In no apparent order, some more of the workshop art. I'm currently working on a larger version of the paper strip art and it's a good thing I have these to put in the blog. I'm also worried about my dog. She's developed what seems to be the worst case of arthritis in the world, won't walk, can't take steps, screams in pain, it's not pretty. Going to the vet tomorrow. I know it's not art, but right now, I'm focused on her. So if additions to this blog are less regular, you'll know why.
Random searches through my (oddly organized) collage material lead me to visuals so lush I am helpless not to use them. The 2 flowers are from a Dutch still-life with a variety of blooms but all are resonant with an electric brevity, a quality that is sadly lacking in modern florals. So I had to use them.
These are examples of the small art I made for the workshop in Medina and used only 3 pieces, at least at the beginning. They're pretty electric too, perhaps thats the only quality that survived from the original Vanitas.
And lastly, a couple of cards sent to me by Terry Garrett. They have a timeless, quiet feel to them:
Each image out of context carries a partial meaning, juxtaposed with other incongruous images they create a mysterious ambiguity. Collage artists must have a high tolerance for ambiguity.
Some tiny art, not even as big as a ATC. I went to the library sale (my favorite event in the world) and picked up a Royal Doulton catalogue from the 1970's. The small red animals were rather strange figurines and fit precisely under a pink moon(like) form. The great thing about collage is that a 50 cent book means months of inspiration.
And in other news, I was privileged to get, ta-da, some mail art from Terry Garrett. It's been awhile since I got some and this was a tour-de-force, as evidenced below:
Terry even wrote a letter with this, the 2 pinkish tabs with "take note" on them could be pulled out, unfolded and read. I didn't realize how much I missed letters until I got one! Mail Art is such a mysterious gift, and the pockets and images in this play on that. More tomorrow, I have to pack for a week-end get-away!
There were 4 of these and I think these are the last 2. I wanted to see what would happen if I grouped and overlapped the 3 collage pieces rather than spreading them out. It may seem like a trivial curiosity but very small compositional changes can create amazing differences. I ended up liking the small groupings but not so sure about the areas surrounding them. And yes, I cheated, there are more than 3 pieces here.
This week has been a bear with framing, organizing and getting things out to shows, I've got my next collage semi-glued and ready to go but have no time to do it. Perhaps next week will be a bit calmer....
Some more of the 3 pieces collage. I'm not as happy with the one on the left, somehow the triangle just doesn't fit precisely enough. When I sprayed the one on the right, I didn't like it, but within seconds changed my mind. It seemed, on 2nd thought to be just the right smokey, dark, old masters kind of glob.
Cranach had to have known on some level that his nudes were teases, they look so sly and provocative. These were made, in part, at the MCAL workshop and partially at home, the slick, new surface of the reproduction is not all that attractive in a collage but I can't resist Cranach's images. I know I could dirty them up but that seems like cheating and I'm afraid I'd lose the curl in her half smile.
These are papers, of course, but I intentionally started with just 3 pieces. The other materials are acrylic, marker and ink.
I took many pictures of the event Barbara Johns so kindly organized for me to teach! The slides below were taken an hour or so into the workshop so the postcard sized art was in progress. This was a focused bunch, you could hear a pin drop most of the time. But that may have been because Barbara made sure we were provisioned with brownies, scones and other goodies. I know my mouth was full most of the time!
Anyone who leaves a comment identifying artists is most appreciated, I will edit and add names as I receive them. Just click on "view all images' and there's a place to leave comments. And I have more pictures but plan to sort those out tomorrow. It was a wonderful day and the art was beautiful!
I've been teaching all day in the beautiful little city of Medina so I don't have any visuals to show you just yet, but my camera is full and I've got lots of postcard-size art done to share and I'll start getting that up tonight or tomorrow. I'm very thankful to Barbara Johns for arranging the day and to all the very talented artists who attended, it was a lovely setting and a perfect day!
I started these at the WeeStudio and on a whim decided to use the entire (well, mostly entire) reproduction of some Northern Renaissance art. Usually I don't insert the name of the artist or the title, the title is forever changing anyway depending upon the publication, but in this one I put that in too. I love the artist's names and have started putting them in work that doesn't even relate to them. But then, I have an atavistic attitude to names, somewhere in the deep recesses of my soul I believe the name carries the essence of the person. No, it's not logical and if you pinned me down I'd deny, it but when making art the idea seems to make sense. The Egyptians and other ancients felt this way too, they were always conquering someone and them scratching his name out to destroy him!
These are papers, acrylic glazes and dimensional paint.
The pieces of photography used in this set and the 2 in the post from yesterday are from my 94 year old Aunt Madeline. She loved her tiny dog Muttsy. The bottom paper is painted and lifted acrylic and the paper on the top is from another of my library finds, an art history of Japan. The smell, heft and colors in old books are a sensual pleasure that adds to the pleasure of the hunt as I tear them apart for collage images. They take me back to my first library in Kent, Ohio built by Dale Carnagie, a stately, small building that looked something like a temple. To tear up a book and to love a book seem at odds, but for me, it works.
Again, these have just 3 pieces of paper adhered to a wrapped piece of cardboard and paint is used to create the other areas and details.