How to be a Vase...

How to be a Vase...

(a vase is a visual artist self-employed)...

Noble Rot...

 

Canadian Crystal Fold recipe:

Take a leaf of iceberg lettuce...

Take an organic tomato that is not too big...

Take some purchased shredded three cheese shredded cheese & stick that on top of the tomato which is on top of the lettuce leaf...

Put the plate with all that on it into the microwave & hit the reheat button then start...

Watch the cheese...When it melts, hit Stop...

Take the whole thing out, the tomato will be lukewarm, the cheese melted & the lettuce leaf a little hot...

Wait till the lettuce cools off...Roll the lettuce leaf around the tomato, letting the melted cheese act as glue to hold the leaf together in the roll shape...

Eat...Feel the tomato explode in your mouth, the cheese drip & the lettuce crunch...

Canadian Crystal Fold, by Sari Grove, inspired by the book, The Milf Diet by Jessica Porter...

 

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Do your paintings smell?

Take a piece of paper towel...

Take a small plastic bag, just the clear kind is fine...(leftover from produce)

Crumple the paper into a ball...

Put the ball into the bag

Spray the ball of paper with Febreze, pretty wet

Knot the bag closed...

With a pointy object like the end of a scissor blade, make a few small holes in the plastic bag

Stick that behind the painting that is hanging on your wall...

It will slowly remove smell from your oil painting...

Seth Godin's reference to Icarus...

http://www.dia.org/auxiliaries/5/23/GAC/recent-acquisitions.aspx Ok, so you probably read Seth Godin...He's smart & funny & helps people have confidence doing business even if they didn't go to business school...or if they did & are trapped in old paradigms...

  So Seth has come out with something new called the Icarus Deception...He shows an old engraving of Icarus with Latin words around the edge of the circle...You are probably wondering what those words say in English...

Ok so go to the link I found & read about the inscription...There are actually 4 separate pictures in this series...Called the Four Disgracers...Worth reading because they serve as warnings...Hendrick Goltzius, the artist, worked with another artist, Cornelis Cornelisz Van Haarlem on these...This was all in 1588...

Hope this was helpful...Happy New Year , Sari

blooms...As the white Amaryllis plants bloom...

 

amaryllis 2 fri.dec.14,2012

 

 

 

amaryllis white

amaryllis 3 night dec. 14, 2012

 
white amaryllis

12/12/12 Solo Show Pricing:

 

Magnolia & Tempesta are now priced, in honour of opening day, at $1,212.12 for the duration of the show (till Jan.27,2013)...

20% of that goes to the not-for-profit Scarborough Arts...

Ontario tax gets added if necessary...

The show is at the beautiful Agincourt Library...

There are only the two large 36x48 inch oil paintings there...

It is a minimalist show...

Less is more...

This library is the busiest library in all of Toronto...Hundreds of people go through each day...Enjoy it...It has good books & an excellent visual art section, as well as sensitive & kind librarians...

Sari Grove (the artist whose work will be there all through your holiday season)...

p.s. prices may change after the show is over if the work does not sell during the show(up is what happens)...

 

 
 
 
AIM: Art in Medicine

carbon C

what do they call it when a gun bullet hits something then rebounds back at you? boomerang?

 

 

You Don't Mess Around With Jim Lyrics - Jim Croce

 

bullet fractured shattered it's old oil

 

Bullet lube ingredients, uses, sources, descriptions, recipes ...

 

kickback

 

Frangibility - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A material is said to be frangible if through deformation it tends to break up into fragments, rather than deforming plastically and retaining its cohesion as a ...

 

 

FERRULE

 

carom Carom CArom CARom CAROm CAROM

jail...

p.s. canola Oil with Olive oil dissolves glass from lungs!

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Above, Riesling Grape...Correction: Semillon Grape with Noble Rot...(sorry)

Explanation of this post:
 
I removed two sliding glass shower doors on rails from our pre-fab bathroom shower stall...All by myself...Then I leaned the two glass doors, attached together with the rail, against the wall of the bathroom, while I took a breath...Of course the whole thing slid as I blinked, & one of the glass doors shattered into a million pieces...Which was not the worst thing...
   I cleaned it all up, then  hauled the remaining door to the recycling garage of our building...The next day, clothed, I got into the shower, & ran the shower while inside, to clean out any additional glass pieces I may have missed...
  But the vacuum suction wind effect caused the tiny pieces to impale themselves somehow into all my exposed flesh, without me realizing it right away because the water was hot & it felt just like a shower would...
  However, I soon realized I had glass that I had inhaled, swallowed, & in my hair & elsewhere...
  While looking for the sound to describe the shattering of the glass I found the word "carom"...Also the word "ricochet" came to mind as I was trying to grasp words to tell my mother, a doctor, my husband, Facebook, or anyone else who might offer advice in this situation...
  Today I feel mildly aphasic (12/12/12) & think that some of my neural tubes have been sliced into...Been drinking Barley grass powder with boiled water & Splenda...Hung the solo show anyway with Joseph today...Trying to remember that malachite is a copper mineral, just to make sure my memory is working...Aphasia is when you call a cat a banana, or your dog a briefcase...
 

 

Ellen Langer has a new book...

 

Ellen Langer spoke on the TVO program that Steve Paiken runs...

*Being "Mindful" increases longevity

ie: An example of UNmindfulness: A man approaches a line-up at a Xerox machine & says: "Please, I need to cut the line, I have to make copies"...The study showed that people let him cut the line because of this reason...Moral: No one in the line was being "mindful" of the fact that obviously EVERYONE was actually in line to make copies...It was a ludicrous excuse...

* "Acting" like you are 20 years younger will in fact make you look more youthful too...

ie: They did a study- too long to explain here, read her book, Ellen Langer "Counterclockwise..." & something like being mindful, ah I forget the whole title, but you will find it easily, she is a Prof at Harvard in Psych.

*Sucking up your pain & illness & putting on a brave face will make people think you are fine & then you will get positive feedback from those people that you are fine & then you will start to think that you are fine really & then you will get better...

ie: It's in her book too...

http://www.ellenlanger.com/books/1/counterclockwise Um, here's the link to the book & the full real title...
 
 
 
 
 

F.A.R. goes FAR...

Below, is something I wrote about F.A.R. after they helped me significantly...
This is the thing FAR helped me with...Below...
 
 
 
This is a letter I wrote about an artist who was under contract by the totally unscrupulous Mafia run crime MOB scene grifter con artist company called Park West Gallery which has the crime mob accounting firm B.D.O. & Seidman to launder its books by using fake art as a mule, internationally & specifically in Troy, Michigan, Detroit, the headquarters of crummy mob & corrupt FBI officials & bought & bribed Mob judges...FAR was defending this artist which was honourable, but I think this artist needed some cleaning up too...You get dirty when you sign with a dirty company...Not sure if this one got clean or no...
 

 

 

More: I also think copying or tracing or whatever b.s. you call it, from reference photos is cheating...I think it is like singing Karaoke...It's not your work, it's the work of the camera...

  I think that stretcher bars, when put together, form something that looks like a frame to me...Saying that 4 pieces of wood nailed together or tongue & grooved together is not a frame is silly...You do NOT need a frame over a painting that is stretched onto a stretcher bar frame...It is REDUMBNANT!!! (spelled that way on purpose btw, credit to Jake on Two & a Half Men)...Let's save a tree & not put a frame over a stretcher bar frame, ok?

Contract obsessive people make me wonder...Why are they so obsessive? Are they not trustworthy or are they potheads & forgetful? Save another tree by being trustworthy & going for a handshake if you possibly can...If you must write something down, make it short & snappy...Use recycled paper...Don't get involved with idiots & you won't get screwed...

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A "Better" day...

 

 Yesterday...Monday November 26th, 2012, was yesterday...I woke up early for some reason...Feeling better...Better means better than the day before...Better than usual...Better means maybe I can get some good stuff done...I mean, if you wake up feeling worse, worse than you usually do, well, then maybe you should just crawl back into bed & skip that day...Worse is not a good way to start a day...I mean if it starts worse, well, I guess it can get better, but hmm, it's a longshot...So it was going to be a better day...

  I sussed that we were getting low on our bengal catses' favorite dry food...It's not all that we feed them, but they really love it & it's handy in a pinch if we're feeling too lazy to cook something realer...It's called Innova & I have to walk a ways to Global Pet Foods to get it & it was a cold & blustery day...Turns out so blustery that my face skin came home chafing red from the wind...

  So I get to the store & get the Innova & go to the counter to pay & the ladyperson asks for my address & phone number to confirm my account with them or something, then she walks away...Just then my iPhone rings (bought used from a kooky chick from Montreal who had Helloed Kitty the outer case which I loved)...It's Joseph calling from Ottawa...."Hi Joseph, Hey just a sec, I'm getting cat food right now, hold on- Um excuse me Miss you forgot to take my credit card? Excuse me, excuse me- I haven't paid yet for this food?" Miss replies:" Oh it's free...Today is your free day...That's why I took down your details...You know, buy 12 & the 13th is free..."
 

  So Joseph on the line hears that I just got 30 dollars worth of cat food free...Now to explain my husband, he is the kind of guy who will buy the on sale fish...Despite the fact that I tell him the on sale fish tends to smell fishy, & it does, he likes the price...He will even eat it if it is rotten just to prove the point that he got a deal...So now he is having a better day too...He just got free cat food...Which, if you know Innova, is the most expensive cat food you can get...(But we reason that if it keeps them happy & avoids a trip to the vet then it has paid for itself many times over in advance...)

  He's staying at the Holiday Inn Express on Gibford road near to the Ottawa Airport...I had enough Airmiles/Priority Club points from my single days of commute flying to get him 6 nights at a hotel...He had been bunking at his parents' tiny place while his mum was in hospital-caring for his dad & his non-biological brother(his crazy parents adopted 6 disabled children after they had their own children, & Joseph has helped to care for one or another all of his life since he was about 2)...So I got him the hotel room to give him a caregiver break...

  But funny...The hotel offers a complimentary breakfast...After day 1, we spoke..."How's the hotel?"...Joseph:" Well, the room has two tv sets...(to Joseph, hotels are rated by how many tv sets there are in a room, & the quality of such etc. ...Two tv sets means this must be a 5 star rated hotel...) " Later he told me about the free breakfast...He ate three cheese omelettes, 5 cups of coffee, several glasses of juice, bacon, & so many pancakes that the pancake machine broke on the third go...(I have been reassured by 'Dan' the concierge, that the pancake machine has been repaired, & is ready for Joseph again...) Apparently Joseph has been saving up all his daily hunger for breakfast the next morning...He is going to get his money's worth, if that is the only meal he has all day...I love my husband...He is so completely opposite to me that his most mundane actions I find completely hysterical...

  Oh & I even got the extra night I needed to use up all my points...The hotel only had 6 nights available instead of 7 when I booked...Which left me with 15000 points stuck in my Priority Club account...But yesterday I checked & one extra night opened up & I was able to grab it for Joseph...But let's be honest...He really wants to stay another week...Then I'd have to pay cash...Hmmm...Cost me the sale of a painting to pay for that...We'll have to see about that...It's a maybe...

  Oh joy! My nylon thread (Mason's Line is nylon thread that brick masons use to make sure their bricks are straight), has arrived from Creative Yarn Source in Ohio...Mona is the lady who owns this fabulous fabulous fablulous place...Fabulous...I weave/handknot this thread into my steel sculptures for colour & texture...I love when supplies arrive because that means I can work...(Virgos love work)...

  Happy Happy...So I bundled my happiness up & decided today was the day to try to remove those sliding glass doors on the rail thingy that is our guest bathroom shower door...The glass doors stick & come off the rail & it drives me crazy plus the metal looks a tiny rusty & me no like...So I pulled out all my screwdrivers & my pliers & a wrench for good measure & bundled my happiness into some raw energy & attacked those old hardened screws that wouldn't turn for me before...

  And...LORD those screws moved! 

  Got those screws out! Amazing what a little happy will do...Except those darn glass doors were still attached to the railing, though the railing was off...And boy were they heavy...So I laid the whole thing on its side against the wall of the bathroom...Took a rest...But gosh darn if that whole thing didn't come sliding down 'cause of the oil had put it before to try to lubricate those wheels to slide...So one whole piece of glass shattered into like, like a Rolling Stone's song (um, Shattered is the song I'm thinking of...Satisfaction would not be the song here)...

  As I was blaming my husband (that is what I do when something goes wrong), or planning to take up smoking again (that is the other plan I make when things go wrong), I realized that I never could have lifted both glass doors together...Way too heavy...Couldn't get them off the rails either to separate, the screws there were too old & tucked in...So I forgave my husband (even when he is out of town, everything is his fault), & decided not to start smoking again (it makes me look old & feel like a failure, plus I quit 16 years ago for good)...

  Carried the one good glass down to the recycle room...Cleaned up the whole shattered mess...Sham wowed the floor a bit...Mr. Sticky-ed the carpet...(I love made for tv products- another great source of happy for me...A con loves another con...)

  Put up the "just unroll it shower curtain rod" rod thing, which is such a cool design...(In the middle of my redoing the bathroom shower doors, I ran over to Canadian Tire to get a plain old shower rod, a curtain & rings to replace the fancy system that was driving me nuts...Give me plain systems any day...Anyways...) This shower rod design, it fits your width (40 inches), but you unscrew it a bit & it gets longer (ok, jokes aside here), & so it tightens just by pressure...No screws!!! Yay! As I get older, the less screwing I do seems to be better...Harumph...)

  Figured out the slightly more complicated rings...Some sort of pull out the bottom thing, which has a mushroom head to keep it locked back in when you close them...Alot of work went into those shower curtain rings! Punched through the holes in the top of the see-through plasticky curtain & pow, my new shower doors were done...So proud, I iphone photographed them & emailed that to my mother to say she didn't need to send a handyman, because her daughter is a handyman! (Mental note that since I saved $100 dollars on a handyman, that I get to buy a luxury item for that price...)

  Which is a good thing that I saved the handyman money, because I also went out today to Shoppers Drug Mart to get some hydrogen peroxide & a new toothbrush...(Take a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide, a teaspoon of baking soda, & mix that with a little toothpaste-brush your teeth with that & let it stay on for 2 minutes...Total Whitening effect! Only do once a week...) Turns out that they had these neat toothbrushes on big sale that have a battery in them & the brushes vibrate! Got me one to try...(p.s. I love this thing! Wow my teeth are so white now I feel like smiling more...)

