Wednesday, July 4, 2012

A Short Interruption

Well, it's not really much of an interruption, since I'm still working on the Book of Dreams, and have almost finished the second page spread.  I had this little collage- which I had just about given up on- laying around the studio, and suddenly got the urge to finish it.  Perhaps I was inspired by a movie I watched about a week and a half ago, called "Capitalism: A Love Story."  If you haven't seen it, I'll just say that it's essentially an explanation of the hows and whys of the big financial crisis and bailout.  It could also be because of (almost constant) news that the stock market is very unstable, and well, you get the picture, right?   And I think it definitely has something to do with all the eggs in my recent work.

The piece was going to be entitled Extra Blame, because of some of the text on a vintage book page, but in the end I decided to call it Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Basket.  Come to think of it, that would also be a good title for one of Lynne Ciacco's weekly maxims, wouldn't it?  (How about it, Lynne?)
So here's the collage; enjoy!

Don't Put All Your Eggs in One Basket
ingredients: image transfers, Chinese hell notes, vintage book pages, map scraps, inkjet prints, metallic ink, other ephemera, watercolor pencils, artist pens

In addition, I wanted to mention that Mo Crow has posted a bit about her process on her wonderful illustration blog, It's Crow Time.  She has also posted some links to process-oriented posts on other blogs.  These are well worth checking out, as are her amazing drawings.

I will be posting the next section of Book of Dreams very soon, so be sure to check back.

Happy Fourth of July to all my American friends!


  1. Ha ha, thanks for suggesting a new maxim for my series. I'll be sure to be on the lookout for the appropriate scenario in my scribble drawings.

    Lots going on in this collage! Also symbolic of cover-ups, perhaps. It's great that the egg motif will carry on from the previous page.

    What on earth is a Chinese hell note?! Sounds like a rather scary collage element to be mucking about with!

  2. oh! I am wondering what a Chinese hell note is too Sharmon & thanks for the link!

  3. I like that you took the break--it's inspiring to me to read that something that was lying in wait until you were ready to complete it. Too often, I want to force things into completion. You definitely put your eggs in more than one basket. And the collage--a wonderful visual evocation of our economy and culture!

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    Belated Happy Fourth of July everyone. Better late than never. Fireworks really gets you in the mood to celebrate. Whew!


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