Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Letters to Bill Series 15

Letters to Bill Series 15
Last May we saw two moose on our trip to Yellowstone National Park.  One was standing in a river and the other was just by the road.  What magnificent animals!  I like many things in this collage....  the stern look on the man in the stamp;  the stance of the moose and the woman's look captivate me; and  I even like the oddity of having the elephants in the same collage as a moose!

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Art and the Life Aquatic: Charles Lim | Ep. 49






Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Letters to Bill Series 14

Letters to Bill Series 14
No you are not suffering from double vision.  There are indeed twins in this piece or at least portraits times two.  I like how the cat attempts to balance the piece.  For me, the horizontal third is void with the exception of the cat's tail and the stamp.  It works as a composition though.

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Pipilotti Rist, Pioneer of Video Art | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 55





Monday, October 16, 2017

Letters to Bill Series 13

Letters to Bill Series 13
Too much lavendar?  Maybe for my taste!  Maybe a big smudgy.  Remember I put of the warts as well as the winners.

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The Evocative Painted Mural Art of SUIKO | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 56




Sunday, October 15, 2017

Letters to Bill Series 12

Letters to Bill Series 12
I wonder what has disturbed the cat?  Whatever it was has caught the attention of the woman!  Oh my, the symbolism here!  The cat is looking at the USA perhaps like the world is right now!  Perhaps that is why the woman is so worried.  I know I sure am.

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The Physical, Terrifying Boldness of Phyllida Barlow | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 57




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U13vtixS52w&index=7&list=PLqq4LnWs3olUpaD8oXCF7IlLikGBY7HFg

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Letters to Bill Series 11

Letters to Bill Series 11
Maybe Bill, the recipient of the letters, was originally from Texas.  Who knows?  Most likely no one living knows.  It is my prerogative to make up the narrative.  It gives the document life even though it might be historical fiction in a sense.

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The Unconventional Art of Liu Wei | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 61






Friday, October 13, 2017

Letters to Bill Series 10

Letters to Bill Series 10
I like to put ephemera from several cultures together, a melting pot if you like.  In this piece we have both Japanese and Chinese as well as an Arabic nation.  I used PhotoShop to manipulate some of the images around the building.

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Sculpture as Action in Damián Ortega's Art | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 59





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJ2VVbijG2M&list=PLqq4LnWs3olUpaD8oXCF7IlLikGBY7HFg&index=5

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Letters to Bill Series 09

Letters to Bill Series 09
There is something about her look that captivates me.  Just who is she checking out.  What does she know about the person?  Is she worried or just interested?

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Nicholas Hlobo's Post-Apartheid Sculpture Art | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 58




Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Letters to Bill Series 08

Letters to Bill Series 08
I feel there is something odd about this piece and yet I think there is something accidentally fun about it.  Can you see what I am referring to?

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Sonia Boyce, Pioneer and Trailblazer | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 60




Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Letters to Bill Series 07

Letters to Bill Series 07
There are many things about this piece that I like...the way the postage stamp is there but disappears into the background.  I like how the woman's head is there although part of it isn't.  I like how the flowers and the bird make a triangle. In fact, there are a bunch of triangles formed by different pieces of ephemera in the collage.  I like the movement in this piece.

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Martin Creed, Poet of the Everyday | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 36




Monday, October 9, 2017

Letters to Bill Series 06

Letters to Bill Series 06
For me, there is a lot of depth in this piece and the paint seems to be the reason for it.  I found a bunch of business type stamps at the Goodwill which appear in this series.

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Michelangelo Pistoletto's Ground-breaking Art | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 63







https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qHRWcLP8_o&index=1&list=PLqq4LnWs3olUpaD8oXCF7IlLikGBY7HFg

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Letters to Bill Series 05

Letters to Bill Series 05
This one is also a postcard and has been posted to anyone yet.  It will soon but it has to be the right person.  I love the rabbit in it.

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The Meditative, Witty Art of Korea's Ahn Kyuchul | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 25




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VkHG9cTW9rI






Saturday, October 7, 2017

Letters to Bill Series 04

Letters to Bill Series 04
I really loved making this piece.  It is also not in the accordion journal and was sent off to my friend, Jacki who lives in Southern California.