  But while at the drugstore, I saw a Sony iPod speaker thing dock station for $99 dollars...My brother gave me an iPod touch for a long ago birthday that I wasn't really using much...If I had a docking station I could put a bunch of soothing cat music into it & let it play all day for the cats...So that is why it was good I did the handyman work myself later that day- 'cause I bought that docking station thing that I had been looking at for maybe 2 stupid years...(Joseph won't let me buy impulsively anymore...But he's out of town! OUT of TOWN! Ha Ha! Impulsivity reigns with me!)

  Suffice it to say that I stuck a pile of great cat music into that iPod touch & stuck that onto the new docking station & now my cats love me again...For a while after Joseph left they decided they hated me based on 1)I don't have a problem with cat litter boxes being a little poohy for a few days so long as I can't really smell it 2)I do not religiously run to Longo's to get the on sale barbecued chicken special every Wednesday night, which they love to eat 3)I am not a hot guy, which means alot if you are an unspayed very intact fertile hot female bengal cat...

  But they love me now because now they get music all day long & it is better than channel 738 music (The Spa Channel)...They seem to really love the song "Someone to Watch over me"...Go figure...They also like Bob Dylan...Which is harder to explain than their love of Cat Stevens...I think they like how Bob Dylan speaks slow so they can understand his stories...He's like the Captain Kirk of music...(William Shatner)...

  Ok so now it was time to eat...Got no food...Got yelled at by Joseph for shopping at Whole Foods all the time...($$$$$)...So ran to Rabba's the all night long place...(love that Lionel Ritchie song, All Night Long btw)...

  Oh the people are so nice there...It's like 10:30 pm...The wife is like:" Hello, you look so beautiful tonight!" Me:"I got alot accomplished today, smile"...So I bought a pile of stuff & instead of it coming to like a hundred dollars like it always does at Whole Foods, it comes to like 48 dollars...Wow it really is cheaper here...(mental note to appreciate my husband more for being thrifty)...

  Come home & watch a movie with Heath Ledger & a blonde who looks like Charlize Theron's daughter...The caption says she is supposed to be an art student...Turns out she becomes a heroin addict & a hooker...Art doesn't pay that well in this movie...Mental note to myself not to become a heroin addict nor hooker...

  Give the cats some cooked from frozen Angus hamburgers*(Update: No, turns out this morning Jadzia is peeing problematically, possibly her urine might have some red in it, not entirely sure...Must be the bread glutens in the frozen burgers...This means kidney problems...I put some canola oil on her fur, so she will lick that off & clear the gluten block-btw this works for humans too-if you eat bad glutens & have that bloat feeling heart attack thing or headache sore throat thing then just swig down some cooking oil, olive oil, corn oil, safflower, canola...The oil loosens the glutens block & helps you digest better...Can save a kidney that way! really!) ...Wow, looks like they like these hamburgers...They eat McDonald's burgers a little, Wendy's a bit more but have refused store bought burgers up until these...They are very snobby about meat quality...Won't touch cold cuts from most stores...Oh I love my snobby snobby cats...The three of us gang up on budget cut Joseph when he gets a little nutty about price versus food quality...(He tried to sneak in some cheap canned food for a few weeks until B'Elanna started peeing between our pillows in protest...Once alerted I put us all back on high quality stuff...Jadzia is the other cat...Yes, Star Trek names...A bengal is a domestic hybrid, so science fiction works here...)

  Ahh finally sleep...Oh & I even got a load of laundry done somewhere in the morning & even did some online commenting & web presence updating too...My next few days will be taken up with just the hard work part of finishing the giant green grape wall sculpture...Weaving/knotting in the greens & silvers & blues...Looks like it'll be a good week...If it gets too cold in Ottawa Joseph will have to drive home...Roads get icy & then driving home will be more dangerous...But he'll be glad to find out when he gets home, I fixed the shower door problem, I got the plumbing fixed in the kitchen, bathroom & master bathroom, got a dryer machine that actually gets hot (unlike our post-menopausal one that barely blows anymore...) The new docking station makes our cats happier...Plus I think I am skinnier from him being away...My teeth are whiter...! (dropped my severe cafffeine tea habit back a bit now that I am not sleeping with an insomniac in the house...)

  So there's a day in the life of an artist...Not alot of art...But there was...You just have to look deeper...Have a good day yourself! Make it a "better" day...or crawl back into bed & wait till a better day shows up...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

A "Better" day...

 Yesterday...Monday November 26th, 2012, was yesterday...I woke up early for some reason...Feeling better...Better means better than the day before...Better than usual...Better means maybe I can get some good stuff done...I mean, if you wake up feeling worse, worse than you usually do, well, then maybe you should just crawl back into bed & skip that day...Worse is not a good way to start a day...I mean if it starts worse, well, I guess it can get better, but hmm, it's a longshot...So it was going to be a better day...

  I sussed that we were getting low on our bengal catses' favorite dry food...It's not all that we feed them, but they really love it & it's handy in a pich if we're feeling too lazy to cook something realer...It's called Innova & I have to walk a ways to Global Pet Foods to get it & it was a cold & blustery day...Turns out so blustery that my face skin came home chafing red from the wind...

  So I get to the store & get the Innova & go to the counter to pay & the ladyperson asks for my address & phone number to confirm my account with them or something, then she walks away...Just then my iPhone rings (bought used from a kooky chick from Montreal who had Helloed Kitty the outer case which I loved)...It's Joseph calling from Ottawa...."Hi Joseph, Het just a sec, I'm getting cat food right now, hold on- Um excuse me Miss you forgot to take my credit card? Excuse me, excuse me- I haven't paid yet for this food?" Miss replies:" Oh it's free...Today is your free day...That's why I took down your details...You know, buy 12 & the 13th is free..."
 

  So Joseph on the line hears that I just got 30 dollars worth of cat food free...Now to explain my husband, he is the kind of guy who will buy the on sale fish...Despite the fact that I tell him the on sale fish tends to smell fishy, & it does, he likes the price...he will even eat it if it is rotten just to prove the point that he got a deal...So now he is having a better day too...He just got free cat food...Which, if you know Innova, is the most expensive cat food you can get...(But we reason that if it keeps them happy & avoids a trip to the vet then it has paid for itself many times over in advance...)

  He's staying at the Holiday Inn Express on Gibford road near to the Ottawa Airport...I had enough Airmiles/Priority Club points from my single days of commute flying to get him 6 nights at a hotel...He had been bunking at his parents' tiny place while his mum was in hospital-caring for his dad & his non-biological brother(his crazy parents adopted 6 disabled children after they had their own children, & Joseph has helped to care for one or another all of his life since he was about 2)...So I got him the hotel room to give him a caregiver break...

  But funny...The hotel offers a complimentary breakfast...After day 1, we spoke..."How's the hotel?"...Joseph:" Well, the room has two tv sets...(to Joseph, hotels are rated by how many tv sets there are in a room, & the quality of such etc. ...Two tv sets means this must be a 5 star rated hotel...) " Later he told me about the free breakfast...he ate three cheese omelettes, 5 cups of coffee, several glasses of juice, bacon, & so many pancakes that the pancake machine broke on the third go...(I have been reassured by 'Dan' the concierge, that the pancake machine has been repaired, & is ready for Joseph again...) Apparently Joseph has been saving up all his daily hunger for breakfast the next morning...He is going to get his money's worth, if that is the only meal he has all day...I love my husband...He is so completely opposite to me that his most mundane actions I find completely hysterical...

  Oh & I even got the extra night I needed to use up all my points...The hotel only had 6 nights available instead of 7 when I booked...Which left me with 15000 points stuck in my Priority Club account...But yesterday I checked & one extra night opened up & I was able to grab it for Joseph...But let's be honest...He really wants to stay another week...Then I'd have to pay cash...Hmmm...Cost me the sale of a painting to pay for that...We'll have to see about that...It's a maybe...

  Oh joy! My nylon thread (Mason's Line is nylon thread that brick masons use to make sure their bricks are straight), has arrived from Creative Yarn Source in Ohio...Mona is the lady who owns this fabulous fabulous fablulous place...Fabulous...I weave/handknot this thread into my steel sculptures for colour & texture...I love when supplies arrive because that means I can work...(Virgos love work)...

  Happy Happy...So I bundled my happiness up & decided today was the day to try to remove those sliding glass doors on the rail thingy that is our guest bathroom shower door...The glass doors stick & come off the rail & it drives me crazy plus the metal looks a tiny rusty & me no like...So I pulled out all my screwdrivers & my pliers & a wrench for good measure & bundled my happiness into some raw energy & attacked those old hardened screws that wouldn't turn for me before...

  And...LORD those screws moved! 

  Got those screws out! Amazing what a little happy will do...Except those darn glass doors were still attached to the railing, though the railing was off...And boy were they heavy...So I laid the whole thing on its side against the wall of the bathroom...took a rest...But gosh darn if that whole thing didn't come sliding down 'cause of the oil had put it before to try to lubricate those wheels to slide...So one whole piece of glass shattered into like, like a Rolling stone's song (um, Shattered is the song I'm thinking of...Satisfaction would not be the song here)...

  As I was blaming my husband (that is what I do when something goes wrong), or planning to take up smoking again (that is the other plan I make when things go wrong), I realized that I never could have lifted both glass doors together...Way too heavy...Couldn't get them off the rails either to separate, the screws there were too old & tucked in...So I forgave my husband (even when he is out of town, everything is his fault), & decided not to start smoking again (it makes me look old & feel like a failure, plus I quit 16 years ago for good)...

  Carried the one good glass down to the recycle room...Cleaned up the whole shattered mess...Sham wowed the floor a bit...Mr. Sticky-ed the carpet...(I love made for tv products- another great source of happy for me...A con loves another con...)

  Put up the "just unroll it shower curtain rod" rod thing, which is such a cool design...(In the middle of my redoing the bathroom shower doors, I ran over to Canadian Tire to get a plain old shower rod, a curtain & rings to replace the fancy system that was driving me nuts...Give me plain systems any day...Anyways...) This shower rod design, it fits your width (40 inches), but you unscrew it a bit & it gets longer (ok, jokes aside here), & so it tightens just by pressure...No screws!!! Yay! As I get older, the less screwing I do seems to be better...Harumph...)

  Figured out the slightly more complicated rings...Some sort of pull out the bottom thing, which has a mushroom head to keep it locked back in when you close them...Alot of work went into those shower curtain rings! Punched through the holes in the top of the see-through plasticky curtain & pow, my new shower doors were done...So proud, I iphone photographed them & emailed that to my mother to say she didn't need to send a handyman, because her daughter is a handyman! (Mental note that since I saved $100 dollars on a handyman, that I get to buy a luxury item for that price...)

  Which is a good thing that I saved the handyman money, because I also went out today to Shoppers Drug Mart to get some hydrogen peroxide & a new toothbrush...(Take a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide, a teaspoon of baking soda, & mix that with a little toothpaste-brush your teeth with that & let it stay on for 2 minutes...Total Whitening effect! Only do once a week...) Turns out that they had these neat toothbrishes on big sale that have a battery in them & the brushes vibrate! Got me one to try...(p.s. I love this thing! Wow my teeth are so white now I feel like smiling more...)

  But while at the drugstore, I saw a Sony iPod speaker thing dock station for $99 dollars...My brother gave me an iPod touch for a long ago birthday that I wasn't really using much...If I had a docking station I could put a bunch of soothing cat music into it & let it play all day for the cats...So that is why it was good I did the handyman work myself later that day- 'cause I bought that docking station thing that I had been looking at for maybe 2 stupid years...(Joseph won't let me buy impulsively anymore...But he's out of town! OUT of TOWN! Ha Ha! Impulsivity reigns with me!)

  Suffice it to say that I stuck a pile of great cat music into that iPod touch & stuck that onto the new docking station & now my cats love me again...For a while after Joseph left they decided they hated me based on 1)I don't have a probelm with cat litter boxes being a little poohy for a few days so long as I can't really smell it 2)I do not religiously run to Longo's to get the on sale barbecued chicken special every Wednesday night, which they love to eat 3)I am not a hot guy, which means alot if you are an unspayed very intact fertile hot female bengal cat...

  But they love me now because now they get music all day long & it is better than channel 738 music (The Spa Channel)...They seem to really love the song "Someone to Watch over me"...Go figure...They also like Bob Dylan...Which is harder to explain than their love of Cat Stevens...I think they like how Bob Dylan speaks slow so they can undertsnad his stories...He's like the Captain Kirk of music...(William Shatner)...

  Ok so now it was time to eat...Got no food...Got yelled at by Joseph for shopping at Whole Foods all the time...($$$$$)...So ran to Rabba's the all night long place...(love that Lionel Ritchie song, All Night Long btw)...

  Oh the people are so nice there...It's like 10:30 pm...The wife is like:" Hello, you look so beautiful tonight!" Me:"I got alot accomplished today, smile"...So I bought a pile of stuff & instead of it coming to like a hundred dollars like it always does at Whole Foods, it comes to like 48 dollars...Wow it really is cheaper here...(mental note to appreciate my husband more for being thrifty)...

  Come home & watch a movie with Heath Ledger & a blonde who looks like Charlize Theron's daughter...The caption says she is supposed to be an art student...Turns out she becomes a heroin addict & a hooker...Art doesn't pay that well in this movie...Mental note to myself not to become a heroin addict nor hooker...

  Give the cats some cooked from frozen Angus hamburgers...Wow, looks like they like these hamburgers...They eat McDonald's burgers a little, Wendy's a bit more but have refused store bought burgers up until these...They are very snobby about meat quality...Won't touch cold cuts from most stores...Oh I love my snobby snobby cats...The three of us gang up on budget cut Joseph when he gets a little nutty about price versus food quality...(He tried to sneak in some cheap canned food for a few weeks until B'Elanna started peeing between our pillows in protest...Once alerted I put us all back on high quality stuff...Jadzia is the other cat...Yes, Star Trek names...A bengal is a domestic hybrid, so science fiction works here...)

  Ahh finally sleep...Oh & I even got a load of laundry done somewhere in the morning & even did some online commenting & web presence updating too...My next few days will be taken up with just the hard work part of finishing the giant green grape wall sculpture...Weaving/knotting in the greens & silvers & blues...Looks like it'll be a good week...If it gets too cold in Ottawa Joseph will have to drive home...Roads get icy & then driving home will be more dangerous...But he'll be glad to find out when he gets home, I fixed the shower door problem, I got the plumbing fixed in the kitchen, bathrrom & master bathroom, got a dryer machine that actually gets hot (unlike our post-menopausal one that barely blows anymore...) The new docking station makes our cats happier...Plus I think I am skinnier from him being away...My teeth are whiter...! (dropped my severe cafffeine tea habit back a bit now that I am not sleeping with an insomniac in the house...)

