A daily dose of collage creativity, in images, words and thoughts. Always remember, "Everything will be alright in the end...if it is not alright it must not be the End"


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

From this to that.....




Every thing has a beginning and ending and well I'm facing the ending of the season for the tipi.  I've got it folded up and remarkable how small the canvas folds up...not much time this morning...eating breakfast and then heading out the door for Class at Naperville Art League... got a big class going on there...and we only have two weeks left.. 

Monday, October 20, 2014

Instruction has been given...

I've been sharing some class ideas with the group of students at Mayslake Peabody Estate...the next couple of weeks will be for them to bring it all together... still hard to abstract something that is real to the eyes.

it's hard to let go...heck even I have a hard time...we are wired to see things in their truest forms but what about the part that hit us deep inside and we feel it...more then just see it...how do you express that?

We have been taught by society, authority and parental judgement to see and behave one way...

What if we want to step out of the box...and be rebellious with how we see things....it takes a shift in thinking I feel.  A freedom of sorts that turns into excitement for me. A part of a innocent self that wasn't hampered by society yet and authority and judgement didn't guide or influence...Can one find that again?

Abstract Art- Relying on color, pattern and form rather then realistic or naturalistic portrayal of subject matter. it's origination with recognizable form but amplified or distorted into a new entity.

time to look and turn into self-expression, Trust in natural instincts, intuitive understanding and time to let go and be rebellious...in fact I would like to say Invite it in...

break what you see down to basic color, patterns and form then rebuild it with your inner knowing and trust in that...

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Collage-Intuitive Process Janesville WI

 Our big room... that Linda and Carole, set up for us all.
 Everyone is just coming in and setting up.
 Sue is in process here working on her papers.
 Bonnie busy creating some collage papers... She was just enjoy being away
 Dawn was in the Cloth Paper Scissors April/May issue if you have it she got an article about creating with pop Cans art...as she cut the cans and to shapes and nails them down and from what I seen they are wonderful piece of art.

 Gail was a paper making machine back there...she had her table full of wonderful papers.
Carole along with Linda Help get the ball rolling on the Workshop, We even had lunch brought in...busy ladies.

 Renee, Linda's daughter had her hands busy...never did collage before and she just became a natural at it.
 Rita, right up and front just took this all like nothing...she was really enjoying it...and thanks to her husband...what a dear soul as he supported her and bought a ton of baby wipes.....at the big ware house store...
 When I could remember I took a few pictures...but we where busy all day.

 Linda what a trouper she is...a little dynamite of a woman...just poured herself into creating...what a passionate woman.
 Mary was in heaven I think...she just never stopped.













Here we all are... back row...Sue, Mary, Rita, Dawn, myself, Second row, Gail, Linda, Bonnie and Carole. What a great place lots of room and good lighting and wonderful people a winning combination. 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

have I run out of things to say?

I'm very blessed to be doing and creating and sharing the things I love to do - collage, and mixed media works and all the how's too's that I know of. And this morning I received Hugs and good luck wishes as I'll be heading out only a few hours away but I'll be away from home for a few nights. Teaching a workshop for a group of ladies...again the Idea came in and all got aligned and there is a collage workshop full this weekend.

I've been busy all over the place...trying to keep plates spinning...any different then before...not really only that I'm wondering how long plates like this can spin?

Having the freedom as I do...which I don't want to sound all high and might or filled with EGO...it's just hard to say No to myself....I have loves and wants and have had them for along time...and with experience the wants have been filled...which is kind of scary...or I just might be spoiled?   That could be too...or the obsessive qualities embedded in me stepped in...

Any ways I woke up this morning and the words came flooding out of my mind..." Your Living the Dream...that's all"

I'm very grateful and thankful for how prayers and ideas are manifesting themselves around me...I pray to hold up my end now and present a good workshop for these women and that they enjoy themselves.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

My photo of the first totem

My totem....and I'm not sure of the name of this piece but right now it's "My totem"  I'm going to try to bring into my class today to show them.  When I look at the top...the message I'm receiving is seek the good orderly direction...and then next section with the woman's face, Be true to yourselves, or know thyself, the third section down is to remind me where I find my spiritual guidance, in nature...and The largest section with the hands and the crow is about...trust your intuition it's not stirred you wrong and that life has a way of restoring all back into balance.

