Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Teabag Series 17 and 18

Teabag Series  - 17

Teabag Series  - 18


I pretty much created all day.  I have to finish a spider book that I made.  I only had the book assembled but the pages were blank.  So today I created twelve collages for the book.  I am getting it ready to photograph as I have to send images for the online catalog for the Newport Paper and Book Arts Festival that will be held in April.  I will be teaching two workshops, spider books and Japanese stab binding.  I like how the spider book collages turned out.  I will post them sometime in 2020 after this series has been shared.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Teabag Series 15 and 16

Teabag Series 15
Teabag Series 16
Over the past three days I have made six clam shell boxes.  I actually thought I might have forgotten how to make them but did not thankfully.  I am pleased to say I have the process down pat now.  I think that makes about 13 total that I have made.  I am sending three off to different parts of the world.  One is to Germany for an exchange that I have done once previously.  25 artists send 25 pieces of art to a woman in Bavaria.  This graphic artist makes a box and send them out to each artist.  So everyone gets 25 pieces of art.  It is a really nice surprise when the box arrives.  No one knows when that will be and then one day here it is.

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Manzanita Series 2019 - 16

Manzanita Series 2019 - 16
This is the final of this series.  I particularly like the Diamond label next to the house.   I guess it is time to start a new series.  This weekend I have made four clam shell boxes and have two to finish.  Then I can get started on other projects.

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Manzanita 2019 Series 15


Manzanita 2019 Series 15

I love abstracts and combining realism with the abstract seems to be my style.  For me, the blues are so pleasing and calming.  Movement seems to be photograph, flower, stamp, a graduated size pulling my eye to the right.  I love movement! :-)

Friday, December 6, 2019

Manzanita 2019 Series 14

Manzanita 2019 Series 14

Let’s take a break from the teabag series and catch up on the Manzanita series.  Remember I forgot to scan three postcards that I had sent out before catching my mistake.  Thanks to the recipients I now have a copy of each.  I really like how this piece turned out.  The tones of pink or salmon really seem pleasant to me.  Having the three main images, photograph, flower, and stamp forming a triangle actually seems to make a circular motion to the piece.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

Teabag Series 13 and 14

Teabag Series 13

Teabag Series 14

The stitching in number 14 was a challenge for someone like me who really knows next to nothing about sewing.  I could have repeated the pattern of the stitch appearing black and white paper to the left of the photo but I decided against it.  I guess I wanted something different.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Teabag Series 11 and 12

Teabag Series 11 
Teabag Series 12


When doing the stitching I tried to compliment something in the rest of the composition.  The stitching was the last element completed in the collage.



Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Teabag Series 09 and 10

Teabag Series 09 
Teabag Series 10



I have tried to use different stitching patterns in each piece.  I was fairly successful in part one of the series.  I did not attempt such variety in part two although there is some.  You will see what I mean later on.  I particularly liked doing circles.




Monday, December 2, 2019

Teabag Series 05 and 06

Two-fear Monday.......

Teabag Series 05

Teabag Series 06
In the past when I have used photographs I have not added ephemeral papers joined to the image.  This time I added one or two pieces.

Teabag Series 07 and 08

Teabag Series 07

Teabag Series 08



I was asked how I get the tea out of the teabags without destroying the teabag.  Well, very carefully!  Actually there probably are several methods but this is what I do.  I let the teabag mostly dry overnight. .  Each morning I pull off the string from the top of the bag.  Sometimes that means the little staple has to come off, too.  I then open the teabag so that it is not folded in half any longer.  I carefully continue to open the bag at one end so that the tea pours out.  I save the tea in a container for the garden.  Slugs hate tea in the garden.  The empty teabag can now dry completely.  Sometimes there is tea residue which you can brush off when drying.




Sunday, December 1, 2019

Teabag Series 03 and 04


Teabag Series 03

Teabag Series 04

The blue and orange dendrites in the background of these two pieces were created by sandwiching drops of acrylic paint between two pieces of glass.  Once the glass is separated from one another one can mono print on the substrate.  The result looks like nerve dendrites.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Teabag Series 01 and 02

Teabag Series 01


Teabag Series 02

I started this series with teabags that I had adhered together with matte medium.  I then added Japanese ledger paper underneath the tea bag pieces.  As you can see the teabags were transparent.  I used Stablio Woodies, acrylic dendrites, stamps, vintage photographs, stamps, and stitchery in each piece.  I will talk more about the process in future blog entries.

The series started out as a series of 25 which really became 30 or 31, I may have miscounted.  I made the series to send to Germany for an art exchange.  I liked the series so much that I did not want to part with the collages.  So what to do.  The thought of making 25 more seemed a bit much.  An art friend suggested making ten more and then decide which to keep and which to send.  Well, I made  25 more so the series actually has 55 or 56 collages.  My plan is to select the 25 to keep and the rest can depart for Europe soon.  I want to make a clamshell box for the 25 that I keep.

Friday, November 29, 2019

Bristol

Bristol
This is the collage that I did for the Cancer LifeLine Show that is currently open in Seattle.  Cancer LifeLine clients/cancer survivors were tasked with writing poems.  The NW Collage Society members selected poems from the group and created collages to represent the poem or something in the poem.

