Recording for posterity. (Ha!)
Last month I finally got to a pride parade (in Victoria, BC) and also finally teed up with an artist friend, Lucie Duclos, who I met at a workshop at the Port Townsend School of Art. (Lucie has—wisely, I think—relocated to Victoria after a few decades in the US, and she’s doing workshops, online and in person.)
Inspired, I made this collage using books from the New Canadian Library series published by McClelland and Stewart. (Deconstructing them would probably make this collector’s heart ache. Although I used books from series 2 [there were 6], which The Ignorant Intellectual did not like much, so maybe he/she wouldn’t mind!)
And here are a few recent experiments. Maybe they’re done, maybe they’re not!
In the fall I got a text from my friend (and fabulous artist), Marion Syme: Melinda Tidwell was coming to the Pacific Northwest Art School on Whidbey Island, Washington. I’ve long-admired Melinda’s work, so we jumped on the opportunity. And what a week it was. (Well, aside from the first night at a horrendous motel. And it’s hard for to get me creeped out by a motel; my standards are pretty low.) It was one of the best workshops I’ve ever attended, just the right mix of instruction and time to experiment and practice. Melinda was there if we wanted her, but happy to lay off if we weren’t quite ready.
Here are a few of the collages that I created during that week (ah, a week-long was so fabulous), and a few I’ve created since. If you love collage, or even if you want to learn more about abstract collage and composition, I can’t recommend Melinda’s workshop highly enough. Hopefully we can entice her to come to Canada for a week or so!
One of the things I love about collage are those unexpected surprises that just appear in your work. I was making a few quick collages to warm up, using the random bits of paper that were on my desk.
I wanted a bit of text so ripped a page from the nearest book, which happened to be a tiny Spanish-English dictionary. Then I just carried on. When I was placing the black strip, I noticed the word viaticum was visible. So, of course, I needed to know what that meant. Here’s what the Oxford English Dictionary says: “The Eucharist as given to a person near or in danger of death.” Kind of appropriate for that swooning woman I started the whole thing with.
I have been collaging, but I haven’t been posting. That, I plan to rectify. More soon.
My blog has been quiet, but I’ve been busy. Busy in a good way—with work (that I love), family (whom I also love), time experimenting at the art table, etc.—but just not a lot of time to blog about it all. And I’ve vowed not to obsess about it, so I’ll be here when I’m here! Today started with a quiet morning—my husband is away and I was up early so I went for a long walk through my neighbourhood and Victoria’s big city park, Beacon Hill, then down to the beach. I collected a few things along the way, then came home and made some foraged art, with a few bits and bobs I picked up. I’ve two things to say about it all: (1) I need to learn how to get the most out of an iPhone camera (and figure out a lighting set-up) and, (2) thank goodness for peacocks.
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Quiet times on the blog this summer! I’m very slow getting back to people—and I haven’t had time for much art work—but here’s a bit of recent work. I’ve been making some small booklets, and here are a few pages of one I’m sending to Jack in Australia. (Check out his work. Love it.)
And here is some of the wonderful and creative mail I’ve received these past few months. Thanks for your patience, everyone!
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