  So there's a day in the life of an artist...Not alot of art...But there was...You just have to look deeper...Have a good day yourself! Make it a "better" day...or crawl back into bed & wait till a better day shows up...

 

The Talking Logo:

  I create works of art for people who like to stop & smell the roses, which, by ripple effect, perfumes the whole community, stimulates the economy, & increases general joyfullness in the climactic barometer...

 

 

  I do that by first being overbrimming with joyfullness myself...Then I carefully squeeze my soul out through a tube or onto a plate & form that into its inevitable glob of happiness...The resulting work of art is like a sliver of sunshine or a smile through a cloud, which when brought into your home, lights up your world...

 

 

  http://www.ducttapemarketing.com/blog/2012/11/26/your-core-difference/ Go to this blog post on Duct Tape Marketing Blog & learn how to create your own "Talking Logo"...(there's a neat free download if you bother there...)

 

 

It's a Numbers game: back to pricing & why a lower commission to a gallery is so important to your collectors...

 

I'm guessing people who sport mustaches after Movember will still be recognized as supporting the cause...Here's to all the women with mustaches!

 

 

Ok, so I have two 3 foot by 4 foot oil on linen paintings that I am showing on Dec. 12-Jan. 29...(2012-2013)

I have to look deeply at how I am going to price them for the show...

I already had numbers figured out, but that was maybe 6 months ago, when I booked the show, & things may have changed since then...

I basically know the formula of the common current prices that this non-profit org uses...

For a painting, they seem to go at around starting at a dollar a square inch...Then they take off a discount, around one third off...The resulting number is a price that is guaranteed lower than any other market price...

So if a painting is 36 inches by 48 inches then multiply that together & you get a dollar per square inch price:

$ 1,728.00

Then remove a one third discount...(minus $576)= Ok, so we have $1,152.00 ...That is around what this non-profit would recommend as a starting price...(13% tax in Ontario gets added to that unfortunately)...

Now, the commission they take from the Library show is a wonderful 20%...

Which means that if the work sells at that asking price, they get $230.40 commission, & I get $921.60 ...

Now to compare to artists who are working with art galleries who take (an exploitative amount in my mind) a 50% commission...

In order for me to take home the same, $921.60, I would have to charge collectors $1,843.20 ...

Which means that for one painting, a collector needs to spend $691.20 more, for the exact same work of art, in order for me to get back the same amount of money...

Now, you have two choices- you can buy my work at the library for $1,152.00 plus 13 % tax,

Or you can buy my work at the tony art gallery for $1,843.20 plus 13% tax...

Either way, I go home with the same paycheque...

By the way, plus tax at the library is : (add $149.76)= $1,301.76 or

plus tax at the art gallery is: (add 239.61)=$ 2,082.81

a difference of  $781.05 to the collector...

So that is why you are going to drive out to the Agincourt Library at 155 Bonis avenue, to buy one of my paintings...

(Go to Sheppard avenue, get to Kennedy, go a tad north on Kennedy(like a block), turn left onto Bonis avenue...(Turn then left quickly into the gorgeous library parking lot...)

I am only showing these two paintings for the whole entire show...A taste...Both for me & for you...

I have to see how the art market is this year before doing anything more than a minimalist show...It's ok...You won't be sorry...These two works of art are really great...Worth the trip...Plus the library is splendid...Great visual art books & more...

Also, the commission goes to Scarborough Arts, a non-profit who is doing more for art & community than you might expect...

 

 
 

So you just got rejected from the latest art gallery, art society, juried art show?

 

" Seeth thou  a

man diligent in

his business?

He will standth

before Kings;

not before

obscure men"

Proverbs 22:29

 

 

This is written on the sleeve of a long sleeved black shirt that Joseph bought for me one day...It is actually a work-out wear material...It also has a giant cross on the backside, & on the front, two doves facing each other in profile, in a garden scene, with an exotic geometric pattern of stars or an Escher-like target (not sure which)...We bought this shirt for me just after I got a reject email from a stupid art society that I wasn't even impressed with, that I should not have applied to...I'm not sure why I had applied, well, the art was sort of so-so, but I thought maybe I could take advantage of their little house property to have a solo show...I guess I also thought that I'd be the one to bring up the quality of the art a bit...But of course, better art gets rejected by smaller minds, just as worse art gets rejected by bigger minds...(not sure if I said that right, but what I mean is that being too good for a venue can be just as bad as being not good enough...) Suffice it to say that this art society had been showing way too much work that was copied slavishly from photographs, which I think is cheating...When I got the rejection email I was relieved because showing good work near worse work is not really good for the good work, but still, being the overly sensitive ball of mush that is me, I felt miffed...Probably hurt...Didn't they know how great I was? How great I am? Then we went for a stroll in a faraway mall for me to do some retail therapy...The shirt with the Proverbs saying on it was on sale- had been very very expensive, but I think maybe the giant cross on the back was maybe even too much even for the most Goth creature...So it was on sale...The words brought me peace...I share them with you in case you have been rejected...Write them out...Carry them with you...It really does help! 

 

 

 

The opening Day for the solo show has been changed to Wednesday December 12, 2012...

 

The Agincourt Library is putting in a new self-serve sorter...This displaces my solo show opening to Wednesday December 12, 2012...I am glad because I threw my back out this Tuesday Nov. 6 & was worried it wouldn't be in perfect repair for the hanging of the works...Also Joseph is in Ottawa with our Toyota Matrix & maybe he will be back by Dec. 12, so I don't have to reserve a Zipcar (I had booked a Ford Escape) which costs about $61 dollars including all gas for the day...(which is actually a pretty good deal considering their vehicles are awesome!)...I am also glad that this library is so well visited...I love libraries...That is where I go when schools don't give me enough teaching...Wonderful places for self-edification...Also good places when you are playing hooky from school but have nowhere to hide because you don't want your parents to know you are not in school...(Though am I the only one who goes to libraries when playing hooky? It does sound lame doesn't it? I read & listen to music while there...I gather I am still a geek, despite my hooky...)

 

Artist Notes: I was recently asked if I would like to use an infographic on my typepad.com blog...The address is www.grovecanada.com by the way...

  I embedded the neat infographic, then wrote back to say I made it a featured post...

I just got a request to put up an embedded credential, which I did, both in the title of the post, & at the head of the body...

  What I like is that the person sent me the code to embed...

The email looked like this:

Hey Sari,

Thanks for sharing the graphic! Would you mind using this attribution statement?

Created by: <a href="http://www.learnstuff.com/">LearnStuff.com </a>

Thanks again,

What that meant was that the whole credential was already in html for me to insert...It gives a nice link to their site & it was easy for me to do...

The reason I mention this is that if someone uses your blog post words without permission, I think a handy way of alerting them is to send them a note, without sounding irate, saying something like the email above says, with the html already coded out so your link & credential will appear right away...

  Not saying this will work, but it might be the first step to getting someone to credential you properly...

Hey Sari,

Thanks for sharing the graphic! Would you mind using this attribution statement?

Created by: <a href="http://www.learnstuff.com/">LearnStuff.com </a>

Thanks again,

I have tried again with my grape shape...here is a large grape...It doesn't have any coloured nylon line on it yet...Just my no-weld armature design...I used:

#10-24 galvanized steel threaded rods (3 at 3 feet long each & 1 at 1 foot long for the stem)

#12-24 galvanized threaded steel bolts (the slightly larger size than the rod makes them easier to thread a long way

#12-24 steel (galvanized as well) washers, so the bolts don't slip

1/2 inch copper strapping

great strong kitchen scissors

M5 keps locking nuts (same size as the rods but a different measure- just stand in the store & check which size of locking nut fits the end of your rods, maually to be certain)...

M5 Acorn nut- for the top of the grape stem

#10-24 stainless steel coupling bolts- these I had to order from the States on Ebay.ca- these are to connect one end of the rod to the other end of the rod- in a circle...

M5 hex end threaded screws- these were used tio attach the different circles to each other, with keps locking nuts at the ends...

In photo above you can see the 1/2 inch copper strapping, the great kitchen scissors, My handy pliers, top left are the keps locking nuts, & top right are the #10-24 screws for little connecting jobs...

The next step will be weaving Mason's line (#18 or #24 or bigger, Nylon Line...) around the grape armature to make it more grapey! I'm going for a green grape this time...(but like yellow & green & gold & white & lime greens all variegated)...

 
 
Link:  http://twitblock.org/ TwitBlock...You feed in your Twitter stuff & it tells you who is spam & you can block them quickly on the spot...Very handy Twitter tool...
 
Link:  http://creativeyarnsource.com/index.html Creative Yarn Source in Ohio is where I get my Nylon string to weave into my sculpture armatures... Here is the palette I am using for the Green Grape Armature:
 

 

 
 
 

Links: (this list will get longer...I am adding stuff as they come up...)

warproductions.com  War Productions...This digital sculptor & director is also working at a travel sales type agency, which is how we came to speak on the phone...They were giving me a free trip to Daytona, Miami & somewhere else also in Florida, for 8 nights & 7 days...Something through Air Miles...A generous offer but Joseph is a lousy traveller & insomniac who barely sleeps in familiar surroundings let alone a hotel...So I declined gently but had a nice chat with Miguel Ortega, the artist whose work you can see at the web link above...Please hire him as a Director if you have the chance, so he can spend more time on his art & maybe a little less on the telephone work...(though it is probably healthy to get your voice exercised, in case an animation needs a voice in a pinch & the star voice didn't show up or you can't afford them anymore?)

 
 
 
 
 

Cinnabar Paste:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarigrove/8167548576/  Link to bigger version of picture on Flickr.com ...

 

 

  Cinnabar or Red Sand or Zhu Sha (phonetic Chinese) or Mercury Hg or Bile, is what Raises bilirubin levels in the gallbladder...Mercury & Magnesium should live in balance as opposites in a healthy gallbladder...Yes, you need both! I get my Zhu Sha from The Herb Depot on Spadina west side south of College in Toronto, Ontario, Canada...Dr. Donna Tang is one of the doctors I know there...She is very nice & experienced...

  Now I have taken my Red Sand & mixed it with a paste mixture that I had already made...My paste mixture is essentially a basic recipe for solid perfume balm, but it works nicely as a topical base for anything you want to stick into it...The paste base, or solid perfume balm is made of:

Beeswax noodles (a 5 proportion)

Solid Coconut Oil (a 4 proportion)

Shea Butter ( a 3 proportion)

Lemongrass Essential Oil ( a 0.2 proportion-ish)

Vanilla Absolute (a 0.1 proportion-ish)

You melt the first three things gently, take it off the heat, & add the smelly stuff, & sort of swish it around, then pour it into nice containers...You can mess around with proportions a bit...

Ok, so today, I took out some of my paste...(solid perfume balm), Then I dropped a small knife edge of cinnabar onto a plate...Then with a straw, I stirred the paste into the cinnabar powder...Ok, so then I took out my gorgeous vibrant pink duct tape (yes it comes in pink now!)...Cut a long strip & left it sticky side up on the side of the plate...Then I carefully put some of the cinnabar paste onto the middle part of the duct tape...Then I gently stuck the whole thing onto the left side of my spine where it feels like I might have slipped a disc in a tiny way...This should deliver the cinnabar paste into the place where I have pain without getting my clothing all covered in red paste...I am feeling better already! Phew...

I did have a sauna this morning which the heat helped my back too...I cancelled my dog walking & grocery chores that I have been doing for my neighbour...Sorry but I have a solo show in two weeks & I can't have back trouble if I have to hang this all myself...I need two weeks lead time to make sure my back is fixed...I'm wearing a hemimorphite bead chain around my waist to increase my zinc levels which should drop my lead levels- making my upper body bones a little lighter to take the pressure of my lower back...Still wearing the Rudraksha seed mala, which is wonderful & is also a mercury based remedy...Have ordered a Parad Mala from India which should arrive in a week...

Just cancelling my responsibilities to my neighbour has lifted a huge weight off my back...I feel freer & am finally getting some laundry done...Looking forward to trying our new LG dryer, which I bought with the anticipation of receiving the refund from TD Insurance...I bought early because Joseph's birthday was yesterday, & I needed to give him something he likes...He likes laundry alot! (as do I)...I also got him an obscure bottle of red Rioja wine Baron De Ley from Spain a Grand Reserve, at $29.95 cad. from the LCBO...I also got the zipper replaced on one of his jackets & had it dry cleaned...I arranged for 7 days at a Holiday Inn Express near Ottawa Airport(yes, Joseph has been out of town for like 2 weeks already & may be there thru Christmas!), for when he becomes exhausted from taking care of his mum who is in hospital & running her chores for the Dad & the adoptive brother who has Down's Syndrome still...I think he still loves me? Smile...I am a terrible wife...

 

 

 
 
 

Slipped Disc?

 

Argh...

  So...I had noticed with my first experience with hypermagnesemia, that the magnesium excess creates a severe laxative effect...The laxative pushing effect from your overstimulated gallbladder is hard to stop...Then you get that wonderful thing, a hemmorhoid! What I noticed with this hemmorhoid experience is that I had severe concurrent back pain...Now, I know that people with rheumatoid arthritis have low bilirubin levels, which indicates high magnesium & low bile otherwise known as mercury, yes, mercury...Mercury & magnesium should live in balance as opposites in a healthy gallbladder...So my back pain was caused by the hemmorhoid, which seemed to be attached to a massive nerve that went down my back & emerged at my, excuse me for saying this, my anus hole...This nerve seemed to be stripped & hyper-inflamed, which was causing me agony...Now an interesting thing I discovered from browsing online hemmorhoid forums, is that Metamucil (the lemonade flavour powder kind) seems to stop the pooh from being too hard & stripping that nerve further as it gets pushed out...It makes your poop fluffier & softer so it doesn't injure your already stripped nerve...(probably the perineal nerve) *Anyways, by softening your poop, you protect that nerve whichever one it is called, & then your back pain goes away...So what I am wondering is if all back pain sufferers should be taking Metamucil alongside their regular back pain regimen? That there is a common link in all back pain that is attached to a stripped nerve that needs to be protected all the way down? 

  I do hope I can fix my back before the solo show at the library...if not I will have to hire letdondoit@gmail.com who does this kind of stuff- shipping & packing & hanging & installing art...(His name is Don)...

