Book Review: My own Art Journal from 2015

Usually on Tuesdays, I post a book review. I'm still making my way through my next book, so I decided to post this video of an art journal I finished in 2015.

This is a "process" book. Some of the journal pages work, some don't, but the book shows some collage techniques and ideas I was working on at the beginning of my collage journey.

Most people who've seen the book have received it favorably. However, one young person at a recent show thought--not incorrectly--the book was "a bit simplistic!" 

Talking art with this 8 or 9 year old and a younger sibling was actually one of the highlights of my year. Sheer delight. The older likes to "Go big", the younger likes "splashes of color". They each had awesome insights and are, in their own right, artists to watch, for sure.

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Art Week in Review

This week is mostly a survey of the collage wall art, ornaments, jewelry, greeting cards and other products here on my website. Also a friendly reminder for people who want items delivered by December 25, 2017 to get their orders in sooner rather than later!

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Collages, Cards, and Ornaments
Fish and Dragonfly (2) - 8" x 10" layered paper collage; By the Lake - 4" x 4" x 1.5"; Trees and Cabins Ornament - 3.5" x 3.5". Available in my SHOP.

Fish and Dragonfly (2) - 8" x 10" layered paper collage; By the Lake - 4" x 4" x 1.5"; Trees and Cabins Ornament - 3.5" x 3.5". Available in my SHOP.

Of course, I would love for you to purchase one of my larger layered paper collages (found here in my shop), but today, I am featuring collage artwork for under $100.

My By the Lake Series features an abstracted scene of a mountain, trees, and ferns on 4" x 4" x 1.5" artist panel. These come in blue, purple, or green and have a claw hook on the back for hanging on the wall. They can stand on their own on a shelf or table as well. A sample of this series is pictured (above) in the lower left hand corner of the picture. Retail $20.

Trees and Cabins ornaments may be found here (retail $25) and the Fish and Dragonfly (2) collage is brand new and still needs to be added to my shop. It retails for $75 and is available for sale if you contact me. (I'll get it listed this weekend). Other collage wall art for under $100 is  available here.

Blueberry Field collage - 4" x 4" layered paper collage; Three Trees Purple Moon - 2.5" x 3.5" layered paper collage; Comfort - 2" x 3" collage magnet.

Blueberry Field collage - 4" x 4" layered paper collage; Three Trees Purple Moon - 2.5" x 3.5" layered paper collage; Comfort - 2" x 3" collage magnet.

The Blueberry Field layered paper collages, regularly $45, are on sale for $20 until the end of the day Sunday (December 10). Smaller matted collages are on sale here while supplies last or until the end of the year, whichever comes first. Layered paper collage magnets are available through my Etsy shop and are currently 20% off the retail price of $16.

Orange Blooms; Little Stream; Cardinals greeting cards. 5" x 7" prints of my layered paper collages.

Orange Blooms; Little Stream; Cardinals greeting cards. 5" x 7" prints of my layered paper collages.

And last, but not least, printed greeting cards in various designs are available here. I've marked them to show sale prices while supplies last or the end of the year, which ever comes first.

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Show Update: Left Over Inventory Sale - Santas and more!
Santa stitched fabric collage. Collage wall art end-of-the-year sale here.

Santa stitched fabric collage. Collage wall art end-of-the-year sale here.

I wrapped up my shows for this year. Thank you to everyone who came out to support my artwork. It was great meeting you and I hope to work with you again in 2018.

As those of you who've seen my work in person know, I have a lot of inventory exclusive to shows. Over the next couple days, I will be adding some of these items to the 2017 End-of-the-Year Sale section of my website.

Already added are some Santa stitched fabric collages. These are made using fabric stitched on 2.5" x 3.5" mixed media paper. They come mounted in a 5" x 7" white mat and are ready to frame. These are the "last of the santas" and, once they're gone, they're gone! Purchase them here.

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Featured Collages: Flowers in Vases
Orange Blooms 3. Layered paper collage on 8" x 10" x .75" canvas. Available here.

Orange Blooms 3. Layered paper collage on 8" x 10" x .75" canvas. Available here.

