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"


Friday, October 31, 2014

Exploring the Surface with Collage

 Michael's work...
 Linda's work....
 Amber's work...
 Karen's work....
 Maureen's work...
 Laureen's work....


 The last three images are Cindy's work...

This class was about exploring the different substrates or surfaces...we started on a brown paper bag and moved to tar paper, then to watercolor and the students had a choice of canvas or wood panel.

The class went by fast as always they do...we form a bond with each other and off we go...but I'm so grateful when we do spend this time together...we all get to know each other and I do enjoy seeing the diversity of each and everyone's work.


Wildest Dreams
12  x 12 
wood panels 
National Geographic pages with polymer resist and Nevr Dull, painted drawing papers, Altered book pages, Sanded National Geographic pages, painted deli papers, and altered sheet music with Neo Crayons and acrylic glazing and graphite pencil. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

A morning spill of ramble....all good though and a little BS

Spent most of the day in the yard....the morning cooking up foods I like to eat during the week.  What I missed was the Sand Hill Cranes...I expected them to be flying over..though there has been a few small flocks but there always seems to be the non-stop rush of continued "V"s and circling over our house.... to catch the next high thermal....

I had the fire pit burning the brush and then some of tall grasses I cut back and the little bits of the leftover veggie beds that I cleaned up.  The dogs were loving it laying in the sun...and keeping an eye on me as scurried around from the front to the back it's a part of seasonal things that I so love to be involved in...I know chatting with Deming Payne this past weekend he said he's the only one in his neighborhood that still cuts and tends to his own lawn....the lawn guys that take care of others yards give him the eye as of who are you taking over the territory.  

I had wanted to get up to the studio too but that seems to be fading lately...all my energy is going to teaching the classes...all good so in a few weeks I'll be completing them and then I can put some focus uninterrupted on the next totem piece.  I have two pieces I've been working on in the two classes one I'm kind of stumped on...and it's good, I know it sounds crazy to be feeling good about a piece that's got some issue but I do enjoy the challenge to solve the problem...as I will talk about it in class and put the problem solving hat on and see what can come of that...

The other one just came out and well it's done and I need to put a coat of clear on it.

Reality.....
This pass weekend I noticed the way people looked at my work in the Artists Open House...I'm thankful I don't hold my hopes on all that...I understand it...as of it's hard for people to look at the pieces work if it doesn't relate to anything they can connect to. (house, barn, car, lake, trees etc.)  And from my personal understanding and from knowledge I've gain...Observation of any object or event can stir emotions and memories that shoot deep in and ping a part of us that we just don't want to deal with at any given moment. Good or bad it lets us know if we like it or not... or if it stirs something up we are ready to handle or even want to understand....but to let that stop one from carrying out a moment of self expression that leads to a whirl wind of other ideas is sad...so it's been many years of building  up the thicker skin and decided  not to take any of that seriously and to keep moving on. it's not my job to make sure everyone like the art that I make....no my job is and has always been to show up and do what comes natural...and for me it's been to self express with piece work...clay, paper or found objects.

There are so many ideas floating around in my head that I personally would like to bring to the surface and make a reality out of....be it called, living in my own world...so be it...but one need not compare or put judgement on others opinions before you can fully see what your creative spirit can carry out. I would like to think the Rebel....Warrior Women...and a bit of careless wreck loose will win out before I listen to any of that BS....

Sunday, October 26, 2014

My boots came

I treat myself every once in a while...after a busy spell to a gift  and this lovely warm winter moccasin came in the mail yesterday... Wearing my PJ's and walking around in them...I could go crazy but settle on this...I like to stay grounded and this make me feel as though I'm walking barefoot. I use to be a big heal gal...as of the higher the better but not anymore...get more dizzier then I am when I go past an inch...ha ha..ha.. 

Had a chat with my Mentor

Well yesterday morning unexpectedly I received a call from my Mentor (as you can tell I'm taking pride in mentioning I have a mentor) ....trying hard to not make it all about me...I do fail that one awfully....seems I'm always rambling about me and what I'm afraid to do or what I have to do or what I would like to do... Luckily she gets me...well I think?

Conversation traveled around a bit and we shared about the book "World Enough and Time"...which I'm just working my way through the beginning parts...takes me forever but I do get through these heavier reads... what came up though is this....

