Tuesday, August 30, 2011

LAST OF THE CLANN

  "just one push", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches

 "it was an accident", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches

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SHE ALWAYS KNEW

 "she always knew" (detail), acrylic on photopaper, 6 x 4 inches

 This piece is not yet finished. I would like to do some collage with it. Things that have some meaning for us. This will take some thought.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

MORE CLANN

 "they left the dust bowl behind", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches

"she dreamed of being in a movie one day", acrylic on photopaper, 2.25 x 2.25 inches

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Saturday, August 13, 2011

OVER Cs


"Over Cs" collage on cardboard, ink, acrylic paint and vintage paper. 7 3/4 x 5 inches.

I found some wonderful manuals from an Italian correspondence school that serve as my background and inspiration to this latest collage and painting. An old map of Rome, an Italian postage stamp and a photo form the base of this assemblage. I am also enjoying painting these little portraits.

The National Collage Society is hosting its online juried exhibition soon, this is my entry.

Entry Deadline: has been extended to Friday, September 2nd
Exhibit Dates: November 1, 2011 to October 31, 2012

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

ANOTHER ATTEMPT TO KIDNAP AN IRISH GIRL SUSPECTED OF PROTESTANTISM

accordion book, collage on paper with colored pencil, 6 x 6 inches

23 Sandy Gallery in Portland is exhibiting Uncommon Threads: The Handicrafts in Book Arts from September 23 through October 29. The call for entries is open until this Saturday. As the name indicates the show will focus on books incorporating or telling about hand crafting materials and techniques. It is a juried show so I don't know if my book will make it in yet, but this is my submission. I used parts of a McCall needlework book, and the actual pages and color chart from pattern No. 737 of cross-stitched flowers.

As I am inclined to making things relate, I had to find an interesting story about "threads". My thoughts wandered from threads to ties then family ties and somehow landed on kidnapping. In searching the archives I came upon a very biased presentation of two Irish women trying to get their orphaned, young relation back from the care of one Mrs. Huntington, Protestant. Also included is some text from an old history book telling about the resentment towards Irish and German Catholic immigrants, who were the brunt of deep prejudice during the mid 1800s.

The very long title of the piece is "No. 737 McCall Color Chart or another attempt to kidnap an IRISH girl suspected of protestantism."

accordion book, collage on paper with colored pencil, 6 x 6 inches