Today's collages feature flowers in vases in the foreground, with trees, lake and mountains in the background. A ladybug crawls along the window sill.

Yellow Blooms (2). Layered paper collage on 8" x 10" x .75" canvas. Available here.

Yellow Blooms (2). Layered paper collage on 8" x 10" x .75" canvas. Available here.

Each collage, though similar, is made using my own hand-stamped paper cut and adhered to the canvas. Layers of varnish protect the surface. All come wired on the back and are ready for hanging.

Red and Orange Blooms. Layered paper collage on 8" x 10" x .75" canvas. Available here.

Red and Orange Blooms. Layered paper collage on 8" x 10" x .75" canvas. Available here.

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Book Review: Revamp of Resource List
Forest Floor Collage. Layered and stamped paper on 5" x 7" claybord panel.

Forest Floor Collage. Layered and stamped paper on 5" x 7" claybord panel.

I am still making my way through a book called In Defiance of Painting: Cubism, Futurism, and the Invention of Collage by Christine Poggi. Through no fault of the author, I keep thinking of the actor Jon Lovitz impersonating Picasso in a Saturday Night Live skit. "Picasso!" There is no doubt that Picasso's work with collage was groundbreaking, but for some reason, I have trouble buying into the concept put forth by many that he "invented" collage. There were other people world wide (before Picasso, as well as contemporaries of the man) using collage techniques in their work and each, in their own ways, innovating.  But, I promise, I will give this book a serious review in the near future.

In the meantime, I have revamped my book review list, which can be found in the Resources section, here. The collage list was getting pretty long, so I separated the books into categories for instruction, history, and practitioners. You will see other books there as well: art education, fabric and textile art, painting and drawing, paper, and individual artists whose work I find interesting.

If you have suggestions for art books, please let me know by leaving a comment, and I will add it to my list for 2018.

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Works in Progress: What to do with the Boo-Boos
Forsythia collage (print) pendant. Jewelry "seconds" now in my Etsy shop.

Forsythia collage (print) pendant. Jewelry "seconds" now in my Etsy shop.

If you've been following my blog, you know I have recently added pendant necklaces to my SHOP. These are square and rectangular pendants made using prints of my art collages. They come in a bezel tray with cabochon and matching chain.

Fish and Dragonfly Pendant Necklace.

Fish and Dragonfly Pendant Necklace.

In theory, these are fairly straight-forward to make. Kind of fun after some of the more finicky collage wall art I do. But...like most things...there is a learning curve. And, for me, the "curve" is making sure the glue dries straight and clear between the print and the glass cabochon.

Girl Holding a Lobster pendant necklace.

Girl Holding a Lobster pendant necklace.

In my enthusiasm to get a bunch of pendant necklaces finished for the show last weekend, I rushed the process and ended up with pendants that from a distance look fine, but on closer inspection have some gluing problems. They are solidly set in the bezel trays, but have some issues with the gluing job between the glass and the prints themselves.

I feel like they're too good to start over completely, but not good enough to sell at full price.

As of this morning, I have started listing the necklace "seconds" in my Etsy shop. The square pendants are regularly $12 and will be sold for $8 as seconds. The rectangular pendants are $14 and will be sold for $10 as seconds. I'll be listing some throughout the day. After this initial batch goes up, I will be using Fridays to list seconds and clearance items in my Etsy shop, so keep checking back!

As a bonus, my refrigerator collage art magnets are also on sale - 20% off the retail price. These can be found in my Etsy shop as well.

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Greeting Cards - Sale - While Supplies Last
Little Stream 5" x 7" Greeting Card. Available for purchase here.  

Little Stream 5" x 7" Greeting Card. Available for purchase here.

 

First, a big THANK YOU to everyone who attended the Gardiner/Augusta Lions Club Holiday Fair yesterday. The show was "lightly trafficked" but those who did come were awesome to talk with.

That was my last scheduled show of the year. I do have show inventory left over, so over the next few days, I will be posting new artwork--some at reduced prices.

