Sunday, September 23, 2018

Across the Street

Across the Street

Working small like I did in this one, a piece that is only 3.25 x 3.25 inches, seems manageable to me.  Working 18 x up to 40 inches is more daunting.  The next NW Collage Society show pieces are a minimum of 18 inches and a maximum of 40 inches.  I have think big and that is challenge.  I will do it but I have to think about how I am going to proceed.

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The Thinker at Musée Rodin in Paris: Les Petites Visites en Europe




Saturday, September 22, 2018

Busy City Street

Busy City Street

I like how simple this collage is but is it.  It is only four elements which all seem to work together quite well.  There is only one fold but there is a possible fold if you consider the hole near the upper left side of the collage.

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Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night at the MoMA




Friday, September 21, 2018

Eagerly

Eagerly

This is a new book.  The cover is done with the exception of the time to allow it to dry.  I will show it tomorrow perhaps or maybe on the last day of the series.  In this series, like the last one, there are folded pieces of ephemera.  The binding is slip knot again.  As you know I have a love fascination with this binding.

In Eagerly, the darker ephemera push the eye toward the eagle causing movement.  I am so into movement.  It is one of the aspects of art that I look for in a finished piece.  Where is my eye going from the moment I find the focal point.  In this case I look at the eagle and then the dark vintage papers which push me back to the eagle.

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Who Was Vincent Van Gogh?




Thursday, September 20, 2018

Cleaver

Cleaver

I have quite a few stamps that were given to me by one of my students.  Sometimes I take the stamp off the envelope substrate.  One should always turn those envelope substrates over as you can find treasures on the other side.  In this case the inside envelope security print is just fantastic....note the bottom right above.

This is the last of this fold collage series.  Next is another one that I did that has a slip knot binding.

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Michelangelo Biography: Who Was This Guy, Really? | Art History Lesson





Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Turkey

Turkey
I guess I am getting ready for Canadian Thanksgiving with this piece.  Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and lucky me I get to celebrate it twice each year as I am married to a Canadian!  Usually I like to off-set the main focal point in a piece but the turkey was just too large to do that.

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Mixed Media Art Lesson: Meet Mary Lou Zelazny




Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Where's the Beef?

Where's the Beef?

It seems to me that when selecting collage materials one never knows quite how things will turn out when the collage papers are glued down.  You can audition.  You can change things around, but somehow the gluing makes the final decision permanent.  Then you are either pleased or not.  In this case I am very pleased by one factor.  When gluing down the sewing pattern over the children's reader page transparency occurred.  You can see through the pattern paper to the children's reader.  This is fantastic!

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Continents

Continents

Torn paper from the spine of a book sometimes provides great textural surprises.  You can see the torn holes on the left of the collage from where the page was ripped out and then folded over from the back of the substrate.  The folded dimension in the collage is not enjoyed as much in the scanned version above as compared to the actual collage.  The folded paper gives a third dimensionality to the piece.

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Better Know: The Kiss by Gustav Klimt