Tuesday, 29 April 2014
Monday, 28 April 2014
This collage arises from my recent focus on reducing the quantity of paper (piles & books) in my house, and bringing order to what remains. I'm calling it the BERP, for Big Entropy Reduction Project. It's kind of like spring cleaning, except it's spring organizing.
The Second Law of Thermodynamics, stated very simply, says that in a closed system, entropy (disorder, randomness) keeps increasing 'til the system is at equilibrium. So even if you start with an elephant thinking about spring and offering flowers to Marilyn Monroe (upper left), eventually things run down into detritus. The telephone pole (middle left) stands for information, which can make the system more orderly, or not. I don't really know.
Fortunately for the state of my house, though, let alone for all other human endeavors, we don't live in a closed system. Other stuff is happening in the Universe, like the birth of new stars. And there are spiritual forces, too, perhaps (Buddha in upper right).
Sunday, 27 April 2014
Apologies for the fact that it's not scanned very well: operator error.
Saturday, 26 April 2014
Thursday, 24 April 2014
Wednesday, 23 April 2014
Tuesday, 22 April 2014
Monday, 21 April 2014
Dissected cadaver arm from the Color Atlas of Human Anatomy. Photo at the bottom was taken on a field where the Battle of Gettysburg was fought, the morning after.
Not all my collages reflect my feelings, because I was in a perfectly pleasant mood when I thought up this one. =laugh=
Sunday, 20 April 2014
Friday, 18 April 2014
Thursday, 17 April 2014
Another from my archives. Last spring a red fox (Vulpes vulpes) sauntered slowly across my suburban front lawn, as bold as brass. I've been a fan of foxes since I was a little girl, so I decided to do some serious research on the subject. As it turns out, the red fox is the most widely distributed carnivore on the planet. They've adapted very well to living near humans, and in fact, it's said that there are more red foxes living today than ever before.
I made this collage to show off their flexibility of habitat: the map strips, going from left to right, are a river/marsh area, agricultural land, a city, hills & prairie, and forest.
The Illustration Friday group on ipernity has a weekly theme, too, and I just made this one for their theme of "Red." 'Couldn't resist throwing it into the pot for this week's KK theme...
The spiders, from left to right, are a goliath tarantula, a Mexican jumping spider, and a hunting spider of genus Dysdera. Mister Red is from a painting by Walter M. Baumhofer on the cover of Doc Savage magazine, 1935.
I think spiders are beautiful and interesting, but I'm rather strongly arachnophobic, so cutting out all those legs was something of an adventure!
Wednesday, 16 April 2014
Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Sunday, 13 April 2014
Saturday, 12 April 2014
When Sam Stumbled Upon the Valley of Behemoth Bats He Was Glad He Could Prove It With a Film. However, He Didn't Bargain For the Mother of All Bats to Rip Off His Head As He Was Doing It.
Friday, 11 April 2014
Don't know much about the 7 wonders of the world, but these ladies look like a little wonder to me.
Probably related or married to some of those strong pyramid builders from the previous collage ;))
I think the lady on the left could also be married to Zeus!
Thursday, 10 April 2014
Wednesday, 9 April 2014
Tuesday, 8 April 2014
From my archives. I made this one for a friend who does a lot of her shopping in dumpsters. "The dumpster will provide" is her slogan. And yes, she does find a lot of unbroken fragile objects in dumpsters. (For those of you who don't know the term, a dumpster is a large metal waste container. The company Dempsey Dumpster used to fiercely defend their right to that word, but it's become like "kleenex"—once a trademark, now ubiquitous.)
I had some background materials and mail order products left over (this time including a few images from book covers), so I made another collage from them. That's not a real alligator: it's a garden ornament. The old books at top were made into a side table. And the equations on the blackboard are for another DVD course.
Monday, 7 April 2014
This collage—at 11" x 16", the largest I've ever made—is about shopping by mail. Almost all the images on display came from catalogs I've gotten, selling everything from art prints to jewelry to glass objects to fake artifacts to baby blankets. Even Robert E. Lee on top and the galaxy in the lower right were hawking DVDs for courses on history and astronomy. And the bald rat was for sale through a laboratory supply catalog.
Background constructed from discarded books and newspapers, plus an old report card. Black arrows made from the Taschen book, Magic. With rubber stamps of star and spiral.