to do a bunch of schoolwork today before I can get back to ironing…plus it’s time to get the week on track with food and other crap. I love having a day off from all of it to just do what I want…I need to plan more of that into my schedule, of course…always.

*Ingrid Michaelson, Be OK