WestWard Ho!

Westward Ho! Charles shouted, his enthusiasm for adventure overtook him, as all the possibilities created cracks in his conventional veneer, letting his inner most thoughts seep through, overwhelming him. Go forth Charles, meet your destiny!

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The ephemera: dammaged vintage portait; vintage book cover.

The found objects: tiny gears from antique pocket watches; vintage brass key.

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The Ideal Family Life

“Martha has the ideal family life” so it was said about town. “She is the perfect homemaker; tidy, krafty, organized, respectable and reliable.” This was certainly the outwardly appearance, what one saw at first glance…but the cracks were beginning to show.

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The ephemera: Handwritten recipes from the 1940s by my mother; vintage book cover; reproduction of dammaged vintage photo.

The found objects: old nails found while renovating my house; paper wasp nest; vintage buttons; vintage furniture tacks.

Zooming

Zoom Zooming:  His party hat firmly planted atop his head, his bionic wing for steering  and his vacuum tube for zooming he set off zoom zooming.

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The ephemera: Original French Document from the 1800 s; high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of an owl.

The found objects: antique typewriter parts; antique watch parts, old broken bull clip; wooden reproduction of an antique vacuum tube.

Size: 7 inches square

Jean Belzon

Fourrages et pailles et tout autre besoin pour la construction des nids …foin naturel, avoine … je vous offre un prix spécial et mes assurances de première qualité etc. etc.

Jean Belzon

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The ephemera: Original Bill Head 1904; high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of an owl.

The found objects: antique pen nib; antique watch casing and parts; vintage can opener bit.

Size: 7 inches square

Under Starry Skies

Under starry skies,

He sat and contemplated life.

He let go of the lies.

He let go of the strife.

Now wiser than before,

Ready to face the night,

once more.

SOLD

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The ephemera: Original French Document from 1822; Original star chart from 1933; high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of an owl.

Found objects: bird’s nest; twiggy branch.

Size: 14 by 16 inches

Deep sea Crabinator

Bottom dweller he well may be, but he is definitely a force to be reckoned will.

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The ephemera: vintage atlas map; antique French document from 1800s; high quality reproduction of an natural history illustration of a crab.

The found objects: antique watch gears; antique royal typewriter parts; vintage fishing tackle; vintage screen tack and other found objects.

Size: 7 inches square

Guardian of the Deep

Ninja Squid, guardian of the deep. Beware to all who dare to enter his domain. “En garde!”

aka One-eyed Sid the Squid

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The ephemera: Vintage atlas map 1929; vintage french document 1800s; high quality reproduction of natural history image of a squid.

The found objects: glass doll eye 1890; vintage pin, antique watch movement; antique typewriter and watch parts.

Size: 7 inches square

Swallow Tail Time

It was  l’année 1909,  and the Season was upon them.  It was Swallow Tail Time, elegant, fragile, and yet, anything but sedate.

SOLD 😁

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The ephemera: Original Ledger Page from 1909 France; high quality reproduction of an antique, natural history illustration of a swallow tail butterfly.

The found objects: Vintage watch face, antique key; vintage watch hands and small found metal parts.

Size: 6 inches square

The Inner-workings of a Butterfly

The inner-workings of the unassuming butterfly are complex and yet functional. Fuelled by super charged nectar and pollen, he can  flip and flap his wings with amazing power and speed. This secret weapon is the key to his survival in the harsh world of the back yard garden, where predators are lurking behind every bloom.

( Read aloud in a campy  version of  Richard Attenborough)
SOLD 😁

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the ephemera: Original French document from the 1800s; high quality reproduction of a natural history illustration of a butterfly.

the found objects: vintage watch mechanisms and parts; antique key.

Size: 6 inches square

The Time Keeper

Time waits for no man. No time left for you. Time does not stand still. My, how the time flies! Time out. Time‘s up. Are you timing me? I need to beat his time.  If I could just save time. Punch in your time card. Bed time, dinner time, snack time, lunch time, work time, me time. Too much time on your hands. Your just wasting my timeTime is slipping away. Time slows to a snail’s pace. If I could turn back time. I don’t have time for you. I will make the time up. There is a time and a place! It is that the time of the season. Bad timing, good timing, lucky timing.  Make the most of your time. There is a time for every purpose under heaven.

SOLD 🙂

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The ephemera: Original ledger page from March 1903; high quality reproduction of vintage image of a raven.

The found objects: vintage clock face; vintage watch parts; vintage typewriter parts, vintage pen quills, vintage badge, antique key.

Size: 12 inches square

Murder Mystery: Peril at End House

Nick Buckley, the young and reckless mistress of End House, she tried to shrug off three near escapes from violent death. Were these accidents or attempted murder? Hercule Poirot felt a thrill of fear, no motive, no motive, yet someone had tried to kill not once but three times!  – Agatha Christie

Number 4 in the murder mystery.

