Thursday, August 21, 2014

RoyGBiv: Pink

In the Search for Roy G. Biv, hosted by Julie Booth and Jennifer Coyne Qudeen, we have rotated through all the "official" rainbow colors and are now on to pink. Pink is a color that has been on my mind a lot lately, as the bridesmaids' dresses for my son's upcoming wedding are in shades of blush and pink. Here's one:

Pretty, yes? I, however, have not been having so much luck finding a suitable pink dress, which is the reason my brain has been so stuck on pink.




 Here's a lovely wildflower called meadow pink...




 ... and another which for some inexplicable reason is known as joe-pye weed...







 I love this delicate pink primrose, which grows in my own garden...




This bright pink azalea is a joy every year, and the butterflies love it, too...




... a beautiful carved jade vessel at the Smithsonian in Washington.




Thanks for joining me on the search for pink. To see more, please go to Julie's or Jennifer's blogs for all the pink links!






Monday, August 18, 2014

Weekly Quick Collage: Abstract




Once again, made from only scraps found on my work table. This one is a little strange, but I enjoyed making it, and I do rather like it. Kind of 60's-ish - or something.





I like nonsense – it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living. It’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of the telescope… and that enables you to laugh at all of life’s realities.                                                                                                                                   ~ Dr. Seuss


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Weekly Quick Collage Two-fer: A Bit of Cheating

I guess you could technically say that I cheated on these, which is why I decided to put them both in one post. Though all the added materials were found on my work table (except for the stitching, of course), these collages are pieces of an old collage that I cut up. I was unsatisfied with it as a whole, but it had some parts that I really liked too much to just throw it away. So, I cut out those redeemable parts and added new materials to them. I actually think I like these enough now to consider them finished work.


 Map I          6.5 x 5 inches
 ingredients: vintage maps, decorative paper, joss paper, vintage book pages, metallic pens, artist pens, eyelet, stitching




Map II            4.75 x 3.13 inches
 ingredients: vintage maps, vintage notebook scrap, joss paper, vintage book pages, metallic pens, watercolor pencils, lace



Anyway, who's to say what's cheating - I make the rules here, right?   ;-)


Friday, August 8, 2014

Weekly Quick Collage: Imaginary Landscape

Imaginary Landscape         5 x 5 inches



This one is very different from the weekly collages I've done so far; in both style and materials, it's much more like the pieces in my long-onging series called Transformations. These are loosely landscape-based collages I make from scraps of old monotypes, all 7 x 7 inches.

Hope you enjoy it!





Monday, August 4, 2014

Stronger Than You Know

Here is the finished version of the piece I showed in progress in my last post, starting with a couple of details:









Stronger Than You Know              9.25 x 13.5 inches
ingredients:  vintage papers and ephemera; found objects; image transfer; vintage photograph; vintage fabrics and lace; stitching




We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot.
                                                                                                           ~ Eleanor Roosevelt





Friday, August 1, 2014

WIP: What's on My Table

Here's what's on my work table right now (besides the mess, I mean).  What's on yours?





Stay tuned, I will be showing the finished piece very soon!




Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Weekly Quick Collage: Entradas



Again, all the materials came from the mess on my work table.

Entradas
ingredients: vintage map, notebook page, ledger page, school writing tablet page, and book pages; vintage lace; magazine cutout




I wanted to share this song by Jason Isbell, my new favorite singer-songwriter. Take a listen, if you're interested; his lyric are pure poetry.





Hope you enjoy!



p.s. Thanks to a comment on the last post, I figured out what was bothering me about Pink Dress, and took a stab at fixing it. Thanks to Jo Murray for noticing that the bright new swirl was out of place with the vintage papers. I really do appreciate constructive criticism, because it can help us immensely, if our aim is to become better artists. I sometimes wish we bloggers could do more of this, as it's nice to have another critical eye on your work besides your own.  So, I covered the swirl with part of an old bible page, and added some stamps, and I like it much better now. See what you think:

Pink Dress