I have already listed some Printed 5" x 7" Greeting Cards here at show prices. Normally, I offer them at $3.95 each at shows and $3.00 each with a purchase of 5 or more. I have marked them all at $3.00 each, regardless of quantity. These prices apply to the following designs while supplies last: Blueberry Field and Tree, Apple Blossoms, Birches, Moon and Berries, Pink Flowers, Birches at Sunset, Fish and Winter, Cardinals, Little Stream, and Orange Blooms.

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Gardiner/Augusta Lions Club Holiday Fair Today 8am to 2pm!

I'm at the Gardiner/Augusta Lions Club Holiday Fair today from 8am to 2pm. It's at the Lions Club, 25 Lions Avenue (off Brunswick Street) in Gardiner, Maine. If you're in the area, I hope you will stop by and say hello.

I have some items from my SHOP with me at the show. Purchases made today on this website will be subject to availability. I will update my SHOP as soon after the show is possible, but no later than Sunday, December 3, 2017. These Sale Items are held aside and not part of my show inventory.

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Gardiner/Augusta Lions Club Holiday Fair Tomorrow!
Collage and papier mache ornaments. Available for purchase here.

Collage and papier mache ornaments. Available for purchase here.

I am packing up my collage artwork and display for the Gardiner/Augusta Lions Club Holiday Fair tomorrow, Saturday December 2, 2017. The fair will be held from 8am to 2pm at their clubhouse - 25 Lions Avenue in Gardiner, Maine (off Brunswick Street). If you are in the area, please stop by and say hello!

I am bringing mostly smaller artwork: wall art, ornaments, matted collages, jewelry, and greeting cards. Any of these items listed in my SHOP and purchased from 12/1/2017 through 12/3/2017 will be subject to availability. I will update my website as soon after the show as possible.

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Show Updated: Gardiner/Augusta Lions Club Fair This Saturday!

Here's a preview of the collage art work I am taking to the Gardiner/Augusta Lion's Club Fair this Saturday, December 2, 2017. The fair runs from 8 am to 2 pm at the Lion's Club. The club is located on Lion's Avenue, off Brunswick Street in Gardiner, Maine.

This is my last scheduled show of the season. Original collage wall art, matted art, magnets, ornaments, jewelry, prints, greeting cards, and other products will still be available through my SHOP. Watch for end-of-the-year sales over the next few weeks.

My Blueberry Field and Birches matted collages are currently on sale now through December 3, 2017. Regularly $45, they are $20, plus shipping and sales tax (where applicable). Purchase these 4" x 4" layered paper collages (with 8" x 8" mats) in the "Collage Matted Originals" section of my website.

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Featured Collage: Pendant Necklaces
Little Stream Pendant Necklace. Available here.

Little Stream Pendant Necklace. Available here.

Over the past couple weeks, I've been experimenting with collage jewelry. Although I enjoyed making "inchies" - 1 inch by 1 inch original collages - I found that colored prints of my original collages work best. The images are set in metal alloy bezel trays with glass cabochons. The pendant necklaces come with a 24" chain.

Forest Path Pendant Necklace. Available here.

Forest Path Pendant Necklace. Available here.

I am taking a bunch of the necklaces to the Gardiner/Augusta Lions Club Holiday Fair this coming Saturday, December 2, 2017. The fair is on Lions Avenue (off Brunswick Street) in Gardiner, Maine and runs from 8am to 2pm. I have started posting some necklaces here in my SHOP and will be adding more over the next couple weeks.

Forsythia Pendant Necklace. Available here.

Forsythia Pendant Necklace. Available here.

I am working on some rectangular pendants as well. Once I have photos taken of those, I will be adding them to my SHOP.

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Book Review: Some of My Favorites
Apple Blossoms Collage. Original available here.

Apple Blossoms Collage. Original available here.

Usually, on Tuesdays, I post a book review. Between Thanksgiving and getting ready for the Gardiner/Augusta Lions Club Holiday Fair in Gardiner, Maine this coming Saturday (8am to 2pm), I didn't finish the latest collage book I am reading. So, here are links to a few of my favorites:

Many other book reviews are available in the Resources Section of this website. If you have a favorite art book or not already on the list, please contact me and add it to the list for the new year.

