Sunday, May 31, 2020
Saturday, May 30, 2020
Having just finished more than 60 collages this month during the “lockdown” necessary for social distancing during this pandemic I have been reflecting on the convicted men who now must serve out the rest of their terms at home on lockdown. It is not so bad for them staying at home. I have been able to carry on a fulfilling life without stepping much out of my home. So it ain’t so bad for them.
Friday, May 29, 2020
When I found the phrase “Hot Water Wars” I wondered just what is a hot water war. I have no idea really. Could it be when one is showering and someone turns on a sink hot water tap and suddenly the shower water turns cold? Is it when landlords only heat boiler water during certain parts of the day infuriating the tenants who are home and need hot water? I was intrigued and do not know the answer. It is fun to use disparities in a collage piece. Give me time and I could come up with a narrative for hot water wars and the two gentlemen.
Thank you Terry Garrett for yet another package with amazing Terry art on it. You gave me a terrific beginning for this collage. It feels like a collaboration.
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
I saw on CNN one beach goer say he was not wearing a mask because the President was not wearing one. I heard a woman say we all have to die sometime. This is such a selfish way of thinking. What about the people on the front lines of this virus? What about respecting the people who have died? Think about them.
Tuesday, May 26, 2020
|Cut the Ties|
Monday, May 25, 2020
Sunday, May 24, 2020
Saturday, May 23, 2020
|Paris Tales 2|
Friday, May 22, 2020
I wonder what this guy sees. Is he surprised or scared? Something is going on. When I scanned this piece I ended up with some dark shadows which I removed using PhotoShop. Doing so lighten the image. So I had to add contrast to bring the image back closer to what it really is. It kind of gives the piece a bit of fluorescence.
Thursday, May 21, 2020
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Tuesday, May 19, 2020
|All About Eve|
I received a writing from an art friend. I think it was Elsa who sent me this one. It says:
I wanted to send you something special but how in the world do you send a PRAIRIE?
Isn’t that perfect? Yes, how do you send a prairie? I glued this bit into my junk journal and it sat for weeks. Yesterday I collaged not knowing where it would lead. I was not focusing on the words. I auditioned pieces and finally decided on the main focal point. She needed some background and so I continued auditioning. Like a puzzle the background formed and then I committed. I love that the second woman behind is there but she is in the background. The collage needed a bit of red. It needed a large letter. Add a bit of graphite writing and white transfer paper asemic writing. There you have it. My narrative was now ready for me to discover. As quick as the piece was almost finished I thought about the film All About Eve. There is my story. Maybe the bit of writing is dialogue from a play. Maybe it is a discussion between the two women. It might be a piece of writing found by the actress and taped to her dressing room mirror. It could have come from anywhere.
Monday, May 18, 2020
I just love the monkey and the moon. I have had this piece of ephemera for quite awhile. Time to use it. I don’t pay too much attention to astrology but maybe the reason I like this piece of ephemera so much is because i am a Cancer and a moon child. At least that is what they say....I believe anyway. Monkeys fascinate me.
Sunday, May 17, 2020
I love how the large letters, the paint, and the focal image of the monkey came together to make the composition that it is. I think I have mentioned that I am pretty much in bed each day laying prone as I have an intestinal issue. So I have created all the collages in this journal from bed. Usually I work with matte medium but have had to use glue stick for all the collages. I have made it work.
Saturday, May 16, 2020
|A Form of Patriotism|
I have decided not to explain what I mean by the title. Everyone can decide the meaning for herself/himself. What I am trying to wrap my head around is that a friend’s sister was hassled for wearing a mask in public. What is with that? I am actually shocked.
Friday, May 15, 2020
Yesterday afternoon I did my every two week grocery shopping. Each time I shop I notice differences. I thought more and more people were wearing masks over the weeks. Yesterday I noticed the opposite. What is with that? I find myself resenting those who do not wear a mask. I feel like asking them why? I got up the courage to as the deli guy if it was his choice not to wear a mask. He said he was taking a break. Taking a break! One can not take a break. I know it must be uncomfortable to wear the mask for a full work shift. Getting the virus will be much more uncomfortable.
Thursday, May 14, 2020
|A Bird in the Hand|
Several years ago I was at the University of Washington Quad to see the cherry blossoms. They truly are an amazing sight. While sitting on a bench I heard a crow. Since I am a fan of crows I had to investigate and found that a pair of crows were building a nest in one of the trees. I was fascinated how they worked so diligently flying about to find the right twig for the building of their nest that I am sure went on for hours. I was inspired by their drive to get the job done. It signals that life does go on. The majority of people in our world are trying to do the best we can during this difficult pandemic. Life certainly is different right now. Some form of normalcy will return. There will be differences. We can’t let the fringe dictate. Like the crows we know what needs to be done. Hold tight America.
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
|Man on a Mission|
Don’t you wonder when you see someone on the street where they are going and who they are as a person? I love to sit and people watch and create narratives for total strangers. This guy looks a little perplexed and he seems in quite the hurry. What is his story?
Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Monday, May 11, 2020
Although I have not seen the bunny rabbit for some time, all winter we had the cutest bunny hopping around our yard. I was very surprised actually that we had one because for eleven years we have not. My neighbor even mentioned it to me Saturday. So at least I am not hallucinating. I wonder if there is more than one? You know what could happen!
Sunday, May 10, 2020
Saturday, May 9, 2020
I actually saw one of these respirators on a woman at the grocery store. I will just wear the mask that a friend made me, thank you. I actually have three now. Thank you Elsa, Jan, and Julia. I have seen some pretty amazing masks on Facebook. I love it that so many people are making them. It is kind of like rolling bandages during the war.
Friday, May 8, 2020
Thursday, May 7, 2020
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
|Someone Is Watching|
Sometimes I surprise myself. I lay ephemera and paint down and put it together and then set it aside. When I come back I see things that I did not either intend or see before. I love how the skull is peeking out. Is it death waiting? Maybe, maybe not. But the skull might just represent that.
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Monday, May 4, 2020
Sunday, May 3, 2020
The collages in this junk journal could be considered a collaboration in a way. They are a secretive collaboration because the person who sent me the snail mail had no idea that I would be using something of theirs in a collage. In this case, Terry Garrett who lives in New Mexico is my collaborator. See the circle on the left. That is a Terry art sticker from Moo. Thanks Terry!
Saturday, May 2, 2020
Friday, May 1, 2020
Are you having trouble concentrating? I am. I try to pick up a book and I find that my mind wanders. I use to read all the time but all I seem to manage now is scanning the newspaper and reading CNN reports. What is this all about? Is the virus news having an effect on me. Times are unsettling.