Featured Collage: Refrigerator Magnet Art Collages
Leo. Layered paper collage. 2" x 3" refrigerator magnet. Original available here (on Etsy).

Leo. Layered paper collage. 2" x 3" refrigerator magnet. Original available here (on Etsy).

This week's featured collages are my small, 2" x 3", refrigerator magnet art collages. I use the exact same collage techniques as I do on my larger pieces, but small. It is a great way to use up my scraps (I have very little waste in my work) and provide you with original art in small format.

Darbi. Layered paper collage. 2" x 3" refrigerator magnet kitchen art. Original available here (Etsy).

Darbi. Layered paper collage. 2" x 3" refrigerator magnet kitchen art. Original available here (Etsy).

I have several themes for my refrigerator magnet art collages: People with Lobsters, Ferns and Mountains, Flowers and Vases, and Cats. Some of my cats sold at the Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival this past weekend, so I am in the process of rebuilding my cat collection.

Daydreaming. Layered paper collage refrigerator magnet kitchen art. Original available here (on Etsy).

Daydreaming. Layered paper collage refrigerator magnet kitchen art. Original available here (on Etsy).

For now, my refrigerator magnet art collages are listed on Etsy. You will find my shop here. It is fun to see my magnet collection all in one place. I have added detail photos in each of the listings so you can get an idea of the size. Please let me know if you have any questions about them.

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Book Reviews: Some of my Favorite Collage Books
Collage Books

I recently made my way through Collage: Critical Views and Collage, Assemblage, and the Found Object, two historical and academic books on collage. But, to be honest, after the show this past weekend, I am not up to the task of giving them my greatest attention to write a review.

So, this week, I will remind you of a couple of my favorite collage books from previous blog postings. Links to all of the books I have reviewed may be found here in the Resources section.

I reviewed Angels of Anarchy: Women Artists and Surrealism by author and editor Patricia Allmer in February of this year. Not only did I love the images in the book (those could stand on their own), I appreciated the insights that Allmer and the other contributors brought to the topic of Surrealism.

Collage: Contemporary artists hunt and gather, cut and paste, mash up and transform by Danielle Krysa, a book I reviewed in February as well, is a delightful book that shows how each collage artist brought their own personalities and style to a single assignment: make a collage using at least some portion of a photograph provided by the author.

I have learned something new from every book I have reviewed, so I encourage you to explore and find your favorites here.

I will return to my regular book review schedule next week.

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Sunday Inspiration: Images from My Back Yard
West Quoddy. Lubec, Maine.

Actually, today it's just "an" image from my back yard (using that term loosely). This is where I'd love to be today resting after an awesome day at the Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival yesterday. The rain held off, the "muggies" did not hit until later in the afternoon, the people--artisans, musicians, and festival goers alike--were all fabulous, and...I won "Best of Show"!

I will have more about that on Thursday's post.

For now, I will just give a big THANK YOU to Barbara Walsh and all the people at the Winthrop Chamber of Commerce, as well as the festival goers for making the day a memorable one.

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Ready for the Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival August 19, 2017
Forest Path. Layered paper collage. Original available here (if it doesn't sell at the Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival on August 19, 2017.

Forest Path. Layered paper collage. Original available here (if it doesn't sell at the Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival on August 19, 2017.

I am packed and ready for the Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival tomorrow, Saturday August 19, 2017 in Winthrop, Maine. The show runs from 9am to 3pm. It is raining today, which I am not going to grouse about because we are sorely in need of the wet stuff. The rain should clear by morning, with cloudy, then partly sunny skies expected in Winthrop tomorrow. Stop by and say hello if you are in the area.

All collage art on this website is subject to availability. I am taking much of it with me. I will update my website as soon after the show as possible (probably Sunday).

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Show Update: Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival This Saturday 9am to 3pm
Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival Postcard

The Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival in Winthrop, Maine is this coming Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 9am to 3pm. I'll have a booth in the parking lot behind Sully's Restaurant and Tavern. The forecast is for a little rain and fog in the morning, but that could change. And, even if it doesn't I'm still looking forward to seeing you all there!

Pinecone and Sparrow Booth Display from the Greater Gardiner River Festival (2017).

Pinecone and Sparrow Booth Display from the Greater Gardiner River Festival (2017).

I plan to bring layered paper collage wall art, matted collage art, small format art, refrigerator magnets, vases and flowers, ornaments, and greeting cards. Prices range from $3.95 to $25.00 for small format art and greeting cards to $125.00 to $675.00 for larger collage wall art. Credit cards accepted.

