Thursday, January 10, 2008

things that make me smile


This mug of Shakespearean insults was a Christmas present for Greg, not me, but since I am the veriest varlet that ever chewed with a tooth he caved in to my demands. It comes from The Unemployed Philosopher's Guild.

My favourite: not so much brain as ear wax

This moveable feast (for the imagination) was seen yesterday at 15th and Willow in Vancouver. I didn't have my camera (because I'm a beetle-headed, flap-eared knave) so had to use my cell phone.





Then there's a little welcome sarcasm from Gaping Void, that mountain of mad flesh.

And finally, some much-needed art therapy. I want the next painting to be as much from my own hands as possible (though I admit I'm afraid to begin for fear of screwing it up because I'm highly fed and lowly taught), so decided to stretch and gesso the canvas myself, something I rarely do these days with the availability of well-priced pre-stretched canvas. I do enjoy doing it, though, and fortunately I had a stretcher from a previous painting already wired for action.



And now, because when words are scarce they are seldom spent in vain, I will bid thee farewell.

31 Comments:

Blogger Heather said...

Oooo... I LOVE that mug. I eyed it in a giftshop once and considered splurging, but then my practical "can't spend money foolishly" side reared its ugly head.

Can't wait to see what appears on that blank canvas! Makes me want to start something new too!

10/1/08 5:38 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...

Thou paunchy hedge-born scullian!

I love the unemployed philosophers, I use to work in a museum gift shop and we carried their least politac items, but wee would always order the really good stuff for ourselves!!
Awaiting the next piece of art!

10/1/08 6:56 PM  
Blogger Angela Rockett said...

Gotta love a classy insult! :)

I'm impressed. I haven't stretched my own canvas since college. Until now I just haven't had the room to do it, and now I'm just kinda set in my ways. I have thought about trying it again though.

10/1/08 7:48 PM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

Love the cup.

Stretched a canvas today myself, tho I dont have the fancy pliers.

10/1/08 7:51 PM  
Blogger Toni said...

Earwax! Well here is one for you. In
preparing a gesso base for gold leafing the scribes would use earwax to get the bubbles out.

10/1/08 8:38 PM  
Blogger Shadow said...

grin.... made me smile too. good luck with that frame and painting.

10/1/08 10:44 PM  
Blogger tlc illustration said...

I have a Shakespearean insult book (Thy father is a gorbellied codpiece!)comprised of many, many of his phrases in a flip-book style format. That way you can flip parts of a phrase and create your very own, customized insults! All in Shakespearean speak. Very amusing.

11/1/08 1:00 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Thou artless beef-witted scut!

Thou misbegotten onion-eyed pigeon-egg!

What trick, what device, what starting-hole canst thou now find out, to hide thee from this open and apparent shame?

http://www.pangloss.com/seidel/Shaker/index.html?

:-)

11/1/08 2:32 AM  
Blogger Alda said...

Wow, I hope someone gives me one of those mugs. I LOVE IT.

Thanks also for the usual array of fascinating links. Must return to Gaping Void for further exploration.

11/1/08 2:36 AM  
Blogger HMBT said...

I love that mug too...my mate man would love that! Funny car.
LOVE the cartoon, hell yeah!
I have not been streching my own canvas of late either, because I am lazy...but it does save money, and it's good for the soul...or something. Glad tidings to you me lady!

11/1/08 2:39 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

What a fun post. And all the comments..........it is 5:55am here in my world so I appreciate this grand entertainment. Need to wake up.

I've never stretched my own canvas, always thought that was for the real professionals, so I would say I'm here in really good company !

Looking forward to the new art, Andrea. Art is good for the soul.

Well, off to the shower, I still have a day job.

Love you all ! Somebody, buy me that mug !!!!!

11/1/08 4:57 AM  
Blogger Rachel Schell said...

I need some art therapy.

11/1/08 9:39 AM  
Blogger malamik said...

I'm so glad I had the time to browse and happen upon your site! There's so much great energy here. I love that you stretched your own canvas, wonder if I should look into doing that, ...saves money? That mug is great! Upon looking at your work, so beautiful!

11/1/08 10:35 AM  
Blogger dinahmow said...

