Monday, 29 January 2018

Indigo Mood

Lovely portrait by Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) entitled "Portrait of Woman in White" circa 1930. Scarf around her neck cut from a J. Peterman catalogue. Peacock is from a "how to paint birds" book. Background is from my trusty book called "Swatches" which has page after page of photographs of beautiful textiles.

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Thursday, 25 January 2018

Blue Elephant

From the archive. Got a bad back at the moment so not doing much that involves too much bending, lifting and sorting of collage materials. Hopefully will be on the mend soon and get back into some proper collaging.


WEEKLY THEME - Mood Indigo

Get in the mood for of the world's favorite colors.  Centuries ago weavers discovered how to extract the color indigo by soaking certain green leaves in water, and today every one of us owns a pair of blue jeans.  The Mayans used indigo in pottery and frescoes, traces of indigo have been found on Egyptian textiles, the Chinese used it for inks, and Picasso had his Blue Period.  But..."Mood Indigo" is ALSO a strange 2013 French movie in which a man finds his true love but then risks losing his fortune after she develops a strange condition in which she must always be surrounded by fresh flowers.  Oh, and it's ALSO a fabulous song by the great jazzman, Duke Ellington.

What can YOU do with indigo?

Monday, 22 January 2018

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Duck face is a photographic pose, which is well known on profile pictures in social networks. Lips are pressed together as in a pout and often with simultaneously sucked cheeks. The pose is most often seen as an attempt to appear alluring, but also as a self-deprecating, ironic gesture making fun of the pose.

Snake Baby

Saturday, 20 January 2018

drifting off in a world of their own

Weird (Roman?) animal from Dover clip art. Baby and woman from Curious Moments: the caption says the baby is five and a half months old, and that he's been able to do that stunt "practically since he was born." Words are the title of an article in the New York Review of Books. Sculpture in background was made by Andrea Zittel.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Baby Steps

The Modern Way To Produce Babies

This is the very first collaboration Lynn and I made in June 2013!
In the meanwhile we did 86 collaborative collages, had an exhibition together in Germany, 
met in real in the USA, made 57 Tricollages together with Josephine.
I am really curious what will happen in the future!

What a creative birth we did in 2013!

Baby Factory

One from the archives -

Thursday, 18 January 2018

this is what we were going through

From my archives, more than five years ago. Bob and I were miserably caught in a maze of federal bureaucracy, which is what the lines of white paint are supposed to represent. I was surprised to find that after making most of this collage, I felt some hope. So I added the baby.

Dark blue globe with dangling man is from the Hell panel of Hieronymus Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights" (c. 1500). Pond is clip art. Other images from junk mail.

Giant Baby Parade


It's a new year, and the symbol of a new year is a fat, bouncing, new baby.  So, let's make that our theme for this week.  I'll start it off by posting one from my archives, so get busy and give us a baby...or babies...or oooh, baby, oooh...or baby steps...or baby carrots get the drill. 

Monday, 15 January 2018

Bloom Where You Are Planted

I recently saw this saying and liked it a lot. So, I went to one of my resources for landscapes and found this awesome photo of White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. A caption stated "It isn't sand, really. It's gypsum, pure white, powdery, covering 275 square miles with restless dunes." Statue from a Dover clip art book. Blooms from a gardening book.

The Shadows

An Awe-Inspiring Display

Sunday, 14 January 2018

the future of peculiar

The title of an article in Harper's was "The Future of Queer." As you might guess, the article was about homosexuality. But I got to thinking about different and older meanings of the word "queer"...

vaping blu smells good

I'm admitting how old and out of it I am: I didn't know what "vaping" is until I saw an advertisement in Rolling Stone for an e-cigarette called "blu" (lower-case, no "e"). The title of this collage was the tag line over a photo of a young woman vaping with the product—a black tube with a shiny blue cap.

Background from a painting by Alex McLeod.

"Unable to go either forward or back"

Collage on board with threads - form the archies

I once got a big bunch of bookmarks form an antiquarian - he collected all bookmarks which people left/ forgot  in their books before they brought them to his shop: things like shopping lists, photos, little notepads, postcards, fotos .... and newspaper articles. I sorted them thematically and found many of the headlines very funny - this was the point when I decided to make a series out of them.

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Friday, 12 January 2018


 Right on strong sisters!

This is part of the ORIGINAL Dr. Pepper ad from the 1960s.
The copy of the advertisement is my title.

What These Smiles May Have Concealed

Center square was torn from a feature story in last Sunday's New York Times newspaper (an article about that FINE human being, Harvey Weinstein...).  All the surrounding images were snipped from a 1934 issue of "Physical Culture, The Personal Problem Magazine."

Bob Wolf

Not sure if I have uploaded this one before - a collaboration with my old poet friend Roger Stevens from the archives. A book idea we passed backwards and forwards for a while but nothing much cam of it. It was full of captions and verse of one kind or another.

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Nur Du, Gudrun!

Only you, Gudrun!
Illustrated headline from an article about palindromes

Infact a great theme Lynn! I started a series (kind go ongoing project) with headlines a while ago - and here is one collage from the archives .

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

THEME of the Week: A Caption

The collage I just posted for the "moon" theme has inspired our next theme -- I noticed a funny caption under a photo of a rat in the New York Times Magazine, and soon "A Rat Dragging a Moon Pie Into the Darkness" was born.  So, here's our assignment for the next week:  be inspired by a photo caption or a newspaper headline or an advertising tag line or any other other text in popular media.  You can incorporate the text into your piece, if you wish, or make it the title, or just be inspired by it, as you choose.  The only "rule" is that you identify for us what your inspiration was.  Snip on!

Sunday, 7 January 2018

The Moon Goddess and Her Cats Comet and Asta

I have had the beautiful woman bedecked in moon symbols (and gold accents!) for so long I have no idea where I bought her and where this illustration is from. The collage is 8 x 8 inches which gives you an idea of her size. The beautiful moon is a painting by French artist and astronomer Lucien Rudaux (1874-1947) and I cut it out of  The Larrouse Encyclopedia of Astronomy 1967. I named the cats Comet (meaning: a celestial body) and Asta (meaning: bright as a star).

rousseau's flamingo moonsong

Painting by Henri Rousseau. Sorry, but I don't know who took the flamingo photo.

moon with treescape

Thursday, 4 January 2018

A Risque Moon

Night Moves

I was driving home from the framer's shop with this piece as I was admiring the recent super moon, so it gets posted first!

The Moon

Driving home last night I was startled by the moon -- it was huge!!  It is "super moon" time, which means that we are having a full moon at the time when the orbit puts the moon and earth in closest proximity.  So, this week's theme will be....THE MOON...super, or otherwise.

(And, thanks, Sabine, for being our theme leader this last month or two!)

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Ace of Disks

The Thoth Tarot was the brainchild of eccentric British diabolist Aleister Crowley. He designed it and Lady Frieda Harris painted it, between the years 1938 and 1943. The Ace of Disks, according to Crowley, represented "the root of the powers of earth" and the mystical unity of sun and earth, spirit and flesh. It stands for work, power, financial riches, satisfaction and materiality.

I have included the tarot card, an eclipse of the sun, the body of the young Greek girl Balaustion has the head of Edvard Munch's Madonna. I felt the tree and fertile ground from a painting by Monet, placed in the lower right, balances the collage while also referencing nature.