Friday, April 27, 2012

Round Robin

I've finished my pages in Stephanie's journal for our Round Robin swap.
Steph hinted she might like a mermaid . . .  I hope she likes this one.
Of course, this one's like all young mermaids, a shell phone glued to her ear.
She would rather talk than text, which is a bit unusual.
Her eight pet goldfish are oblivious to it all ~ 
they are having their own fun.

The journal will  be on its way to Lisa soon, for her to add her magic!

Stephanie's journal

I'm the very first one to add my pages to this journal, a bit scary at first.

I already have Kim's book to start next. Will do a post on it soon!
I had thought to add this to Paint Party Friday, but I've been having such 
a hard time getting around to visiting blogs, that I feel bad if I don't 
reciprocate the visits. So for now, no PPF. 
Visit there today though if you get the chance! You'll be inspired!
PPF button is in my sidebar.

You can still sign up until April 29. 
This is going to be tons of creative fun!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Post Card Swap!

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You're awesome for helping to spread the word!!!


Friday, April 13, 2012

I just started doodling, and what do you know,
it turned out to be an entry for Jenn's Foliage challenge
It's relaxing to just sit and doodle . . . I am not that handy with a pen ~
my lines are messy, but I still kind of like her, and I'm calling her

So ~ a quick, simple entry calls for a quick, simple post.
That's all I've got!


Oh, except for one thing.
I got my own URL for my blog!
“The Magpie's Nest” was not available (of course),
so I am now The Fanciful Magpie.
In case you didn't notice.

If only I could figure out how to delete the
Cutest-Blog-on-the-Block background that has
attached itself permanently to my html.
I have to cover it with white so it looks like I have NO background.
Still have the little logo in the corner, though.

 The next day...
O.  M.  G.
I just created my new grabbable button for The Fanciful Magpie 
(very proud of myself because it worked the first time)

And even better than that ~
when I went to remove the html for the old button,
THERE was the code for 
that *^&%#*@ CBOTB background hiding in the widget!! 
I never had so much satisfaction clicking "Delete" :)

 So now I have a new button, and a blank slate for my background!
You probably have no idea why I am so happy.
But I am.

Have a super fantastic weekend!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Frida Kahlo

Priti.Lisa's Inspiration Avenue challenge this week is

"Frida Fiesta"

It's been one of the most profound challenges for me.
I learned more about Frida than I ever knew before.
She was involved in a bus accident when she was eighteen,
and suffered many operations, some of which made her worse.
I was moved by the amount of pain she lived with her whole life.
And still made wonderful art until the end.

And doesn't it suck that she never knew
the acclaim while she was alive that her art enjoys now.
Today, her paintings bring more money than any other female artist.
During her life, her art was overshadowed by that of her husband,
Diego Rivera. Diego was some 20 years older than Frida,
and their marriage (well, both of them because they were
divorced and remarried) was filled with infidelity on both of their parts.

“There have been two great accidents in my life.
One was the trolley, and the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst.”

I was enthralled by all of the photos that are available of Frida.
I loved this montage because of the still photos but especially
the video portions, which brought her to life for me.
In the videos, I get the sense that Diego loved her very much.
I think he was just a weak man who was incapable of fidelity.
Frida's infidelities I think may have been motivated by revenge.
I think she did love him too.

Some of her paintings have a surreal quality, and reflect the pain she
lived with constantly. At the invitation of French poet and founder of Surrealism
André Breton, she went to France in 1939 and was featured at an
exhibition of her paintings in Paris.  The Louvre bought one of her paintings,
The Frame, which was displayed at the exhibit.  This was the first work by
a 20th century Mexican artist ever purchased by the internationally
renowned museum.  AndrĂ© Breton wrote admiringly:

“The art of Frida Kahlo is like a ribbon around a bomb.”

These paintings are almost too hurtful to look at for me,
and I prefer her self portraits with animals and tropical plants.
I used her photos and those paintings as inspiration
for my challenge entry.

It isn't finished but I'm running out of time!
I want to work on the background, the stone statue,
and the right side of her face needs some tweaking.
If I have time before Sunday, I'll replace this with a new one,
if not, c'est la vie! I'll replace it eventually.

At the age of 47, Frida Kahlo died.
In one of her last journal entries, she wrote:

“I hope the exit is joyful. And I hope never to return.”

I guess she had had enough. It's a tragedy the we didn't get more of her.
I wish her life had been easier.