Fine tuning: Argh!

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Ok, so I decided, well, we ALL decided, (all being me, Joseph & the collective sigh of disappointment at the sight of the white cement drips on the black beak of the Trumpeter swan)- we all decided to make black again the beak which I had dripped white cement onto & had decided it was sort of neat & drippy & was going to leave it as ‘maybe meant to be’…

So here is my second coat of covering up drips & straightening out lines…This time, I used an empty squeeze ketchup bottle, filled it with white cement, black powder concrete paint & some water… I green taped off some areas & proceeded to squeeze drip the black stuff…

next stage, I have to get a small syringe from Shoppers Drug Mart & when this 2nd coat is dry, will syringe some more black stuff into a nicer thicker line along the edge of the beak…

Then I will have to go back & lay down some white cement where I splotched black…

Fine tuning is maybe the hardest part…

Like in golf, you drive for show, you putt for dough…

In sculpture, you build for show, you fine tune for dough…

or something like that…

Afternoon Events: Walked down to Spadina & Queen street in Toronto to Huang grocery for their Thai Tom Yum soup powder which comes in a package with 5 mini packs inside for total 0.99 cents…This soup, you just add boiled water to & drink in a cup when you feel hungry & have no food around- fills you up, is very spicy, & the next day you wake up skinnier for some reason & your digestion works better…(This stuff has MSG in it, but I tried the Whole Foods non-msg Tom Yum paste & it tasted not so spicy, not so good, & the next day no skinny & no better digestion, so my vote for now is with the one with msg inside…If I explode or something in two weeks, you’ll know why msg is not so good for you…hope not…)

Then we went to the ABEX show at the AGO…(translation: The Abstract Expressionist show at the Art gallery of Ontario)…Word of advice: buy the deal for $30 dollars which is just $5 dollars more than regular admission per person but comes with lunch at the Cafe AGO downstairs…We had amazingly delicate Greek wraps with Diet cokes & a homemade chocolate chip cookie for the $5…You end up saving $15 dollars on the lunch & you leave the AGO feeling happier about the art…(by association)…

What did we learn from the AbEx show? That people like Adolph Gottlieb paved the way with their pictographs (which are like hieroglyphics), to the abstract pathway…It went from Arshile Gorky’s surrealist blobs with ink lines delineating shapes, into blobs without ink lines, into just splotches & drips & chaos, then moved into some sort of “cleaning up” into lines & rectangles like Barnett Newman’s lines splitting space (I liked the one called Two edges, where Newman puts a messy edge & a straight perfect edge in the same work & you end up choosing which edge you like- I liked the messy edge better to my surprise because messy denotes hand done to me while straight & perfect implies mass produced, at least to me)…I noticed Rothko’s work looked much better free & without a frame than the one they had framed, which totally changed the work…

The Henry Moore exhibit in the regular collection was maybe even more fabulous than before…The Cornelius Krieghoff’s were, sigh, um, snore, um, I fell asleep for a minute, but they are important & nice, but nicer in a study or library than a big gallery I think…A little small & quaint for such a modern reno…But with merit…Some art should be in people’s homes not in a public place, important to remember…

I noticed that Henry Moore had donated all 300 works to the AGO…That is a lot of donating! I considered donating my own works for a moment, then I thought maybe that was stupid since all I might get was fame, but maybe my works would be better in private homes…Neat idea though…Maybe also I have to be more famous to begin with before they even consider accepting a donation from an artist…For free!

On a side note I got a syringe(on sale $1.49) from Shoppers Drug Mart to do the black cement lines better around the beak of the Trumpeter swan…While there we also picked up the Burberry Weekend Woman spray bottles of perfume they happened to have-it has been discontinued in Canada, but I think a little birdy at Shoppers knows it is my scent & somehow gets it in at a deal just for me…truly the best Burberry scent…I also got a 4 kilogram jug of Epsom Salts for the bath ($8.00 on sale), which if I didn’t tell you already, is made of magnesium sulfate(magnesium cleans mercury excess from your Gallbladder!), & magnesium cleans mercury (mercury is airborne fumes caused by incinerating solid poop waste at sewage treatment plants- mercury causes Parkinson’s, toenail fungus, ADHD, autistic symptoms…more if you live near a sewage treatment plant…)

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Artist Statement: I like to push...Push the fold...Innovate...Figure out how to do something then figure out how to do it even better...I get bored once I accomplish something...I can’t seem to make multiples...Once it is done, it is done ; I am not going to make another one...This can hurt profitability...But I feel the paradigm of repetitive production is obsolete...I see a future where pure intellectual innovation will be rewarded without the need to commercialize it somehow...I wonder about the Star Trek idea of a new culture where money is not the driving force...I live that future already... Bio: Sari is an optimist by nature, someone who always sees the sunny side of things, even if there is no sunny side really...She grew up with two wonderful parents & a great brother...Later she married the very best guy in the world, another artist named Joseph Grove...She likes art because it is for her a happy place to be...A place where joy can reside...So she decided to make art herself because that was the nicest thing she thought she could do for people’s lives...I’d tell you more about angst or strife or misery or struggling, but really, that was not the case...But perhaps, because I am Sari ; I am writing this, my perception is warped by my extreme positivity...But, to tell you the truth, life has been good... p.s.You can read more about my credentials on my main website at http://www.grovecanada.ca ...But I have left a few things out, credential-wise... My feeling is:"By their fruits, ye shall know them" which is from the New Testament, Book of Mathew(7, 16-20)... So read my books ; see if the fruit tastes good to you...I feel those are better credentials than telling you something on a resume... p.p.s. I am a Christian...Whatever that word means to you...
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1 Response to Fine tuning: Argh!

  1. After seeing the Riopelle at the Art Gallery of Ontario in person, I finally see the problem…he didn’t mix his colours! Ok, I have always loved his work, but didn’t notice this before…I myself have been guilty of not mixing new colours, mainly because if you buy tubes of paint you are already in wonderment at the beautiful colours the paintmaker has invented…Much of my non-mixing history has just been sheer admiration & humility- who am I to mess with greatness? But I see now that when you don’t mix your own colours it becomes quite noticeable in a huge painting…The nice thing about going to big gallery shows(The ABEX show is the one we paid for) is the bigness of everything which can help you to work out your own flaws…I still love what Riopelle did- but the lack of mixing is possibly a strike…(he did give me courage to paint with a knife & very thick & for that I will always be grateful)…(The Joan Mitchell we saw in the ABEX show called Ladybug was actually very nice!)…

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