Friday, November 17, 2017

Avian Alchemist

I started to work with this photo of a Northern Flicker and remembered I had some flicker feathers in a vase. I printed out the original photo and then arranged the feathers on the print to photograph. I only had one of the yellow wing feathers, so I took 3 photos of the feathers arranged at the left, center and right of the print. I merged those 3 photos with the one of the bird and then ran my filters on that image. I gave the piece the title of Avian Alchemist, because this yellow-shafted flicker looks like a brown bird until he flies and the undersides of his wings and tail are yellow -- so he seemingly turns to gold.

Summer Home

Little did I know when I made this 6"H x 12"W piece that I'd have two people asking for it immediately after posting it on my Facebook page! I sold it to one person and will run out the same filtered photos a second time and make a variation of the art piece. Both responded to the mass of yellow flowers. What do you think of this piece or any of my others?

Sunday, November 5, 2017


In this piece I worked with breaking up a scene on two panels of different sizes and different depths. In the foreground, I added a poem by Emily Dickinson and broke up the imagery with solid strips of handmade papers.

Up close with nature

In "Poised" I used a variety of handmade papers in the strip along the side and added some small circle stencils to give the feel of atmosphere or motion as the flower is in the act of opening up.
The leaf photo was abstract from the start with the reflections in the water surrounding it, so my filters worked to abstract it more and I added a quote from Camus at the bottom right to give further interest up close.

Two more with color blocks

I decided to add some texture or imagery to the areas of color in these, along with using leftover strips from previous collages. In "Coming Home Cows" I ghosted a cow onto the field of green and added a number stencil - evocative of number tags cows often wear in their ears. In "Golden Visitor" I overlaid a pine needle image on the green area and ghosted some of the circle pattern from the goldfinch photo on the brown rectangle.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Continuing the color block theme

This piece is 12"H x 9"W and has a field of sunflowers at the top and an abstract grid of color beneath. I think the blocks of colors evoke aerial views of farm fields as well as quilts. I'm using leftover strips of imagery from previous collages to layer up the areas of color and some of the golds are from a previous sunflower collage.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Working on new pieces for a spring 2018 show

I think I'll use landscapes, birds and flowers as subject matter for my show next spring in Monmouth, Illinois. I plan to experiment with more layering, adding paint, stenciling, and using scraps of imagery from past collages to make abstract fields of color....