Tuesday, September 1, 2015

New Mixed Media: Map IV

Map IV
ingredients: vintage maps, vintage book pages, vintage stamps, acrylic ink, metallic pen, watercolor pencils, image transfers, stitching  (7 x 7 inches)

This piece has come together slowly, originally starting with two fragments of pieces that didn't work out, and then building on from there. I am pretty happy with the way it turned out, though some parts were ripped up more than once, as you may be able to tell. It just goes to show you that you shouldn't necessarily throw away the pieces you consider failures; you may be able to recycle them into something else. Does anyone else do this? I find it often works out well for me.

It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power.                           ~ Alan Cohen

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Weekly Quick Collage: Planes

collage, 4.75 x 4 inches

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn’t say any other way…things I had no words for.                                                                                                     ~ Georgia O'Keefe

The world is round and the place which may seem like the end may also be the beginning.

                                                                                                                       ~ Ivy Baker Priest

I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it.

                                                                                                                          ~ Pablo Picasso

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Drawing Challenge: Tiny

A tiny and delicate dragonfly...

...all red, black, and shimmeringly transparent...

...is delightfully beautiful from a distance,...

... but when enlarged, can seem....

... a bit creepy.

While something we might normally think of as creepy, such as spiderwebs, look like tiny strands of the finest silk...

...covered with minuscule pearl-like droplets.

For more interpretations of our "tiny" theme, go to Tammie's blog, Beauty Flows.

Also linking to: I Heart Macro

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Searching for ROY G BIV: Brown

We have come to the end of the rainbow. (Hmmmm.... where's that pot of gold?) Luckily, our blog hop hostesses, Julie B Booth and Jennifer Coyne Qudeen, have not let that end our search; this month's color is brown.

The Big South Fork of the Cumberland River was the color of cafe-au-lait after torrential rains...

... as was the Cumberland River right below the Falls.

I love the character of this old building in Richmond, Virginia.

 Our cabin out on the Kinniconick Creek as we put on the cedar clapboard....

Beautiful hand-made chairs at the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen Gallery in Berea, Kentucky.

Gorgeous inlaid/carved wood piece at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C.  Unfortunately, I didn't take note of the artist's name.

I hope you enjoyed my browns. To see what other bloggers have in store, go to Jennifer Coyne Qudeen's or Julie B Booth's blogs for a list of links!