Thursday, January 31, 2019

52 Pickup 102

52 Pickup 102

I keep finding a few more of this series.  Sometimes I just hate computers as there are times when I can't find what I am looking for and then all of a sudden it appears.  This morning I found more 52 Pickup ATCs to 107.  Hmm!

This one is not a favorite of mine.  Very stern looking.  I wonder why I chose this figure??

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What’s the Purpose of Abstract Painting? - Brice Marden



Wednesday, January 30, 2019

52 Pickup 101

52 Pickup 101

This series is rapidly coming to an end as it only goes to 103. I have gone a bit crazy with ATCs and APCs (artist playing cards) for months.  I had not journaled in a long time.  This past weekend I got out a journal that I had recently completed and in five days I made 18 collages.  My plan was to do one a day for a month. Ha!  So much for that plan since 18 evolved quickly.

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Ellsworth Kelly Explains Abstract Art





Tuesday, January 29, 2019

52 Pickup 100

52 Pickup 100

I love this lady with her cat!  Just think of all life's history she must hold.  I can just see her canning in the kitchen or making cinnamon rolls or writing a novel, doing whatever she wants.

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Nigerian, European, and American Traditions Collide on Canvas - Njideka Akunyili Crosby




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeKjx0Ed2Zw&list=PL6LAgXLAqTH90RjQX_9fRZW8iVy0r2gAW&index=6&t=0s

Monday, January 28, 2019

52 Pickup 99

Two-fer Monday......I was a slouch yesterday and so today is a two for one day.

52 Pickup 99

Not much to say this morning other than I am working on a new collage project and am driven to work on it. :-)

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Slices of Time: Eadweard Muybridge’s Cinematic Legacy | Pioneers of Photography




52 Pickup 98

52 Pickup 98

I remember a student in a class I took who was troubled when she had to cover up so much of a background that she had made.  Although I am over that part of my collage art life, I understand it. I had been there. This piece is an excellent example of how much the background disappeared with the middle ground and foreground images.

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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Jean Michel Basquiat






Saturday, January 26, 2019

52 Pickup 97

52 Pickup 97
My connection between the goose and the newspaperman is that they both squawk.  At least the newspaperman use to bark headlines to attract sales.  I guess that is a relic of an idea from the old black and white films taking place in a large city like New York.  Most likely it does not happen today!

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Peter Doig: famous artists 'are quickly forgotten'





Friday, January 25, 2019

52 Pickup 96

52 Pickup 96
I love narrative.  I can take what seems like diverse information or images and make sense out of those images or information. Just what does lightning have to do with a policeman and a child?  Why is the number 4 significant?  What do you take of all of them together?

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Christopher Wool




Thursday, January 24, 2019

52 Pickup 95

52 Pickup 95

For me this one is all about color and balance.  It just works as a composition.

Today I decided that I am going to start and complete a journal spread a day for a month. Yikes!  I don't want a lot of pressure so maybe I should say I am going to do between 28 and 31 spreads in a month!  Yikes, that sounds like pressure, too!  Hmm!  Maybe I should define month in a different way!  Back to the drawing board on my thinking process!

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Rudolf Stingel





Wednesday, January 23, 2019

52 Pickup 94

52 Pickup 94
Sound words in a collage give a great visual to the work.  They can give meaning to the action of the collage or just provide an interesting visual.

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Mark Grotjahn at Anton Kern, NYC (May 2011)





Tuesday, January 22, 2019

52 Pickup 93

52 Pickup 93
Now that I look at this ATC I think I probably should have added some other feature to the top third....just something small to off balance the strength of the bottom two thirds.  This is a good lesson in putting things aside for a period of time and revisiting them later.  What seemed to be finished may not be.  Of course, the opposite can happen where one puts too much in a piece.  Knowing when to stop is a juggling act! :-)

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Continuation Painting with Richard Prince



Monday, January 21, 2019

52 Pickup 92

52 Pickup 92

Red.  I love how you get pops of color when you add the slightest bit of red to a work.  In this case, I think it is effective to help movement in this ATC.  My eye circles the bird's eye as I follow the red around the head of the bird.  Then I jump back to the rabbit.  I imagine many people might see the rabbit first though or perhaps the bird.

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Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara: "I'm still trying to figure out the meaning of life"





Sunday, January 20, 2019

52 Pickup 91

Two-fer Sunday.....

52 Pickup 91
There was no intention on my part for the policeman and the target of the pig to have been included together unless it was unconscious.  I imagine it would be conscious for some.

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Discover the King of Street Art: Keith Haring | 4 Minute Mini Documentary | M2M




52 Pickup 90


52 Pickup 90

The dancers are so cute together.  Shy and a bit awkward.  Courtship!   I really like mauve and grey together.

