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Snow Day

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We woke up to snow. Ok, not a ton, but enough to be seasonal and it was still falling, which is so peaceful and lovely. My three year old and I made the most of it… for 25 minutes, anyway, until the mittens got soaked and fingers got cold. Then it was time to find an inside project. We cut snow flakes and the only thing that is more fun than cutting up paper is gluing it to something!

I entertained myself by “doodling” with the scraps that accumulated. There is something very freeing about having no plan and no thoughts of anyone seeing it. Art is supposed to be about the process, but most of the time I forget this while trying to achieve a particular outcome. I had a great time just gluing stuff down. Cheap therapy.

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Row, Row, Row Your Boat

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I’ve been thinking a lot about how to layer stamps. The challenge is that whatever is stamped first is dominant and bleeds through the second/third image. The lightbulb, admittedly a low watt one, went off today. I could combine my long practice of collage with stamps. Just cut them out and shuffle them around.

Obviously, Ma Bunny needs a fishing pole and some surrounds to float, but this is a simple start.

My husband joked that my stamps have become sort of like a doll house to me. He’s right. I feel an urgent need to shrink the whole world and play with it!

Island Dog

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This crazy beach dog started when I turned a jungle flower upside down to create a flouncy skirt. I was then dissatisfied with the mundane model who had now changed outfits into something way cooler (if I do say so myself!)

After MANY tryout heads I landed on this goofy frizz-head. I obscured the rest of her blonde tresses with some flowers along the neck line. She’s got a certain attitude I like.

Mer-Man II

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I really don’t think I have a fixation with Mer-men (even though this is my second piece in only a couple of months – see the previous post Sea Creature). Blame it on my astrological sign – Pisces. 

The beautiful plate of succulents comes from a Crate & Barrel catalog. I’ve been stingy using it because it’s so gorgeous on it’s own that most uses just seemed to obscure the clarity of the image.

I sprayed the background with a stain that gives an accidental sandy texture.

I wouldn’t mind if this bad ass washed up as a centerpiece on my dining room table. I’m just sayin’.

Globe Trotting Booby

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This Loafer-Footed Booby started out as something else entirely. I swear, all I have to do is set out with a focussed mission and it is bound to deviate. I wanted to use Warhol’s portrait of Mao that I had used my new circle cutter on and tried six ways from Sunday to integrate him into this guy’s suite. Didn’t happen. Instead, I began to layer and incorporate depth with a monochromatic palette.

Boobies always have a pleasingly oblivious expression. So, why wouldn’t he end up with a pet turtle from his travels on his lap? It almost looks as if someone slipped it under his arm when he wasn’t looking. It may crawl away again before he notices.