Here are the final products. They went over very well. There is a bit of meaning to these. The question marks partly signify uncertainly. For last year's Thoughtsgiving day, we were reeling from the recent election of Trump. The theme for last year's pins were in opposition to his hatred and bigotry. We were all uncertain about how bad it could get. It has gotten pretty bad. A secondary suggestion of the question mark could be fragility -- specifically, the fragility of life. The pins were dedicated to Andre; who took his own life this fall and left us reeling from that. But here we are, near the end of another year. The colors of these pins and the third possibility for our question mark signify inquisitiveness and hope -- two things which we must continue to carry on living a life worth living. I was pleased with how these turned out.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Those of you who have followed this blog for a while might remember that a couple of my friends and I made up a new holiday now 7 years ago. We call it "Thoughtsgiving"... the day before we give thanks for Thanksgiving. We all meet at the pub tomorrow and blow bubbles (i.e., thought bubbles), eat some food and enjoy a couple cold pints of beer. I also have made commemorative collage lapel pins for the last 6 years (i.e., all but the first year). I began working on this year's edition over the weekend. With as busy as I have been this semester, I was really wondering whether I was going to have the time to come through with the pins this year. I am happy to say that not only are they coming together; I rather like this year's festive feel. I will post the final products tomorrow!
Sunday, October 15, 2017
I got a small wooden tilt frame as part of a box of frames at a recent auction. I don't particularly like these types of frames (and I've never used one before). I decided to paint the frame and was experimenting with gold and black and liked the way it turned out (I polyurethane it too). This piece now seems like a collage and kind of an "object" (assemblage?). I love the luscious vintage color palette for this one (btw, the planet in the upper right hand corner is a separate element (matches the palette perfectly I think). The phrase was something simply taken from some vintage book I had. I love looking through books and finding "random" phrases that when taken out of context are "Self-contained" but weird. This one seemed to oddly relate to the composition.
Saturday, October 14, 2017
This post is not really too collage-related, but.... I went to my friend Tony Thompson's opening reception this evening with some other friends. Tony is the guy with whom I have done two collaborative pieces (so far). I have posted them on this site (see August posts). Anyway, I ended up buying another Tony Thompson artwork! And I cherish this photo of the three of us this evening. Thanks Tony!
Monday, October 2, 2017
Last night while in my studio I realized that the last couple elements I have been experimenting with have a common theme. Interestingly, this theme has not been intentional. I don't even think it was driven by some subconscious motivation. But nonetheless, I have had several women with books in my creative queue. I also thought I'd share some of these wonderful musical note elements (complex notations!).
Friday, September 29, 2017
I've bit off almost more than I can chew this semester. I always push it to the limit; but this semester has me too busy! I've also been spending a lot of time enjoying my golf game this season. Anyway, I did choose to spend some time in the studio this evening and really found it inspiring and comfortable. I'm excited about putting something together from these elements (not finished composing yet).
Friday, September 15, 2017
Hilton (Double Tree) recently bought and remodeled an historic hotel in downtown Utica. One of the interior designers wanted to include as part of the decor, a number of larger scale reproductions of my collages. I was a bit nervous about how they might look. Yesterday was my first chance to see them in their environment. I am pleased (and excited) to say that they look great! Nine months ago when we started this project, I wasn't sure if it would actually come to fruition. Happy that it did!