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Zeng Fanzhi explains the theory and thought behind his work



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3yhOJ3mfrMc

Friday, January 18, 2019

52 Pickup 89

52 Pickup 89
I am partial to shades of teal, this one being on the darker side.  To me it is a calming color.  Funny how we have our favorites.  I wonder what causes that.  Why do we like a certain color over another?  Is it biological or cultural?  Thoughts?

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A portrait of the artist Damien Hirst




Thursday, January 17, 2019

February Artist Playing Card - 05

February Artist Playing Card - 05

Found number 5!  Yeah!
There is going to be a show of artist playing cards in Illinois next month.  I finally got mine together and I am mailing them today.  The ones I am entering I have not shown here but will after this series is completed.

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Jason Lazarus Discovers How a Caption can be Worth a Thousand Photos




52 Pickup 88

52 Pickup 88
I probably would have called this Geese Crossing if it was a separate work and not part of a series.  I love the man's eyes.  Perhaps he is dumbfounded with how close he is to the geese.  Perhaps he has had experience with geese and does not trust them.  One of my earliest memories is of geese chasing me on the farm.  They hurt if they get you!
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ADRIAN GHENIE | GALERIE THADDAEUS ROPAC | Paris Marais | 2015




Wednesday, January 16, 2019

52 Pickup 87

52 Pickup 87
I am imagining this motley crew as wedding guests! :-)

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1/5 Anselm Kiefer: Remembering the Future






Tuesday, January 15, 2019

52 Pickup 86

52 Pickup 86
I do like the large bird in the foreground pushing everything else into the background.  The letter C which is background but looks like it is being eaten by the bird or at least is in the bird's mouth also works.  I am working on some more ATCs for the Facebook group I am in and as I do I am noticing all the work that is put in on the background.  Much of it is covered up with other ephemera.  That is the name of the collage game though.

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theartVIEw - ALBERT OEHLEN at mumok





Monday, January 14, 2019

52 Pickup 85

52 Pickup 85
Mark Bradford mentions at the end of the video link below about how his work being in the Smithsonian and being a black male is super layered.  Taking that thought a different direction I really connected with that idea as a technique phrase.  The pieces in 52 Pickup are super layered.
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Meet the Artist: Mark Bradford on Materials, Abstraction, and "Amendment #8"




Sunday, January 13, 2019

52 Pickup 84

Two-fer Sunday.....
52 Pickup 84

It was unintentional that the round ephemera would look like a soccer ball.  It just happened during the audition phase of creating.  It works.

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How Jeff Koons Makes Million-Dollar Art




52 Pickup 83

52 Pickup 83
Some days are just packed full of things to do.  I am on a mission to make some book bags out of Kantha cloth for small books.  So far I have made 14 bags, six of which will be in two book arts shows coming up.  One will be in Edmonds, Washington and the other in Newport, Oregon.  My problem is deciding which books will go in which bag and what will be an example of what is in the bags displayed next to the bags.  I have to take a photo of how I would like them displayed so that the curators get the idea.

I also finished eight ATCs yesterday and got them ready for mailing on Monday.  The theme for my group was "cloth".  By now you know me and how I create.  I just start and the piece leads me to the finished product.  This is my usual MO but sometimes I do get an idea of what I want for a finished piece.  Even then a lot is left to chance or is that intuition?  

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Meet the artist - Thomas Schütte at the Serpentine Gallery



Friday, January 11, 2019

52 Pickup 82

52 Pickup 82
I now belong to an artist trading card group on Facebook that actually goes by APC or artist playing card.  Actual playing cards are used and part of the face of the card should be included in the final collage.  After this series here, I will share ones that I made for this group in the last two months.  One can choose to participate each month or not.  Here is the Facebook link if you are interested in joining this type of group....


Monthly International Collaged Playing Card Exchange MICPCE



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Bloodlines- Zhang Xiaogang by f.fiorellino




Thursday, January 10, 2019

52 Pickup 81

52 Pickup 81
Just where do you think they are sleeking off to?  Is it a cold day and they are in a hurry?  I love the greens.

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John Currin in Florence





Wednesday, January 9, 2019

52 Pickup 80

52 Pickup 80
The waiter kind of looks washed out here.  Not so in reality.

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George Condo Interview: The Way I Think





Tuesday, January 8, 2019

52 Pickup 79



52 Pickup 79
I suppose even the postman has stress but I am thinking that the job is fairly independent and one gets to be outside a building all day long.  I know there aren't many postmen who ride bicycles anymore but wouldn't that be the best if one could exercise and get paid at the same time.

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Zhou Chunya - known for his green dogs.  No video today, just the link to a bit of his work.



http://www.artnet.com/artists/zhou-chunya/