I want a mug, too! And I'd love a flip book like Tara's.So much less cumbersome than riffling through the Compleat Workes.
Stretching canvas? Nope! Not one of my faves. Had to recover silk screen frames last year and it was a pain.

11/1/08 1:48 PM  
Blogger girl work studios said...

Love that mug and that online store, great link (the 'Freudian Thoughts' watch is calling me and repelling me at the same time). Good on you, stretching your own canvas, and gallery wrapped I see!
Have fun painting!

11/1/08 2:05 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

You find the most amusing and interesting sites! Love the idea of Tara's flip book of insults.

11/1/08 2:27 PM  
Blogger zooms said...

When I was young I had no patience or understanding for the benefit of process and preparation, now, stretching of canvass gives purpose and time, for creativity to simmer and access to future possibilities.

11/1/08 2:31 PM  
Blogger andrea said...

Heather: I just wish I hadn't found the website. I'm not rich enough to buy everything I want! :)

Michelle: Worked on it all day and it sucks (so far). :(

Angela: It's therapeutic in a workmanlike way.

Jan: I've had those almost 25 years! Couldn't do it without 'em.

Toni: Hoe perfect is that? You killed two birds with one bilateral stone.

Shadow: Thanks.

Tara: I want one, too...

Caroline: Stop! There are only so many hours in a day!

Alda: Gaping Void is a must read for those pursuing the creative life. The guy's amazing.

HMBT: The time it takes tends to outweigh the cost in pennies -- but sometimes it's just the thing.

Paula: Anonymously send everyone the website link! :)

Rcahel: I'm cheap but the commute's a killer.

Malamik: Thanks for dropping in. Not so much savings as therapy!

Dinah: that is a pain -- been there done that.

Ellen: I did it all day and the results suck, but tomorrow is another day!

Barbara: It's keeping track of the links I've visited and the everyday ephemera that's the trick -- and I'm not always successful.

Zooms: Yes -- but you are far more eloquent than I!

11/1/08 7:28 PM  
Blogger nadine said...

Great links as usual :-) When I was in my "papier mache phase" I used to enjoy making the forms almost as much... well, sometimes more than doing the "art" part. Monk work :-) I've never stretched a canvas, but I did splurge this week and ordered some cradled panels to do encaustic on. I'm worried if they are too nice, I won't want to paint on them!
On another topic - I was surfing around the Emily Carr website the other day looking for images of Alert Bay (where David's mum grew up). There are some great old photographs on it. I'd love to know your thoughts on her work :-)
Have a great weekend :-)

12/1/08 7:53 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Your bait of falsehood takes this carp of truth.

:-)

12/1/08 10:05 AM  
Blogger Kikipotamus said...

Love the mug, and your clever integration of the insults here.

12/1/08 2:33 PM  
Blogger CS said...

That's a funny mug.

I think your painting could do with a bit of color. Or maybe that's just me.

12/1/08 5:34 PM  
Blogger Cynthia said...

When I used to paint, I liked stretching the canvas - I sort of liken it to wedging clay now. It got me in the mood, so to speak. :D

Coffee would be oh, so much more interesting in the morning with that mug. I'd probably read it like a cereal box or something every day.

Gotta love gaping void.

13/1/08 7:38 AM  
Blogger kj said...

awh, andrea, you made me smile too.
:)

13/1/08 8:07 AM  
Blogger Tori said...

I love the mug Andrea and had fun checking out the other stuff on the site.
Thinking of you.

13/1/08 11:57 AM  
Blogger zooms said...

More eloquent? Not really, It's the red wine that does it.
I am glad you are smiling. x

13/1/08 1:27 PM  
Blogger Within Without said...

Don't lie...that's really YOUR car, isn't it?

13/1/08 1:30 PM  
Blogger JafaBrit's Art said...

OMG, I LOVE the sarcasm :)

13/1/08 3:47 PM  
Blogger Ian Lidster said...

I'd love to have that mug. It's excellent.

13/1/08 4:37 PM  
Blogger atomicvelvetsigh said...

wonderful mug! and a nice combination while having some art therapy indeed!

13/1/08 6:59 PM  
Blogger ziggi said...

you and your canvas is such stuff that dreams are made on . . .

(sorry Bill!)

14/1/08 10:05 AM  

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