  Wearing my Rudraksha(mercury) seed mala, wearing my copal amber B12 beads around my waist double chain (from Lithuania), wearing my "Secession" watch from The Secessionist museum in Vienna Austria(my mum brought home a souvenir this trip)...Just ordered a parad mala (silver with mercury) as well in case back pain doesn't go away...Am drinking my lemonade Metamucil now with orange juice...Took two hot baths today & wore a belt tight around my waist when I went out to supress the pain...Someone suggested a chiropractor-maybe...If I can find one around here at a reasonable price...I suppose wearing thong underwear to a chiropractor is in bad form? Must find "doctor" underwear in the mess here...Joseph in Ottawa for a long time caring for mum in hospital & Dad at home & adopted brother still living at home too...(It's Joseph's birthday today...He is now old though younger than me still...I will always be a cougar I guess...)

 
 

Tomato Juice, Notepad, The Mail, Mail Check, Binary, Trinity, Secession, Sabotage:

The Ashanti tribe theory of cutting the cheek flesh to stimulate the body's natural emergency crew to go in & repair the damage by creating more blood & healing up the skin naturally has been adopted by doctors at The Holland centre of orthopaedics & arthritis in Toronto...They use it before hip replacement surgery...They cut into the skin with a needle, then take out about a pint of your own blood...The cutting & the lack of blood causes the body to go into emergency repair mode...Then they put the hip replacement joint in, seal the wound & hope that the body will naturally repair itself around the wound...At that point, after the surgery, if the patient is feeling anemic, lethargic, drowsy, they reinsert the blood, your own blood...This infuses the body once again, helping the emergency repair crew...It appears cruel, & to some it is, but is is somewhat medically sound, though pioneering on this North American continent...Africans have been doing this longer, as male initiation rite into adulthood...The scars on the face of the Ashanti people are evidence of that rite...Some might explain that their scars were a childhood illness, in order to protect their tribe from incorrect "judgmentalism" & scrutiny...The Ashanti are surgeons...They know what they are doing...However, I would still consult an Ashanti tribes person from Ghana, before undertaking this type of procedure, just to make sure it is done correctly...A cut in the cheek can also cause blood loss & injury that throws the person into a situation where they cannot defend themselves properly against danger...Blood from another source may need to be borrowed, & that is where a Masai Warrior from Kenya would have to help out...The Masai borrow blood from a live cow then mix that with milk in a jug & drink that...This is a way to restore blood loss from a cut gone wrong...The milk helps the blood to absorb better, the calcium...The Adrenals are precursors to the Gallbladder system...The spleen can also be addressed by wearing a copper collar...These three organs are involved, a trinity, in cutting, blood loss, & absorption issues...More later about how the liver likes tomato juice if one is depressed, & how eating raw garlic (with plain yogurt) is the same as taking in insulin to lower blood sugar...A silver necklace also lowers blood sugars if you ate a sugary pie by accident...

Link to bigger picture of bodypartchart below:  http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarigrove/8154102208/

 

 

Tomato Juice, Notepad, The Mail, Mail Check, Binary, Trinity, Secession, Sabotage:

A liver full of alcohol or water or other liquid will feel drowned...That drowning sensation creates Hypoxia or lack of Oxygen...The instinct of the person is that they feel like they are dying...They are in fact...They are drowning...In their own juices, liquids...Oxygen is what you give to dry up the liver...Warmth helps too...Warm & dry...Wet & cold...Dry & warm your liver & you will feel less like dying...The sundried Tomato is an excellent source of Oxygen...As is the raisin...

  Get a notepad & write down something...Then try & remember what you wrote down without looking...If there is a time lag, you may have been poisoned...Poisoned you say, how? Your mail...Do you remember when people were putting anthrax powder in the mail? Oh yes but that was a long time ago...Well, they are still putting things in the mail now, but now, it is ON the mail...A light coating, very very thin of Hash Oil mixed with a little benzene to make it stick better, will cause a contact high in the person receiving the mail...The active ingredient, Titanium, is like aspirin, marijuana, painkillers, bloodthinners, Crestor, Lipitor, Hashish...So you become forgetful...Your muscles become weak...You cannot leave your home because your muscles are so weak...You don't know why...The antidote is the element Aluminum...Aluminum is in cinnamon, like organic ground cinnamon from Whole Foods market...Also aluminum is in anti-perspirants like Old Spice Komodo for men...Rub the anti-perspirant up & down your arms, yes your bare skin arms, not just your armpits...You will smell nice & your memory will bounce back a bit...Don't accept any junk mail & throw out any lying around your home...Wash your hands & feet with antiseptic Listerine...I like the purple colour one myself...The bleach in the Listerine can remove the stuck on drug from your skin...Soap & water is not enough...A paper laced with hash oil benzene will cause you to for instance vote for the person on the paper(it causes "suggestibility")...This is how the NDP in Toronto fixed the vote...Their election junk papers were laced with a thin coating of hash oil benzene...Yes, I did complain at their offices, & they scurried away in a hurry...Whole place up & left their headquarters...Guess I was right...Yes, I have witnesses...Including someone who always voted NDP...(you know it's bad when your own people even agree against you)!

Water supply is flooded with Fluorine...Antidote is Charcoal or Bi Bismuth...You can take Bi Charcoal Pills orally...Fluorine makes one docile & accepting of unfair things or rules...(smoke may contain charcoal too)...

The body parts are Binary...Each body part has two elements...

The mind...The mind has a Trinity set-up...There are three places in the mind that link-up...For example, the liver, the spleen, & the gallbladder are a Trinity...

While each organ in the body is in charge of two elements, Each part of the brain is concerned with three organs...A Trinity...

It is a hierarchy...I will draw a picture in my Mac Snow Leopard painting program to illustrate...Wait here...

 

Picture: the liver contains oxygen & hydrogen, the spleen contains copper & phosphorus, the gallbladder contains mercury(bile, poop) & magnesium...

 

In the Meantime: Secession...The Secessionists...Sabotage...The Clog...The Clog in the machine..."Sabot"(clog, the shoe in french)...Tell me how you see the Secessionists & the act of sabotage as being similar? How are they different? I will tell you...Drawing a line in the sand, & digging up the whole beach are too different things...It is a question of degree...One is a small definitive move(an Act)...The other, overkill...But when is sabotage legal? When the wrong being done to the worker amounts to that the sabot in the machine is like a line in the sand of corporate corruption...

I still do not have my money back from Td Canada trust, though they have said they are giving it back to me...

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarigrove/8161392636/ Link to above picture in bigger format on Flickr.com

 
 
 
Parad mala:  http://www.dhyansanjivani.com/index.php?productID=877 Parad is a mixture of mercury & silver...mercury raises bilirubin levels in the gallbladder, which is what people with rheumatoid arthritis need...Silver is an antibiotic blood sugar lowerer, which lowers blood sugar in the pancreas & is a selenite or garlic type substance...The mercury is put into the silver to make beads then a necklace, because by itself mercury will not hold a form...The choice of silver is a good one, because people with painful joints often don't get enough exercise or tend to eat sweets possibly while watching television, leading to a correlation to diabetic tendency...(that is just me guessing, an educated guess btw)...
Rudraksha tree seeds, the inner very red part (not the blue outer part) are just pure mercury...You can find a Rudraksha seed necklace (strung on copper wire), called a "mala", on Ebay.ca for very cheap...This also raises bilirubin levels in the gallbladder & is great also for rheumatoid arthritis or any other problem associated with cartilage loss & hypermagnesemia...I am guessing that Syringomyelia would also be addressed by Rudraksha seed malas, since syringomyelia seems to be a cartilage breakdown in the spinal cord area...(The parad mala is also appropriate, since those with syringomyelia tend towards high blood sugar as well, so would benefit from the silver addition)...
  Additional notes about syringomyelia: Ok, my feelings about this condition are that it is a calcium block(a calcium block is basically the same as cancer but said in a less alarming way),  in the cartilaginous inner spinal cord...The Parad or Rudraksha will repair damage to the cartilage, after surgery to remove the calcium block, however if surgery to remove the calcium block would like to be avoided, then biotherapy in the form of a vinpocetine supplement (I like HearAll from Naturalcare in Oregon which contains vinpocetine, but also contains things that mean the vinpocetine doesn't make you sleepy...Vinpocetine is essentially chemotherapy, so sleepiness is a side effect most people would like to avoid if they still need to function on a day to day basis...)
 
 
 
 
 
 

sarcasm:the movie

 

Ridpath's is like hell, a house of mistakes...

 

Cold, cold, Cold:

Common cold caused by sleep interruption...

Coldness is at the outskirts of things, hotness is at the centre...

The Masai warriors drink milk with a blood piercing jugfull of blood taken from the live cow...Cinnabar (Zhu Sha) is like mercury or blood...If you cook it properly then mix it with icy cold Haagen Dazs vanilla ice cream it is delicious & nutritious...(For RA- rheumatoid arthritis)...

 

Door of house to the right has been recovered in a face image with oil paint...(There had been graffiti for over a year that the landlord did not remove nor cover up)...Removal was not possible with eco-friendly citrus solvents, so instead the choice was made to cover up the graffiti with a more pleasing image...
 
Later, more graffiti was found on the fence of the schoolhouse at left in picture...This was before palm Sunday, so I covered up that spray paint with oil paint once again, so as to have a more pleasing & familiar image for when that holiday was to occur...
 
Both "murals" were a success & the neighbourhood was thrilled to have to not look at the urban scrawled illegal vandalized home & schoolyard again...
 
Later, developers tore down everything & built a condo sales centre...Much later, they tore down the condo sales centre too & are now trying to build a tall new condo building...
 
We wish them well...

 

 

Incense: scent, Rose of zagreb...This incense is like marijuana, painkillers, aspirin, alcohol, in that it dulls the senses...Exposure to Rose of Zagreb incense, ambient, or leftover, will cause forgetfullness in the person in that location...Soldiers in particular should be cautious when entering a carpet store that contains Rose of Zagreb incense...

 
 
 
 

bed Sores:

 

 

 

1) Turn...Turn the person...

2)Proshield...Proshield is like a cream that protects the derriere if you pee yourself...

3)Nurses have Proshield...Ask them to put some on the person with the bedsore...

4)An antibiotic cream goes on first, before the proshield...

5)The area has to be cleaned up first...Topical Iodine is a possibility...Listerine is an antiseptic...Soap & water are fine, both need to be clean no moisturizers...Irish Spring with Aloe is good for soap...for hair I like Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Oil Special Shampoo...(their bar soap is a little oilier though so be forewarned)...

6)Oral or internal antibiotics work...garlic is an anitbiotic...So is silver...Drop sugar from the diet & replace with artificial sweeteners...if you can...Diabetes is a risk factor for herpes, pimples, bedsores as well...herpes is the early sign of sugars (excess)...

7)Chrysanthemum tea contains plenty of oxygen which will boost an alcohol Hydrogen drowned liver...The flower will bloom in the hot water...Watch it open, it is beautiful...

8)Gold, or Aurum, or taurine, reverses an enlarged depressed stiff heart...Specially the valves which may be sticking...Taurine is a powder or can be found in smoked mussels , smoked oysters in tins, fish, The Crown & Dragon fish & chips is good well done, giant crab cakes(bake for 20 miniutes at 200 degrees fahrenheit, flip, for a while longer bake some more to taste, throw on some red seafood sauce,  at the Whole Foods market fish counter...

9)Decaf green tea comes in tea bags...Gren tea is Nitrogen or like barley Grass Powder...The Herb Depot spadina College in Toronto south west, carries barley Grass Powder in glass jars...Add to your green tea bags for extra Chlorophyll! (Nitrogen things repair renal tube damage in kidneys)...

 
10) Clean Nightgown, not the one from the hospital...
11)Dry cloth under derriere, the kind with plastic facing bed & cloth against your skin...Plastic sheets should not be against bedsore...
12)One does NOT die of bedsore...

13) have person draw with pencil & paper what they look like...or even the body part that hurts...A self-portrait...That will tell you how they feel...
14) Goji Berries...proanthocyanidins-oxygen, Hg bile raising RA rheumatoid arthritis fixing, HG Wells, raisins...grapes13...Mercury...gallbladder...Good mercury...
15)herpes outbreak on face to syphillitic look including shingles- onset of diabetes or already onset jdf juvenile diabetes or warning signs including dandruff eczema chicken pox measles look pimples watch for tumours on face cysts on face- try removing sugar from diet, all sugar, watch to see if skin clears up...Fruit contains sugar...Stevia contains sugar...Maple syrup contains sugar...Raisins contain sugar as do grapes...Milk, alcohol, beer, contains sugar...Salad dressing...Fruit juice...
16)paralysis...why? cold? broken neck? cancer? spinal? Let's say broken neck...Neck is cartilage(glucosamine is the shells of shrimp or fermented corn-both contain bile raising materials which are good in this case, chondroitin is bovine cartilage as in the cartilage from a cow instead of from a shrimp or a corn) with bone(lead, lithium, olanzapine zyprexa, bonemeal, bones, carrots, contain bones) on top...Blood(Goji berries contain blood-like constituents) feeds the cartilage...Nitrogen(like barley grass powder or green tea) repairs damaged tubes...
17)kidneys, gangrene, baking soda cure...carbon...For gangrene or sepsis try one tablespoon baking soda in some water...Stir, drink...Yuck...Will clear kidney stones, gangrene, sepsis...
 
 
 
 

http://www.room2046.com/ Room 2046

The owner of Room 2046, on Yonge street, west side, near the Summerhill subway station if you are going there, dropped the left hand, the sculpture I made from ferro-marble...What is neat about FerroMarble, is that the inner steel rods, bolts & copper strapping, hold the marble, despite the hand having been dropped...This means instead of shattering into pieces, like normal marble might, it held together, & merely cracked in places, but stayed stuck to its inner armature, including the aluminum screen mesh that lays on top of the rods, bolts, & strapping...because I made the joints flexible & bendable, when the index finger cracked at the marble part, the inner bend of the copper joint became more bendable...So the index finger moves & bends, like its intention...I had covered this prosthetic hand with marble after being disappointed by the smell of Plasti-Dip, which I was going to dip the armature in in order to make it more hand-like, but still bendable at every joint...So, the dropping of the hand actually brought the piece back to its original intent...A good thing...Go to Room 2046, see Room2046.com  & have a pumpkin spiced latted, on me...

