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"

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Heading to the Healing House today for Floating Collage Workshop

                                                           Memories of the woods

Trading stamps with Flower 
These piece are a bit different from my other works...the edges are so important and the way you can raise the levels of the collage. Makes it harder to frame but the rawness of the edges are what is so cool.

As I look at these two piece how funny that there the same color palette...a few years apart yet? Don't know what that's about. 

Ok got to get going...go a bit of ride to tend to first then unload, set up and be ready to create.!!! 

Friday, October 09, 2015

A gift of kind words...

There is more to do, to see, to experience, to live, to love
do not be afraid. 
open your heart and your mind and let the Universe in. :)

Thursday, October 08, 2015

Save the date...reserve your spot

Just received my confirmation last week but was scrabbling at being an artist and all the other stuff that goes along with life and I think I'm still in shock...excitement is right there under the surface but got to keep my cool....Lets say "I've jumped and the Net is there..." Reserve a spot is the opportunity now for all on the website...pre-registrations. 

National Collage Society 31st Annual Juried Exhibit

Left, Seeking Direction-Right, Painted Mare, individual collage piece framed, 12" x 7' 

Received my confirmation yesterday...my two totem pieces were excepted. They are now on exhibit at Addison Center for the Arts 213 N Lombard Road, Addison IL 
Gallery hours Wed-Sat, 12-4 pm. 

This jury reviewed the entries during the week of September 14th for the 31st Annual Juried Exhibit:National Collage Society 

Laurence Bradshaw, Professor Emeritus, Art and Art History, University of Nebraska

Harriet Lesser, Arts Curator over 20 years in DC area

Ric Kasini Kapour, Publisher and Editor, Kolag magazine

The jury selected your piece: Seeking Direction and Painted Mare for the exhibit. There were 213 artists with 372 entries.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Wisdom of the Ages

I'm not exactly sure what I'm talking about when I say wisdom from the ages. I found this image on Google and try to find the person that created the drawing of the prayer with the feather but no such luck.

You see yesterday I received an email from the daughter of a very important lady in my life.  Our relationship changed over the coarse of years as all relationship do.  But it became distant and a lack of luster...I thought I might have not filter myself and said something to bring hurt upon her. Now I understand it wasn't anything like that.

We chatted by phone now and then over the past few years, she said she had some spots on her lungs...and that it was all better and she was feeling good and the grand children were coming down and what fun they would be having.

She wasn't all better.... quietly she went in her sleep with her close family at her side. I'm grateful her daughter and I had met and she was kind and thoughtful to send me an email to let me know.

Over many lunches and cups of coffee and sweaty phones we chatted.  She would share, all the time "Carpe Diem"  and help me learn about living fully. She shared her experience on raising her children which in fact help me raise mine.  She had a son that had some difficulty in school...you know not quiet and sit still type...ones that can't  pay attention and brought about frustration upon everyone around him. And this was over 30 years ago.  Now he's a policemen and the trouble that he had when he was younger now are skills used and needed for his job...She always had a way for me see things with a new hope, changed attitude and that all lead to a new perspective.

The Serenity Prayer was something we shared together....and recently my perspective upon these words have changed.  You know what it is....ready to receive them in the way that will guide me better. The Teacher always appears when the student is ready... They have been around for ages these words but as a wise sage woman passes I'm being guided to read them again.

Through pain do we change...emotions are a bit raw right now and that's life....and I'm grateful even though I'm grieving....she made the world a better place for the people closes to her. Aho~ 

Monday, October 05, 2015

a little help from our friends

Heading off to class this morning but not without thinking about Mentoring and pure help from others in our professional career fields. We can pretend we're explorers to some extent. But the reality is we need help from time to time.  Not sure in other fields but usually when one asks for help in the arena of the Arts there is always someone who will share their experience with you.

From time to time I am challenged to step into a "new woods" so to say.  And from my experience one shouldn't just head in without having some wits about you. We can't know all and what we will encounter as we trail blaze in but we can prepare ourselves some what.

So I send out emails to some of the artists that are in or have had experience in these new woods and ask them to share if they have time...I keep telling myself I don't need to know all but I want to find out as much as I can....Where's the excitement if you know all...but reality is I need help from time to time.  I personally come from a long line of Makers.  And Us Makers whittle away and problem solve though most things but like a farmer there are times when you need a little help from your friends or the town to bring in that hay or harvest.

Something went a little off kilter along the way...even for me thinking I can do it all by myself. And that it was bad to ask for help...that it made you look and feel dumb or stupid.  With a life time of learning disability it can distort ones thinking...and make it hard to ask for help because of confusion and comprehension...and let me throw in my own personal anxiety...what hot mess I can become. A highly vulnerable, sensitive, spiritual, creative little child facing the huge big world....well that's a story that keeps re-playing in my head.  So, so grateful for those that extend a hand. I hope that I can be that for someone some day...but in the mean time....I'll grab my walking stick and continue to ask for help and seek a bit of excitement and good old fashion adventure in life.

To all those that keep answering to the call of their creative wilds and venturing out, and reporting back leading us with their excitement and encouraging  "You Can Do It Too," attitude. Sharing experiences with us back at the Forests edge. To our Mentors that we know face to face and those that we watch from afar,  guiding us with their actions...we will always need a little help from our friends.

Thank you...

Saturday, October 03, 2015

What's Next, Onward one goes...

  A quick photo of the floating collage, framed.  Not mat just spacers that attached to the glass that raise it up enough so the collage doesn't rest on the glass.

 Next projects that's been on the project list board in  the studio now for a while... is these Abstract paper that I make where then I cut it up and reassemble it with other papers I make from the inspiration of the paper.

I go back and revisit other processes and this one is to bring in the sewing machine stitch.  Now that also adds an element if ripple to the papers as I sew it and it's not completely flat...so problem to be solved...how not sure yet but I'm sure something will come because I want to adhere it to the board...which did with this one...

These get to be a bit more intense...but love the process...  

And this guy here....Love him dearly...he wasn't able to make the reception at the beginning but headed up on his motorcycle later last night and it broke down on the tollway...He says he sat at the toll booth for about an hour trying to fix it and then got to running on one cylinder and made to the opening late...I wondered where he was...not worried till I hear it broke down but so grateful he made it home after the reception. .... Always my Viking Knight....

I'm very grateful to those that made it out last night to the Opening of Collage Composed, Thank so much for your support and it was wonderful to see you all. 

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Floating collage....restoring my memory...Completed piece

It's been a while since I did a floating collage.  Need to get the brain thinking differently then with my other works with the straight edges. The floating collages really stand out because of the wonderful edge of the papers. 

 Here is my start...there will be two layers. I'm kind of leaving the middle area open so that if when bring in the second floating collage it will rise up from there.

 I've done a glazing and now the edges are all toned down and the papers have a hue about about them that unifies them.  I've brought in a big graphic crayon and repeated the line again a few times and added a scribble at the ends.

Look at the second from the bottom and then bottom one here and you can see the change of the crayon area...this is when my childhood flashes back and I get to color again.

More to come...need to run out do to do some food shopping for the Reception. Back to work on it later.   I've got a wonderful orange flower to work in to this piece.

 Now this is the smaller piece that will sit on top of the bottom one. Using the papers that I've used below it is a challenge to use them so that they don't repeat right on top of each other or if they do how can you get them to stand out differently.

 Completed piece...Loving the outside edge of the piece all the amazing raw edges. I would like to mat this and frame it so I have a completed it piece.

The edges of the collage are very delicate and fragile, You have to watch how far they hang out...about an Inch is good but more then it can flop over and present the floating look and feel to it.