Coeur de Cygnes

C’est mieux à deux, les yeux dans les yeux, les  cœurs des amoureux savent se battre à l’unisson.

SOLD (at Visions Artists Studio Tour)

swan collage

The epehemera:  Antique French document, natural history image of black swan (times two), old letter and diamond decorative paper.

Size: 8 inches square on wooden block.

CABINET OF CURIOSITIES

Natural History, naturally became Sir Percival’s passionate pastime. He travelled hither and thither across the globe in search of the quintessential specimen to add to his quirky collection. Meticulously mounted for display in his study at the Manor House, they piqued the curiosity of all those privileged enough to enjoy a peek.

GIFTED to David

Sir Percival himself

                          his cabinet of curiosities

The ephemera : original old pages from medical dictionary 1933, original chart of systeme nerveux des animaux from French school book 1868, original page from an electrical manual 1924, reproduction of a natural history book title page, original French letter 1800s, original notarized document 1879, reproduction of label for cabinet of curiosities, snippet of a map of India, reproduction of vintage photo of Victorian man.

The found objects: wooden piano striker key, antique optical lens, copper nail, vintage silk cord, old book cover, jaw bone of a young deer, seed pods from tropical trees in Costa Rica, dried fungus, poppy seed cage, robin’s egg, peacock feathers, horse tooth, vial with deep blue delphinium seeds, manuscript dipped in encaustic wax and a small vintage box lid, wooden box with hinged lid.

Size 8 inches by 10.5  inches wooden box when closed, 18 inches by 10.5 inches  when open.

The Boathouse

The idyllic days spent down at the boathouse,

preparing the rigging,

checking the sails,

pottering about.

SOLD 😁

In the house series 8/9

The ephemera: map from japanese school atlas circa WWII; antique handwriting, reproduction of vintage postcard

The found objects: antique optical lense, vintage typewriter striker key, vintage numbered tack.

Size:  4 inches by 12 inches house shaped wooden block

BEACH HOUSE

Hey little goldfish

Where you going to?

Little goldfish let me swim along with you.

Little goldfish, we’ll have a whale of time

Put your fin in mine.

-from the movie “Hello Down There”

SOLD 🙂 at the Teeny Tiny Art Show

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In the house series 4/9

The ephemera: reproduction of vintage bathing beauties photo, vintage image of blue fish, original vintage letter and stamp from 1904, decorative paper.

The found objects: old key hole, vintage label from old tool cabinet, old game piece number.

Size 10.5 inches by 3 inches house shaped wooden block

THE DOG HOUSE

Matthew was in the dog house AGAIN!

He just couldn’t seem to get things right.

Will he ever learn?

GIFTED ( to Darcie my number one collector)

In the house series 2/9

The ephemera: original city plan from 1935 Atlas, french stamp from antique bill, reproduction of old mugshot, reproduction of london train station clock, decorative paper.

The found objects: deer toe bone found in the woods by yours truly, vintage postal box number.

Size: 12″ X 4″ X 1″ house shaped wooden block.

LAVENDER BLUE

Lavender’s blue, dilly, dilly

Lavender’s green.

When you are king, dilly, dilly

I shall be queen.

#SOLD

The ephemera : reproductions of vintage botanical illustration, vintage world portrait and old receipt from 1879.

link to the Cinderella version of the old nursery rhyme lavender’s blue

FLOWER GIRL

Freshly picked flowers,

favorites, for her mother.

She can not wait to see

the joy they will bring,

Love is in the small things,

everyday gestures of kindness and regard.

The ephemera: reproductions of vintage portrait and antique botanical illustration. Original antique document from 1853, original vintage stamp.

London Gentlemen’s Club : assemblage

They went down to London to spend a few days at the Club.

The East India Club, number 16 Saint-James’s Square.

Away from the the toils and trials  of country life

Was  the motive one of pure pleasure: reading, gaming, brandy?

Or was there something more shifty, more sinister, afoot?

gentlemans club

the ephemera: page from a french school copy book 1889, faded green soft book cover on sides of box, weathered paper, vintage bottle label.

the found objects : stickmen from previous post, red clay poker chip, old black game dice, wooden checker pieces, spectacles, and small bottle of ochre china paint powder.

notice the hole in the head

STICK MEN : assemblage bits

Boomdeadda came to play

On an island summer’s day.

She gave the gift of an old yard stick.

I chopped it into little bits…

And made stick people out of it.

I will pay to her hommage

When they show up in an assemblage.

SOLD 🙂

Sorry K…the poem is a little lame but I love the gift and I hope you like what I have done with it. Here they are in sets of threes. I already have a plan in mind for three of them…he he he.  And here it is : Gentlemen’s Club

The ephemera: vintage photos, a vintage sticker, an image of an old door knob

The found objects: old typewriter keys, old game pieces, a spring, a watch face, a verdigris crown , a rusty key, a washer, a heart shaped charm, a red scrabble tile, a tiny drawer handle and of course a vintage yard stick from a Seattle paint company.

