“Seeing Red” 4” x 4” watercolor paper, vintage papers, acrylic glaze, charcoal, Pigma pen, water-soluble pencil, pastel.
File this under “You’ve got to start somewhere…”
If you are going to do a daily creative challenge in 2021, then today’s the day!
I know that I am more creative if I just make sure that I’m creating one small piece a day. Most days, I’m also working on a larger piece, or a series, or several pieces as classroom demo collages. I must say it feels good to kick off 2021 with a daily collage.
This one is appropriately titled “A New Thing” – 4”x4” watercolor paper with vintage papers, acrylic, water-soluble pencil, and stamp pad, finished with Kamar Varnish.
A collage artist plays with color in a different way than a painter. There is no mixing of red and yellow to create orange; I must find orange in vintage source materials. This piece reflects the colors available in collage and mixed media, while capturing color swatches beneath the surface of encaustic wax. Painting tips fill the base, while collage scraps take center stage on a wood palette.
This encaustic collage/assemblage is called “origin uncertain” from a dictionary description that appears on its lower edge. The concept for this piece was to create a depiction of a file cabinet full of memories: sights, smells, textures, and fleeting visuals. From the child’s photo, to the wire-wrapped flower, to the disintegrating book spine, the memories are tucked tightly into a box.
Mixed media collage on 24″x24″ gallery-depth wrapped canvas.
A playful mixed media collage, featuring abstract shapes and fish heads… This simple grid composition gives the illusion that the fish are hiding out in the various shapes across the canvas.
This 12″x12″ mixed media collage was created on fabric interfacing, and features hand-painted papers, vintage ephemera, pastels, watersoluble crayons, and stitching.
“Riverview” was an amusement park in the Chicago neighborhood where my mother grew up. Though it closed shortly after I was born, I recall many stories of summer days that my mom and her siblings spent riding “the Bobs” – an old wooden roller coaster added to the park in 1924.
I’ve always hated roller coasters – not real fond of ferris wheels either. This piece was created for a call at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis in 2020, for an online exhibit called “Flattening the Curve.” It has been an honor and a privilege to be able to create during periods of “lockdown” and “social distancing.” As an artist, I’ve struggled financially during these uncertain times as a global pandemic has brought life as we knew it to a virtual standstill, but I’ve been extremely lucky to be mere steps away from my studio, where I can create without fear of the virus.
A favorite Picasso quote –
“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”
Seems quite apt in current times as well.
Mixed media collage on 10″x10″ cradled wood panel. The background is handpainted vintage papers. Gesso suggests the outline of this angelfish silhouette. You can’t live on the Coast without some birds and fishes creeping into your work, so here’s another fish for your enjoyment!
9″x12″ vintage collage on heavy watercolor paper.
Book pages and parts, along with some painted papers. Part of my “Get in Line” series of 13 works.
Fish Tales #2 – Millie from Milwaukee (part of a series)
Meet Millie, the hostess with the mostest. She knows that Schlitz is the beer that made Milwaukee famous, but her cheese puffs are the hors d’oeuvres that made her cul-de-sac notorious! The secret is a dash of….oh, you thought I was going to share Millie’s recipe? Not on your life! She might tell you, but she’s enjoying her fish tail a bit too much at the cocktail parties.
Fish Tales #1 – Delores from Des Moines (first in a series)
Meet Delores, a fabulous 50’s housewife, living the dream with her matching appliances and wall-to-wall kitchen carpeting. At a recent cocktail party, Delores retreated to the kitchen to refresh the pimento dip pinwheels, and nearly knocked over the cheese ball with her new tail! What’s a gal to do, but continue the party conversation, as a mermaid, and keep refilling the Manhattans?