Monday, May 18, 2009

Butchertown Art Fair



Thanks to everyone who bought my stuff, liked my stuff, complimented me on my stuff, or made requests for stuff!!  Here are some photos from Sunday funday.
PS- the necklaces are not waterproof.  do not take in the shower!








Friday, May 8, 2009

alas.

these passages are what i hope to feel soon...  cuz i haven't in a while.  and believe me, i try.

I CELEBRATE myself, and sing myself, 
And what I assume you shall assume, 
For every atom belonging to me as good belongs to you.

I loafe and invite my soul, 
I lean and loafe at my ease observing a spear of summer grass.

My tongue, every atom of my blood, form'd from this soil, this air, 
Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their 
parents the same, 
I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin, 
Hoping to cease not till death.

-WALT WHITMAN


i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday;this is the birth
day of life and love and wings:and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any-lifted from the no
of all nothing-human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

-EE CUMMINGS

oaks night




Thursday, April 16, 2009

cardinals



this is a piece i recently made and am really happy with.  these cardinals i also made into pendants.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Sunday, March 29, 2009

the ky girlhood project.


my photos hanging on the left wall at the art museum in Murray State.

Friday, March 27, 2009

some more watercolors.
















i have started making pendants out of these water colors and the ones in previous entries.  they are looking pretty good and will hopefully be available at Cherry Bomb soon. 

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

COME BUY NECKLACES!

I'm going to be selling my necklaces again this weekend at this event to support women with breast cancer.  Please come this Saturday.  There will be food and wine at the Riverbend Winery.  You can also purchase a benefit calendar of burlesque hotties!  It's free to attend. Part of the donations of every sale will go to this organization.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

art party

so i was part of a show selling some necklaces at 6th and oak.  thanks to all who came!  here are a few crappy pics taken with a camera phone. yes, my digital is still broke.  if you see anything you like or remember a piece from the event, please email apesprill@aol.com with the subject "necklace".

 

Thursday, February 19, 2009

i'm a rambler.

keeping with my persuasion toward never staying in one place (this is the longest i've been in one city since high school), i really can't keep going on a project i start for more than a week or two.  i constantly crave something new.  that's why i'm putting away the necklaces and water color for a bit and going back to this collage idea i have.  this is the first (and smallest) one i made.  i've been cutting up pictures of underwater animals and plants, and of course, birds.  i envision a sort of filigree of plants or creatures with one or two that may stand out if one pays attention.  like an amorphous collage of corals, pond weed, and moss with a little baby deer running through it.  and maybe a tiny wolf stalking her in the corner.  i don't know why i've come up with this vision but it drives me to fulfill it.  it doesn't sound like much, especially when i see it now on the screen. 

but, trust me, in my head, it's extraordinary.

i miss writing.

Friday, February 13, 2009

its time.



i'm taking the framed photographs to Murray State on sunday.  i've been putting off the 3 hour drive to the boondocks much too long.  i'm kind of excited.  it's one of my first big important shows.  i even had to sign a loan agreement.  oooooh.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

speaking of birds.




i think i've been obsessed with birds lately.  here are some recent ink and water-colors i've painted.  these are just parts since i couldn't fit the whole paintings in the scanner.  camera still broke.  what ev.

To: dear friend From: april




these make really awesome valentines.  from dollfacedesign.  i'm cutting some up and giving them to people.  like the good ole days when you stayed up all night planning which classmate got what garfield cartoon valentine.  making sure to give your crush the one with a subtle hint in the message.  "will you be my valentine?"

also, i am going to thailand in a few months!  must plan.  so excited.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

woah


These are for real.  They also have "ex-hypocrite", "ex-fornicator", "ex-athiest", etc.  AND NOW you too can get your own at The Passion For Christ Movement.  Awesome!!  I wonder why these all seem targeted to black people?

Here is an actual quote from the site:
 "WOW!!!! To Glory be to God forever the ex-masturbatur t-shirt is blazin hott got to purchase me one i'm a witness that freely by grace through faith proceeding with true repentance JESUS is a habit breaker."

Looks like Jesus didn't bless him with the gift of correct grammar and punctuation.

