Thursday, February 28, 2019

February Artist Playing Cards - 05

February  Art Playing Cards 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




Wednesday, February 27, 2019

February Artist Playing Card - 06

February Artist Playing Card - 06
The weirdest thing just happened when I posted card number 05.  It disappeared.  So if I find it I will show you it on another day.

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SFMOMA Artists Gallery - Work of Robert OGATA





Tuesday, February 26, 2019

February Artist Playing Card - 04

February Artist Playing Card - 04
Yes, if I met a rhino I would "handle with care."

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Installation of Richard Serra's Sculpture Sequence




Monday, February 25, 2019

February Artist Playing Card - 03

February Artist Playing Card - 03

I spent the last three days at an artist retreat with thirty other collage artists.  Was I ever productive!  I created close to fifty new pieces.  It was intense but not so intense that I couldn't enjoy myself because I did.  Walking around and talking to other artists is so rejuvenating! :-)
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Richard Tuttle at work




Sunday, February 24, 2019

February Artist Playing Card - 02

February Artist Playing Card - 02
Some of the artists who trade in this Facebook group cover the playing card totally and some use the playing card face as part of their work.  Some have even used the back of the card for the substrate and left the playing card side as is.  I guess it is up to the artist which gives many options.
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Edvard Munch. SFMOMA




Saturday, February 23, 2019

February Artist Playing Card - 01

February Artist Playing Card - 01
I belong to an artist trading card group off of Facebook.  It really is artist playing cards since we use actual playing cards as the substrate for our work.  About thirty-six people participate monthly but we only make about twelve to sixteen ATCs or APCs.  The host sends us a list of who we are to send to out of the total number of participants.  She rotates the names monthly.  I am sure it is a lot of work.  So here is the first of the ones that I made for February.

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“Photography is Not the Truth” - John Baldessari






Friday, February 22, 2019

A Minute in Time 16

A Minute in Time 16

This is the last of the series A Minute in Time.  I really got into the smallness of the series and also the folded paper part.  I know it might have been difficult to detect folds in some of the scans.

I am off to an art retreat for the weekend.  This will be my third year going.  It is so much fun.  There will be thirty artists.  We bring whatever we wish to work on and just have fun.

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Artists ♥ San Francisco: Mark di Suvero | SFMOMA Shorts




Thursday, February 21, 2019

A Minute in Time 15

A Minute in Time 15

Layering allows for depth.  Works that are flat are not as interesting even when the works are abstract.  This piece is layered in such a way so that the focal points, the women, seem to be in some sort of social setting or perhaps a setting where they are exploring something.  I am reading a book about WWII and the women who went to France from England to relay messages back to England about war efforts.  Perhaps these women are members of the underground. 

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Artist Cribs: Vito Acconci’s Brooklyn Studio | SFMOMA Shorts





Wednesday, February 20, 2019

A Minute in Time 14

A Minute in Time 14

Found these Bobbies and decided that they were a perfect mindset for my trip to the UK in April.

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Art Is...Collaboration | SFMOMA Shorts





Tuesday, February 19, 2019

A Minute in Time 13

A Minute in Time 13

Another title for this piece could be Hiding the Drink.  Growing up I often found bottles of bourbon hidden in different places around the house.  I always thought it odd but now I understand what alcoholics may do to hide the fact that they are drinking.

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Art Is… Completed by the Viewer | SFMOMA Shorts





Monday, February 18, 2019

A Minute in Time 12

A Minute in Time 12

Yippee!  Round up the cattle, cowboy!

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Artist Cribs: Richard Deacon's Fabrication Station | SFMOMA Shorts





Sunday, February 17, 2019

A Minute in Time 11

A Minute in Time 11
This could easily have entitled Man's Best Friend.  The reason for the words on the gentleman's face is because I printed the image onto a page in a children's book.  The orange stripe on the face is from the book page as well.  I guess you could say this is a planned accident.  The planning part was to print on a text page.  The accident part is how it turned out.

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How Vija Celmins Stripped Down her Paintings to Bare Essentials




Saturday, February 16, 2019

A Minute in Time 10

A Minute in Time 10

Is this guy a detective?  Is he examining a list of suspects?  Or since there is a Japanese warship, is he looking for spies?  What is your take?

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Artist Cribs: Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon’s World of Electronics | SFMOMA Shorts






Friday, February 15, 2019

A Minute in Time 08

A Minute in Time 08

This dog is in trouble.  Poor guy!  I wonder what he did this time?

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Art is Life - The Collection of Marianne and Pierre Nahon




Thursday, February 14, 2019

A Minute in Time 09

A Minute in Time 09
Could this be a dad with his dog who has just seen his son to the school bus?  Making up a narrative after the collage is done is even more fun that creating a narrative prior to the collage completion.

