Sunday, 29 December 2013

On the net


From the archives - but it fits too good!
And Happy New Year !

Caroline Ponders the Difference Between a Square Prism and a Cube

The most beautiful Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Norton (22 March 1808 - 15 June 1877) was an English feminist, social reformer and author.  The man and the cubes are from a vintage arithmetic book.

Friday, 27 December 2013

Breaking out (of the box)


got myself in an abstract mode and now I can't get out!



Boxing Match

Here's one from the archive as I don't have much time now to make new stuff.

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Theme of the Week - Boxing Day

Seems like an obvious choice. Can either be the fighting kind or the cube you put stuff in. Have fun!

Sunday, 22 December 2013

Make A Joyful Noise!

It's the image I created for our holiday card.  That's Harvey the Cockapoo on violin, husband Ted on harpsichord and yours truly belting out a Christmas carol!  Happy Holidays my fellow collagists.  All the best in the coming new year!

Peace on Earth

One from the archives - but nevertheless I´m wishing you all all the best!

The Queen's Christmas Hat.

A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the gang! - Ron.

Friday, 20 December 2013

Beulah always warms up with a few exercises before commencing with the holiday house cleaning.


from the archives of 2009.

One of my favorite goofy ones I've done.

In the Snow Lightly Falling...


Happy, happy holidays, everybody!

The title "in the snow lightly falling" is borrowed from a poem called "Solace," written by Dick Allen, the Poet Laureate of Connecticut.  The poem has been turned into a chorale piece to commemorate the child victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT.  If you'd like to read about it or here the piece, go here.  The poem and the chorale piece are quite beautiful.

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Messy Fishmush and A Flappy New Year!

One from the archive - too busy with other stuff at the moment to make anything new!   All the best to all the Kollage Kit folk and followers!

Theme of the Week - Seasons Greetings

A chance to wish each other and all our blogging friends a Merry Xmas and A Happy New Year !   O yes, and here's a link to the OBRIGADO blog for those of you who have kindly sent mail art to the VAC Gallery show.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

She departed this world for another


and went to look for the loons.


3 pairs of loons in this one - I made a big mess this week, looking for things in threes, this piece finally came together late Wednesday.



three times three equals nine


I had to photograph this one on the kitchen table, 'cause the scanner did a lousy job on the background. Drawing by Glen Baxter. Unfortunately, I have no info on the lovely circus gals. There are nine rubber-stamped stars: you'll have to take my word for it, 'cause two of 'em are nearly invisible.

Monday, 16 December 2013

trois absurdi-poissons


I've been working on this for days, and I had so much fun, I'm almost sad it's completed. I'm going to do a whole series of these, I guess. =laugh= I got started on one with wings for last week's theme, but then I got sick and didn't have time to get it done.

Fantasy fish parts are scavenged from about 47 different paintings by early 18th century French artist Samuel Fallours. Background is a list of fish in Fallours's handwriting. Plus watercolor markers and fine-point markers.

Trio


The Smell of Fried Chicken Came Wafting Up the Stairs

I could not believe my good fortune while paging through a LIFE magazine from March, 1958.  A full page advertisement for Swanson's Quick-Frozen Chicken featured "a trio" of the yummy looking stuff on forks.  I then laid my hands on my vintage book of black & white photographs that I like to use as background and voila!

Saturday, 14 December 2013

The Trio Sailed Until They Reached The Lone Cypress Tree

I have a book of black & white photographs of the United States coasts.  The black & white silhouette of a Cypress Tree is on a beach in Carmel, California.  The bathing beauty is a vintage porcelain figurine.  The two gents in a dinghy are from a children's book about sailing.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Gang of Three (Chinese Pants)


Theme of the Week - Trios

We've had pairs and duo's before but not trios so this is about all things in three's -  triple jump - we 3 Kings - vocal trios - jazz trios - the third programme - three blind mice -  the third man - just a few off the top of my head. I'm sure you can come up with more - have fun!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Space Debris

This was done in a bit of a rush - busy time of year!   Also must mention the OBRIGADO  mail art exhibition blog which is up and running.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Women With Wings

The dancer with wings is Anna Pavlova as a Dragonfly.  A vintage Barbie doll dressed as a Flight Attendant (I believe one of the first Barbie dolls--I cut this image out quite a while ago and don't remember).  The little bit of reproduction Victorian scrap from a Dover book has the word "PEPPERY" on it.  And of course that's a nice image of an angel.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Theme of the Week - Flight

I guess it must be my turn to pick the themes for December!   OK here's an old favourite - things with wings , up up and awaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy!   Have fun!  O and many thanks to Viv for choosing such great themes for last month!