 

Handy tip:
Publishing an update of my book on Kindle...It will appear as a separate title...To compress a pdf file of a book for Kindle (they need 50 MB maximum), open your PDF with Preview...Click File, Save As, then in the Quartz Filter dropdown menu select "reduce file size"...Poof...My 233 megabyte book pdf became 14 megabytes...
 
http://www.albanycountyfasteners.com/Carriage_Bolts_304_Stainless_Steel_s/281.htm Got my #10-24 Stainless Steel coupling bolts (to connect one rod to itself to try to make a circle then later a sphere again for my grape 13 project)...Wow! I love them...I put two already on the "antennae" of my Wall Dragonfly sculpture...Now he hears better than before & looks niftier too! The link takes you to Albany County Fasteners in Poughkeepsie New York...I went to sarah Lawrence College but remember distinctly some very good pie one late late night, actually early morning at a diner in Poughkeepsie...The waitress was nice nice too...Yes nice nice...When you pull an allnighter it helps to have good pie & a nice nice waitress...We weren't studying, well, we were studying the art of partying...First year...Thinking of using their carriage bolt idea instead of cutting down my rods to small size...The carriage bolt comes with a head, whereas my rods, cut, don't...(for grapes 2013)
 
Twitter Handle @13Joshua13 ...Has a very very nice dog named "Bear"...Not Bayer, or Baer, Bear...if you see bear, a giant gorgeous intact brown muscular dog, please be very very kind to him...Bear just saved @13Joshua13 ...Saved as in saved...Salvation...Because of Bear, @13Joshua13 will not go to hell...Yes, Bear is a Christian dog...Do not neuter Bear...he must remain intact...if a hair on Bear's body is touched I will know...Do not touch Bear in any inappropriate manner...Bear is under my protection now...Notice: Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012...
 
Topical Drugs used illegally to intoxicate those who touch the substance ie: Political junk mail from the NDP (new Democratic Party) that has been impregnated with a light coating of hash oil mixed with benzene...To remove hash oil mixed with benzene from your skin, or mouth (ie: cigarette packages laced on the outside with topical hash oil & benzene) you can use Listerine, which is denatured alcohol....Listerine contains the correct substance to remove topical hash oil mixed with benzene that you may have touched when picking up your mail...Other substances that can remove hash oil mixed with poisonous benzene lighter fluid gas include nail polish remover & rubbing alcohol...Do not ingest internally any of the above...Fruit juices can be applied topically or taken internally however...
 
 
 

Muse, the band, the song called Uprising...(must listen to for everybody...)

 

Listening to Muse, the song Uprising, on   ...Please join me in listening to this song, wherever you can,Learn the words! (Join grooveshark for free, type in Muse Uprising in the search box, play the first song that comes up...Find the lyrics online if you can't hear them clearly enough...read them...learn them...Join me...Join me in fighting for what is right...Join me...

http://www.thefiberopticstore.com/    The Fiber Optic Store where I got the whiskers for the raccoon sculpture...
 
Hide & Seek is a song I love by Imogen Heap...(trains & sewing machines...the distress the industrial revolution has caused)...
 
Starships by Nicky Menaj...(Don't pinion your waterbirds...ie: Starships are meant to fly, or swans are meant to fly)...You must pump your hands in the air when you listen to this song & hear the lyric 'hands up & touch the sky'...really...
 
 
This is my album GroveCanadaWinter2010, which includes the songs Avalanche Buffalo, MogulGrove, ChairliftGrove, Valentine's Husband...Sung, written, performed, tracks laid down & edited in Garageband on a Tiger Mac computer, by Sari Grove...
 
http://bluestockingartsalon.com/  The Blue Stocking Art Salon...Come join us...(a live chat about art & more, hosted by Ariane Goodwin...(whose name reminds of the spider Ariadne, doesn't it?)
 
 

I watched a video at the Herend store about how to put slotted holes into a porcelain vase...

 

I watched a video at the Herend store about how to put slotted holes into a porcelain vase...But for a year later, I wondered in my wondering time, why did they take so much trouble to put slotted holes in their vase? I mean, what was the reason, the function, of the slotted holes...

http://www.bargainjohn.com/g369bVase.htm Maybe to put a candle in & the light will shine out but the wax won't drip...

http://www.save-on-crafts.com/dryintecforf.html Maybe to stick flowers in individually into each slot, & they will dry into the vase that way...

http://www.atwestend.com/Catalogue/glass_2/multi-hole-vase.html Maybe to put flower stems in, in a little water at the bottom of the vase...

Maybe to put fruit in & it will ripen with the air coming in...

Maybe to use as a lamp with an electrical connection...(more modern application)

http://www.pbase.com/helenpb/herend_tour here is a V.I.P. tour of the Herend plant...It shows how they do some of the stuff...That looks like hard work...

http://www.tableartonline.com/product.php?productid=16308&cat=451&page=1 here's a Vase with slotted holes that makes it usage obvious- flowers in water...
 
http://forums.ebay.com/db2/topic/Pottery-Glass-Porcelain/Pottery-Vase-Or/5200103922 This ebay forum is discussing one such slotted hole item...They are not sure if it is for flowers or candles...Someone says maybe a "root starter"...Another says a "double spill holder", assuming that means you put this slotted vase into another vase that isn't slotted, for drainage of plants...
 
I wrote to Herend to ask, yesterday...Let's see what they say...(I also wrote them on Facebook later...)
 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Censer-japan.jpg A CENSER is a container with holes in it that you put incense in...Maybe the slotted hole vase was originally for incense...
 
 

 

 
 

Bear bell as security device for paintings...

This is a bear bell...From the camping section of Canadian Tire, at Yonge & davenport...If you put it in the little bag, the magnet in the bag keeps it from ringing...I used the velcro strap to attach this bear bell & another bear bell,  to the back of both my paintings that will be at the Agincourt Library, 155 Bonis avenue, between Nov.27, 2012 & jan. 29,2013...That means if someone tries to lift the painting off the hanging hook at the library, the bell will ring...The security guard or anyone else will hear that & be alerted...It will also scare off a would be thief a little, since libraries are so quiet...

 

Here is Tempesta, 3x4 foot of oil on linen, by me Sari Grove...It will be available at starting bid $1,152.00 plus 13% Ontario taxes, with a cap on bids at $6,000.00 ...

 

Poor "Magnolia" is also waiting to be seen...My paintings hate to be ignored...Also 3 x4 feet of oil on linen, Magnolia will start at the same price, $1,520.00 plus 13% taxes, & will cap at $6K...

 

 

http://saraangel.ca/get-some-art/   Amanda McAvour, the first artist listed on this blog...Her sewn flowers hanging on strings were the only thing that my soul rested on while I floated through the otherwise too commercial Toronto Outdoor Art Fair at City Hall...Her innocence emboldened me to break free from traditional media...I was stuck in marble & cement...I was able then to move into my Dragonfly work, which instead of aluminum mesh for wings, then marble, I instead wove the wings using Nylon Mason's line (Number 18 nylon thread basically)...Thank you Amanda for setting this butterfly free...
 

Above is the cutest little niftiest thing...It is actually a Febreze air freshener (scent is Midnight Storm here), that you clip onto the vent of your car...But I am not using it for that...I bought a two-pack & am clipping each one to the back of "Magnolia" & "Tempesta" for the upcoming show at the library...Agincourt Library Nov. 27, 2012-Jan. 29, 2013...I was worried that these oil paintings might muck up the smell of the library...Paintings do give off a scent...Over time, less...I use very good smelling paints (walnut oil from Kama Pigments) & dammar (eco-friendly from Eco-House that smells like oranges)...But still I worry about smell...So Febreze has come up with a nifty solution...I decided against using different scents for each painting because I thought that might confuse the senses...So Midnight Storm it is...

 
About criticism online:
 
A man calls his wife in her car:" Honey, be careful, there's apparently a crazy person on the highway driving the wrong way!!!" Wife to husband:" One crazy person? There's hundreds!" ...

Sometimes when you get criticism, you are the crazy person...

I kept getting complaints that my artificial nest for Trumpeter swans was a tripping hazard...I finally listened...I wove another prototype with a tighter weave with no loops that could trip...

The criticizers turned into better friends than my yes people...(whoever they are because they usually post as Anonymous)
 
 
 
 

 

pricing for the non-profit show: bare bones minimum price for a painting is a dollar per square inch...so, 36 inches times 48 inches is 1728 inches...Normal commission or discount to a gallery is one third...Divide 1728 by three...You get 576...Subtract 576 from 1728 to show a one third off price discount...That means that everybody, not just gallery(the galley slaves- yes, like on a boat I am thinking) owners gets a one third discount...So that number is $1,152.00 ...That's the starting bid for one of my paintings during the solo show...I'm capping bids at 6K...Just so there is a cap...More than 6K is too much...For this market...if I sell for more than 6K the collector may get mad at me...Don't want no mad collectors...The more I charge the more obligation I feel...Nice thing about low prices is less pressure...
 
 

Good news about our fight against a bank...

 

  It's been a year now...Fighting with a bank...It's called TD Canada trust bank...They sold me an insurance policy over the phone over 8 years ago, & this past year I have been fighting to get a refund...The policy they sold me was supposed to cover the event that maybe I had trouble paying off my credit cards, so the policy would kick in...8 years ago, looking into the vacuum of the future, I knew business was going to be tough...So I said yes over the phone that day...

  Then I forgot about it...I never got any written paperwork...I never got any annual reminders...If you don't carry a balance on your credit card, the charge does not show up on your statements...

  The 8 years went by...One day, Joseph says to me:" What is this INS. charge?" ...You see, we had actually stopped using that particular credit card for purchasing things, 2 years prior, so there shouldn't have been any new charges on it...But there it was...We are carrying debt, but no new purchases, & yet there was this new charge, now all by itself...You don't notice small charges if they are at the bottom of a long list with bigger charges...You look at the big stuff...Plus, the acronym TD Ins., made it look like some sort of annual bank fee...

  So I called up Td credit card people & asked:"what the heck is this Td Ins. charge?"...

  "Oh, it is your Insurance..." "insurance, what insurance?"...

Lo & behold, I had been paying into some invisible credit card insurance plan for many years...Let's say, with interest, almost $3,000.00 dollars worth of not knowing...

  So, wow...I got off the phone & went to Google any & all information about this credit card insurance...

This is what I found out...Self-Employed people cannot make a claim...Well, let's be more specific...If you are self-employed & say a gallery you are showing your art works in closes & you lose business, well this insurance policy does not allow you to make a claim...Business losses are not covered for self-employed people...I could not ever use this policy...

  For the record, 6 galleries closed on me this past decade...Six...That insurance would have been most helpful had it kicked in to pay off my business losses on my credit card...But it wouldn't...I was disqualified from the beginning...

  So I asked for a refund...The contract was void from the start..."Ab Initio" is the legal term...

  Then the year progressed with me complaining to every known & unkown body in Canada...Anyone I could think of...Why? Because Td bank said no to me...They said they had done nothing wrong...

  Yesterday was Friday, October, 19, 2012...I had given up on getting my money back by then...Had pulled all my accounts including car insurance from TD bank & had switched to Desjardins Insurance & other banks...Had tightened my belt in many other ways including switching our home phone from Bell to Rogers...Pulled it all in so tight, I was tighter than before...So I felt a little better about being a victim of bank corruption...

  Yesterday I get a phone call at 9:23 am...It is the FSCO...The Financial Services Commission of Ontario...They are calling to tell me that TD bank is sending me a letter...They thought I should know...The letter will say that TD Bank has "changed their position"...Changed their position...changed their position...

  After a year of screaming about unfair business practices, then me giving up, they were changing their position...

  So...A weight has been lifted...All is right again with the world...The tiny voice was loud...me...& Joseph...& all those other people who listened to me & agreed...All those people who camped out in front of banks...Thank you...

The whole Occupy thing was happening as I was yelling...It made me feel like I had an army of friends...Us little people against a big ole bank...Thank you...For your tents & your speeches & your gathering & your beauty...

It is not a whole lot of money but it was just all wrong in principle...You don't sell insurance to a self-employed person when that insurance disqualifies self-employed people in the teeny tiny fine print of some obscure flyer that I never got to see...You just don't...You don't sell insurance if you don't have an insurance licence...(for the record-DO NOT EVER BUY INSURANCE FROM SOMEONE WHO DOES NOT HAVE AN INSURANCE LICENCE...DO NOT...)

  In Alberta, it is illegal for someone to sell insuance without a licence...In other provinces, they allow the banks to sell insurance without a licence with the loophole called "incidental Insurance"...Is $3,000.00 incidental to you? No, not to me either...

  I pray that law in Canada & the rest of the planet will be enacted to say nobody can ever sell insurance without a licence...Not even a dumb greedy bank as incidental insurance...Because there is no such thing as incidental insurance is there? When someone borrows money from you, then doesn't return it & then says :"well, it was incidental money", does that make you write it off your books? No...You can forgive the debt...But the word incidental is meaningless...It's like being a little bit pregant...Either it is insurance or it isn't...

Anyways...That was a very good phone call I got...I await the letter...& Now you will be relieved of reading endless analyses of why this bank has to refund me my money...I think I am done now...

  Superwoman rests...(smile) Sari Grove

 
 
 
 

On Abstract Art & some self-doubt about profit-making:

 

 
Abstract:
 
Some of the things: 1)Orphic...Orphic means that instead of saying 'oh look it is a painting of a dog I like dogs thus I like this painting', that somehow the painting or sculpture expresses the gestalt of dogness...A layered piece of tiny brushstrokes of just something that looks like shaggy fur, maybe with a cloud of puppy breath & some warmth...Orphic means it expresses the subject to your guts, or your heart, without requiring translation...
2)Technique...Did it take you a month to paint in those tiny fur lines or did it take you an hour to slop the paint on in a cool pattern? Labour...This is more for collectors, but it also helps you with your own sense of self...When you work really hard at something it is harder to dismiss...Plus it is easier to justify a good price...
3)Originality of type of expression...I used a Venn Diagram concept in one of my paintings...truth is the canvas at 3 x4 feet was still not big enough for my whole subject...So I squished it in by overlapping subject like in Venn Diagram circles...I thought that was pretty cool & so do other people...Math is neat...
4)The message: is the message good, does it convey, is it timeless or short term...Is it powerful or feeble? 
5)Materials: eco-friendly, archival, sustainable wood, did you build it yourself? Copper tacks or just staples? I see abstract art often cheats a bit on materials...Use the really good stuff...
6)If you don't "feel" like expressing yourself in an abstract way, don't...Sometimes realism is what you need...My start in abstract expressionism came from a religious thing- I didn't want to do likenesses...Many come from there...I have mellowed about this...But if you don't have the need, then don't feel pressured...It's not for everyone...But much of reality is quite abstract, so it is a good skill to have for all artists...
 
