Tour de France

He was off on his own Tour de France. He would camp on the banks of the canals and eat fromage and chocolat, savouring every minute.

Collage art

 

The ephemera:  Vintage map of France; old image of bicycle; vintage bird cage image, natural history image of crow; antique French legal document.

Mixed collage: digital and traditional

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Four Colly Birds

Four Colly Birds

Three French Hens

Two Turtle Doves

And a Partridge in a Pear Tree.

four colly birds

 

The ephemera: natural history image of blackbird, old sheet music, christmas postmark

NB :In researching “Calling Birds” I discovered that  in the older versions  of the song The twelve days of Christmas , it is four Colly Birds referring to blackbirds but it has been changed in the modern version of the song to four Calling Birds.

 

DAUGHETER’S DENDRITES: digital collage

Zoé Portejoie….tu nous apportes de la joie,,,mais ce n’est pas du tout à cause de ta beauté éblouissante…mais non, c’est surtout à cause de ton esprit généreux, de ton coeur tendre et de tes pensées réfléchies.

Mamandaughter's dendrites creartfuldodger collage

 

The ephemera: photo portrait, old French receipt, tree in winter.  black birds in flight.

Black bird stock photos found here: http://frankandcarystock.deviantart.com/gallery/36840549/Black-bird-STOCK

STAMPED: digital collage

STAMPED: ALTERED PORTRAIT

Her experiences were stamped on her face as if they had been written there for all to see.

She wears each wrinkle and each imperfection proudly, like badges of honour.

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The ephemera: vintage photo, handwritten French letter from the 1800s, vintage botanical drawing of seaweed, vintage French envelope with stamps and postmarks.

This is a departure for me in both subject matter and technique. More altered portraits to come.

MOTHER : collage

Old family photos and keepsakes languishing in the bottom drawer, treasured yet rarely viewed. With a little imagination and some help from Photoshop, you can easily create something worth hanging on your wall that has meaning for you.Image

My mother and her pal at 8 years old in 1933. In the back ground I layered a picture of my great grandmother’s house from the turn of the century with two pages from my mother’s autograph book from 1937.  One page from her own mother and one from her pal Mae.  I decided to chop the photo to allow the word mother to peek through. There are in fact the three generations of mothers represented here.  I scanned all the  documents so I did not actually chop the photo and still have all the original family documents.

My grandmother’s message to my mother 

Dear Shirley,

You will pass through this world but once. Therefore any good that you can do or any kindness that you can show to any person, do it now. Do not defer it nor neglect it. For you will not pass this way again.

Mother

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My mother at aged 21. My father was courting her. He loved this picture and kept it on his night stand all through their married years. In the background I layered a letter he wrote her during their courtship with a picture of my father and his cousin building the house that was to become our family home. This piece represents both my parents and our family home. I use Photoshop Elements to layer pictures and text. I like that I can choose the opacity and light in the layering.

OFF TO THE TROPICS! : vintage luggage tags

Luggage Tags/ Les étiquettes

Always artful even when packing for a tropical vacation….guess where I am off to!

valise numéro un: costume de bain, lunettes de soleil, crème solaireImage

valise numéro deux: passeport, billets d’avion, dictionnaire espagnol/ françaisImage

valise numéro trois: guide touristique, cartes routières, chapeau de pailleImage.

 

Exchanging rain, grey skies and low temperatures for sunshine, monkeys, snorkelling and palm trees. Bliss.

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A raven, a tapir and a beetle: collage

A raven in London: Perhaps Poe’s raven lamenting Lenore on vintage type writer keys….or one of the tower ravens calling “Off with her head” as he perches precariously on a bend in the Thames.

 

collage crow_nA tapir in Paris: poised on the Périphérique, waiting to take his turn in the complicated gamethat is played there while busy body bees hover above.

collage tapir

I love the BEATLES: All you need is love over Lucy in the Sky with diamonds. Digital collage: old maps, vintage game board, old papers, natural history illustrations, old type writer key illustration.

collage beetle