Thursday, June 30, 2016
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
Monday, June 27, 2016
This is the fifth in the secret pockets collage series. The last photo shares a bit more of where the pockets are located.
Sunday, June 26, 2016
|Secret Pocket 5 (cover)|
I made this secret pockets book with six collages just like the others but for this one I used a piece of fabric on the cover that I found in a drawer. If one were considering theme, the cover does not go with what is on the inside, but I was not considering theme. I was only considering creation. This book will be going to Wyoming tomorrow as it was created for someone in my envelope round robin. Others in the group send ephemera to each other. I decided to do something different for each person and so created whatever was on my mind at the moment. Secret pockets is obviously on my mind right now.
By the way I just sold one of the secret pocket books. How exciting is that!
I have not forgotten that I am going to divulge the pockets. That happens tomorrow which will be the last of the secret pockets for now.
Saturday, June 25, 2016
Friday, June 24, 2016
Thursday, June 23, 2016
Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Monday, June 20, 2016
Sunday, June 19, 2016
|Secret Pockets 2 (cover)|
|Cats and Dogs|
|The Chores Are Done|
This little book has three "secret" compartments in which to hide collages. Here are three of them that slide right into the book. Maybe I will need to take a photo of how it works and display that later after more of these books appear on the blog. Each of the collages has a faux encaustic finish. The books are all 4 x 4 inches. I love working small.
Saturday, June 18, 2016
This is the end of the black and white with a splash of red series. I am thinking that perhaps I missed one of the twenty because I repeated one so that I could combine Follow the Wind to make a specific diptych. One day I will check to see which it is and perhaps upload it to the blog. My maternal grandmother is in the photo on the right. I am really sifting through my brain right now but the doll belonged to one of my cousins I think.
Tomorrow I am going to start sharing my Secret Pockets series. There are five parts to the that series times two.
Friday, June 17, 2016
|Lookout, Sign of the Times|
We are getting close to the end of this series, one more diptych to go tomorrow. I have not put the faux encaustic finish on the one on the left, but I have put it on the one on the right. I am thinking they photograph quite well with the faux finish as compared to not having it.
Thursday, June 16, 2016
The sun comes up and shines brightly for a few hours and then sets again. That is life. We are born, spend some time on this planet, and then we are dust. That is life and then death. What we do in the light hours is what is important. Leading a life that is good and one that helps others is what it should all be about. We should not forget that. It seems there are leaders in our country who have forgotten. I read how much money has been given by the NRA to members of Congress to sway their vote against gun control. We have lost our way! We have to find the right path again. We have to find the light again.
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
|Untie Us Today|
My continuing series......this one reflects on how so many people in our world try and box others in, not allowing freedom to be equal. Is that human nature? I realize this is a heavy dose and so is Orlando. In my mind's eye I have a picture. It is an eye and instead of clear tears coming from the eye there is red. I listened and watched Anderson Cooper on CNN give tidbits of information on each of the 49 killed this past weekend. This should be required of everyone to watch. I do not know how humans could be cynical after reflecting on each life lost.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
I finally figured out who the man in the photo with me was, an army buddy of my father's. His name was Halsey and later in life he came out as gay. He told my father about himself and my father rejected him. Halsey was the first person to tell my father that his son, me, was gay as well. It was a tragic interaction that need not have happened. Why so much pain when it should not have been. That was almost thirty years ago. Yes, there have been changes but Orlando brings to light the ignorance, bigotry, and racism that remains out there today. When will the world wake up?
Monday, June 13, 2016
|A Voice Required|
I am running out of family photos. Putting them into art seems the right thing to be doing as it is the only way I will look at them much anyway.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
|Follow No One|
Some people might ask how did you choose the words for this series of collages. I totally did it by color restrictions, black, white, red. Then I put them together by how they seemed to go the best like this one, Follow No One. Since I did ten pieces times 2, the number of combinations is astounding. It is something like 1023. If I found the right information on the internet it is 2 to the tenth power or 1024 but I had to subtract one because the pieces of art are back-to-back. It is all mind boggling to me and what difference does it really make? By the way, two of my diptychs were selected for the summer show for the NW Collage Society. I can not divulge which ones yet.
Thursday, June 9, 2016
|Follow the Wind|
My favorite part of this diptych is the light coming through a hole shining on the bird on the right. This journal is my third "shabby chic" or stack journal. They take a long time to complete as it is time consuming to "paint" with paper. First texture is added, then the paper painting begins. Once that process is complete on both sides I was able to begin adding the other features which include vintage photographs, newspaper clippings, dictionary snippets, tissue paper, and words. In this red, black, and white journal I have also added cheese cloth and paper yarn.
Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
Sunday, June 5, 2016
|Slide, Chicken, Slide|
One last ATC for June. As you can see I have gone ga-ga over graphite pencils in most of the last blog entries. I just love how much dimension can be added using them....in fact, I have a great supply of graphite now. It comes in so many forms and trying each gives new ideas. I had this piece almost completed but one last thing was needed for the composition to look right. The boy is leaning in and forward and he needed something to look at, hence, the chicken.
We are heading home from our ten day trip to the east coast and the Atlantic provinces of Canada. It has been a great trip.