Don't forget my Blueberry Field and Birches collages are on sale now through Sunday, December 3, 2017. They're regularly $45, but are on sale for $20. They come matted in an 8" x 8" white mat and are ready to frame.

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4" x 4" Matted Collages on Sale Now Through Sunday
Blueberry Field layered paper collage

All this week, my Blueberry Field 4" x 4" layered paper collages will be on sale for $20 each, plus tax and shipping where applicable. Regular price is $45 each. These collages, matted in 8" x 8" white mats, are available for purchase here in my SHOP.

Trees and Ferns layered paper collage

My Birches 4" x 4" layered paper collages are on sale as well. These also come matted in an 8" x 8" white mat and may be purchased here. More details are included with item listings.

This sale runs from Monday, November 27, 2017 through Sunday December 3, 2017.

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If you are in the Gardiner, Maine area December 2, 2017, I hope you will stop by the Gardiner/Augusta Lion's Club Holiday Fair located on Lions Avenue (off Brunswick Street) in Gardiner, Maine. The fair runs from 8am to 2pm.

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Featured Collage: Brooches with Printed Images
Pinecone and Sparrow Printed Collage Brooches

In between making pies and cookies this week, I am working on some new items: pendants and brooches made with printed images of my collages. I'd hoped to have some listed in my shop by now, but there's a slight learning curve with the prints and the glue and the glass cabochons (more about that later). I'll be spending time with family over the next few days, so will, hopefully, will have some brooches and pendants in my SHOP by early next week...Definitely at the Gardiner/Augusta Lions Club Holiday Fair in Gardiner, Maine on December 2, 2017 (8am to 2pm).

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Book Review: Masters: Collage
Masters: Collage (book cover)

Masters: Collage: Major Works by Leading Artists curated by Randel Plowman. (2010). New York: Lark Crafts, an imprint of Sterling Publishing Co, Inc. ISBN 978-1-600-59108-2

Featured Collage Artists: Clare Murray Adams, Ariel, David Bircham, Mariella Bisson, Michelle Caplan, Cristina Clarimon, Liz Cohn, Stephanie Dalton Cowan, Lynda Frese, Marty Gordon, Alice Harrison, Mary Emma Hawthorne, Joyce Hill, Robert Hunt, Cindy Iverson, Janet Jones, Hope Kroll, Marilyn Landau, Nancy Goodman Lawrence, Mark Lazenby, Stephanie Levy, Peter Lewis, Julie Mader-Meerson, Robert Mars, Michael Mew, Nicole Natri, Dennis Parlante, Lynne Perrella, Kim Printz, Launa Romoff, Matthew Rose, Baby Smith, James Michael Starr, Brandi Strickland, Jonathan Talbot, Cecil Touchon, Mitzi Trachtenberg, David Wallace, Donna Watson, Lynn Whipple

Masters: Collage: Major Works by Leading Artists is a piece of art in and of itself. It contains beautifully rendered visual images of the works by each featured artist and simple quotes which represent the thoughts and, sometimes artistic intentions, of the individuals included in the book.

How to Draw a Rose (2007) by Randel Plowman in Masters: Collage

How to Draw a Rose (2007) by Randel Plowman in Masters: Collage

Plowman begins the book with a short introduction expressing personal enthusiasm for collage, which started in an art class more than twenty years before the book was written. Collage, as Plowman states, "embraces just about every conceivable material and creative technique." Yet, some collages and their artists are more successful than others. embodying "strong composition skills, a definite sensibility regarding the use of materials, and an innovative approach to the organization of visual components." In selecting artists to include in Masters: Collage, Plowman considered over 200 candidates and narrowed the field to 40 with an eye toward innovation, personal vision, and creative practices.

