Monday, August 8, 2022

Third Quarter ATC - NW Collage Society Group - 0 1 and 0 2


Our theme for this ATC project was to use one of several listed female artists that were unfamiliar to the host.  Jade Purple Brown was the artist that I chose.  She creates colorful works.  I decided to do a portrait of Rosa Parks to add to my background honoring JPB.  Rosa turned out a bit younger than her most famous portraits but no matter.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

APC August 2022 -11

Two-fer Sunday


This is the last of this series.  I probably will make more though because they were so much fun to do.

APC August 2022 - 10


Some days just run into each other.  Saturday certainly ran into Sunday for me.  So today is a two-for to make up for my lost day.

Friday, August 5, 2022

APC August 2022 - 09

 I am working on a project using portraits that I have drawn which includes collaged ephemera.  I had made some ATCs with those portraits and thought why not a book.  I am now on book ten of eleven.  That means there will be seven collages in each for a total of 77 tiny collages.  The collages resemble the one above in technique.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

APC August 2022 - 08


Creating a new piece of art actually amazes me because I never really know where it is going and I let the piece lead me.  So many people do not understand that concept.  I might just start with the idea that I want something in the center of, for instance, a playing card.  I might want it to be square or a rectangle.  Then it is just start and see where it takes me.  I audition ephemera and if it feels right I go with it.  Before you know it a new composition is born.

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

APC August 2022 - 07


I do not have to trade APCs each month as I can opt out.  However, I do like getting mail art and exchanging does fill the mailbox.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

APC August 2022 - 06


It pretty amazing what I can work on when my workspace is only a clipboard.  I may be working tiny but I am thinking bigger.  I have an idea for three new pieces for the fall NW Collage Society show.  So my work station had better change.

Monday, August 1, 2022

APC August 2022 - 05


I tried a new app that found to scan right from my iPad.  It kind of yellowed the playing card.

Sunday, July 31, 2022

APC August 2022 - 04


It looks like color bleeding on the right side of this APC.  It is the teabag mesh.

Saturday, July 30, 2022

APC August 2022 - 03


I like how the teabag mesh changes the coloring of the vintage paper….compare it from the right side to the left.

Friday, July 29, 2022

APC August 2022 - 02


Not sure you can tell it but I sewed two mesh teabags together and then cut them down a bit to about 1/2 inch vertically before adhering them to the APC.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

APC August 2022 - 01

 The edges of the playing card did not scan so that you can readily see them.  I cut out the center of a playing card to use as the size template to give continuity to this series of APCs.  More on the techniques with the other in the series.

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

APC July 2022 - 09, 10, 11


This is it.  The last three for my APC group.  I so enjoyed making these.  More new to come tomorrow.

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

APC July 2022 - 06, 07, 08

Just a few more that I sent out to the APC group.  Usually, I have ten people on the list to send to.  If I choose not to participate one month or two that is perfectly OK.  My name is just not on a list.

Monday, July 25, 2022

APC July 2022 - 03, 04, 05

  I am pretty much working small these days.  ATCs and APCs have been the largest  size art for me except for a round robin or two that I have been in.

Sunday, July 24, 2022

APC July 2022 - 01 and 02

 I was given a stack of school photos one Christmas and I had not used them until these APCs.  As you can see cut around part of the image and left part.  I like how it looks against the white on the playing card.

Saturday, July 23, 2022

Vintage Geography Textbook ATCs - 11


We come to the end of this series of ATCs.  Never fear I have been prolific and have more to come.

Friday, July 22, 2022

Vintage Geography Textbook ATCs - 10


It is for me almost like a world in which to get lost.  There is a tunnel feel to this piece.

Thursday, July 21, 2022

Vintage Geography Textbook ATCs - 09


I decided that the red dots on the map would be the only red in this ATC.  I did not want to over do it.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Vintage Geography Textbook ATCs - 08

 Two-fer Wednesday.....

I think that having a line of red is just right.  If there was an additional red feature, I think the composition would be off somehow.

Vintage Geography Textbook ATCs - 07


I rather like the verticalness of this ATC broken up by a focal point.  Definitely has line quality.

Monday, July 18, 2022

Vintage Geography Textbook ATCs - 06


I particularly like the monochromatic/sepia look of this series.  Maybe it is more noticeable because of the pop of red.

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Vintage Geography Textbook ATCs - 05


It might be hard to tell but many of the lines on the left side of this ATC was sewn by machine right onto the card.

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Vintage Geography Textbook ATCs - 04


I really like how red just helps set everything else in the composition.  It gives interest.

Friday, July 15, 2022

Vintage Geography Textbook ATCs - 03


Just a little bit of stitching going on in this series of ATCs.  I like how it gives line quality.

Thursday, July 14, 2022

Vintage Geography Textbook ATCs - 02

 Two-fer Thursday

Yesterday got away from me and so today I am catching up with two ATCs.  I love a pop of red.

Vintage Geography Textbook ATCs - 01

 I did quite a bit of layering on this series of ATCs.  All of the text comes from a vintage geography book and from magazines.

Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box-Book 1 - 23


Here we are, the last spread of this series.  Since I forgot to video the book we have to wait until it is returned to me in August for that opportunity.

