Thursday, 25 May 2017

The Alchemist

One from the archives.

Theme of the week: Alchemy. The Great Art

(above: advertisement postcard form Kulturforum Berlin)

I´m in Berlin at the moment and visited yesterday the exhibition "Alchemy. The Great art" at Kulturforum, Berlin. I thought this might be a good theme for us this week. When you follow the link you can read some informations and see a little video about the exhibition - but this is actually not necessary. Just  follow the ideas which come in your mind - this is most of the time the best thing to do.

This was the last picked theme from me for this period . I hope you enjoyed it and I´m looking forward to the others. Who is next?

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Some old Victorian scraps & a couple of shells put together to fit the theme

Pasted down on some "scrapbooking" paper...I might have posted this image on The Kollage Kit some time ago. Or not.  Here it is again or for the first time! : )

Monday, 22 May 2017

The Murmur-maid a.k.a. the Mermaid

The girl sprouted out of my imagination.

I just discovered and admired the art of Mari Katayama, she is very inspiring to me.
Here's a link to some of her art : Mari Katayama's provocative self-portraits -

Saturday, 20 May 2017

mussel women

Mussels (common name for diverse bivalves—the German Muscheln can mean simply shellfish) by Ernst Haeckel.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Snails Love Tunnocks

One from the archives.

ammonite woman pauses to clear her syphon

From my archives.

I think it would be cool to be an ammonite. You'd have most of your body tucked away in a hard shell, use your syphon to jet around in the ocean, control your buoyancy with gas bubbles, and of course, use your ten tentacles to catch things to eat. (In this version, one of the long tentacles with the pad on the end is modified to have an elbow and fingers.)

The ammonites were closely related to the modern squid, octopus, and cuttlefish. But they are no more: the last of them died out the same time the dinosaurs did.

If you're wondering why ammonite woman's shell is such a shiny gold color, it's because the rock of the fossil was replaced with iron pyrite (fool's gold).

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Mr Blue Sky

Inspired by ELO and the recent 2 week run of good weather in Scotland - sadly ended today. :(

background pattern: william morris

No, I don't know where the alien face (mask?) came from. It was in a rack of postcards with no info on the backs. I liked it so much I bought several. (Bad habit, that.)

But this isn't about the foreground. This series is about my sharing with you some of my supplies—in this case, patterns for backgrounds. I adore William Morris patterns: they make anything in the foreground look fine, even a weirdo insectoid clay face. This blue-and-white floral pattern came from a book titled William Morris: Giftwraps by Artists.

P.S. I should've made this collage for the theme of "Repetition." That was a great theme. I'm sorry I missed out on it.

COLLAGE Every Monday

Another version of this - from a well thumbed and snipped copy of British Comics , a book I have found very useful over the years.

Anatomical triptych - in progress

A while ago I found a vintage anatomical panel in the net. 
It is pretty big - 63 inches (160cm) - and this size is really challenging me. 
I´m working on a triptych and finished (almost) one of them - humans as machines.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Money Pit

Variation on image I have used before.

Strategies for a Parallel

I've been distracted for the last couple weeks, working on several altered book projects, not doing a lot of collage.  But here's a little's the title page for a little book about the possibilities of alternative universes...

multicolor box

I decided to share by giving y'all a look at some of my supplies. One resource I have is colors—specifically, boxes of colored clippings: red, yellow, blue, and so on. This collage was created from the box labeled "multi."

Apologies for having been away for so long. I started my rehab in the summer of 2015, when I was so confined to a wheelchair I couldn't even stand up. Now I'm just about to ditch the wheelchair, since I've learned how to walk and do stairways with the help of a cane. But rehab is a slow and often rocky process—I'm still falling down—so sometimes I can't even make art. =sad face=

The Winning Kick

Image from a 1952 copy of El Grafico a sports themed magazine from Argentina. Background from my book of textiles entitled SWATCHES.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Shades of Gray

I am sure there are at least 50 here! ; )

Inside out and upside down

                                Abstract versus figurative
                                color versus black and white
                                upside down versus inside out

Travelling Light

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Theme of the week: CONTRASTS

Large and small, bright and  dark, black/white and colorful ......
Have fun!

'The scream of a Butterfly'

'Before I sink
Into the big sleep
I want to hear
The scream of the butterfly'

A part from the song of the Doors ; When the Music's Over
(my favorite boys-band when I was a teenager)

Excusez moi for not being around so often but I'm focussing a lot on drawing and painting ...
and give myself permission to do some self-education on painting this summer ..

Stork Talk

Tuesday, 2 May 2017