More about abstract art:
 
Get some sheets of wax...The kind you see at craft stores to roll into candles...That is nice to work with on your hands...or if you prefer some other soft modelling clay...The self-hardening stuff is nice...Then try to make some of the abstract forms you have in your paintings into little sculptures...This will engage another part of your brain and help you in a tactile way to feel shapes...Then go back and try your abstracts again...Sculpting really helps alot with painting...Your shapes end up with more depth...
 
Self-Doubt:
 
 
...The productive pattern bit...Wondering if you have any insight? For example, last year I spent the whole year learning Ferrocement in order to make a giant outdoor worthy sculpture of a Trumpeter swan...It was installed at the beginning of summer this year at someone's country home, on a rock, by a pond...It got alot of attention, & someone up in that country area asked if I could make her one too...One too? Ugh...I didn't want to make Another one...I mean, it was hard, it was tiring, & the reward at the finish would just be the same thing...No joy in the accomplishment of something unique...So I declined...I am, of course, a moron...This year I designed a really cool wall dragonfly sculpture in steel rods & nylon line woven...At the end of summer, it was done...My husband said I should do another one...Or maybe a butterfly...Another one? Is it really the role of the artist to produce multiples??? I guess that is what I get from the productive pattern advice...learn some skills, then repeat them for profit...Is it that I am old now & things are getting too easy because I have all those skills now? I mean, I know if I do a multiple of something I will definitely make money...I feel so calculating...Or is it that failure is just so much easier to live by? Sari
October 19, 2012 3:59 PM
 
 
 
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Completely embarrassing post about something nobody talks about: Hemmorhoids

 

I've been trying to help someone who is in trouble...That someone was taking an osteoporosis drug called Actonel...For 7 years...Turns out the Actonel has a massive magnesium component...Magnesium, some may already know, is also a powerful laxative...You know, Milk of Magnesia?

  Anyways...What happens if you get into hypermagnesemia (too much magnesium), is you start to erode your own cartilage...Then you need a knee or hip replacement, because you can't walk...(By the way, the first signs of magnesium overdose include a terrible jaw pain...But some people ignore this pain because they don't know the signal...Eventually the nerve endings get eroded too & the pain signalling stops...)...

  I happen to be extremely sympathetic...Sympathetic is not an emotional term in this usage...Sympathetic means that if I spend an afternoon with a pregnant women, I go home later & have morning sickness symptoms...Sympathetic means that if I spend an afternoon with someone who has hypermagnesemia, I go home & have an extreme laxative problem...

  So, I, the one who doesn't pooh when I travel(the stress of it all maybe), the one from a completely anal retentive family(maybe it's because we are not big alcohol drinkers?), I, went into some weird laxative mode...

  I know, why am I telling you this?

  Because two weeks later I got this thing I learned was a hemmorhoid...I'm sorry but that is a painful thing to get...Truly awful...Once a person who had just given birth, asked me what to do for hemmorhoids...I was stymied...I had never encountered this beast before...

But now I have & I know what to do, so I am sharing this because wow that is horrible...

  I tried Preparation H (which turns out I am very unhappy about because it says it contains shark liver oil which I find most distressing because I love sharks & have no need to put the oil of their liver on my derriere...I pray the Preparation H people remove that offending ingredient so we can save the sharks...)

  I tried Witch hazel compresses...I tried an organic creme(which also contained witch hazel as well as a whole list of flowery things some of which sounded good on my morning cereal- flaxseed?) which even came with an applicator so you could insert it inter-rectally...Inter-rectally! Omigosh, I think I am old even to use that word...

  OK anyways...Googling all possible solutions, I ended up making Joseph get me some lemonade flavoured powdered Metamucil to try...

TaaDaah!

Ah finally relief!!!

The Metamucil apparently makes your poops so fluffy & soft like a cloud that they do no damage on the way out...You will also make poop that you might want to take a picture of & post on Facebook..."This is what I made this morning"..."Look how big it is!"

Anyway, I am back in business...I no longer am lying on the couch, inept, watching Ellen Degeneres episodes while nursing my painful butt...I am no longer taking baths every two hours for pain relief...

  Honestly this hemmorhoid thing set me back two weeks in just pain...

So I am posting this ridiculously stupid personal post...Thank you Metamucil for getting me back to work!! Thank you!!! (the lemonade flavour is amazing btw)...

 
Another topic: Contraceptives...
 
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/17/mitt-romney-contraception_n_1974752.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003 Here is an article about Romney & contraceptives...Here is my Comment:
 

Contraceptives cause cancer...That is a given...Considering the current plague of breast cancer, ovarian cancer & other forms of cancer that women are now suffering through due to taking birth control pills, patches or injections, one might ask why they are in such a hurry to get this poison? I don't see men taking contraceptives...Why is that? If men are so concerned with not fathering children then why don't they take this stuff themselves? Gender dysphoria is another neat side effect of contraceptives...Contraceptives are teratogenic too, which means that if you do happen to get pregnant anyway, the child is born with all those wonderful things too...The question is:"what do contraceptives do to people?" not "who is going to pay for them?"...

 
 
 

Grape grape...

Well, I was chatting about baseball & art (Cy Twombly's father was a baseball player for the Chicago White Sox)...Cy Twombly, if you don't already know, was one of the world's highest earning living artists (he passed away in 2011)...He is also one of one my favorites...You can sometimes see baseball in his works...

  Anyways, that's when I got the idea to try to weave my grape around my baseball...To get the spherical shape I've been looking for...

  So with the rest of my variegated #18 Nylon line, I attempted a little grape grape...It is now "Wall grape Grape"...

  Not as grapey as it could be, I will continue in my quest to get a grapey looking grape...

I'd like to do a large soft sculpture, but first I need to decide how best to approach the subject...

Ultimately, I'm looking for 13 grapes on a vine...In big...

Droopy Wall Grape...

 

 

"Droopy Wall Grape"...I am still trying to find a nice way to get a spherical shape...This time I ditched the steel rods as an understructure, & wove a shape around two cardboard circles that were interlocked, then removed the cardboard...But once again, I have a droopy grape instead of a nice sphere...Who knew a sphere was so hard to achieve? This try also looks like something else, please forgive me for the visual euphemism...

Hair: Shampoo, bar Soap, colour & cut...

 

 

 

Toronto Hair Care: 438 Spadina (South West of College) Toronto Ontario Tel. 416.596.1971 Professional Hair Care products & Beauty Supply... Comments: This tiny little hair care specialty shop carries some hard to find items at fabulous prices...namely, the most wonderful Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Oil Shampoo in the Gallon size! The Gallon size lasts over a year & it is totally the best way to buy this incredible shampoo...Perfect for people with oily skin who get pimples- tea tree shampoo conditions without oiliness...Same goes for the bar soap(tea tree keeps bugs away too)! You can also use the bar soap to shave with...Another neat thing is this place carries Schwartzkopf Igora hair colour in tubes- pick your colour, then get a small bottle of Activator...Mix the tube stuff to 2 parts of the Activator stuff in a small plastic bowl with a paintbrush, & paint that onto your hair...The great thing about doing your own colour is you can touch up roots whenever you want & use just enough product & not more...If you cut your own hair or want to learn how here is my best tip- grab small bunches of your hair, twist first, then cut the ends...The twisting makes the cut come out pretty...Once you learn to TWIST before cutting, you will be able to get a great looking edge everytime...(Throw cuttings into garbage or container not in your sink drains...Totally clogs them up...)

 

 
 
 
 
 

groveorgan-ics explained a bit...

 

 

    I am still working on a functioning prosthetic design for a left hand...I have started to think that really the index finger & its opposable thumb are really the key to the action of the hand...That if in fact you can grab things with your index finger & thumb, that would actually handle much of the important daily tasks...If the index finger & thumb were made of steel, then of course the strength of the grip would be just so much...Holding a dog leash, grabbing a pot handle, picking up a tube of toothpaste-these are tasks one could do with just the index finger & thumb...

 

You are cordially invited to Nuit Blanche Saturday Night starting at 7 pm until sunrise (around 6 am): It's free & it's ART ...

 

Source: grovecanada.ca via Sari on Pinterest

 
 
 
 

 

Multiples, like bronze sculpture multiples:

 

Photo Caption: This photo was taken by a Sony DSC-T100 8 megapixel burgundy coloured small handheld no big lens attachment or anything & not edited in iPhoto digital camera...It depicts a homemade ferroaragonite sculpture, HausMacht...It has just come out of the oven on broil for 20 minutes...yesterday it broiled for 15 minutes...The interesting thing is that the steel in the aragonite keeps its heat after you broil...Possibilities for an outside unwired heating device...Ie: heat in your oven on broil, put somewhere where it is cold & allow it to radiate heat...Oh & the gold patina is made from real gold powder mixed with latex adhesive...It's a little crackly & I like it! The index finger is also broken but the neat thing is that a normal marble sculpture would shatter whilst due to the steel infrastructure the marble didn't shatter but merely separated from itself but stayed stuck to the aluminum mesh screening that is wrapped around the steel rods...Galvanized threaded steel rods 10-24, 12-24 bolts hexagonal coated, & copper strapping 1/2 inch from plumbing section...

  Myth: (this particular thought is not exactly true)Do you see the serpentine vein on the front of the right sculpture? That is caused by the talcum powder (baby powder is magnesium silicate sand) that I mixed with water & Circa 1850 marine waterproof resin plastic glue to try to see if magnesium patches would work...Well not exactly Caused...I put the magnesium patch on the other side of the sculpture, & found out that magnesium eats into things...It is like a cement drill but less noisy...Like Fluorine in my water supply, It puts holes in my plants leaves, but not plants, cement, or aragonite marble...So when the magnesium cement ate into my marble then later a vein of snake appeared on the other side, the side facing the camera...Einstein said that stuff doesn't get lost, or something...Conservation is Nature's Way...(I'm paraphrasing...) So when the magnesium cement patch bit into the aragonite marble the marble which is calcium carbonate like bone as in bone china, the bone or marble compensated by moving its business elsewhere, forming a neat raised serpentine vein on the alternate side...

Truth: Excess magnesium is like a snakebite...The antidote is Cinnabar Mercury Zhu Sha medicine also called "Red Sand"...The gallbladder contains both natural mercury & natural magnesium...Mercury builds, Magnesium discriminates...Calcium Carbonate is like Milk & Olive Oil...Calcium carbon...calcium & iodine live in the adrenal gland...Carbon lives in the kidneys with Nitrogen (like Chlorophyll it is green)...The Spleen has Blue Moldy Turquoise like Pigeon pooh & Orange Coppery Chelated Copper Supplements(at least my spleen contains copper supplements right now)...The heart contains Aurum Gold taurine which raises blood pressure & Potassium Special K which enlarges the heart thus lowering blood pressure, like enlarging a room thus lowering marriage rivalry...

More: B12 is like Iron is like Pyrite beads is like marcasite jewellery & lives in harmony with MangaNESE peanuts in your THYMUS gland...Making veins (manganese) & arteries (iron) all day long...(& all night long too,  Lionel Ritchie reference!) methylocobalamin is like iron too, as are copal amber beads from Lithuania for the spinal cord or from Latvia for the neck...(the amber is like iron too & is found on the beach...helps to regrow Sticky Myelin Sheaths...Manganese like bees makes things come unstuck, while iron helps things to stick together...Like how do you make sure veins & arteries don't move around or do move around if necessary? peanuts & iron...

MoreMore: Aluminum lives in chocolate, calabar beans, cocoa beans, styptic pencils, deodorants...It patches up cuts by shrinking blood vessels...Belladonna is like Ti the Element Titanium & it dilates arteries & veins & pupils in the eye & makes your muscles weak...Your muscles get weak because they are now larger...So it lowers blood pressure too in a weird way...Aluminium by tightening things up is a great cure for Alzheimers' disease or people who abuse baby aspirin which is really made for babies not senior citizens-hey stop stealing the baby's food eh! The Lady gaga new scented perfume contains belladonna which helps glaucoma problems in the eye to feel better...Glaucoma is like tuberculosis of the eye-ie: you got aluminum cement in the eye or lungs...The scent smells nice & also has orchid, peony, apricot, & belladonna which is you are iron anemic or peanut allergy DO NOT BUY...If also you are allergic to marijuana also do NOT buy...But it does smell nice & has excellent lasting power...The Damien Hirst like Displat at the Bay at Yonge & Queen at the corner window is Awesome...As is the indoor inflated bubble art sculptures made of recycled posters billboards actually that vinyl material all sewn together into flower shapes like a Daffodil...Nuit Blanche is coming up, Noir is the light so be careful...Translation it is dark at night during nuit blanche so like it is a misnomer be careful...In Norway sometimes there is no light at all that they can see...So they sleep alot...Like for weeks...Ya Elskid Die...Means I love you in Norwegian...

 

  Concept Credits: Abou El Tannat(Arabic)...Father with Daughters...Funny joke from a tv show called The West Wing...The Borg...Funny people on Star Trek tv show who have scary prosthetics...Sex & the City...Funny show about a girl who doesn't marry the carpenter...(Dumb Blonde...)

Ad: There is a new Concept Store at Yonge & Summerhill on the other side of the street from the LCBO...It is called Room 2046 ...Their website is Room2046.com 

Ok the comment part from before about multiples is below:

If you make an original sculpture out of wax, then your costs are the materials of the wax plus your labour time plus whatever premium you add for your years of experience & training...

  If you take that wax piece to a bronze foundry, say they cast a mold for you then pour in the bronze using the lost wax method...

  Now say that new bronze piece sets you back $400.00 at the foundry...

  So now the total costs to you for that one bronze copy include everything above...

  $400.00 bronze foundry charge plus wax cost of say $20.00 plus labour time of sculpting of $200.00 (say 10 hours of sculpting-it's a small piece) plus a premium of say $250.00 for your creative intellectual input or something...Equals $870.00 your costs for that first bronze piece...

  Say you double that & give it to a gallery to sell for you at $1,740...Gallery takes 1/3 commission 'cause the work is on consignment so if it sells you get 2/3...So you get $1,160.00 take home if the work sells...

  So you earned $290.00 for that first piece...Doesn't sound like much, but let's be honest, you didn't do most of the work...Well, you did create the sculpture, but you didn't do the mold or the hot bronze pour or the patina part, which are quite tricky & dangerous, so maybe you shouldn't be getting much profit on this...