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Some Scraps From This Morning's Work

Slam Dunk In Turkey

Rejected cuttings from this morning's work glued onto a recently-rediscovered postcard that I never got to send a couple summers ago.  Misplaced during an emergency retreat from a family vacation in central Turkey; details include a sunset horse ride in Cappadocia, a daughter, a broken back...you don't want to know...but, all better now!

Left Over Combo

I had a real problem with this theme.

Sure I have a lot of images that are already cut out (and put in boxes to be used at a later date) but I don't consider them left overs -- like scraps.  (And I always clean my work table when finished with an image so I tend to throw the paper scraps into a recycle bin.)

I wanted to truly use scraps.

Luckily I found a bit of striped paper that had been ripped into an oval (don't remember doing that on purpose!) and a fashion illustration that had a corner chewed off of it and although the flowers were carefully snipped, I considered them scrap so here is my "Left Over Combo" (that I pasted onto a portion of solid color cardboard stock that was left over from making another collage.)

The Magic Reindeer


Monday, 2 December 2013

Sumo Wrestler


More from the scraps box, plus a left-over piece of ironed grocery bag from an artist's book project and some rubber stamping.

Saturday, 30 November 2013

everybody is strange


I love these leftover scraps themes: I could do them for weeks on end before I used up all my scraps. If you could see how totally inundated my work table is with rejects from previous projects, you'd wonder how I ever get anything done. The background, for example, is one I considered using for one of the Andy Warhol's costume party collages: it's a fabric pattern titled "Deconstructed Knit, 2010" designed by Brittany Keats Cerullo. The two-headed African deer is by good ol' Albertus Seba. The hands are from a book on the archives of the National Library of Medicine. The two people are from an old postcard a friend gave me. With blue acrylic paint.

From the Scrap Pile: Split


(Just as I found them, no additional cutting, just some arranging and some glue...)

Operating Shed

Not all left-overs as such. The eyes and the shed are but the brain parts and body are cut from recent charity shop finds books.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Do You Come Here Often?


Wide World


OBRIGADO

OBRIGADO - You are invited to contribute to an ongoing festival of mail art during the month of December 2013 on the above theme (Portuguese for ''Thank You") to celebrate a year of visual arts in Northwich town centre of the 2nd artist run VAC Gallery in Northwich, Cheshire, UK. Work will be available for sale to fund future gallery projects. Work unsold will remain in the gallery archive. Please send work via the postal system ( all media, all sizes ) to - OBRIGADO, The VAC Gallery, 93 Brunner Court, Northwich, Cheshire , CW9 5DR. UK from now until December 31st 2013. Documentation in the form of an online blog to be announced.



Sorry for the intrusion but this is rather short notice and need as many participants as possible ! I would love to see some collages from members of this group in the exhibition which starts soon and possibly extended into 2014. Cheers! Michael

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Party Time


Weekly Theme

Leftovers - more appropriate for those who are celebrating Thanksgiving today but I'm sure all collage artists everywhere have plenty of leftovers to use up - think scraps from your desk and floor :)

Wednesday, 27 November 2013

self contained




I didn't take this theme as far as I wanted but couldn't seem to get in the groove this week.

absurdi-poisson


All the fantasy fish parts are collage, scavenged from about thirty different fish painted by French artist Samuel Fallours, around the first decade of the 18th century. Background is a list of fish illustrations in Fallours's handwriting. Green & blue wash with watercolor markers. Scales, spines, & connecti-bits drawn with fine-point markers.

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Driven From the Garden


One from a couple years ago...background is pen and ink, collaged figures are some left-over paper scraps.

Monday, 25 November 2013

Challenge


This was a  real challenge for me because I´m not that brilliant in sketching - as you see. 
This is a miserable try but at least the best I produced :)

Friday, 22 November 2013

Whispers


A magazine scrap missing its eyes, a mechanical pencil and some Derwent watercolour pencils...