One of the things I've been meaning to do lately is upload work to Flickr so that I have a virtual gallery of sorts. Last night I finally began the project and uploaded my Bricolage series--all 49 of them! The Bricolage series, mixed media collage on a 4" x 4" panel, began back in 2008. It's been a pleasure to view the pieces together as I never have more than 4 or 5 available at one time. If you would like to browse the series, click here. To view available Bricolage pieces, click here.
Sushipot Vignette no 5 (dining room sideboard)
Each image in the Sushipot Vignette series is composed of a grouping of objects found in and around my home or studio. I've started a small collection of aluminum coffeepots and have not yet decided whether to add to their number. The drawings are from my Pilgrim's Progress series. Take a peek at previous images in my vignette series here.
When I create small assemblage pieces I like to plan out several at once. This way I can move from one to the other while paint is drying and resin is curing. These are some of the pieces composed over the weekend. Now I just have to figure out the best way each component should be joined together. They will be in the shop later on in the week.
Above: Just in time for Easter, a wonderful selection of egg cups for displaying your egg craft masterpieces. (ethanollie, 9.00 each)
A wealth of antique insect imagery has been acquired here at Sushipot. The book, published in 1878, was picked up at a used book store. The owner said he was about to toss it because of the water damage and dismantled binding. I'm so glad I stopped in and discovered the volume before he did!
Many of the full illustration plates will be posted at Sushipotparts. I've already listed a couple here. Aren't these exquisite?!
Sushipot Vignette no 4 (objects on living room bookshelf)
Each image in the Sushipot Vignette series is composed of a grouping of objects found in and around my home or studio. The little devil in this vignette is a small piece by Kentucky folk artist, Ronald Cooper. Take a peek at previous images in my vignette series here.
On one of my recent thrift runs I picked up a package of colorful self adhesive reinforcements--those round thingies you use to fix ripped hole punches. This weekend when Lizzie announced that she was having a "boring afternoon" I handed her a sheet of them. Fifteen minutes later she was engrossed in her drawing of "doughnut people playing outside". Toadstool hopping, stick ball, jump rope, hula hoops.....I just had to share this one! And, just in case you were wondering, the little antenna on each figure are "curls".
Tomorrow marks the first official day of spring so Lizzie and I decided to plant a little flower garden (of buttons!) to celebrate. She had a lot of fun "planting" them in bunches and then in rows.
When I was growing up we always recited this little ditty:
Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, I wonder where the flowers is.
Now Lizzie is going around the house chanting it and the first thing she did this morning is look out the window reporting back to me that the flowers are STILL hiding.
Have a beautiful weekend and to all of you in the Northern Hemisphere -- Happy Spring!
And to mine and ours,
And if mine and ours ever come
Across you and yours,
I hope you and yours will do
As much for mine and ours,
As mine and ours have done
For you and yours!"
My obsession with collecting vintage trinkets has taken on a new form over at Sushipotparts. This weekend I put together the first three in a series of found object collections that I am calling "Parts and Pieces". Above is Part and Pieces no 1 (blue).
Red, red and a tad more red, Parts and Pieces no 3 (red).
After the post office run yesterday I decided to make a quick stop at a hole-in-the-wall thrift shop that I hadn't perused for several months. Lucky for me they had just set out several old school classroom chairs that the university was discarding. After examining all of them I chose the sturdiest one with the most character.
It's in great condition especially after some dusting, polishing and scraping off the 9 wads of gum found under the desk and seat!
Am thinking I may scrounge up a pocket knife and add some of my own etchings to the desktop although Lizzie's already claimed it as her new drawing desk.
This week flew by! I'll see you back here on Monday morning.
Simply beautiful. (gypsyscaravan9, $15.50)
Sushipot Vignette no 2 (detail of inspiration board)
Each image in the Sushipot Vignette series is composed of a grouping of objects found in and around my home or studio. This vignette features a detail of one of the 2 inspiration boards hanging in my studio. I tack all kinds of ephemera, objects, photos, works in progress and completed works on these boards. They are constantly evolving as work sells and new objects are discovered. You can view the first vignette here. Keep an eye out for Vignette no 3 at some point next week.
It was a well spent March afternoon for sure!
I've been listening to a recorded reading of Victor Hugo's 1831 novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, while I work in my studio. Thus, this new wall doll is titled Fleur-de-Lys after Fleur-de-Lys de Gondelaurier, the fiancée of Phoebus who was the obsession of the gypsy beauty, Esmeralda of whom Fleur-de-Lys was extremely jealous. You can view this new assemblage here.
This weekend will be spent catching up on a lot of things....emails, phone calls, custom orders, etc. Wishing you a productive weekend too. I'll see you back here Monday morning.
Another treasure we documented....proof of spring approaching!
Doll House no 335 (with brain and spine) is available here. The image on this assemblage was gleaned from a physiology and hygiene book published in 1876. Enjoy!
Sushipot Vignette no 1 is the first in a series of images that I will be sharing with you. Each vignette will be composed of a grouping of objects found in and around my home or studio. This vignette features objects on top of an old hardware store bin that is on the right side of my workspace. Keep an eye out for Vignette no 2 at some point next week.
So...now the shop has been infused with a new selection of collage art blocks. You can take a peek at them here when you have a minute.