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Maggi Hambling's Habit of Subverting Expectations | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 43







Friday, October 6, 2017

Letters to Bill Series 03

Letters to Bill Series 03
This piece actually did not make it into the accordion book.  It was so different composition wise that I felt it did not belong.  However, it is one of my favorites in the Bill series.  I made it into a postcard and  sent it off to an art friend.

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Time, Memory and Reality in a Brave New World | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 50


Philippe Parreno




Thursday, October 5, 2017

Letters to Bill Series 02

Letters to Bill Series 02
I am especially fond of the vintage skin diver images I found.  I like how strong this one appears.

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Ragnar Kjartansson's Lush, Intriguing World of Performance Art | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 48




Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Letters to Bill Series 01

Letters to Bill Series 01
There are something like 24 works in the Letters to Bill Series.  Over a year ago I spent a day at garage sales and I found a box of letters all addressed to a man named Bill who had once lived in North Carolina.  How his letters got to Everett, WA I do not know.  I decided to use the envelopes for collage substrates.  You can see some of the envelope showing through from the background.

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The Lasting, Vibrant Impact of Michael Craig-Martin | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 28






Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Menko 14


Menko 14


This is the last day of the Menko series.  As promised I have an animated gif to show the total series.




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The Multifaceted Video Art of Diana Thater | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 19












Monday, October 2, 2017

Menko 13

Menko 13
One thing that I particularly enjoyed about creating this piece is using tissue paper that I created after scanning bottle caps.  You can see them in the upper left corner.  I am so pleased to have found the Japanese vintage baseball cards.  I just like the look of them.

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Making Sense of Technology, Privacy and Corporate Power | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 17





Sunday, October 1, 2017

Menko12

Menko 12
The colors in this piece are pleasing to my eye.  The Asian feel is very pronounced not only by the figures themselves but the background....calligraphy, umbrella rice paper, and vintage wallpapers.  Even the spoke effect reminds me of the rising sun.

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The Unconventional Images and Sounds of Samson Young | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 37




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oFK32ZzdixI

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Menko 11

Menko 11
I really like the juxtaposition of the two focal images in Menko 11.  The facing of the two images away from each other creates a balance and a statement.  I really like the texture in this piece as well.

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U-Ram Choe, Self-Taught Robotics Whiz | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 27




Friday, September 29, 2017

Menko 10

Menko 10
My personal shopper, Sally, showed me a technique that goes really well with this baseball card.  The background paper that looks like it has striations uses a light coat of light paint over a magazine page.  Then one sands the page lightly over a texture plate after the paint dries.  Easy peasy! :-)  Thanks, Sally!

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Sun Xun: One of China's Most Ambitious Young Artists | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 46




Thursday, September 28, 2017

Menko 09

Menko 09
There is a muted feel to this piece which appeals to me.  Each piece in this series is 5 x 7 inches.  This size has become an easy working size for me.  I need to challenge myself to do a much larger piece just to see if it is possible.  That would mean creating ephemera focal points in a larger size.  It can be done but I just have to do it.  Thank goodness for PhotoShop.

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Identity and Autonomy in 'Rain Room' and Beyond | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 44




Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Menko 08

Menko 08
I had to look twice to find the cat in this piece because I kept looking at the expression of the baseball player.  Just what is he thinking?  Maybe it is I was lucky to catch that ball or perhaps he was distracted by the woman and almost missed catching the ball.  Make up your own story.

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The Universal Themes of N.S. Harsha's Art | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 22




Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Menko 07

Menko 07
I used bits of this and that including the rice paper of a Japanese decorative umbrella.

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Thomas Struth: A Life in Photography | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 51




Monday, September 25, 2017

Menko 06

Menko 06
This series just makes me happy. :-)

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Intellectual by Nature, Poet at Heart: Xu Bing | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 15




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxHWJjaUDQg

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Menko 05

Menko 05
There is just something about red.  It is bold and strong.  It has so many hues, it can't be defined by just saying its name and yet it can.  It pops everything else surrounding it.  I like using it.

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FX Harsono and the New Art Movement | Brilliant Ideas Ep. 62





https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wgYrWO9Ks3Y&list=PLqq4LnWs3olUpaD8oXCF7IlLikGBY7HFg