1-Seek Good Orderly Direction
2-Know, be true and honor thyself
3-Spiritual guidance comes from nature.
4-Trust my gut, intuition and have faith it will all be restored to balance.

OK time to get read for the day.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Final finished...


 Randy built the frame from popular and I sanded it and painted with black frame...it dried so quick and nice that today we assembled it.... the gaps between the wood panels are left so that the wall behind the piece will become part of the art...thinking usually walls are white or of natural colors.




This piece is 7ft 3/8" tall by 13"3/8...I've not got a name for it yet...isn't that funny...I've been calling it my totem piece..so it will have to come maybe when I start working on the others...but I remember sharing that there was thought through out about balancing life, as of how to do that...through nature. I'm just more happy that it came to be. 

Just some misc.....photo's


 So not sure if you can see it or not...but next to the bookshelf is the first one and the second totem pieces.  And then the long tall frame that the first one will go into. With Randy's help, (he built the frame for me) I'll sand it down smooth as I can and paint it black, satin clear it and then put it together...there will be space between the wood panel sections...that's the plan again.. not sure when I'll find time but some how it gets done. I just keep putting things on the list to do...

 This is an image from a magazine... and I found ....when I see these I just can't help but feel connected...or let say reconnected. I know there Cairns and to be left for directional means and long ago the Inuit or nomadic tribes would left Inukshuks for the same reason...It's it I'm always looking for direction or which way to go now after I've finished a project or a job on the list. Seems to be, well what ever works right...use and don't abuse it.

I almost forgot that my oldest Daughter gave me this for Mothers Day...How cool is that?

Lastly...Hank did it again...got skunked..a mouthful this time...
so glad this happens after the gal came for book club...hope it's gone by next month....the smell in the house that is...it's so bad that we bring it with us...I wan't a button that says....My Dog did it again...Got Skunked?   then people will understand when the smell it around you..not much to do but let it flow  away..Window were open all night with the furnace on...crazy I know... We can wash things and it still smells.  What can I say...we are use to this...darn I say.


Grateful Gift


An artist friend...sent me an email and asked if I wanted some leather...not knowing how much and what the colors etc. and then I opened the box's and was floored....
The Green Leather Journal I made along time ago with Michelle D. from Artful Gatherings and the other one is buffalo hide and it's soft and floppy..which I love when I hold in my hand.
Some day when I can't haul stuff around any more I'm going to move into making journals I think...Listen to me planning my future....better watch it...the big man upstairs is going to be laughing at me. 

Revisiting my creative process



 In Monday's Class, Abstract Landscapes...the need to know what their papers were going to be used for has been echoing out to me so I set this class...just for that.  Going out and taking some photographs of a walk or photos from a vacations and pulling the feeling, color and self-expression is part of the focus. In art and many of the creative process ex: like cooking we find what works and we work it...but there's many trails and errors...or feeling around and finding what works. This I found is when the Collage Sketchbook come in handy.  it's my place to extend, go off on a different path and see what things might look like..but with out expensive art materials. An for the most part connection and understanding...some times I'm not fully comprehending all that I'm witness so taking some time to explore what I would like to express is so helpful in a sketchbook. Here our my continued sketches on from the image I've gathered...I have to say I like each one of them and if I decided to create these on a permanent substrate it would be a great series..and I do love working with white, black, grays and other color.









Saturday, October 11, 2014

What happens when you put a little seed out....

Up early to the sounds of a raccoon dinning in our trash can.....I'm sure he/she smelled the chicken bones in there... I've been not putting seed out in the feeders for a while with the abundance of summer and moving into fall...but I decided to put seed in the other day and well we have a party going on...I love watching the chickadee's and the nuthatches...and then the squirrels and chipmunks running around with chubby cheeks and the crows were chasing the squirrels that snagged a few of the corn from the corn stalk decor...so when you put seed out like I said you have a party. Then the top of the food chain from the winged one side of things came...nice big Red Tail Hawk...Heard the coyotes and the raccoon...the other night and Hank was Howling with them...I think it's kind of cool, my thinking is how cool it is that they both howl..with each other...


I personally have been getting contract ready for a few workshop coming in the beginning of 2015...which then means I'll have to up date the website and blog...soon...I tell myself I've got sometime...really trying to let the flow of everything happen softly.  Have to say it seems to be working...now to shower up and get going on the day...good fall day ahead and feeling grateful.