Wednesday, October 29, 2008
"Sign the painting on my upper lip so your name will always be my mustache" a line from the poem Instruction To The Artist, by Billy Collins. Visualizing this always makes me laugh out loud. Reading Billy Collins' poetry inspires me to make art. And for this, I thank him.
Participation in life today included voting, having lunch with a friend and going to the Post Office. The early voting process was energizing, the excitement of voters casting their votes in this historic election. My voting commission has appointed me to help count votes on election day. This is really going to interesting. One, two, three, four............
I worked on a weaving technique for collage art yesterday. Tonight I will be continuing on with this process to complete a piece.
Kudos to Scooter for updating my website.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Zooming through the week, collecting thoughts, excited to put them in my sketchbook. I enter this process with trepidation, which leads me to wondering why? Making decisions with a clear conscience is the ultimate goal. Piecing everything together results in some great collage. Today has been inspirational, and I am looking forward to tomorrow's art.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Ritz crackers, peanut butter and coffee the staples of my diet.
Collected some interesting ephemera yesterday while I was out exploring the great outdoors. Curious to see how these pieces come to fruition.
While doing some work on a project, my mind wondered off; what if people had their own table of contents or index, where you could read whether or not you connected with them. Would this be helpful or harmful. Perhaps, some would spend a lot of time editing and updating their information, while others didn't. I am visualizing this concept as a collage now, hmmm.
Friday, October 17, 2008
And here lies the paradox...... There are many times that my work is a reflection of my sub-conscious. Can a mind sleep while the body is awake? Or can the mind be intellectually awake while the biographical body is asleep? Putting together collage pieces has help me to see what lies in my mind.
I had insightful exchange of emails with Jonathan Talbot author of "Collage A New Approach" about defining art and in particular the defining of "conceptual art". I feel I now have a true understanding of what my art is about and who I am as a artist.
Well, now that we have pondered world peace and such serious matters, let's (especially me) move on to making art, enjoying life and having fun!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Listening to Urlsa Helgi's book "The Worst Thing We've Done", I was surprised that the main character was a collage artist. It made me wonder, why the author had selected this occupation, how she visualized this element as part of the story, etc. Currently reading, "Divisadero" by Maichael Ondaatje, where in the first chapter he says, "Everything is collage, even genetics, everything biographical is collage, it is the hidden presence of everyone in us, even if we cannot see them, it is in the layers. I love that statement!
Defining my work when asked what kind of art I do, has prompted me to dive into the understanding of conceptual art. This direction has taken on an entire life of its own. I have had pleasure of corresponding with Jonathan Tabot as to his response to the idea of conceptual art.
The puzzlement of two words, conceptual and intention, leaves me with lots to ponder today.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Following up the research I started on Friday... WOW! Found some great information on collage art and recently published books. What I don't currently own, was available via library and friends. My brain has been buzzing with thoughts and mind chatter. Once the buzzing settles down I will begin writing. My heart races with anticipation, new things to learn, read and write.
Art on my "seven" series is humming along, good direction. Checked out a collage artist that published years ago, brain lapse, I will continue on that thought tomorrow.
Friday, October 10, 2008
I am doing some research on collage art and different approaches to the medium. The anticipation of research is always exciting. Starting at the public library, where I owe some money for overdue audiobooks (always). Finished listening to "The Gravediggers Daughter" by Joyce Carol Oates and "Songs without words" the author's name has escaped me. Continuing to work on two pieces of art, going very well.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Well unfortunately my blog has been "spammed". I'm not sure why, however, the "spam team" is checking into it and hopefully will be operational soon. I have been working on a new series of collage, that I am referring to as "seven symbols". This series is based on the days of week. I have been contemplating this series for long tome. I have spent a great amount of time researching the days of the week and have been engrossed in the results. Today I started a piece on the week day Saturday. The background is completed, the foreground in the beginning stages.