  So you decide to make further copies...Well actually you decide to pay the foundry to make copies...

  Each copy costs you $400.00 to make...

Say you make 15 copies at $400.00 a piece...$6,000.00 total cost to you paid to the foundry...(they might give you a deal on quantity but let's start with no deal)...

Now you decide to charge exactly the same amount for these 15 as for the first...$1,740.00 each, gallery takes 1/3 commission consignment only deal, & you take home the same $1,160 per piece...

$17,400.00 ...That's how much you take home if all 15 pieces sell & the gallery already took their 1/3 commission for consignment deals...

So your profit now on the 15 is $11,400.00 ...

However is this fair?

Let's be honest...You may be able to charge the full $1,740 for each additional piece, but is that number really true?

You did not put the same amount of work into the additional 15 pieces that you put into the first piece, the foundry did all that work...

Should the gallery or the artist still be charging the exact same amount for multiples poured by a foundry that they did not have to do any additional work for?

Should the multiples not have a cheaper price on them? To be honest?

How much did the multiples really cost the artist to make besides materials?

Well, driving to the foundry, talking to the workers there, paying on your credit card, telling them what you want...You can get away with charging something for that time I guess...

True cost of the 15 additional multiples each besides the $400 each at the foundry...Maybe another $110.00?

Ok, so take 400 plus 110 equals $510.00...Double that if you want...You get maybe $1,020.00...Gallery takes 1/3 at sale time...You get $680.00 per multiple...

For 15 you pull in $10,200.00 ...Oh wait...Minus your cost...Or not...If you just subtract the $6K from the $10.2 then you take in $4,200.00...On 15 bronze multiples...

Ugh, I have lost the plot...I actually am losing my numbers at the point where I am automatically doubling costs...

Wait I got it...Your costs are the 400 plus 110 for your time buying the extra copies...the 110...so 510 times 15 is your cost...$7,650.00 (your adding 110 for your artist labour of buying stuff)...

So no...Your costs for the 15 are $7,650... You pulled in $10,200 after the gallery took their third cut...

So your profit on the 15 multiples if they sell & gallery takes 1/3 (consignment deals shouldn't be more than 1/3...Any higher & they should be buying your work upfront like any wholesale retail relationship...)

Sorry, again, your profit on the new pricing is $10,200 minus adjusted costs of $7,650.00...profit now is $2,550...

(Truth is I am not sure of the doubling thing...Some manufacturers double everything for retail(ie: gallery), others choose a baser cost...) Note: My mother always doubled her costs to get retail price when she had her toy store...That's where I learned my early business skills...At my mother's foot...Literally...I was the youngest customer service person in her toy store...Also the most respected...Why? because a child really knows toys...(I also read every single book in the store too-as I learned to read...Just so I could tell people if they were good or not)...

Not sure where I am in the numbers now...Ok somewhere between the first number for profit & the 2nd number...

*$11,400.00 minus $2,550.00...

*$8850.00 ...

*That is the difference in profit between charging the exact same price for multiple bronzes & charging a lower fairer price for multiple bronzes...

*So here's the thing...Does the artist deserve $11,400 in profit on 15 pieces that he or she did not interact with?

*or does the artist deserve $2,550.00 in profit on 15 pieces that they just like ordered more of over the phone from the foundry to cast...???

Same goes for multiple prints, coffee mugs or whatever stuff you are outsourcing your art work on or in or at...

 

But my point is this: Are you overcharging your customers for multiples when your costs of production are not as high as they were for the first piece?

Or do you justify that?

Personally I don't think the first bronze from a lost wax cast is the same as subsequent castings...

If you don't do any more castings then that bronze is the only one of its kind...

Once you do more than one, you demean the price...Demean might not be the right word...

Should artists really be overcharging for multiples that they did not play a part in besides paying for?

Can an artist truly mark-up someone else's work?

Same goes for prints...Even handpulled prints...The more there are the less work each one is...So why should the price of each be the same as that first very hard pull?

Artists are getting looked at under the microscope now because there are some practices that are dubious...

I think multiple editions are one...Dubious...

I also think they are a waste of natural resources...

Just cause an artist can pay to have multiples done, doesn't mean the foundry or printer or whatever should take the job...

Maybe the people who make multiples should just say no too...

 

 

 
 
 
 

Scientific Proof that cats are better than Dogs:

 

 

  Ever notice how businessmen negotiate? They offer high, someone counters low, then they spend the next 5 minutes meeting each other sort of in the middle...

 It's not like they post their offering price on a website then twiddle their thumbs while they check their Facebook page for funny cat videos...

 Ok, but the video above is truly funny & you must watch it...

However...

My point is that artists are just posting prices on their website & putting up Add to cart buttons or Buy Now buttons from PayPal or whatever cart they are using & walking away from the numbers game...

But the numbers game is what drives business...You can't walk away from the most stimulating part of it all...

People love to bounce numbers up & down...It can be very exciting...Stock brokers are hooked on that rise & fall...

Yes, it is a little euphemistic isn't it?

But that doesn't mean artists should shy away...

Number crunching, margins, fractions, getting a deal, giving a deal, this drives the marketplace...

Your asking $20 dollars? I'll give you $15...Ok, deal...Hands shake...You both walk away feeling invigorated...Even maybe not as invigorated as you both might have if no haggling took place...The haggling created a relationship...Probably worth the 5 bucks since that person is now a friend almost...They will come back for more...The extra 5 you threw in created guilt possibly, trust for sure, & a little joy...That joy is a great emotion...

Don't you want to bring your collectors joy too? Not just from the art, but from the entire whole transaction from beginning to end including what numbers you choose & how you make your offer?

I have Tempesta & Magnolia listed as $6,000.00 Canadian currency each plus 13% Ontario taxes...

What if you made me an offer for less?

What if I countered that offer & you took the deal?

Wow! I just sold a painting or two maybe & you just paid less than my asking price...

That must make you feel pretty good...Proud of yourself...Maybe there's a story there for later at the bar...

I feel good too...

That's the back & forth that business needs, loves, thrives on...

Allow for that back & forth...It makes it interesting...

Learn the fine art of haggling & you will make more sales than you ever have before...You will make new friends & new customers...You will learn about math & numbers if you haven't already...

Haggle with your galleries too..."I won't give you a dime more than a one third commission on a consignment deal"...."If you want to work with me you have to buy 5 pieces minimum up front so I know you are really on my side..." 

And so on...

Watch The Dragon's Den on tv...Later watch The Shark's Tank...Watch the successful bidders...Watch how the money flows in & out back & forth in the air...Watch how everything is negotiable...See how deals are made...Then learn to negotiate when you sell your art...It is the last secret that art dealers know how to do...Learn haggling & you won't need them anymore...They all haggle...Everyone haggles...Learn it...Then do it...

It's fun...

http://partners.nytimes.com/library/tech/00/01/circuits/articles/20shop.html  Online Haggling Article with links to haggling sites...
 
 
http://www.nytimes.com/1993/05/07/arts/bargaining-at-the-art-galleries-a-personal-odyssey.html?src=pm Haggling in New York-you get 10% off just for asking...25% if the work is not selling at all...More if you agree to pay right away...
 

Giving Quietly: A response to an artist moans about charitable art gives...

 

http://www.artbizblog.com/2011/11/fiona-purdy.html Here is one link to the issue of charitable donations...Read through the Comments as well...There are several other excellent links on this subject at ArtBizBlog.com if you type your search query into the search box...

  I did understand what you had posted...Personally I think that artists tend to confuse the right hand with the left hand...If the left hand is giving, the right hand should not be told...I see this combining of giving & taking quite often but I think it causes rancour...I look at 10% of my earnings in a year as charitable-whether it be a cash give or work of art...I don't factor in tax deductions because they are often not available for whatever government reason...When I give, I try not to factor in what I am getting back...Once you are getting something in return, it is not really charity, at that point it is just a business exchange like goods for advertising or something like that...Charity is about the charity, not about the artist or the artwork...Giving hurts...You are giving something good away...The more you talk about how much you give, the more you tell everyone, I think the more your giving becomes diminished...Giving generously & secretly gives the most bonus points...Every artist knows that it hurts to give...But try & swallow that...if you can do service without talking about how good you are or how precious your gift is, you will be a better person...It is tiresome to hear people boast about their giving-whether it is cash or art donation...Ruins the whole process...

 
 
 
 
 
 

New Sculpture Idea in the works:

So...I had this idea for a sculpture, maybe a wall sculpture, not sure...Told Joseph about it as a floor sculpture...Told him it was going to be a giant bunch of grapes, 13 grapes to be exact, maybe for 2013...As I spoke I said maybe I was going to make grape pillows...He said Oh Like Claes Oldenburg's Floorburger? Um, ya, actually, thanks for making me sound derivative as if I was copying...(I wasn't copying actually, but in fact thinking of Claes' Floorburger made me think I didn't want to do pillows anymore, just in case someone thought I was being derivative...)(Um, now that I write this down, I want to do pillows again...Hmm...)
  Anyway, here is some of the process of how I have been trying to figure out what I am going to do...
Sketch with Paintbrush program, then cardboard cut-out trial & errors, then pen & paper sketch to figure out exact design, then first try with real materials on small scale...
  I may need another way of doing what I am trying to do, which means maybe learning a new skill...God knows I am not cut out for the weaving skills I have been doing recently...Way too tiring & detailed for me...How do people knit & sew & crochet? That is hard!!!
 

 

Above in Paintbrush, the free mac program, I did my first sketch....

Here, are two cardboard attempts...The first was how to make a sphere out of cardboard...Actually harder than it sounds...You need to cut like 6 petal shaped pieces & sew them together...I gave up after sewing three together & got a football instead of a sphere...

  The dangly circles on the other end of the string was another idea...String the grapes along & hang them on the wall in a cluster shape...But as I sewed them together (using a twisted piece of wire & my #18 nylon string), I found that the grapes just all bunched together, they didn't want to hang nice & separate...Lesson learned...That was not going to work either...(also above)

Then, above in pic., I tried to figure out how to get the grapes to hang on the vines...

Then, I went to Canadian Tire & bought enough material for one grape & tried to bend my rods into a nice circle, so I could possibly achieve a spherical shape at the end...What I got was a teardrop...Hmmm...Good thing I tried this out just with one grape...(Also, it seems like too much material for just one grape really...Plus, to add colour I will have to weave with nylon string...Whew...This feels like alot of work...Am I really going to do 13 grapes???)

 

Sitting here with Jadzia the bengal cat on my lap...My birthday is on the 18th...Tuesday...Am going to be a hearty 46...This is how that looks now...Sari

I'm starting to weave the grape & its vine...But I did just order some variegated red nylon number 24 size thread as well as some variegated purple too(so I will have to wait a bit to do more work)...I am getting my wonderful nylon thread from Creative Yarn Source in Ohio...Let me get the link now... http://creativeyarnsource.com/shop.html here is the link! Love love love this company, great support, good confidence builder, & I even got my Wall Dragonfly featured in their newsletter last month! (ok, featured means it was there, but there were many others with me...I was just so proud to be with all these "real" people...Real means like these are people who are really making things that are so professional & slick & perfect, like crochet purses or baskets or sweaters! Since I am not a crochet-er or knitter or sewer, I just have great respect for those who have the patience to do this kind of work...My monkey chain boat tie knotting got me into this crowd, but I am way at the bottom in terms of skill level...)

Tennis Anyone? Listen to the sound file of grunting during the U.S. Open Tennis...Should persistent loud grunting be penalized?

 

 

 

 

Above: Homemade binder...

 
(this is a response to a blog post about artists, galleries, & commissions..."Someone" wrote as a comment that galleries should just outright purchase the art from the artists, like it used to be...)
  Dear "Someone", I was about to write the same thing...Totally agree...
  I am old school...Which means that the standard old school commission for a consignment deal was one third...In business, a 50% cut meant wholesale...Wholesale meant several things...The work is bought outright, paid for upfront, a certain amount of quantity- a minimum amount or number of pieces were bought, there was some sort of longer term relationship in order to get that deal, & the retail selling price was usually not more than double of the wholesale(though that was an ethic not a rule)...The retailer also had to have some sort of qualifications to qualify-merely renting a white space was not sufficient...
  I've been working with a non-profit because the commissions they take are not ever more than one third...I won't pay more than that for a consignment deal...
  p.s. If you have a contract with a gallery, then any sales regardless of location of the physicality of the sale, should give a cut back to the gallery(which is also why a half half cut is ludicrous)...Collectors will often go to your studio because they are trying for a deal...At that point, you still owe the gallery their cut...if there is more than one gallery involved then a studio sale needs to be described in the contract with each...Cutting a commission 4 ways will get more brownie points than cutting them all out...The tiniest bit of money will cause a gallery to move your works into a better position...
  If artists took a business degree they might realize that nobody else on the planet gives a product for free on spec on consignment with only a 50% possible return & with possibility of no return at all & a used product...if that is all that is being offered in your area then just say no...If you don't stand up for yourself, who else is going to?
 