Monday, July 11, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box-Book 1 - 22


Thank goodness for the invention of the wheel.  Bicycling is too much fun! :-)

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box-Book 1 - 21


I want to experiment more with the Posca Pens on the gelli plate to see what transfer accomplishments I can come up with.  Numbers and letters were successful.

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box-Book 1 - 20

 This piece has a feel of walking past a wall of graffiti.  I like how cutting along the one side of the man and leaving part of the background helps with the feeling of movement and connecting with the rest of the spread.

Friday, July 8, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box-Book 1 -19


I have seen this stance.  It definitely represents impatience.   Could it have another meaning?

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box-Book 1 - 17


Each time I scan a spread I usually have a surprise.  Part of the next page appears adding to the current page.  You can see this on the right side of this piece.  

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box-Book 1 - 16


I love the softness of the shades of green.  I also am a fan of having a partial image. I love it when my eyes try to complete the image.

Monday, July 4, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box-Book 1 - 14


Sorry, I got out of order.  Happy 4th of July. Love is love.  The only ones who should care are the two in love with each other.  The Supreme Court needs to stay out of our personal lives!!!!

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box-Book 1 - 13


I know there are those out there who do not know how to occupy their time.  I have never had that problem.  In fact, I have the opposite problem….finding time to do all the things that I want.  For instance, yesterday I was helping my landlord set up for the garage sale today.  It was fun!  We would work a little and then sit and have something to drink and look at the mountains and chat away.  I am still recovering from surgery and have to take it easy.  However, doing something productive and manual was just what I needed.

A few locals stopped by to check out what was for sale.  There was an odd shaped pan that looked like a maze for sale.  Who would have thought that the purpose of this pan was to make brownies so that every cut would have the crispy edges?!!!!  Yup!  Who would have thought someone would want an old rusty corrugated iron raised bed?  Well someone did.  Today the sale officially opens and it is my hope that all these treasures for sale get taken. I think I will encourage shoplifting! :-)

Friday, July 1, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box-Book 1 - 12


I have heard many times on NPR and other media outlets how black parents have to teach their sons how to protect themselves in a world where just because of their skin color they could be suspect.  They have to teach their sons that what they wear might make them suspect.  They have to teach their sons not to wear hoodies.  Or not to put your hands in your pocket if stopped by the police. Just think about that…they have to teach their sons that their skin color can make them suspect, something that no one has control over.  Skin color.  So yes, jogging can be dangerous if you are black.  Just ask the family of Ahmaund Arbery.

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box-Book 1 - 11


If you are a collage artist you see ephemera everywhere you turn.  In my case, I found it at Costco.  Yup! Do you know what piece of paper I am talking about?  It is the white circles and blue-green centers.  I scanned it off a Kleenex box.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box-Book 1 - 10


I have to get cracking and get two caterpillar stitched books ready for an art show in eastern Washington that I have been asked to join.  The two books are the same size as this one above.  I think I have about five more spreads to finish and then some bits and pieces on several others.  I can do it.  I want to deliver the book sculpture myself but may have to mail it.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box-Book 1 - 09


I added “Look of Shame” for this vintage power couple because I am thinking that she has done something she feels guilty for and he is her lawyer.  I suppose I could have called this piece metamorphism.  

Monday, June 27, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box-Book 1 - 08


Bottling it up does not help.  Tell it like it is.  Well, I do not know how I feel about that.  I am kind of on the fence.  Sometimes people tell too much and it causes issues.  Other times one keeps something inside and it does not help either.  It is situationally defined I guess.

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box-Book 1 - 07

 The number transfer onto the gelli plate worked better than I thought it would.  I used a Posca pen directly onto the plate.  Once it was dry I added a layer of paint.  When that dried I added another layer of paint and pulled the print.  I was able to get two or three good prints.  I think I will try writing directly onto the plate and see what happens.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box-Book 1 - 06


I love the movement of this guy in this piece.  It is as if he is introducing the spread with the flow of his jacket.

Friday, June 24, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box-Book 1 - 05


There is no truer statement this month of Pride.  Silence does equal death.  It felt as if the US was going in the direction of equality.  But now the ugly face of discrimination is rearing its’ head again.  Conservation politicians are trying the rally their base again using discrimination to fill their coffers.  

Thursday, June 23, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box-Book 1 - 04


I am so into green.  Blue use to be my color but now since living in the mountains for several days each week I have fallen in love with green.  The new green growth of the fir trees is amazing and I have that gorgeous color right out the windows.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box - Book 1 - 03


I am closing down on my stay at the mountain cabin that I have been renting since November.  The owner is selling it and his cabin and property.  It goes on the market July 1.  I might be able to stay until August 1 but I have to figure that all out.  I really do not think I want to be there when prospective buyers are going through it.  Plus having all my personal stuff out of the cabin will cause me to haul it back and forth each week.

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Caterpillar Book Box - Book 1 - 02


Many days ago I started book 2 out of order and then uploaded book 1 - 01.  So here is book 2 - 02 in the caterpillar series. No comment other than here is another pride piece celebrating June which is pride month.