The poem I selected was about the death of Bristol, a female aged 12 or 13.  I was not quite sure of the age because of the way the poem was written.  In the poem the mother (this is going to be very sad) watched her “daughter” be misdiagnosed and then diagnosed with cancer on the bone.  Originally it was thought the cancer was in the lung.  The “daughter” died five days later.

So as you see I have 13 girls plus the mother watching over the girls in my piece. One of the girls is whiter than the others to represent the question as to the appropriate age.  I attended the reception for the show.  I saw three women surrounding my piece and chatting about it as I walked through the gallery.  I got the idea that one of women was the poet.

So I went up to the women a bit later as they were still by my piece and asked if one of them was the poet.  Indeed, one of the women was.  Her partner or business partner, I was unsure, started talking to me right away.  Come to find out the “girl” in the poem was not human after all.  The poem was written about the poet’s Pomeranian.  Yup!  A dog!

I can not tell you how much I agonized over this poem and my piece.  I changed the collage so many times because I wanted to get it right, at least my interpretation.  I asked others to read the poem and everyone agreed I could not have known it was about the death of a dog.  Everyone thought it was a human girl aged 12 or 13.

I offered the collage to the poet if she wanted it.  She did not say yes or no.  She barely could get out a thank you.  I also told her I would donate the collage to Cancer LifeLine if she did not want the piece.  I still do not know what will happen.

I would share the poem with you if I could but I do not have the permission of the author.   One just never knows what will transpire in any one day.  Every day has events that come as a surprise.



Thursday, November 28, 2019

November 2019 ATC

November 2019 ATC

I made over twenty of ATCs for November as I had two different groups to send cards to.  I started each ATC with marbleized paper that I made in San Francisco.  I then added flowers, a number, a stamp, and a bee.  I finished each one off with some Stablio Woody crayons, some graphite pencil, and some transfer paper asemic writing.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all in the States.  :-)

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Manzanita 2019 - 12

Two-fer Wednesday.  I had an endoscopy yesterday and I was not oriented towards preparing blog entries.  So here is the catch up.
Manzanita 2019 - 12

I have two more in this series but I forgot to scan them before mailing them out.  I will contact the recipients to see if they will photograph them for me and if so I will post later on.  Since I like the handkerchief ephemera so much I will search for more of them for future works.

Manzanita 2019 - 11

Manzanita 2019 -11


I like adding ephemera right onto the photo.  More of that coming in the future.






Monday, November 25, 2019

Manzanita 09

Manzanita 09

This piece seems very calming to me.  Is it the colors?  Is it the pansy?  Maybe it is the total composition.  It just works for me.

The pansy comes from a handkerchief that I found at a garage sale.  Cutting them out proved to be a bit of a challenge.  Problem solved with a combination of cutting the cloth with both scissors and a breakaway utility knife.





Sunday, November 24, 2019

Manzanita 08

Manzanita 08

I have used this figure previously and will use her again most likely.  For some reason I find her image simple but effective for using when a female figure is needed.  I like using her on a piece of photograph that I might have otherwise discarded.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Manzanita 07

Manzanita 07
I had made the backgrounds for this series quite some time ago.  So when we went to Manzanita for the art retreat I stuffed them in a box of unfinished projects.  I am liking how this turned out.

Friday, November 22, 2019

Manzanita 06

Manzanita 06


I am taken by my new process of including strips of ephemera with or right next to the cropped photos that I have been using.  My photo supply is dwindling and that might be a good thing or possibly not.  It might be good because I have avoided using some photos that are just portraits.  I have avoided using images of children.  So now it might force me to either hunt for more photos or it might be a challenge to figure out a new way to use what I have.  Time will tell.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Manzanita 05

Manzanita 05

I rarely do nudes but I found a flip book that I have had for quite some time and decided to go ahead and use one of the photos from it.  The original photo is one by Muybridge who did a study of animal movement including the human kind.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Manzanita 04

Manzanita 04
Yesterday I attended the NW Collage Society membership meeting.  There was a guest speaker, Joe Rudko.  He uses photograph pieces in his works.  He was very inspiring and refreshing.  I want to learn more about his work.  http://www.joerudko.com/

I am not into anything that might have to do with weapons but I do like target images.  I have been collecting them from many different online sources over the years.  I like how the black unifies this piece.  In several works in this series I have been taking a human image and removing it from its original setting, replacing it into a new “environment”.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Manzanita 03

Manzanita 03

You probably can not tell it but the Chinese character on the right is actually two pieces of ephemera. They look like they should have been together all along.  I have not used napkins for a long time but I did in this piece, note the background greens.  This piece actually puts Japanese and Chinese characters together making it, perhaps, operatic.  

Monday, November 18, 2019

Manzanita 02

Manzanita 02
Seeing something in a new way is what collage is all about.  In this case, taking something apart and redistributing it with other ephemera pulled this collage together.  It is the process of recreating a different image, something new out of something old or vintage.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Manzanita 01

Manzanita 01

Earlier this month I was in Manzanita, Oregon on an art retreat.  I made many postcards and ATCs while looking out on the Pacific ocean.  This one actually was finished when I returned home.