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Art Is… Going to a Dark Place | SFMOMA Shorts


Difficult as it is, at some point we all need to confront disturbing themes like fear, trauma, and war. This video features artists Robert Adams, An-My Lê, Richard Misrach, and Naoya Hatakeyama discussing how going to “dark places” acts as a driving force in creating art, and often leads to the discovery of profound beauty and insight.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

A Minute in Time 07

A Minute in Time 07
Is this a sleep walking cowboy?  Is he checking out the cows?  Is he doing something else?  I like how the flower resembles the sun.

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Artists ♥ Football: Matthew Barney | SFMOMA Shorts




Tuesday, February 12, 2019

A Minute in Time 06

A Minute in Time 06
I particularly like how there is a hint of a building with the policemen on the roof looking down on the man with his hands up.
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Artist Cribs: Tony Oursler's Multimedia Madhouse | SFMOMA Shorts




Monday, February 11, 2019

A Minute in Time 05

A Minute in Time 05
I rarely center images in a collage.  In this case I wanted to use the folded paper as a wave as if the police boat was cutting through the water.  I also wanted the boat and the swimmer to be on direct course.  For me it provides drama.

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Artist Cribs: Sean McFarland’s Cyanotype Workshop | SFMOMA Shorts





Sunday, February 10, 2019

A Minute in Time 04

A Minute in Time 04
Sometimes  I have a favorite when I finish a series and 04 is one of a few that really turned out well.  I love the action of the man in this imaginary environment.  "Clipping and Pruning" works and to think none of this collage was planned.
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Vietnamese-American Photographer Explores War Through Landscape - An-My Lê





Saturday, February 9, 2019

A Minute in Time 03

A Minute in Time 03
Sometimes a piece of text just goes perfectly with an image.  I really like how this collage came together.....a scrap of this and that.  An image or two.  A piece of washi tape that was on some envelope received in the mail.  Numbers.
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Pablo López Luz on Shooting the Landscape of Mexico City




Friday, February 8, 2019

A Minute in Time 02

A Minute in Time 02

In April I am going to London, Edinburgh, and the Shetland Islands.  The Scotish Guard are getting me ready mentally. :-)

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How Fred Wilson’s Art Repurposes Racist, Kitschy “Degradaria”




Thursday, February 7, 2019

Cover for A Minute in Time and A Minute in Time 01

Cover for A Minute in Time 
 A Minute in Time 01
I am home from San Francisco and Codex 2019 which was amazing once again.  I had been in 2017 and was wowed!  I did not spend much money purchasing books this time.  I went crazy in 2017.  However, I had my phone camera ready and found many ideas to record.

We are having very cold weather in the Pacific NW and there is snow everywhere.  Getting to the airport Monday was a challenge to say the least.  More snow is coming our way Friday and Saturday.  In fact, the weather report is for perhaps four to eight inches of new snow!  Yikes!  I thought we were done with winter which up until Monday has been mild.

The new journal that I am showing starting today is a slip knot binding.  All the collages in the journal  were bits of paper I had either on my desk or nearby.  Each of the collages has a folded piece of paper somewhere in the collage.  Make sure you really look at the chair.

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The Sea Ranch: Architecture, Environment, and Idealism








Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Kantha Cloth Book Bags

Kantha Cloth Book Bags 01

Kantha Cloth Book Bags 02

Kantha Cloth Book Bags 03

I had ordered some Kantha cloth scraps from an Etsy vendor months ago.  It took awhile for me to decide what I wanted to do with the cloth.  Then I decided to make presents and include a book in the each bag.  So I ended up making 21 of the bags.  It seems I just could not stop but I did with number 21.  Kantha cloth comes from India.  One has to be careful about the cloth as the color might not be set if you order direct from a company in India.  Vinegar does the trick.  Ordering on Etsy from my Albuquerque vendor made this task easy since the colors were set.

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Sun Pictures: Henry Fox Talbot and the First Photographs | Pioneers of Photography




Tuesday, February 5, 2019

52 Pickup 107

52 Pickup 107
107 concludes the 52 Pickup Series.  What fun I had with it!  I had wanted to take Seth Apter's 52 Pickup workshop for years.  When he finally came back to the Pacific NW to teach it I grabbed the opportunity and I am glad I did.  Since making this series I have done other series using many of the background techniques learned in his class.  Thanks Seth!  107 collages is very close to 1/3 of a calendar year blog postings.  It took me two weeks to complete this series.

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Flowers, Wax, Feathers, and Mythology Combine Into Dramatic Sculptures - Petah Coyne