Fish and Dragonfly. Layered paper collage. Original Available here.

Fish and Dragonfly. Layered paper collage. Original Available here.

This is my second year at the Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival and I look forward to seeing fellow artisans from last year and chatting with people who stop by my booth.

Hope to see you there!

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Featured Collage: Fish and Dragonfly
Fish and Dragonfly. Layered paper collage. Original available here.

Fish and Dragonfly. Layered paper collage. Original available here.

Fish and Dragonfly is a 16" x 20" x .75" collage inspired by camping and fishing in the Maine. It is made with my own hand-stamped and altered papers cut and adhered to the canvas. The sides are wrapped and the back is wired, so no additional frame is necessary.

Fish and Dragonfly is also available as prints, greeting cards, t-shirts, tote bags, mugs and more. Click the Pixels.com link in the SHOP drop down menu at the top of this page.

To see some of the photographs that inspired the colors and textures of this collage, see Sunday's blog post: Sunday Inspiration: Images from My Back Yard.

To see some work in progress pictures, see Monday's blog post: Collage Work in Progress: Fish and Dragonfly.

To see Fish and Dragonfly in person, come to the Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival in Winthrop, Maine this coming Saturday, August 19, 207, from 9am to 3pm.

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Book Review: The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson
The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson (book cover)

The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend. Edited by Brooke Kamin Rapaport. Essays by Arthur C. Danto, Brooke Kamin Rapaport, Harriet F. Senie, Michael Stanislawski. Chronology by Gabriel de Guzman. The Jewish Museum, New York under the auspices of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN 978-0-300-16025-3

Note: The suggestion to do a book review on Louise Nevelson came from Maine artist Leslie Woods. I met Leslie through the River Arts Gallery in Damariscotta, Maine and always learn something new from our conversations.

The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend is a beautifully designed book with large photographs of Louise Nevelson and her sculptures, large and small. Without reading a word of the book, I felt a kinship to Nevelson's sculptures and was particularly drawn to those in black. Nevelson was known for collecting bits of wood and other found objects, unifying them with a single color (black, white, or gold) and creating sculptures, small at first, but eventually room-sized which enveloped the viewer in her "environments." Nevelson worked with other materials (plexiglass, metal, cardboard and other household materials), but it through working with wood that she found her identity as a sculptor.

Left: Louise Nevelson 1986 by Robert Mapplethorpe in The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend

Left: Louise Nevelson 1986 by Robert Mapplethorpe in The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend

The book, The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend, is a companion book to an art exhibit of the same name hosted by The Jewish Museum in New York. The Foreword is written by Joan Rosenbaum. The Preface is written by Brooke Kamin Rapaport, who also edited the book and authored one of four essays: Louise Nevelson: A Story in Sculpture (Brooke Kamin Rapaport), Louise Nevelson's Self-Fashioning: "The Author of Her Own Life" (Michael Stanislawski), Black, White, Gold: Monochrome and Meaning in the Art of Louise Nevelson (Arthur C. Danto), and Louise Nevelson's Public Art (Harriet F. Senie). In addition to the essays and the numerous plates showing Nevelson's sculptures, are reflections by three artists (Chakaia Booker, Mark di Suvero, and Ursula von Rydingsvard) and a chronology of Louise Nevelson's life.

Left: Louise Nevelson with Her Sculpture "Royal Tide II" (c. 1960) by Ugo Mulas. Right: Plaster sculpture of Joan of Arc from the Rockland Public Library, Rockland, Maine in The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend.

Left: Louise Nevelson with Her Sculpture "Royal Tide II" (c. 1960) by Ugo Mulas. Right: Plaster sculpture of Joan of Arc from the Rockland Public Library, Rockland, Maine in The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend.

The book is written in a professional and conversational tone. It feels like an intimate (and somewhat protective) look into Nevelson's life (with some debunking of a few myths that Nevelson, herself, may have helped foster). From an early age, Nevelson identified as an artist and was not above stretching the truth - even lying - if it suited her purposes. It was not an easy road, to establish herself as an artist. In following her passion, Nevelson challenged and, in some case, pushed past the constraints, the societal roles of motherhood and marriage, to become what she believed was her birth right.

I claim for myself I was born in this way. From earliest, earliest childhood I knew I was going to be an artist. I felt like an artist. You feel it--just like you feel you're a singer if you have a voice. So I have that blessing, and there was never a time that I questioned it or doubted it. Some people are here on earth and never knew what they wanted. I call them unfinished business. I had a blueprint all my life from childhood and I knew exactly what I demanded of this world. Now, some people may not demand of life as much as I did. But I wanted one thing that I thought belonged to me. I wanted the whole show. For me, that is living. (p. 31)
Left: Installation View of Dawn's Wedding Feast at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1959 in The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend.