SOUS LE VENT: assemblage

Sous le vent

Si tu crois que je t’oublie, écoute

ouvre ton port aux vents de la nuit,

ferme les yeux

et fais comme si j’avais pris la mer

j’ai sorti la grande voile et j’ai glissé sous le vent

Fais comme si je quittais la terre

J’ai trouvé mon étoile et je l’ai suivie un instant

sous le vent.

– Jacques Veneruso

SOLD

The ephemera: old map of italy, vintage postcard.

Found objects: vintage fishing lure and flasher, vintage vials with china paint, vintage thread spool, old door knob, tiny coconut, vintage hinge, printer’s block X.

APPAREIL RESPIRATOIRE: collage

All is not well with the appareil respiratoire.

It is clogged, the pressure is building, something is going to blow.

Just breathe.  Slowly.  In and out, in and out .

You will be fine….or not.

Appareil Respiratoire collage creartful dodger

The ephemera: photo of old smoke stacks, page from a cahier scolaire from 1889, natural history photos of crows and ravens, a fragment from an old receipt,  reproduction of a vintage gage. Encaustic Wax as a top coat.

Size 7 inches by 7 inches on wooden block

 

THIS END UP : encaustic collage

 Art Theft

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This end up! Fragile! Caution! Do not shake!

SOLD (at Bound to be Different)

creartful dodger collage this end up brid collage

 

The ephemera: old letter, vintage house number, water tower, old postal label, natural history photo of a raven, photo of a tree in winter, encaustic wax.

7″ by 7″ on wooden block.

 

 

SOS NUMBER 259

SOS! Let me out of here! Who, who locked me up?

SOLD

The ephemera: a vintage owl natural history illustration ( reproduction), Old hand written French receipt from 1901 ( original ), a vintage padlock and key, 3 vintage metal typeset letters, a small bottle of china paint powder (golden brown ), a vintage post box number  and some rusty wire mesh.

Size : 8 inches by 8 inces

For locals I sourced the key and the letter press SOS letters here:

https://www.facebook.com/EverythingOldCanada?fref=ts It is a very cool shop in Saanich near the ferries.

SEVEN SWANS : crackle paste collage

Seven Swans a swimming…..

But the pond is frozen and the house is warm with a fire in the chimney.

There is good wine waiting…all the relatives have left and the mess has been tidied up.

It’s the holidays…. let’s leave the swimming for another time.

collage crackle cygne 001

 

http://fineartamerica.com/featured/seven-swans-creartful-dodger.html

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.

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

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.

TWO QUAILS IN A QUANDARY: collage

France or England? Angleterre ou France? You decide…Oh mais non c’est à toi de décider!

Chez Charles Beaudelaire rue Bourbon or The house of Will Conaway near the Bull’s Head in Dean Street.

Will they ever come to a decision…je m’en doute.

SOLD 🙂

Natural history illustrations of quails, old French receipt, British calling card, faux postage stamps.

The completes the set of three Bird Symmetry:  Swans, Storks and Quails.

Mixed Media, collage.

CALL BOX: assemblage

An old telephone dial, old papers, a doll’s eye from Paris, an old green door knob, a watch face…what shall we do with you?

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Finished assemblage cradled in the right hand waiting to be played with.

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The dial actually works and makes a lovely whirring noise while making the eye ball spin.

Check out the you tube video to see it work

Do you still remember your old phone number?

new worlds: map art

NEW WORLDS: I love maps. I always have. The shapes and colours, the tiny writing, the grids of longitude and latitude, the symbols and the winding rivers. Maps evoke mystery, adventure and endless possibilities. Maps are always changing and evolving never really currant.  This is a series of manipulated maps combining favourite places, intriguing places, places i have been and  places I have yet to visit.

Water World: The world is made of water, clean, life giving water, surrounded by little bits  of land, pink and green like a patchwork quilt.

The Four Corners of The Earth:  I’d follow you to the four corners of the earth…if I could stop by all my favourite places on the way.

Paris Plages: This beautiful city is chopped into manageable pieces and placed carefully by the sea and by the countryside. Now one can bathe and breathe between jaunts to the museums, the monuments and the shops.

For the birds : encaustic collage

 

 

There goes the neighbourhood…. again. A crowd of crows, watching, a watch-faced moon. A crowd of houses, numbered, oddly. Who would live here?

NB: Having gifted the original “There goes the neighbourdhood” to a dear friend. I missed it and decided to rework it, this time encased in  encaustic wax, and rename it “for the birds”. 

What’s your number?: collage

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What's your number?

 

vintage house numbers, digital photos, old papers

Inspired by a trip to London and Paris I became entranced with the variety of beauty of house numbers and took many pictures…I layered them with old text and added some vintage house numbers from the local junk shop. I included the age and birthdates of my children, Sherlock home’s address, and other significant number’s in my life.