Sunday, June 19, 2022

Once Again- I have neglected this blog

Greetings- I don't know what it is but I so seldom take time to do a blog post- I have many things I have made since the mid April post. I will try to show a few- I have some pieces up right now at Ricochet Gallery here in Albuquerque. The show there right now is Albuqueerque and it is a wonderful show celebrating LGBT pride.

The pieces I have up there right now are Tutelary deities.
A tutelary deity is a deity or spirit who is a guardian, patron or protector of a particular place, geographic feature, person, lineage, nation, culture or occupation. A household deity for example is a deity or spirit that protects the home, looking after the entire household or certain key members.
These are 13 inches tall and 8 inches wide. The backgrounds are old book pages and tea bag papers. I have had these house shaped pieces of wood for years as well as the molding samples from a frame shop- finally the idea clicked and I made these Guardians. The three female ones are smaller collages and in house shaped frames.  This show at Ricochet Gallery is up  through to 25th. The gallery is open Wednesday through Saturday 12pm-4pm.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

MidApril Already!

 Greetings- I can hardly believe April is have over! The springs blooms have been wonderful. And I will say the spring winds have been challenging here. That said my friends living in Minnesota had more snow this past week and cold temps.

I have been working on finishing up some collaborations. The envelop book project is completed now. I finished 2 more house collaborations. I will share those here.

This first house collaboration is with Matt French. Matt lives in the UK. His  digital collage work is amazing. The first photo is the house flat- that makes it way easier to ship. Then the rest are views of the house put together.

This next house is a collaboration is did with Matt Horner. Matt is a terrific collage artist living in Idaho.

Like the one above-first shot is the house flat. This is my start that Matt finished. The completed house photos follow.


The next set is the house that Matt Horner started and I finished. I so enjoyed doing
these house collaborations.

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Collaboration Envelop Books

 Wow march is zooming- it is at the halfway point today. Still getting use to the "Spring Ahead" time change. Clocks are all changed except for the cars- I never remember how to do that and both cars are done so differently from one another.

I believe I have mentioned I am in a wonderful little art group that meets once a month in Mountainair  a very small town an hour and a half south of Albuquerque. We usually take turn teaching each other something. This time we are working on an envelop book round robin. The envelop book is made by gluing the flaps of the envelops to each other- this results in a fun accordion book with pockets.  The books are making the rounds to each of us- when completed we will each have a both that all the group has worked in. As always with things like this- part of the challenge is working in someone's book that has a style far from your own. We each picked a theme for our books.

Thus first book is my friend Jacques Dorier's book. With Jacques you see his more is better approach. His book now is about 6 inches tall when closed and will get bigger as others work in it. Jacques choose Birds and Bees as his theme.  We make things for the pockets as well I did 2 zines to include in his and a couple of decorated tags.

This is my first spread in Jacques's book. You can see the zines peaking out from the pockets.

This is the second spread in his book with 2 tags I made.

The last two spreads do not have pockets.

This is the last spread I did in Jacques's book. The background
is a gel plate print.
This is his book closed!

The next 4 pictures are in Kristine Olson's book.  Her theme is floral.
Here is the first spread in her book. The background is a gel plate print.

This is the second spread in her book showing the tags that slip into the pockets.

This is the 3rd spread in Kristine's book with more tags.

This is the last spread in her book. I had great fun with these.

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

Last of the Februllage collages

 Here are the remaining Februllage collages. I enjoyed this challenge which in some ways surprised me as I often don't like to work from prompts. Now it is onto other projects.

Prompt number 20 was thirst. This one is a combination

of analog and digital.

The 21st prompt was Hide & Seek. The background here is a gel plate print

that I added paint to. The elements were then glued on top.

This is my digital collage for prompt number 22 Waves.

Prompt number 23 was Ink.  This is a digital collage.

Prompt 24 was stack. Another digital collage here- I had fun making the giant Rock cairn.



These two analog collages are for prompt number 25  The 1970s.

Prompt 26 was Fire. For what ever reason a John Prine song
came to mind- this is the verse from "Angel from Montgomery"
If dreams were lightning
and thunder were desire
this old house would've burned down
a long time ago.
I thought this digital one went well for
the fire prompt.

Climb is the 27th prompt. This is a digital collage.

Here is the last Februllage collage. The prompt for the 28th was Scissors.
This collage has a backgroup that was made using a scan of a gel plate print that I altered 
and the elements were glued on that.

Monday, February 28, 2022

More Februllage Collage Work

 I am going to do some more posts to get all of the Februllage collage work on here- it will take a couple more. I have friends that blog post everyday but I have never been able to do that.I made a mistake and posted the umbrella prompt (number 19) as a cloud one well it works for both I guess.

prompt number 11 is Float. This one is all digital.

Derrick Shouted "I Saw Him First!"


 Newspaper is the 12th prompt. This was a fun one using pieces from the local free weekly newspaper called The Paper.

Time is the the prompt for number 13.

This one is digital.

The prompt for number 14 is stolen. Another digital collage- it was valentines Day

so this one was for that as well.

Number 15 is wheel. I saw this old color wheel and used

it for the background and added the man on the bike.

Calm is the 16th prompt. The Buddha picture is an altered

photo I took at my friend Pamela's house. I altered it and set it

in this digital collage.

This one is the digital collage I did for prompt 17 Upside down.

A Man Wearing A Kilt Should Not Do Handstands In Public.


 This collage is for prompt 18 Forest. It is a combination of digital and analog.

Forest of Memories


 I did a second one for the forest prompt. The background

is a gel plate print that I added the couple and house by gluing them on the background.

I added the trees digitally at the end.

I already posted prompt 19, Umbrella- it is with the cloud one.

Next post will be the last of the Februllage collages.