Left: Installation View of Dawn's Wedding Feast at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1959 in The Sculpture of Louise Nevelson: Constructing a Legend.

The essayists discuss Nevelson's personal history, her use of materials and color, and provide readers with an understanding of why she may have made the choices she did--in life, art, and fashion, but it is her artwork represented so beautifully in the large format photos of this book that I keep going back to. I do not know that further words are needed, except to give Nevelson recognition and thanks for having the fortitude and courage to pursue her art.

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

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Collage Work in Progress: Fish and Dragonfly
Fish and Dragonfly (Detail). Layered paper collage wall art. Original available here.

Fish and Dragonfly (Detail). Layered paper collage wall art. Original available here.

Fish and Dragonfly is a layered paper collage inspired by camping in Maine in the summers. The fish are swimming, the dragonflies are checking out the water plants. Everything takes on a different pace at camp!

Fish and Dragonfly. Layered paper collage work in progress (detail).

Fish and Dragonfly. Layered paper collage work in progress (detail).

The inset shows the plants, rocks and fish I added on top of the background layer of the collage. These add both details and texture to the collage surface.

Fish and Dragonfly layered paper collage (detail).

Fish and Dragonfly layered paper collage (detail).

The final touch for this collage was to add a dragonfly near the top--hovering over the cattails. The inset shows this detail a little closer. The finish collage is available, here, and will be featured in Wednesday's blog post.

I will also be bringing Fish and Dragonfly to the Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival this coming Saturday, August 19, 2017. The show runs from 9am to 3pm in downtown Winthrop, Maine. I hope to see you there!

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Sunday Inspiration: Images from My Back Yard
Basketball Hoop with train in the background.

Basketball Hoop with train in the background.

I often find inspiration in the colors and textures of everyday objects in and around my neighborhood. I like how the textures of this broken basketball hoop match those of the train in the background.

Mourning dove on wire against a blue sky.

Mourning dove on wire against a blue sky.

I'm drawn to the simple lines, shapes and colors of this photograph I took of a mourning dove sitting on a wire one sunny day in Maine.

Boat and traps in "downeast" Maine.

Boat and traps in "downeast" Maine.

There is a lot going on in this picture I took "downeast." I can see some of the textures showing up in my collages: the scraggly grass in the foreground, the brilliant blue of the traps, the browns and greens of Maine in the summer.

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August 12, 2017 - Art Week in Review

This week's Art Week in Review: layered paper collage; refrigerator art collage; small format art; Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival August 19, 2017 9am to 3pm.

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Friday Sale: Refrigerator Magnet Art Collages (Through My Etsy Shop)
Refrigerator Magnet Art Collages. Available through my Etsy shop. Use coupon code SPARROW10 today (Friday) and get 10% off your total order.

Refrigerator Magnet Art Collages. Available through my Etsy shop. Use coupon code SPARROW10 today (Friday) and get 10% off your total order.

Friday Sale: All refrigerator magnet art collages. Layered paper with acrylics on 2" x 3" canvas with magnet backing. Sides and back are wrapped. Signed and dated.

You will find these small format kitchen art magnets in the following designs:

People with Lobsters, Ferns and Mountains, Flowers and Vases, and Cats.

Available through my Etsy shop. Use coupon code SPARROW10 at checkout to receive 10% off your total order. Sale ends at midnight (EST).

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Show Update: Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival: It's coming August 19, 2017!
Purple Trees (3). Layered and altered paper on 4" x 4" x 1.5" artist board. Original available here.

Purple Trees (3). Layered and altered paper on 4" x 4" x 1.5" artist board. Original available here.

I am spending the next couple weeks finalizing my inventory for the Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival in Winthrop, Maine on August 19, 2017. The show runs from 9am to 3pm. We've got some rain coming in this weekend. Fingers crossed it will roll back out by a week from Saturday.

Leo. Refrigerator magnet art collage. Layered paper on 2" x 3" canvas with magnet. Original available through my Etsy shop, here.

Leo. Refrigerator magnet art collage. Layered paper on 2" x 3" canvas with magnet. Original available through my Etsy shop, here.

