Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Collage & vintage treasures

This is my latest attempt at a collage. I tried a new technique, crumpling tissue paper on canvas and then dabbing it with paint and gesso before adding the collage pieces. It's now out on the patio in my little art gallery.

I keep waiting for someone to steal my art, because then I will know I've made it! No luck so far, but I did see a squirrel eyeing one of the pieces recently.

I mentioned in my last post that Dogwood and I went to an antique shop after our boat tour last weekend. One of the items I picked up was this birding guide from the 1920's. Wikipedia says it's one of the first bird guides ever published.

One of the reason I bought it is these beautiful color illustrations.

I'm thinking I could use it to create a new banner with "golden" birds.

The book has lovely black and white illustrations, too, as well as lively descriptions of the birds that are almost poetic. So different than the bird guides available today, which tend to be more technical.

Another item I bought is this vintage postcard. The colors and image are so serene.

I'm feeling very happy this week. Things are busy at work, which I like, and it's been fun coming home every evening to the new television season. Have you seen the new show, The Forgotten? I don't normally go out of my way to watch crime dramas, but this one is really good. It's on Tuesdays at ten after Dancing With the Stars. I'm also enjoying Glee on Wednesday nights.

One of the best things about autumn is the cats get more active and more snuggly with the cooler weather. They chase each other around the apartment and roll around on the floor, locked in kitty wrestling moves. When I wake up in the morning, Charlie is curled up by my pillow and Apollo is in a ball at my feet. I just love it.

Hope you're having a great week!


Dogwood said...

I love it that you are paving the way for me in my creative endeavors. I want to learn all the new techniques you are learning. We need to plan of day of creativity and share ideas. Love you new collage. Your kitties are so cute. I am so glad that you are having a good week. You deserve it. Dogwood

Theresa said...

Love the new collage and if I was close by I would certainly steal your artwork:) The book with the golden bird is too pretty. I am drawn to books like that too! I hope you have a wonderful day!

Thimbleanna said...

You're so funny! Maybe Mr. Squirrel is eying a piece of artwork to spruce up his winter nest???


Hi Stacy,
Your trip with Cory looked like fun and I Love the sea lions :)
Your new collage is super...and I'd keep an eye out for that squirrel.
The prints from your book will make an awesome banner!!! Can't wait to see it.
I "found" my ATC from Rachel...somehow it was under a magazine..hummm.. LOL!!!
Deb :)

noelle said...

I love your art all lined up along the fence! and i love your new banner and and and i love your cat!! x

Susan - said...

Love your blog. Great collaged artwork. Thanks for visiting my blog!

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love the collage display - what a great way to brighten up your outdoor living area. The new crumpling technique is most effective.

Joshy and belle said...

I love the new banner, that book looks lovely, I like the collage too, thats such a nice image of a little squirrel peeking at your art! he he!! have a lovely weekend, fliss xx

Dogwood said...

Lovely new banner. Good job


I wonder if Rocky will do a post when I am in Hawaii.


Rachel said...

Ahhh... you DO sound happy! That's wonderful. Your new collage is great - I love that you're always trying new things and sharing them with us.

I think I need to go on one of those 'creative dates' you suggested. A trip to the Goodwill store perhaps, just to see what gets my creative juices flowing (and to see if I can find some great stuff like you did). You have inspired me once again.

Hugs to those warm and cosy kitties. said...

I'm with Thereasa. I'd love to swipe that whole shelf of art work! : ) You *have* made it Golden bird, more people just need to know about your work. I'd be so proud to display a row of artwork like your picture shows. All the pieces are so unique and beautiful.

Your new technique has had fantastic results. It looks really effective.

Your bird guide book is beautiful and makes me want to get out my sketching pencils and watercolours and get sketching and painting all the beautiful birds.

Great to hear that work is going well for you and lovely to read how happy life is.

P.S. Please can you let me know your address. I'm taking a flight over to swipe your art! ; )