Left: Shades of Meaning (2005) by Janet Jones; Right: Souvenir (2006) by Janet Jones in Masters: Collage

Left: Shades of Meaning (2005) by Janet Jones; Right: Souvenir (2006) by Janet Jones in Masters: Collage

For each artist included in the book, Plowman gives a short description and critique of the work before including a few pages of imagery. The text is limited to descriptions of the work, with 2 or 3 quotes from each artist. One of my favorites quotes was by Robert Hunt:

"Originality doesn't mean making something that's completely new; nothing is completely new. Originality means bending and shaping what's come before until it belongs to you." (p. 59).
Left: Sisters (The Flower and the Butterfly) (2006) by Cristina Clarimon; Right: I Wish I'd Never Met You (2007) by Cristina Clarimon in Masters: Collage

Left: Sisters (The Flower and the Butterfly) (2006) by Cristina Clarimon; Right: I Wish I'd Never Met You (2007) by Cristina Clarimon in Masters: Collage

I find words to review this book fail me somewhat. Not because I don't have thoughts about the it, but, rather because the book is meant to be looked at, pondered, and enjoyed without extraneous commentary. It is obvious the collage artists included here are, indeed, masters of their craft. Their work speaks for itself.

Have you read this book? Tell me what I've got wrong (or right!).

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Thank You, South Portland!
East Quoddy Lighthouse

Here's where I'd like to be today, relaxing and recovering from the Benefit Show in South Portland, Maine this past weekend. Thank you to everyone who attended the show and, in particular, the wonderful artisans and crafts people I met there: Mark from Simply Wood (hand-crafted wood products), Tara from T. Room (quilts and fabric gifts), and Rose Kennealy (fine artist), to name just a few. Although the show was "lightly attended," it was great meeting other people who are creative and love what they do.

My next (and last show of the year) is the Gardiner/Augusta Lions Club Holiday fair December 2. I will post more about that, but please save the date. I will be bringing smaller artwork to that show.

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Sunday Inspiration: Good Food, Good Friends
Cinnamon Rolls

This is the second day for the Benefit Fine Art and Fine Crafts Show at the Memorial Middle School Gymnasium in South Portland, Maine from 9am to 4pm, but I wanted to take a second to give a big shout out to friends and family for their continued support. Perhaps I could do these shows without them, but it would be a whole lot more difficult and a lot less fun! Thanks, too, for good food to get the day started. Mmm....breakfast, my favorite meal of the day!

Just a reminder that purchase made on my website today will be subject to availability after the show. I will update my SHOP Monday 11/20/2017.

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Benefit Fine Art and Fine Crafts Show Saturday and Sunday

Here is this week's Art Week in Review, as well as a reminder of the Benefit Fine and Fine Crafts Show Saturday and Sunday, November 18 and 19. The show, located at the Memorial Middle School Gymnasium in South Portland, Maine, benefits the Locker Project. It runs from 9am to 4pm both days.

Please note I am bringing much of my collage artwork with me, so purchases made on this website over the weekend will be subject to availability. I will update my SHOP on Monday, November 20, 2017.

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Small Art for the Show This Weekend
Inchie Poetry Magnet

Inchie Poetry Magnet

I am just about packed for the show this weekend. It is the Fine Arts and Crafts Show at the Memorial Middle School Gymnasium in South Portland. to benefit the Locker Project. The show runs from 9am to 4pm both days.

Please note, I am taking many of my 16" x 20" and smaller collages to the Benefit show this weekend. Purchases of those size collages on this website are subject to availability until after the show. I will update my SHOP by Monday, November 20, 2017.

Not wanting start a big project at the moment, I've been working on some small art: "inchie" poetry magnets. One one side, they've got a scene with a forest, moon and mountains. On the other, a poem. Yup! You can fit poetry on an inch!

 

Mark Twain poem on an Inchie magnet

I have picked poets whose poetry is in the public domain: Edna St. Vincent Millay, Mark Twain, Gordon Bottomley, Carl Sandburg, Hazel Hall, and Alfred Kreymborg. It would be great to have some other Maine poets (besides Edna St. Vincent Millay), so if you know of a poet or poets who would allow me to use their poem on these "inchies," please let me know. I am looking for nature or season-based, mostly upbeat, secular poetry that can be readable shrunk down to an inch.

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