Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Altering Text

While on my collage 'bender' I've begun using a technique I first saw in Fiona Dempster's workIt requires taking some printed text ( a scrap of a page from an old book, or poem) and burning out most of the text with an incense stick, leaving only words that relate to your image.

A PENANCE - painted and burnt papers, rusted metal and cloth, found object.

ILLUMINATED - burnt and painted papers, found metal object

THE GRUDGING SOIL - burnt, painted and handmade papers,
found image

I just LOVE the way this technique adds conviction to the chosen words.  I'm off to do more.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Tongue In Cheek

magazine cutouts on watercolour paper

I do love a little whimsy on occasion...and this is the occasion.

photoshopped images, print of my own pelican painting,
adhesive number on watercolour paper

However, there are times when a little more serious 'tongue in cheek' also comes to the fore.

linocut (mine) on tissue, microfiche, barcode
on watercolour paper.
 More to come for sure...I can't stop!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I'm in the zone....

Am on a roll with collaging so here're a few more recent works.  These ones are for an exhibition at the Rosebed Street Gallery in February.



Rainforest 1
....I can't stop now, there're more to come.

Thursday, January 17, 2013 last

This is my favourite time of year....a time when I can immerse myself in my stash of paper and  found objects, paint and pen...and this year my sewing machine.  I am preparing for the International Collage Exchange.

Coincidentally, Simon Says has a 'lace' challenge and I've been doing some lace stuff.

Poppies and Lace



Joining Clubs

While  the last one is not strictly 'lace' it sneaks in under the wire as 'lacing' perhaps.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013


...that's the title of the first online exhibition I'm participating in this year.
My friend, Dale Copeland, who is a very creative assemblage artist, hosts online exhibitions every month on her site at Virtual TART.  This month 56 artists from 8 different countries each have a work displayed.  Some are for sale.

The Secret
I chose  to illustrate a quote from the Buddha using my favourite medium... collage.   I feel so strongly about this quote that I've incorporated many spiritual symbols into the work.

Symbolism of Three :
God’s attributes are three - omniscience, omnipresence and omnipotence. 
The three divisions of time are past, present and future.
The sum of all human ability is threefold - thought, word and deed.
The three kingdoms of matter are animal, vegetable or mineral.

Symbolism of Circle:
The Circle is an unbroken line, which has no beginning, no end and no direction. Because of these attributes, The Circle represents a completeness, which encompasses all space and time. It is also a Symbol of perfection and unity.

ymbolism of Square:
The four sides of a square represent:
the four cardinal directions (north, south, east, west),
the four major seasons (winter, spring, summer, autumn),
the four cosmic elements (suns, moons, planets, stars),
the four common phases of human life (birth, child, adult, death),
the four prime elements (fire, earth, air, water)...
…and inspiration ....Angelic, Diabolic, Human, Divine

Next month I have the site for my small exhibition "WORDPLAY", and in July the International Collage Exchange will have it's show. 

I love the Exchange and this will be my third year of participation.

Dale has collected works from each Exchange since it's inception, and has had her favourites published in two books.

My collage, following, is on page 58 of the second book.

There's A Zebra In The Flower Patch

If it wasn't for the internet these opportunities would have passed me by.  Hooray for modern technology!

Friday, January 4, 2013

Yay! It's back to the studio time!

Well, all the distracting frivolity is over and now I can retreat to my favourite studio.

First cab off the rank is some painting, slightly more 'commercial' than abstract.  I've revamped two previous works, and completed a new one,  for Studio 4 Gallery's January group show.

STILL LIFE - acrylics on stretched canvas, 8" x 10"
LEAN ON ME (or WHEN PEARS ARE BLUE) - acrylics on stretched canvas, 12" x 12"
SUMMER - acrylics and collage on stretched canvas, 16" x 20"'s time for collaging!!!!   I can hardly wait.