I will be bringing collage wall art, big and small, collage vases and flowers, collage ornaments, and art greeting cards. The festival takes place in Winthrop's downtown. Last year, I was in the parking lot behind Sully's restaurant and tavern with potters, jewelers, photographers, quilters and other artisans. Hope to see you there!

Leaves Vase with Purple Flowers. Layered paper collage on papier mache. Available at the Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival.

Leaves Vase with Purple Flowers. Layered paper collage on papier mache. Available at the Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival.

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Featured Collage: Queen Anne's Lace in Green Vase
Queen Anne's Lace in Green Vase. Layered paper collage. 11" x 14" x .75" canvas. Original available here.

Queen Anne's Lace in Green Vase. Layered paper collage. 11" x 14" x .75" canvas. Original available here.

Today's featured collage: Queen Anne's Lace in Green Vase. This layered paper collage is inspired by flowers of all kinds, but especially Queen Anne's Lace. I know to some it's a weed, but I love the big, lacy blooms.

I made this collage using hand-stamped paper and acrylics. I cut, ripped, and punched individual sheets of paper to get the shapes I wanted, then adhered the pieces to an 11" x 14" x .75" canvas. The blooms have daubs of paint on them for texture. The sides are wrapped and the back is wired, so this Queen Anne's Lace in Green Vase collage is ready to hang. No frame necessary.

The original collage is available, here, in my SHOP.

Queen Anne's Lace in Green Vase, along with many other collage images, is also available as prints, greeting cards, t-shirts, tote bags, pillows, mugs and more through my Pixels.com shop.

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Book Review: Working in Collage
Working in Collage title page

Working in Collage by John Portchmouth. A Studio Book. Illustrations by the author. 1973. New York: The Viking Press. ISBN 9-780-670-78289-5

Working in Collage, a studio book written by John Portchmouth and published in 1973, is worth reading if only for its opening paragraph:

Strange rumours have been overheard in the streets and houses. No one knows where they started, but neighbours are whispering that a secret formula has been found and that mysterious experiments are being carried out. In shaded rooms, over a slowly smouldering fire, someone is trying to work a spell by changing common metals from the earth into a crucible of pure, liquid gold. At this moment, perhaps, the dark substances are about to melt, and the clearing smoke will reveal a small, still pool, glinting and gleaming in the dim light. But, while alchemists are locked up with their dream, similar miracles may be unfolding elsewhere, no less surprising and much easier to manage. With a simple magic, objects from the every day world can be changed into unexpected and exciting shapes by arranging them together in different ways and fixing them so that they stay in place on a firm support. This is what happens in making a collage. All that is needed in the way of magic are a few tools and a little imagination. (p. 7)
Left: Winter Migration by John Portchmouth in Working in Collage.

Left: Winter Migration by John Portchmouth in Working in Collage.

Portchmouth, clearly, is enthusiastic about collage and in Working in Collage shows readers how simple it is to collect every day objects and "transform" ferns into waterfalls or seeds into migrating birds. Portchmouth encourages readers to look at objects in new and imaginative ways; really get to know the color, shape and texture of these objects and be in touch with the (emotional) associations these objects may have.

Left: Mountaineers by John Portchmouth in Working in Collage.

Left: Mountaineers by John Portchmouth in Working in Collage.

Most of the book is designed to help beginning collagists collect the appropriate tools, substrates, adhesives, brushes, and every day objects to begin their projects. Some of the information is outdated (I would, for example, stay away from the aesbestos boards he suggests using), but the basic collage techniques remain the same. Portchmouth provides lists upon lists of materials collagists could collect and how these may be used: from bark and cake doilies, memorabilia and floor coverings, to nails, shavings, and string. He also provides a list of additional resource books on collage which I may use as book review topics at some point.

Left: Aim to Shatter by John Portchmouth; Right: Open-cast mining landscape by John Portchmouth in Working in Collage.

Left: Aim to Shatter by John Portchmouth; Right: Open-cast mining landscape by John Portchmouth in Working in Collage.

I found Working in Collage a nice break from the capital "A" art books I have been reading. Portchmouth leaves the philosophical discussions about whether collage is really art to someone else. His definition of collage, where simple, every day objects have a rightful place in the creative process, is a pragmatic and straightforward one. He urges readers to go out, collect objects of interest, and then arrange them in surprising and imaginative ways. The only other caveats are to make sure the adhesives and supports used are strong enough so the project does not fall apart and to have fun. If you need some help knowing what tools to gather or objects to collect at a glance, this book may be a good place to start.

I do not know if it is still in print, but I borrowed a copy of Working in Collage from my local library.

