Art Journal: November-December 2018

So, in November and December, I created a smaller amount of art, but I also stepped outside the limits of the Art Journal project a bit, and gave myself a breather.

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My first work was a portrait of Sarita Colonia Zambrano, the “Saint of the People.” She was a Peruvian girl who committed her life to chastity and caring for others. One of the myths surrounding her is a miracle related to the very reason she can never be canonized as a Catholic Saint: rape.
The story is that a gang of men attacked her and attempted to rape her, but her vagina miraculously “disappeared” and they could not penetrate her.  (Hence a “magical pussy” symbolized here by my cat, Michi.)
Other stories say she was raped and took her own life (thus, impure and a suicide, she could never be canonized.)
Medical records say she died of malaria.
Nonetheless, she has become the informal patron saint of taxi drivers, prostitutes, and homosexuals in her native Peru.

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Just playing with watercolor markers.

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Messing around on line,  a name generator gave me the name “Crimson Rain.” A talented friend, Laura Meryl write this sonnet, and I felt I had to give it an artistic spin.

thanksgiving

Yeah, I made Thanksgiving dinner, an art in itself. It was really delicious.

In addition, I hand-made an Apples-To-Apples/CAH style game with Inspirobot memes for my family’s White Elephant exchange at Christmas.IT WAS PRETTY INGENIOUS. (Oops, all-caps accidental, but appropriate, so they stay.) I swore I took photos, but I can’t find them.
I spent a lot of my energy decorating my home for the holidays, buying and wrapping gifts, taking photos of my family, seeing friends, mending relationships, and reading books.  I entered 2019 refreshed and reinspired.