Dementia, Forgetfulness: 
 
  Iatrogenic causes...Two contemporary causes are statin, pain killer, blood thinning, aspirin type meds to offset heart problems prophylactically causing dementia in the long term as an iatrogenic side effect...The second is anti-cancer treatments like chemo causing dementia by overdoing dosages & killing healthy cells...A very simple organic solution is organic loose leaf cinnamon tea...I get the Madagascar organic cinnamon loose leaf & the organic green tea cinnamon loose leaf, & combine half & half into one of those custom envelopes...Steep for a while then sweetener & milk to taste...ironically, despite all the false publicity, things aluminum, like styptic pencils, actually coagulate & heal up injuries...Aspirin for example can cause lesions or holes that an aluminum based element like cinnamon can patch up...Aspirin is a titanium type element...Titanium & Aluminum are opposite things that live together, hopefully in balance, in the pulmonary lymph node system...Too much titanium causes forgetfulnness...Too much aluminum causes breathing problems, like allergies or even tb tuberculosis...Marijuana is in the Titanium category, which can cause forgetfulness if overdone...Those with excess aluminum exposure from their environment (ie: cement workers, architects) may overdose on titanium products thus causing Alzheimer's...Later, when doctors explore they discover possibly those aluminum deposits...But the Aluminum is NOT the cause of the forgetting, it is the treatment, the aspirin, pot, or blood thinners or statins...Though, I suppose, in a way, it is a response...A cause due to a response...However...Even wearing lots of deodorant with aluminum in it will help patch up torn elements in your body...Like a styptic pencil...There is a styptic powder you can get for pets at pet stores...I am experimenting with thoughts of adding this to a little shea butter as a topical cream...My first thoughts were to use that cream as an antidote to varicose veins, which is also torn tissue...The only issue is messiness...I'm guessing you'll have to wrap the area in Saran wrap after applying so it doesn't get all over your stuff...Will post when I have figured this out better...Sari
 
 
 

Support independent publishing: Buy this book on Lulu.I made a little catalogue on Lulu.com, which is where that button goes to...This is a companion catalogue for my upcoming little solo show at Agincourt Library...The price is $16.96 which is exactly what Lulu spat out as the minimum price I could charge with no profit to me at all...Sorry I cannot make that number lower...The works inside this little book represent a major shift for me into outdoor sculpture, including my research & development of ferrocement techniques, inventing a way to make armatures without welding, my own custom concrete recipe, how to make homemade marble, how to make an artificial swan nest...I have gone from traditional art techniques into the new world of making things that don't already have a category...My Wall Dragonfly defies categorization...Is it textile or steel? The little book is just pictures...But since I don't often offer books this one might be neat to have...Especially since at $16.96 it is cheaper than the $1152.00 you'd have to pay to buy one of my paintings right now...(but you are welcome to...Contact Scarborough Arts who is handling the sale of Tempesta & Magnolia, two oil on linen works that are really really great!)...Sari Grove

Description: Peering into some recent works of art by Canadian artist Sari Grove...A closer look at how Sari overcame the how to of building an armature for concrete without using welding-the key being threaded steel rods, bolts, & 1/2 inch copper strapping which serves as the joining metal...Sari's custom concrete recipe: 4 parts white cement, 2 parts aggregate-(the aggregate is alkaline resistant glass fibres 3/4", & Aragonite sand)...Homemade marble made with Circa 1850 powdered resin & Aragonite sand with glass fibres...Woven dragonfly wings using #18 Nylon line & a monkey chain knot...Explore your own boundaries as an art maker with this visual glimpse into another artist's mind...A nest woven with 3/8" rope, for swans...

Curious, & curioser...

 

   Today a CAA Roadside Assistance pick up tow truck drove past me way too slow reeking of kerosene oil...I reported it to CAA Canadian Auto Assistance head office, a roadside assistance service...They told me to call the police...Which I did...

http://livenews.thestar.com/Event/Toronto_Now_-_August_30_2012/41900242

  There was a fire apparently in Burlington the night before...If you are not making the connection here, let me help...

  After the restaurant Sassafraz burned down, later that week, in the middle of the night, I happened to be out walking & sleepless...It was snowy & not many people were out...Strangely, I smelled kerosene & when I looked to see where the strong smell was coming from , saw at least three men, pushing a wheelbarrow with what looked to be half empty vats of kerosene oil inside...I immediately made the connection that these men had been hired to deliberately set fire to the tony Yorkville restaurant in order that the owner could get some money back in insurance...

  Hy's restaurant steak house in Yorkville famously was found to have set fire to its own premises years ago...This is how I knew about people doing that...

  So, now when I see a truck smelling of kerosene oil I immediately think that someone is collecting their set of fire for hire tools of the trade, after a fire...

  When I Googled fires in Toronto around August 30, 2012, the only thing I found was this $500,000.00 house in Burlington on Delaney ave...Seems to be a recording studio nearby...Looks pretty spare...Maybe they own the whole block & weren't making any money so hired some guns to burn one of their properties down...

  CAA comes up with me as well when many years ago they tried to scam us by telling us our battery was useless & we needed a new one...What they didn't know was that I had just bought a new one, & ours was merely uncharged because I left our lights on one night...8 or more years later that battery was fine...CAA has a deal with a battery company so they like to sell you new a new car battery, even if you don't need one...They bring their "testing unit" & tell you some story...

  So when I smelled the kerosene spilling down our home street with its fumes, I already had my spider suspicion radar on...Why they were driving through our neighbourhood after possibly setting a fire in Burlington, leads me to believe one of the drivers lives or parks near to Yorkville...

  When I looked at the map of where the house fire was, I noticed from the street view a CIBC bank...Only because there was a recent attempt (this same week) to rob the CIBC bank here at Bay & Bloor...I wonder if the failed attempt at robbing the CIBC bank here, led the house owners to give the firestarter guys the go ahead to burn down a house for insurance money?

  How do I know there was an attempt to rob CIBC this week? Well, when you walk by a bank & there are 4 to 8 large unmarked trucks from different companies parked nearby, & noone is in the bank supervising, except for underlings (I checked),

  & someone is standing across a street corner texting, watching, phoning & keeping a lookout

  (the same kid who I recognized as the bank teller Andrew who tried to steal $500 dollars from my deposit at Scotiabank (WHILE he was supposed to be depositing he shorted me 500 when giving me back my deposit receipt...After texting from his pocket WHILE my account numbers were up on the screen...When questioned he said he was looking for texts from his father who was in Italy), & who disappeared when I told bank management...(I gather he just now advises bank robbers on how to steal from banks)...

  The new thing in bank robbing or maybe just the old thing is for them to swarm when a bank money transfer is being made...Large amounts of cash I guess get moved from one bank to another, so insider security guards & employees take that opportunity to swipe a couple of hundred grand or more during the confusion of the move...Maybe 500K, judging from how much that Burlington home was said to be worth...Don't you just love how people who set their own houses on fire for insurance money always know exactly how much their house is supposedly worth? Honest people never do...

Notes: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerosene from link: "The vapor of this substance [kerosene] mixed with air is as explosive as gunpowder."[16] This may have been due to the common practice of adulterating kerosene with other, more volatile hydrocarbons, such as the cheaper benzene.[17] Kerosene was also a fire risk; in 1880, nearly two of every five New York City fires were caused by defective kerosene lamps.[18]

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Structure Corp

http://www.structurecorp.com/index.php?pid=2 Structure Corp...Does really cool restoration, renovation, building work...They can take an older property that is undervalued & make it fabulous! Rip out crummy drywall & put in high end safer gorgeous walls, clean insulation, proper electrical, you know...Operable windows...Not only is their portfolio of work incredible, their people are kind & wise...I spoke to Ken Hutchinson today who is working on the Serpentine Gallery space on Hazelton avenue just north of Yorkville ave...He'll be there for the next 6 weeks or so...In fact, the space is no longer the Serpentine, it is going to be a very very high end men's clothing store...Feel free to stick your nose in to see what they are doing, this company is doing state of the art work- as fine as any craftsman building a cabinet, but on a much larger scale...

Lee Valley http://www.leevalley.com/en/home.aspx Has Oh So Cool Stuff to make...projects for Do it Yourselfers, Crafty & Artsys, neato coolo... Plus real tools for real people...neat...Videos on how to work with their cool stuff too...!!! Comes highly recommended...(by the Hutch...see above paragraph)...

CHRY 105.5 FM on Mondays at NOON listen to Sharmeen on her radio show at York University called "PROPAGANDA"...Sharmeen has a Master's from York in Communication (radio) & is from Regina (Saskatchewan)...I mean, has anyone ever met anyone from Saskatchewan before? Me no...It's like a whole province of Canada that could have been fictional...But Sharmeen's presence today proved that wrong...It is a real place...Let's listen to her show & give her support so she doesn't have to continue with the boring soulless day job she is doing now...(I won't go into details)...Support her & give her the wings to go back into radio full time...Um, the name of the show is spelled differently than I have spelled it... http://www.chry.fm/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=141&Itemid=56 Here is the correct spelling : prOPIRGanda
Monday
12-1pm
OPIRG York
Spoken Word

For the uninitiated OPIRG stands for Ontario Public Interest Research Group, so hence the unusual spelling of the show's name...

Today I met the person behind the " Siminovitz award for theatre design "...Although it took my mother 15 minutes to remember his name, unfortunately it came to her after she chatted with him...Sigh...Oh well...We had a most delicious lunch at the lovely classy lovely classy did I say lovely & classy yet? Park Plaza Hotel...I got a free clean newspaper to read...We had asparagus soup in a white bowl & it was deep...We also had decaf cappucinos with just foam no milk but lots of foam...The waiter turned down the air conditioning when my mum said it was too cold...The valet let my mum park her (awesome Mercedes) car right in front & instead of paying for parking she just tipped him the bundle...I used their free wifi with my iPhone while waiting for mum to show up...That was nice...As I sat a little girl in a baby stroller thing said to her mother loudly "I love this hotel" ! I mean, who needs Michelin reviews when you got that! I agree...Nice hotel...Specially when mum pays for lunch! (I wore my best artist designed & signed running shoes with my Lululemon Occupy Toronto top & my grey pinstripe parachute capris shorts...)
 


Take the colour blue...Put beside it the same colour blue with a slight variation, put beside that the same colour blue with the slight variation plus another variation...Watch the colour blue shimmer...That is how you create shimmer...For example: today I am wearing blue shorts soldier blue colour, my top is blue as well but sea blue colour, my jacket is turquoise blue colour...I shimmer as I walk...My socks are white with a navy trim line...My shoes are white & blue with a silver shear...(been wearing Brooks Adrenaline shoes...Joseph chose them for me...I like them!)...

Jadzia Grove had a bath today...

"Wall Dragonfly"...

 

 

 
 

B'Elanna, one of our intact lady bengal cats, is sleeping in a bowl that sits on my Oh so messy desk...

  This is probably because Jadzia is sitting on my lap...There is a line-up for my lap it seems...


p.s. Could someone please come & clean my desk...? Also, maybe my whole place? Also fix the pipes in our kitchen sink, like replace them all cause they are paper thin & held together with pretty white duct tape? Also maybe get us a laundry dryer that gets hot? Ours has not been getting hot for years...Must be dryer old age? I hope I still get hot when I am old? Um, off topic...

A word about the business of art, namely, exploitation by exorbitant commission:

  A gallery that asks for a 50% commission is asking for a wholesale price...

 

  50% is wholesale...

 

All other industries that offer a wholesale price do so on the understanding that quantity of inventory will be ordered, & that payment will be made before delivery...

  Which means...

That your product, the art, if it is going to sell at a wholesale price to a gallery, must go with payment beforehand & some sort of minimum quantity order...

  In any other industry on the planet, wholesale prices are not given without payment & minimum quantity requirements...

  If a gallery asks for a 50% commission then tell them they have to buy 10 works of art up front (or make your own number or minimum price for a total purchase)...

  A CONSIGNMENT agreement means the gallery does not pay up front...

  For the privilege of not having to pay up front the gallery gets less...

*a ONE THIRD commission maximum is standard for consignment agreements...Less is also possible...(please save your breath if you want to argue that in your town everyone is at 50%, or that's the way it is in New York galleries, or whatever...It is exploitation plain & simple & it doesn't really matter if everyone is doing it...Everyone was downloading music for free too- that doesn't make it fair to the musician)...

  Do not give away your works of art for a wholesale price (50%) without getting any money up front...

Again...No other business on the planet gives a 50% discount for inventory & doesn't get paid before delivery(& they all have minimum order requirements)...

Why should artists be the only idiots?

Stand up for your business rights & just say no to exploitation by galleries of artists...

Places you can find Sari & Joseph Grove online:

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http://grovecanada.typepad.com/ on Typepad

 

http://sarigrove.weebly.com/ on Weebly

 

http://grovecanadagrove.blogspot.ca/ on Blogger

 

http://www.facebook.com/SariGrove on Facebook

 

http://groveontario.webs.com/ on Webs

 

http://groveontario.wordpress.com/ on Wordpress

 

http://www.grovecanada.tk/ on Nabble

 

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https://twitter.com/grovecanada Twitter

 

http://www.youtube.com/user/grovecanada Youtube Channel

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sarigrove/ Flickr

 

http://www.ltlprints.com/GroveCanada Larger than Life prints eco-friendly

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lc3GhGwMYcI Trumpeter swans in winter eating wild bird seed

 

http://www.twylah.com/GroveCanada on Twylah

Trumpeter swan nest design number 8 try...

   I am still refining the winter Trumpeter swan nest design...Here is try number 8...750 feet of 3/8 of an inch rope...It is very water -resistant, but after giving it to our bengal cats to inspect, it turns out that the water-resistant rope is a bit of a turn off...They like the much cheaper natural Sisal rope better...The reason I had switched was because the Sisal rope degrades quickly...But they like the feel & smell of it better...Oh well...I am reminded of the term "Wabi Sabi", which roughly translates to Rust & Ephemerality or something like that...It refers to the idea in art that things have to get old, fall apart, biodegrade, & that is ok & even desirable...

Here is the earlier prototype of the artificial Trumpeter swan nest...In Sisal rope...The cats liked this one better...Sisal is a little harder to work with- you do have to wear gloves, but it is much cheaper than the waterproof stuff...It's the smell...They like the smell of the Sisal...The polypropylene, no...The Nylon rope, no...Sisal yes...

  I guess I will try again in the Sisal rope, but maybe a heavier thickness, like the 3/8" or maybe even half an inch...Tighter knots...& leave some rope at the edges to tie into a tree crotch if you wanted to modify the nest for a tree nesting bird...

  Method & Materials:

750 feet of rope (3/8" or 1/2")

jersey gardening gloves

a hula hoop with a wide diameter like 43 to 48 inches

learn how to knot the very basic monkey chain knot

2 days of work per nest about

*do one full round of the monkey chain knot & attach that to the inside of your hula hoop with small pieces of string all the way around...Then weave in using the same knot...When done, cut the little strings so the nest is no longer attached to the hula hoop...Place nest near shore in winter & cover with wild bird seed...Place near to where Trumpeter swans hang out...This nest is not intended as a "breeding" nest, it is intended as a warm place to sit instead of on cold ice or cold ground...Nice place to put the wild bird seed on too when feeding in winter...They will sit down on it after eating...Note: Trumpeter swans will give you a full concert after you feed them if you feed them well...It is a thank you...Wait for it...Wag your butt to say hello...Lift up one leg & hold it to say goodbye...Flap your arms to tell them you do have food for them...Don't stick cameras in their face, they will leave...If you must take pictures or videos, do it after they eat & try to be sneaky so they don't see the camera...Stand far away & use your zoom...They don't mind someone drawing them with a pen or pencil & a sketchpad...They will even pose for that...Drawing is your best bet if you want to capture them...

http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-make-a-Trumpeter-Swan-Nest/ Here is a little more on how I have been making the nests...

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