Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Weeks 37-40 of the 52 Collage Journal

As I get closer to the finish line and into my busy season as well, I am finding my life filled with obligations, distractions and time crunches.  It is getting harder and harder to find the time to do the collages.  Interestingly, I believe that some of my most effective pieces have not been the ones that have taken the most time.  It has me thinking about something Elizabeth Gilbert discussed in her Ted Talk, "Your Elusive Creative Genius". According to ancient Greek beliefs, genius is something you have rather than something you are.  It is described as something like a spirit who comes out to visit and it is up to the individual to grab onto it and run with it. I can only imagine the Greek were describing 'flow'. It is in those instances where a collage comes about so easily and all time stands still. In this set of 4 pieces, 3 out of the 4 came about easily. The one consisted of struggle.  In the past, a struggle would happen more often than not. This is another positive result of a weekly or daily art practice; just being there to receive the gift from the spirit.


37/52 "Highway" ...speedy...exits...route...travel...



38/32  "How I Go To The Woods"  ...mary oliver...asheville...road trip...magical mountains...


39/52 ...worn...ecodye...changing seasons...


40/52 "never mind."  ...fade...

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Weeks 33-36 of the 52 Collage Journal

One thing that you learn by giving yourself a regular art practice is more confidence.  I have learned that with each week comes an idea, the start of the projectand then the fear of the piece not working out.  In the past, I let that fear sit with me.  Sometimes it sat with me a week, more often it sat with me a month or longer before I was able to jump back in and begin.  With a weekly challenge, I do not have that luxury. I have to push through and make decisions. I have to try something and make it work.  It has led me to feel a sense of comfort that I can make it work. Sometimes the result is more successful than others but in the end, the challenge was met and usually I am happy with the end piece. Below are the results from weeks 33-36.


33/52 "Inside Out"...the world is...


34/52 "Messenger" 


35/52...changing directions...retreat vs nest...


36/52 "Saudade" ...lovely bones...beautiful melancholy

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Weeks 29-32 of the 52 Collage Journal


The design wall where I hang my finished pieces is full with 32 of the 52 pieces complete. It is interesting to see the variety.  I'm looking forward to seeing them mounted individually and hung together in 2018. In the meantime, here are weeks 29-32. These past four weeks have spanned a lot of feelings and emotions; from a family vacation to the beach to the lows of current news events surrounding hate and racism.  I am thankful for my art as a way of expressing these feelings in a productive way.


29/52 "Witness" ...grateful...journal entry...observe...
 
 
30/52 ...screen...transparent...cover...bury...
 
 
31/52 "Fragments" ...blue skies...memories...creating & reminiscing...
 
 
32/52 "Heavy" ...sick & tired...heavy hearted...spinning...
 
 
 

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Weeks 24-28 of the 52 Collage Journal

We have hit and surpassed the halfway point in the year and in this project!  It's funny because there are moments I fear that I will run out of ideas before I get to #52.  There are also times when I have to grab a pen to jot down all of the ideas that flood me for future techniques and subjects that I want to explore with this project. I think the biggest thing that I have learned while doing this challenge is that the more you keep yourself busy doing the work, the more ideas that will come to you. Before I started this project there were times when a week would go by where I would be too busy with life to create art.  Those were the times that getting back into it was harder.  I have been surprised at how much more confident I have become in making creative decisions. The following are weeks 24-28...


25/52 "Bardo" ...transitional...unravel...after death...before birth...
 
 
26/52 "The Middle" ...quite literally the middle...time...countdown...blossom...
 
 
27/52 "Iktomi" ...spider...trickster...dreamweaver...spirit animal...
 
 
28/52 ...nuclear...stretch...abomb...

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Weeks 21-24 of the 52 Collage Journal

It's interesting how sometimes I start with a feeling or message to portray in a piece and it ends up meaning so much more.  Other times, I start by just playing with colors and combinations but the end product somehow magically tells the story of the week. The latter was certainly the case with 22/52. Life imitates art? Or the other way around?

 
21/52 "Circles" ...beauty in the breakdown...repetition good or bad...
 

22/52 "Emerge" ...transition...metamorphosis...rebirth...


23/52 "Perfect" ...there is nothing more perfect than this very moment...charlotte jane...

 
24/52 "Blend" ...whole...accept...multidimensional...

Monday, May 22, 2017

Weeks 17-20 of the 52 Collage Journal

It is hard to believe that we are nearing the midway point in the 52 Collage Journal Project.  When I began, one of my fears was that I would run out of ideas.  In fact, I have found that the more I create, the more ideas I have. Here are the pieces from the last four weeks.



17/52 "Cocoon" ...Mary Oliver...How I Go Into the Woods poem...safety...security...




18/52 "Layered" ...peel it back...

 
19/52 "Oracle" ...visualization...steps...if you dream it...
 


20/21 "Incubator" ...one day the black will swallow the red...

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Weeks 13-16 of the 52 Collage Journal

Another four weeks down and I will admit, there was a week that I really was pushing to make the deadline. It was a late night but I did it. Having a self imposed deadline and a community to hold me accountable is what kept me going. It is so easy to put everything else before creative time.  That is the very reason that I began this challenge. There are times when I am tired or feel like being lazy but having this challenge  makes me go into my studio and just get down to do it.  What I have found is that once I am there, it starts to come.  It comes and then the tired or lazy feeling goes away and I am in my flow. He is what came out of that for weeks 13-16.

 
13/52 "New Moon" ...reflections...glimmer...translucent...



14/52 "Internal" ...inspection...analysis...search...


15/52 "Tidal" ...tides...waves...movement...

 
16/52 "Pause" ...slow down...meditate...mending...