Saturday, November 16, 2019

ATC Halloween 2019

ATC Halloween 2019

While in San Francisco I created a series of Halloween ATCs for the Facebook group to which I belong.  This is one of the series that I kept.  I am late posting it but I just found it in my ephemera stash from the trip.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Muse Mail Postcards 2019 - 11

Muse Mail Postcards 2019 - 11
This postcard is the last of the 2019 Muse Mail series.  If I ever find my original scans I will post the twelfth one, but for now it is lost somewhere in my image files.  Perhaps I deleted those files.  Not sure.  You know how computers are....they sometimes have a life of their own.  Personification of computers!




Thursday, November 14, 2019

Muse Mail Postcards 2019 - 10

Muse Mail Postcards 2019 - 10

I kept this one for myself.  What an angry or mean look!  So expressive!

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Muse Mail Postcards 2019 - 09

Two-fer Wednesday.....

Muse Mail Postcards 2019 - 09

This postcard was sent to one of the Muse Mail participants yesterday.  It probably has not arrived.  It might just be my favorite of the series.  I think the background really goes well with the portrait.

Muse Mail Postcards 2019 - 08


Muse Mail Postcards 2019 - 08
This guy makes me smile.  I love everything about his appearance.  His hair does remind me of a comb over.




Monday, November 11, 2019

Muse Mail Postcards 2019 - 07

Muse Mail Postcards 2019 - 07
I just love creating something new using something that had a different purpose.  When the original ephemera was created the idea of it becoming something else was never envisioned.  That is the fun of collage! :-)





Sunday, November 10, 2019

Muse Mail Postcards 2019 - 06

Muse Mail Postcards 2019 - 06

Can’t imagine growing such an unusual beard.  Color seems to be an unifying element in this piece. The cut line above the eye almost looks like a scar to me.




Saturday, November 9, 2019

Muse Mail Postcards 2019 - 05

Muse Mail Postcards 2019 - 05

I found the boy image where each of the three parts can be interchanged with another image of a person, hence the two lines through the face.  It sure seems like a long time ago that I made this postcard series.  It has been a year.      



Friday, November 8, 2019

Muse Mail Postcards 2019 - 04

Muse Mail Postcards 2019 - 04

I am home from Manzanita, OR.  The retreat was fabulous as I got a lot of work done and I got to spend time with three artist friends.  Fun time working and chatting away!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Muse Mail Postcards 2019 - 03

Muse Mail Postcards 2019 - 03

This guy looks piratety to me.  High ho!  Walk the plank and all that!  I guess he does have barbells though.  So I must be way off on the pirate thing.

I have been in Manzanita, Oregon for a few days.  Sad to leave but found a great house to rent next time, too.  The Creative Gents are planning a visit in the fall 2020 for my 70th birthday.

Once a trip is over I wish I could just beam myself home and not have to drive five or six hours.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Muse Mail Postcards 2019 - 02

Muse Mail Postcards 2019 - 02
Dapper gentleman!  I did some dendrite work for the background.  I love how the red just makes the finished postcard pop.

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Muse Mail Postcards 2019 - 01

Muse Mail Postcards 2019 - 01


I belong to a group called Muse Mail.  Each year a project is decided upon and we mail a piece of art to one of the group members each month.  Since there are twelve participants that works out well with the calendar.  I had scanned each of the postcards, this year’s project, when I finished creating my twelve last December.  Do you think I can find them on my computer?  No!  So lucky each postcard was posted by the recipient on our Facebook account.  I was able to reconstruct the images so I can post them on this blog.

One of my postcards was lost in the mail last January or February.  So I sent a different postcard to the recipient so that she would have something.  Guess what, it finally showed up.  For some reason I have only been able to find eleven of the ones sent.  Oh well.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Pressing Clamshell Box

Pressing Clamshell Box
It takes a bit of time to create a clamshell box.  Pressing each side of the box only takes five minutes To make sure that the glue is going to evenly hold the side in place.  I love my little press that Michael Jacobs gave me a few years ago.  It is perfect for the process, just the right size.

Friday, November 1, 2019

Autumn ATCs 03 International Group

This three-fer Friday.  I noticed that I am behind a little on the number of posts that I have made this year.  So every once in awhile I will be catching up

Autumn ATCs 03 International Group

Here are the last of the Wild West series.

Autumn ATCs International Group 02

Autumn ATCs International Group 02
I made seven cards total.  I especially like how these two turned out.

Autumn ATCs International Group 01

Autumn ATCs 01 - International Group
Irene, my Palos Verdes art friend, suggested that for the international ATC group’s fall theme we do something about our country of origin.  I decided that I would combine a variety of American flags and the Wild West.  I wanted words on the card and since I have many old children's readers  and I decided that I should use what I have around me, I would take pages from the readers for the background.  During the process I needed one more element so I stamped each with a number stamp that I have.