Friday, April 29, 2016

Seeing is believing -- 5 new collages

I've been making lots of collages in the past few weeks, most for Los Dias Contados. Here are a few of my favorites. (To see them all, go to my Flickr feed.)

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Making art on the road -- pretty cool, eh?

On my recent trip to Vancouver, I tried a travel "game" that some of my artist friends like to play. I made collages using only the materials I found in my hotel or on the street. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Art over the border: a MASHUP of multimedia in Vancouver

This past week I traveled to Vancouver BC to see the fabulous MASHUP exhibit at the Vancouver Art Gallery. I went to see works by some of the earliest collage artists. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Collage with a bug

Some of my fellow collage artists think that I am obsessed with insects. That bugs me.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Give an artist a fish, and she'll make an underwater ballet

I'm in a oceanographic mood, apparently. Perhaps because everyone I know is at the beach. And I'm not. 

Friday, April 1, 2016

Where life is different

A quick collage featuring a famous author clutching sea life. Can you guess who she is?

Saturday, March 26, 2016

5 excellent sources for online images and ephemera

5 excellent sources for online images and ephemera
I love old illustrations, especially from the 1950s and 60s. That's why I have a tall stack of old National Georgraphics and musty Life magazines within reach of my work table.

But I also hunt for images online. Here are my favorite sources of digital ephemera. Some are copyright free, but others are restricted to personal use.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

She sells seashells at the seashore -- watery collages

These collages began with a hankering to slather green, blue and white paint on an empty Wheaties box. Most of the images come from Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew books and old encyclopedias.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

THINGS that are red

I noticed lots of red and orange scraps on my worktable. So this happened.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

A small book with big animals -- making an accordion fold collage book

handmade folded collaged book about animalsLately I've been on a book binge. Using a couple of fabulous how-to books, I've been learning how to construct all kinds of folded, sewn, and traditionally bound handmade books.

For this simple folded T-cut fold book, I first painted an 11" x 14" sheet of Bristol paper. I spread orange, red, yellow and brick-red acrylic paint using an old credit card. I liked the prehistoric look of the unblended colors.Then I used a stencil to make white blobs. I didn't like those so well. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Dada Garden Man junk mail collage

Dada Garden Man collageHere's a variation on the "cleanup collage" -- the junk mail collage. My mailbox is unwilling host to glossy catalogs, newsletters and brochures, appearing almost every day. 

I recycle them, but it seems a waste of all those full-color images. A few days ago, I started cutting up a 10-page ad (misleadingly called a "magazine") from a nearby landscape nursery. Pretty soon I had the makings of a Dada-inspired collage.

Friday, March 4, 2016

An impossible dream and another cleanup collage

Remember that song from the 60s -- "To dream the impossible dream..." My impossible dream is having a clean desk. Like a magnet, the work surface  attracts bits of paper, paint and all sorts of ephemera.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Clean up collage

Do you suffer from post-project desk chaos? I do. After I finish a collage, my workspace looks like a battlefield. Covering every surface within an arm's-length radius are bits of paper, pools and smudges of matte medium, sharp objects of all kinds, ink pads and stamps, stencils, goopy paint bottles, a cup of cold coffee and, sometimes, a bored cat.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

More wax work -- playing to learn

learning how to make encaustic paintings
I continue to have fun playing with wax. Or "making encaustics," which sounds more professional and mysterious. I'm still at the very beginning (if there was preschool for encaustic students, that's where I'd be). 

I love this stage of mastering a new skill. Mistakes are expected and everything seems magical. Here are some of my experiments.