Fomo
| fōmō |

noun

a state of mental or emotional strain caused by the fear of missing out.

• Evolutionary biology - an omnipresent anxiety brought on by our cognitive ability to recognize potential opportunities: The brothers had last-slice fomo as they stared at what was left of pizza.

• (with subject) desire to do something, typically accompanied by unease.

• A form of social anxiety - a compulsive concern that one might miss an opportunity or satisfying event, often aroused by posts seen on social media websites.

ORIGIN: acronym from FEAR OF MISSING OUT

I shared this with my second oldest daughter and she said.."that's why people cling to Facebook and social media and their cell phones....the Fear of Missing Out. (Gee wiz....didn't I know that?  No but now I do)
A whole new way to be addicted to something...repeated behavior again fear feed us to do something so natural...we want to belong as Brene' Brown shares in her books...

As an artist this is the hardest thing... as of you don't jump on it you will miss an opportunity which...yes that could happen but in the big picture...that's false... there is a time for everything and everything has it's time. The Treespirited Women says...in God's time... I can see how this has been created by our social media though...and I'm right there with it and fighting it the whole time.

I get out there and become part of what ever that something is-opportunity and it's like it takes a life of it's own...and with out knowing it you making sure you're not missing things and what it is as I see it and call it, is chasing the fame dragon.... I know my mentor has walked a similar path and shares insight on areas where I might want to caution and not make some wrong turns....seeking Good Orderly Directions might be the answer...

There's a certain amount that one has to do...in any business but then in all things there is a balance that has to be maintained to each one of our own place of peace and comfort.
Rambling and loving the understanding of it..and the shared wisdom of a mentor...wishing her the most of an experience with her camera and creative graceful heart...


Recap from the Artists Open House

 Sarah Haley Design and Mllinery 
 Cynthia J.Lee Abstract Expressions

 Cheryl Ferrell, High Strung Bead Designs... Which of course I had to make a purchase there too... Found a pair of earrings to go with my one necklace.

 Deming Payne and his wife Mary opened up there home for this event...Lots of things were moved around so make room for us and well it worked out wonderfully.  and I had to take this shot of the Lime Green door..how cool is that.
 I had some of my work on the panels and in the bin...
with my journal in a nice pile here...

Other artist there were Pam Peterson Sue Coombs Mosaics  and Barb Ritzman with her repurposed wearable mittens and cuffs and wine wraps. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Colors of Wind



I had to run my one daughter to the train station this morning at 5:30am  it's a bit dark then...but it's also kind of cool not many people are out then.  So when I got back I quickly made a collage sketch...

  I've got an Artists Open house....to tend today from 1-9 pm...  And then tomorrow from 10-4pm  New experience but it seems I've been exploring new experiences lately.

Yesterday I made to the woods and brought my Ipod and listened to Native American flute music as I walked.  It was wonderful the sun so warm and the winds bending the tree tops and the shower of leaves dance their way down.  Depending on the tree and the shape of the leaves they danced differently as the floated and rolled to the ground. I feel I was living the Pocahontas movie... with Grandmother Willow and the Colors of the Wind....I do love the wind and how it moves in and around me...Being a Gemini, a Air sign....no wonder...

For a moment I share this video clip...

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Balance and peace


Tapping back into Balance and all that is about....I first turn to solitude and the woods.  Yoga even my Beginning DVD is a great way to focus and center...and with life and all the wonderful things going on I managed to make it to the woods...the smells the colors the movement of the wind....the scurrying going on under all the growth from the squirrels and chipmunks is around every bend. 

I haven't done a morning collage meditations in a while so I pulled one out...I have a zip-lock bag of my scraps and just pulled the first colors and the big "H" were asking to be used.  Sticking with the three colors and about 10 minutes...I was able to get the base down and then I came back in with sandpaper and some colored pencils I had in my art pouch. 

My art is about process...and that to me is where it comes from to how I execute it and the steps I take...filled with emotional thoughts and frustrations to the joy of knowing there is a Higher source in play....So with the joy of a higher process I leave this morning meditations with balance, peace and understanding. 

Artists' Open House...this Friday and Saturday, Hinsdale IL


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...