Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Wednesday Wonder- Jumpin' Joe

Now this is something that makes me smile. Smiling is good.
I got this picture from a cute little blog "Much Ado About Nothing"

When I first stared in polymer clay, I was told that is was child's toy and that it would never be big in America or anywhere, that I was dreaming and didn't know what I was talking about.
It was an uphill battle all of the time.
Things sure have changed, haven't they?
Once you, the artist, make it a viable medium by using it, teaching it, and selling it, then comes the "marketing team" (who get paid the big bucks) to take over and show everyone how to use it, how it is sold and tell you what you need, when the artists have built up the need and customer base in the first place.

And this one from Briannarama
My answer then and my answer today is "It is not the medium, but what the artist does with that medium or (not an art medium) medium that makes it art and it also makes it a medium."

Every thing has the potential to be an art medium.

Just type in "Coffee Art" in You tube.

Remember "poopy pets"? They were garden fertilizer pets that had beans for eyes and were completely biodegradable and would feed your plants at the same time, they were even cute.

Here at Coffee Geek they will show you how to froth

Check out Web Designer Depot's collection

Then there was this this blog post at artopia for a glimpse, LOL!!
I love this one more than you will ever know for so many reasons. Talk about making a statement!!
If you are easily offended, please do not follow this link.

So, it is with great pleasure and a sideways smile on my face that I present "Coffee Art".
Baristas all over the world are playing with your coffee and making faces and images in your foam.
Right on!

And you must really go visit Andrew Saur and Angel Sarkela-Saur at just coffee art and see their amazing work using only coffee.

It is our job as artists to live outside our boxes, to make you think, and to push the meaning on standards throughout society, one of them being what we can use to create with.

Go on, get out there, and create something, anything.

In the spring, mow crop circles in your lawn, faces, or obscenities to your neighbor.
Make that lawn mower your brush and that lawn your canvas.

Just sayin' ☺


  1. marie, i owned a restaurant for a time and learning to make good foam was quite a challenge. i can't imagine this level of beautiful art. i was sufficiently excited by peaked foam!

    you are a true supporter of all arts. i went to the blog you highlighted but i draw the line at bodily functions for my own quirky reasons (i don't even know what those reasons are!) so i had a quick laugh and headed on out lol.


  2. Wonderful post Marie! Love the coffee art! :) Becca

  3. I love the video thanks for sharing. This is one of the lessons I tried to use as an art educator, way back when, that the medium did not make it art....the belief that it was art made it art. Had a kid who used cardboard, before it was a medium. He build the most phenominal sculptures. Curved, bent, torn, smashed, burned, altered in so many ways. Now that was an outside of the box thinker. He still is.....he is a builder of custom homes here in Albuq and still uses some "stranger than fiction" things in his houses. It's all in how you perceive your own "thang". The Olde Bagg, Linda

  4. kj I am surprised all the time by your multifaceted background.
    Perfect foam is indeed illusive.
    I am slightly offended by that post too and that fact that some of the artists are replicating it in plaster and inflatable objects, but it make me laugh hysterically none the less.

  5. Thank you so much Becca! And thanks for stopping by. It is always good to "see" you!!
    I love the coffee art too! I don't drink that much coffee anymore, but this makes want a cup right now!!

  6. Oh Linda I would love to see those cardboard sculptures.
    Your encouragement probably made him the builder he is today.
    I am so glad you taught like that.
    I am proud to know you!!

  7. Marie, me has hecho sonreir.
    Cualquier arte es bueno, si se hace con cariño.
    Gracias por el enlace.
    besitos ascension

  8. I followed the link and had to laugh, as I refer to so much art in the same manner! The difference between good art and S**T is of course, a creative and relentless manager!
    I think artists, above all others, know S**T when they see another artist trying to push it as something wonderful, and thus the perpetual play on the subject.
    And it was a well written piece too! ;D
    I'm just working on baking *pie art* today....sugar cream, firming up in the oven, scenting the house.
    And tidbits in the studio as I can.
    Hope you're having a productive day too!


  9. Isn't coffee art AMAZING! I'd love to be a master barista! I don't know if I could deal with the performance pressure though.

    And HA! At first I thought you were suggesting I mow crop circles in my face. :D

  10. Two of my favorites combined - coffee and art. Thanks for sharing, Marie. That monkey made me smile. :) So cute! Theresa

  11. Great post, Marie. My question is: how hot is that coffee when finally served. I'm guessing the foam is pretty hot, too.


  12. WOW - the only problem is that I wouldn't want to drink it, because I would destroy it. I guess it it like those sand painting - there to enjoy, and then they blow away. :) xox!

  13. Hi Marie!!! So sorry I have missed your posts recently...busy staying away from the computer as much as possible this time of year. I LOVE this coffee art! So amazing. I was thinking of you yesterday as I added Naked Santa and The Mrs. to my garland! Oh how I love them. Off to see your easily offended link!
    **kisskiss** Deb

  14. Oh wow, this post just woke up the latent barista in me. Ahh, to have a real job and be able to afford a proper espresso machine! Soon...


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