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Collage Work in Progress: Queen Anne's Lace in Green Vase
Detail of Queen Anne's Lace in Green Vase. 11" x 14" Layered paper collage. Original available here.  

Detail of Queen Anne's Lace in Green Vase. 11" x 14" Layered paper collage. Original available here.

 

This week, I am featuring my collage, Queen Anne's Lace in Green Vase. It is an 11" x 14" collage made using my own hand-stamped paper on canvas. These are detail pictures of the work in progress.

Queen Anne's Lace in Green Vase collage work in progress.

Queen Anne's Lace in Green Vase collage work in progress.

Here, I finished layering the background and have added the green vase and some stems for the Queen Anne's Lace. Each piece is cut or torn and adhered to the canvas.

Queen Anne's Lace in Green Vase work in progress.

Queen Anne's Lace in Green Vase work in progress.

Here, I started added the flowers. You might not be able to see it in the photographs, but the flowers have thick dabs of paint on them to add texture to the Queen Anne's Lace blooms. The vase still needs details. The finished collage will be featured on Wednesday's blog post.

You can see some of the photographs I took from my back yard that, in part, inspired the colors and textures of this collage, here, on yesterday's blog post.

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Sunday Inspiration: Images from My Back Yard
Rocks scrubbed by the ocean waves.

Rocks scrubbed by the ocean waves.

I don't always know how the pictures I take on my walks will inform my collage artwork, but I try to keep my eyes open for even the simplest things.

This week's inspiration is texture found on rocks scrubbed and sanded by the ocean waves...

Bark from a tree marked by wood worm.

Bark from a tree marked by wood worm.

...bark from a tree and the shapes made by wood worms...

Bricks.

Bricks.

...and bricks from the walkway. I always love the little plants, lichen, moss and sometimes mushrooms that make their way into the cracks.

Where do you find inspiration?

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Art Week in Review

Here's this week's Art Week in Review: layered paper art collage; book review; show update (the next one's the Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival August 19, 2017 from 9am to 3pm - save the date!).

How was your week? Let me know!

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Friday Sale on Collage Wall Art, Matted Art and Ornaments
Use coupon code SPARROW!0 at checkout to receive 10% off your total purchase.

Use coupon code SPARROW!0 at checkout to receive 10% off your total purchase.

Today's Friday Sale is good for artwork purchased on my Pinecone and Sparrow website: layered paper collage wall art, matted art, small format art and collage ornaments found in the SHOP drop down menu at the top of this page.

Use coupon code SPARROW10 to receive 10% off your purchase. Offer good through August 4, 2017. Sale ends at midnight. Does not apply to prints, greeting cards, t-shirts, tote bags, mugs or other products found at Pixels.com.

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Q & A from Craft Shows: How do you choose your colors?
"Mood Board" made up of images I took in and around my back yard.

"Mood Board" made up of images I took in and around my back yard.

As I am getting ready for my next show at the Winthrop Sidewalk Art Festival, August 19, 2017 from 9 am to 3pm in Winthrop, Maine, I am reminded of all the great questions I get from visitors to my booth. Questions, to me, mean conversation...and engagement...and, often, in formulating an answer, I learn something new.

Today's question: How do you choose your colors?

Cherry Tomatoes. Layered paper collage made with my own hand-stamped paper cut and adhered to an 18" x 24" canvas. Original available here.  

Cherry Tomatoes. Layered paper collage made with my own hand-stamped paper cut and adhered to an 18" x 24" canvas. Original available here.

 

For a couple years, every time I went for a walk in my neighborhood (or places I visited), I grabbed my camera and took pictures of anything interesting or unusual that caught my eye. Without realizing it consciously, I developed a sense of color based on my local environment. Maine has a certain "color scheme" and I seemed to have absorbed at least some of that.

"Mood Board" for Forest Path collage.

"Mood Board" for Forest Path collage.

Not only am I drawn to certain objects (flowers, ferns, trees, textured rocks and wood), I respond to certain colors as well (greens, purples, browns, greys) and these end up showing up in my collages.

Forest Path. Layered paper collage made with my own hand-stamped paper cut and adhered to a 20" x 24" canvas. Original available here.

Forest Path. Layered paper collage made with my own hand-stamped paper cut and adhered to a 20" x 24" canvas. Original available here.

Some of my choices for color depends on the subject of the collage I am making. Some are conscious decisions: I want more blue in this one and more green in that one. But, at least some of the choices I make have become intuitive from years of looking at my environment through the lens of a camera.

How about you? How do you choose your colors?

Please keep the questions coming!

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