Sunday, September 30, 2018

No Left Turn

No Left Turn

OK.  There are many things I like about this piece.  First, the book belonged to a boy who liked to write in the book.  Hence, there are many evidence markings throughout.  Second, I love the sign NO LEFT TURN.  Third, I like that the words on the left and the word on the right close the piece in.  This is the last piece in this journal.  As I mentioned yesterday, 52 Pickup starts tomorrow.

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Who Was Frida Kahlo?




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3MSyNGsBWk

Saturday, September 29, 2018

1899

1899
I really have had fun with the folded collage series.  Tomorrow is the last of it for now.  After tomorrow I will be traveling until November 8.  On Sunday I leave for a few days with dear friends in New Mexico.  The Creative Gents will get together for an art filled adventure.  I have two trips after that.  One is to the ocean.  I love the Oregon coast and I will have another art filled trip with friends for a few days before I leave for Ireland for three weeks.  Funny how travel for me has all come at the same time.

While on my trips I have a new series ready to share with you.  Starting Monday the 52 Pickup series debuts.  So even though I am traveling I plan on blogging.  Hopefully I will find time for it.  That is the plan anyway.  :-)
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Michelangelo Biography: Who Was This Guy, Really? | Art History Lesson




Friday, September 28, 2018

O Get It

O Get It

The light and dark vintage papers go well together.  I also like the use of a partial photograph or drawing making a total abstraction but with realism.

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Michelangelo & The Science of Fresco Painting | Chemistry Meets Art





Thursday, September 27, 2018

DSC

DSC

I was looking through my folded over journal and I came to this piece, DSC.  What did I call it?  I could not remember.  So looking on the blog queue I found DSC.  Hmm!  That must be it and, yes, it was.  I guess it was camouflaged and my memory failed. :-)

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Do You Know why the Sistine Chapel was Artrageous? | Art History Lesson






Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Sauces for Puddings

Sauces for Puddings
After days of not looking at this piece my first reaction is picture frame.  If it wasn't for the down turned paper to break that look it would definitely look like a picture in a frame.
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Shattering the Mold: Chihuly and the Science of Glass Blowing- Part 1




Tuesday, September 25, 2018

NEW

NEW

When I first started this piece I had linked the lighter piece with the word NEW on it and the lighter piece with the partial G corner to corner.  It gave the perfect place of the fireman's pole with the man.  One more thing and it was done.  I imagine you know the final piece of ephemera to be adhered.

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Salvador Dali at the MoMA: The Persistence of Memory




Monday, September 24, 2018

147

147 

I suppose I could have titled this piece Cat on the Box.  That might have been too obvious of a title though.  147 has a stair step appearance providing movement which I like. 

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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





Sunday, September 16, 2018

Put the Ring

Put the Ring

I particularly like how the fold on the left is a double fold as it folds over the left side of the substrate and then that fold it folded again.  I also like that the numbers down the left hand side form a boundary on the collage.  The numbers are like a barrier but then they are not since the fold at the bottom tempts you to lift the fold to see what is hidden.

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Intimate, Indispensable GIFs: Highlights 3 | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios





Saturday, September 15, 2018

Dos

Dos
Another thing I enjoy doing when creating a collage is finishing the piece with an irregular shape.  Going outside the boundary is pleasing to me.

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Mariam Ghani + Erin Ellen Kelly | Landscape 




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEb2eFAbLhw











Friday, September 14, 2018

Sealing Wax

Sealing Wax

It is difficult to tell with the scan above of Sealing Wax but there three folds.  You can kind of tell that AM is a fold and perhaps you can tell just above the fishes heads  and below sealing wax that there is a fold.  The third fold is Can You Answer?  I had so much fun with the creation of the collages in this book that I had to do a second one which you will see in a few days. :-)

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Art Hotline | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios








Thursday, September 13, 2018

Torn and Folded (cover) and Whole Green Beans

Pork (cover)

Whole Green Beans 

In this journal each of the pages have collages that have a folded element of some kind.  The fold can be simple like in the second piece, Whole Green Beans, or more obvious as in the cover.  Pork is folded down but secured with the stamp.

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11. UNDER THE INFLUENCE - Peggy and Garry Noland | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios





Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Too

Too
This is the last of the postcards for awhile. Coming next are two journals that I made recently with collages that have folded paper.  Stay tuned!

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The Case for Yoko Ono | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios




Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Pigeon

The Pigeon

In a way all the eyes in this piece are staring at something.  Two images have eyes that look like they are perhaps startled.  Perhaps the third pair of eyes are just contemplating and staring at nothing in particular.  Who really knows?

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3. Intimate, Indispensable GIF - Toyin Odutola | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios







Monday, September 10, 2018

Moment

Moment

My favorite part of this piece is the background.  For me there is something exciting about backgrounds.  They are the start and without them the piece is not complete.

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Art World Pretension, Etc. | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios





Sunday, September 9, 2018

K-9 Pups

K-9 Pups

It just works.  I have a process, some would say a style.  It is a method and it seems to work for me. Mixing vintage with totally and seemingly disparate pieces of ephemera.  I have had many discussions about the fact that each of my collages has a narrative.  The narrative only comes when the piece is done.  Then my story for the piece evolves.  Perhaps it actually was evolving as I worked.  It is not a conscious effort though.

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Lost Childhood Object - Lenka Clayton | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios






Linka's idea is taken to the VidCon Conference and creativity abounded from it......

Art Happens at VidCon | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios




Saturday, September 8, 2018

Jumbo

Jumbo

Works for me!  The red draws me in and then the black and white text draws me down.  Movement.

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Art Trip: Los Angeles | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios




Friday, September 7, 2018

Felix

Felix

I particularly like how the concentric circles in the background play with the roses and the wheels of the toy.  I am liking Felix.....have not looked at it awhile and can only now look at it online since it was mailed off last month.

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Love the Art, Hate the Artist




Thursday, September 6, 2018

The Falcon

The Falcon

This piece works for me because it has so many features that are there but somewhat camouflaged.  It has the more you look the more you see effect.

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Do Machines Make Art? | The Art Assignment | PBS Digital Studios