Friday, January 30, 2009

CONQUEROR

Here is the online version of my winning photograph articley thingy.  

and because of the ICE STORM OF 09, i've had no power or heat and am staying on the floor of my mom's art studio with my boyfriend, dog, and cat.  its like a weird slumber party.  we drank whiskey and played scrabble and i cried about my dead brother.  my mom has a poem in her studio that i wrote about him the night he died.  once a year i cry about him and explain to one lucky person the depths of the heartache i've been carrying around inside.

cest la vie.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

MANIC MONDAYS

so in the tradition of many blogs i've read, i'm starting a list of things that inspire me (art, decor, photos i take, blogs or websites) to be posted every monday, because everybody needs inspiration to begin the week.  I've started to redecorate my room and i hope to draw from these crazy dreamy places that people actually live in....










some of these photos are from the selby.  hope you enjoyed!



Saturday, January 24, 2009

obamaaah


ahh as in relief.  

and my fucking camera broke so i won't have any new crafts up until its fixed although i've been making A LOT.  maybe i can get my scanner up and running.  stay tuned.

Friday, January 16, 2009

yes, that's great for you. but what about me!?



So, I entered photo-graphy in the LEO contest, no big deal-- I thought maybe I had a chance.  I also persuaded my boyfriend, Nick, to enter because he has loads of artistic talent but he's creatively inactive.  I told him which of his photos I liked, including the one above.  The image of the bird taking flight against the background of a water-damaged wall is not only aesthetically beautiful, but it also touches on a personal level because its from a Katrina-ravaged squat in which we stayed in New Orleans.  So we both entered this contest-- him in B&W and me in color.

This morning, Nick got a call from LEO telling him he won 1st place in the B&W photography contest which includes being published in LEO, $125 cash, and a party in his honor.  I was happy for him, but as he was listening to the lady on the phone, I mouthed, "I told you so, I told you so!" which is kinda bitchy, I guess.  My jealousy had kicked in.  All I was thinking is that he would have never even been considered unless I had helped him print his photo, color-correct it, and basically spoon feed him the directions on how to enter (he didn't care enough to look up the rules online).  Oh, and I even (thank god) caught a mistake he made by signing his name on the photo which it clearly states in the rules is something that automatically disqualifies you.  I begrudgingly blacked out his name and even lent him the 3$ entry fee that he has yet to pay back. 

I was happy for him but still feeling that I deserved at least a sweet, "Gee, girlfriend, thanks for encouraging me to enter this contest.  I couldn't have done it without you!"
But instead, he was like, "Stop gellin'."

So, he checked his email like the LEO lady told him to do and ( over his shoulder, what do I see?) my email address was also in the CC heading.  After checking my own email, I found out that I was awarded with something, but they didn't specify what place or if it was merely an honorable mention, etc.  So I wait and wait and wait what seemed like a half hour, but was at most five minutes, for the call I knew was coming.  Turns out that I had been awarded none other than FIRST FUCKING PLACE for my color image entitled In the Reeds (it's meant to be viewed in a larger format in all its detailed glory, oh well)

Isn't that cute?  The Winning Couple!  But seriously it's freakin' weird.  I wonder how many people entered the contest, who judged, and all sorts of factors that would lead up to BOTH of us winning first place?   I suppose our selections were both filtered through
 the same 2 brains as we bounced thoughts off each other trying to edit down our own selections.  This seems to support the notion that there exists some sort of "universal taste" (or at least a LEO taste) that we both appealed to.  I dunno.  I'm just happy I got some recognition.  Feels good.  Oh, yeah, the money doesn't hurt.

Also, I got accepted to this show which is super cool, because some Kentucky artists who I also admire are featured in it.  I guess if I just put the effort into getting my stuff out there then I will likely get rewarded.  

Woot.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

something completely different.



making these necklaces.  seems i can only find bird images that fit these semi-spheres to my liking.  i will keep looking though.



and this is an ink and water color i've been working on.  i haven't painted in a while sooo it's quite frustrating.  the flash on the camera makes it look weirder than it is.


with my christmas gift card to Borders, i bought Consider the Lobster and Other Essays.  i'm trying to figure out why every literary major geeks out over this David Foster Wallace guy.  and since i have a limited attention span, i decided to start with his book of essays instead of Infinite Jest, his more renown 1000 page novel.   so far, it's not blowing me away, but i'm only like 5 pages in.

oh and PS- i've figured out that, when reading a piece of poetry, i'm immediately turned off when i see the word "soul". 
 i know, i'm, like, totally jaded.  for real.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

dreadless.

yeah i cut my dreads off  a couple weeks ago.  nobody seems to notice.

before.















after.

Saturday, January 3, 2009

NYE in hindsight.


i think this was right about FOUR, three, two......

Friday, January 2, 2009

2008 is dead....

goodbye, last year.