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The ephemera: Vintage portrait, photo of a flower, vintage photo of ivy covered house, original old documents  from 1900.

 

 

Does anybody really know what time it is?

Does anybody really know what time it is?

Does anybody really care, about the time?

If so, I can’t imagine why, we’ve all had time enough to cry.

 

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The ephemera: Original French document from the 1800s; high quality reproductions of natural history image of an ostrich, a black umbrella photo and watch faces.

Size: 12 inches square on wooden block

Time Travelling Owl

He was timeless, literally. He could flit in and out of the time space continuum at will. It was just the way he was hard-wired.  He embraced his “exceptionality”.

Owl collage mixed media

Time travelling owl

The ephemera: Antique French document circa 1800s; high quality reproduction of natural history illustration of an owl.

The found objects: vintage watch movement; parts and dials; vintage royal typewriter parts; small metal salvaged items.

Size: 7 inch square

Mechanical Blackbird

Blackbird repaired his broken wing and learned to fly again, learned to be so free.

 

The ephemera: original French document from 1800s; original vintage catalogue illustration; high quality reproduction of natural history image of blackbird.

The found objects: small key; two wooden gears; vintage watch and clock parts; typewriter striker key from 1920’s Royal Typewriter

Size: 7 inches square

Available for purchase at Two Hoots Gallery in Cobble Hill BC

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

SOLD

The owl or the egg?

What came first the owl or the egg?

Well it depends on which direction you are travelling.

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The ephemera: vintage letter from 1822; image of vintage bicycle; reproduction of antique map of japan; reproduction of natural history illustration of an owl, vintage image of a bird’s egg, vintage French stamp.

Size: 7 inches square

SOLD

A bicycle built for two

“Hurray, road trip!” she exclaimed, “I’ve got the map, I shoddy the front seat”.

“Hold on,” he replied “curb your enthusiasm, so we get there in one piece” as he applied the breaks.

encaustic collage

Inspired by a recent holiday with the mister. This is how it goes down for us.

The ephemera : Ledger page for 1901; map of Scandinavia 1933; photo of tree in winter; vintage bicycle image; two pictures of ravens.   Encaustic wax top layer.

Size: 12 inches square on wooden cradle.

Murder Mystery: Death in the Clouds

Death in the Clouds. Madame Giselle, a famous French money lender, is found dead in her seat on a flight from Paris to Croydon. Was it a wasp sting, that proved fatal or something more sinister at play?

Agatha Christie

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The ephemera: Vintage church registry from Halifax; old mugshot; vintage aviation photo; vintage airmail sticker, natural history illustration of bees

Size : 5 inches square on wooden block

Thank you Word Press Discover

discover-badge-circle   One week ago  I had the honour to be featured on Word Press Discover. This has led to a sudden leap in new followers. I would like to thank you all for visiting, following and liking my work. I appreciate all the positiveness.

I am off to the tropics for a couple of weeks and will be off the grid.

W.

 Lets go to Costa Rica Song 

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Spies in disguise

Spies in disguise

They fired up the zeppelin.

They donned their disguise.

They readied the camera.

Their mission … was classified.

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The ephemera: reproductions of :camera patent, registry page, vintage photo of a zeppelin.

The found objects: vintage typewriter key, an old tag.

Size: 7 inches square on wooden blocks

 

Octopus En Route

Pacific Octopus, en route! On his way! Coming soon! In transit! Delivering! Dashed off! In the post! Expedited!

octopus collage

The ephemera:  Map from 1933 Atlas; original French legal document 1878; original vintage stamp; original vintage registered mail sticker; original chapter label; high quality reproduction of natural history illustration of an  octopus.

Size: 5 inches square    SOLD at the teeny tiny Art Show .

Sibylla’s Collection

A Commission piece for Sibylla: cycling, skiing and travel all in a collection.

The Nine Tiles are placed in an angled  frame without sides. they can be moved around as suits Sibylla’s whim. Each tile has it’s own composition but is part of the whole piece.

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The ephemera: old travel hotel labels, vintage images of bicycles, 100 year old French letter, vintage air mail stickers, old maps, family photos, old lift tickets, vintage travel tickets, patents for ski equipment, image of vintage wooden skis, maps of ski hill, vintage world atlas maps, vintage German world clock poster old Eiffel tower poster.

Size: each tile 5 inches square, entire collection 15 inches square.

 

 

Interdiction de l’emploi des cerfs-volants

The rules were always for others, never for him. Everything was pared down to the bares bones, the essentials.

cabinet of curiosities collage

Commission for mon ami Deni qui aime l’histoire naturelle, les curiosités et la juxtaposition des éléments incongrus.

Size: 8 inch square on wooden block. Part one of a set of three.

The ephemera: page from 1800s school book, old receipt, old rules flyer, vintage anatomy illustration, natural history image of a black beetle.

The found object: antique optical lens.