What Is Your Idea Of A Happy Ever After?

Silver Screen

Stars Don’t Only Come Out At Night  –  Collage

I admit I have a soft spot for classic film.  Everything about movies produced in the 1930’s and ’40’s enchants me. I adore it all: life in shades of black and white, the beautiful settings, the incredible home decor, the impeccable hair and make up, the stylish wardrobes…but above all, the clever repartee between the characters always keeps me coming back for more.

Inspired by Old Hollywood, I set upon my collage.  I found a selection of black and white photos of actresses I admire and lined them up with my own version of six degrees of separation. The map of Hollywood, metallic silver paper, art papers and vintage edit from “True Story” magazine completed  the piece.

I know that most information released through the Studio system was pure fantasy. But at times, this is what I long for. Is there anything wrong with “happy ever after”?

Have we lost the mystery and glamour of Old Hollywood? Does today’s silver screen seem a bit tarnished? Do dreams and fantasy still shape your life and your creative endeavours? May you always have a place for your own “happy ever after”.



InLight Richmond a 1708 Gallery Exhibition

girl dancing with lighted hula hoop

girl dancing with lighted hula hoop

It’s fun going downtown to Shockoe Slip and Shockoe Bottom on a Fri. night for an art event but GAWD! parking is a problem. It looked like 1000 people were on the canal walk. I had to drive around for 1/2 hour to find a parking spot. Imagine how many people would have been there if parking wasn’t such a hassle. The city has been talking about moving the baseball diamond to the bottom for years now. They need about 5 parking decks before they do that.

Keeps rainin’ all the time…

Ethel Sings

Ethel Sings ATC

I recently took part in another Artist Trading Card swap. The theme was “Stormy Weather”.

In a way, this card is an homage to my Dad as much as it is to Ethel Waters and composers Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler. My father was a great music aficionado. Jazz was his Muse. The voices of Ethel, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, and Peggy Lee flavoured my childhood. I loved hearing about the concerts in clubs in Manhattan that ran from Friday to Sunday with one band after another taking the stage. My heart skipped a beat hearing about Gene Krupa and his glow in the dark drum sticks. Swing, Big Band, Progressive Jazz, even Scat filled the rooms of our home.

So when I heard of the swap my thought was of the beautiful vocals of this song first performed by Ethel Waters in 1933 at the Cotton Club in Manhattan.

The substrate is illustration board. I dyed it using Bleeding Art Tissue. I enhanced the photo of Ethel with Iridescent Medium. I added metallic and distress inks. I altered the music with Glimmer Mist. The final touch was handmade paper using a variety of inks and acrylic paint.

Can a Muse be passed on from one generation to the next? In this case, I think it was.


Make Your Own Kind Of Music…


Make Your Own Kind of Music – ATC

Art, Dance, Literature, and Music is the language the Muse uses to speak to me. It could be seeing an inspired piece of choreography, an extraordinary painting, hearing a moving piece of music, or reading thought-provoking passage.

I recently took part in an Artist Trading Card swap. The theme was “Red”. I found the photo of the woman in my collection. Her auburn hair was perfect for the challenge.I had the TV on while looking through my photos and heard a phrase from Cass Elliott’s song, “Make Your Own Kind of Music”. Synchronicity again…or just a nudge from the Muse?

The substrate is heavy watercolour paper. I started by dying the paper with various shades of bleeding art tissue. I then rubber stamped the card with sheet music for the background. I added the main image next followed by a French postage stamp, art paper, handmade paper, and more rubber stamping. To finish the card, I added Distress Inks to the edge and sprayed the card with Color Shine “Sweet Cherry” to complete the aura of “Red”.

The lyrics of the song keep rolling around in my mind…”make your own kind of music…sing your own special song…even if nobody else sings along.” Being true to yourself in Art and in Life is the easiest way to be your most authentic self. And your most authentic self is the greatest gift you can share

5 photos from Rebirthing the Classics opening night at Art6

debriefing follows

debriefing follows

This shot shows the hall looking towards the front door on Broad St. with my work on both sides. The camera shots on the wall show the original masterpieces from the VMFA and Hollywood Cemetery that are the inspiration for each piece. Last Sat. was the day to take our entries to Art6. I loaded up my car in the morning and got there at noon. As I was unloading my work in the gallery Helene talked about putting my smaller pieces in the hall. That meant a bigger showing for me so I drove home and loaded my car again. I also brought 4 landscapes and some things I made up from my imagination. They don’t all fit the theme but it’s ok because they show continuity.

Earth Day…Earth Without Art Is Just “Eh”…

Forever Free Collage

“Forever Free” Collage 8″ x 10″

As it is Earth Day I thought I would post a collage with a nature theme.

The title of the piece is “Forever Free”. It is in the Tao format. The Substrate is canvas. The collage incorporates vintage ephemera, flower petals, handmade paper, sewing pattern paper, found objects, art paper, inks, dyes, and gauze.

I enjoy using papers like the sewing pattern paper. The printed material is interesting. The texture of the paper is wonderful…light, transparent…just what I wanted with a theme of feeling “free”…especially on Earth Day!

All Good Things…. Collage

I am taking the Collage 2020 class at The Art Center School and Galleries of Mechanicsburg. 

All Good Things Come To Those Who Wait

“Good Things Come To Those Who Wait” Collage 6″ x 6″

It’s  weekly class meeting every Wednesday at 12:30 pm-2:30 pm.  Our instructor is Sue Marrazzo. I am so enjoying the class. Each week we have a different project to explore. Last week was the Grid layout.

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait is a collage using the grid, also known as the Squares and Rectangles, layout.

I am usually a torn paper person, so I decided to enhance the angular feel by cutting all of my papers. The collage incorporates art papers, postage stamps, ticket stubs, wallpaper, newspaper, dictionary clippings, art tissue paper, and handmade papers.

For the most part, I used Matte Medium to adhere the papers to the 6″ x 6″ canvas substrate. I am not a great lover of the colour green. I did find some beautifully textured green paper in class. I covered it with Iridescent Medium. It then gave me the texture I wanted and toned down the green which I’m really not keen on.

I got the title from my partner, Jewel. She was reading the paper and came across my horoscope. The first line was “Good Things Come To Those Who Wait”. I thought it fit the piece perfectly.

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