Spotty

Here Spotty! Here Spotty!   they called.

Spot did not respond. He was pretending to be a fossil on the ocean bed.

 

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Spot

 

The ephemera: Reproduction of natural history illustration of a fish; old school book page from 1800s on fossils;  old calligraphy book page; hand made dark paper.

Size: 5 inches square

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L’hotel de ville

Monsieur Corbeau hopped on his bike and hurried on his way. He was off to l’Hotel de Ville.  Monsieur le Maire  had things to answer for, and Monsieur Corbeau was not going to mince his words.

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Hotel de Ville

 

The ephemera: Vintage French letter from 1902; vintage UK bus ticket, match book cover from Vegas; old ledger page from 1936, vintage illustration of bicycle; vintage illustration of raven.

Size: 7 inches square

Why?

Why?

Why only the bare bones?

Why turn left?

Why take the key?

Why take flight?

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The ephemera: 1936 atlas page of city plan: page from vintage calligraphy book; page from old technical manual 1939; vintage postcard purchased from Trishia Jacobs Carney ;  image of a wing from the Graphics Fairy; image of a flying flock.

Found objects:  small bird bone, vintage key

Size : 8 inches square on wooden block

The process:  layers of original vintage papers with topcoat of gesso; completed with images, both reverse transfer and collage; finished with found objects and archival varnish. This was my demo piece made during my summer collage workshop. carte-postales-isabelle-1200021

La Favorita Circus Girl

She was La favorita, the Circus Girl, darling of the big top, the main attraction.

SOLD ( at Visions Artists Studio Tour)

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The ephemera: Vintage Sheet Music; natural history illustration of elephant; muybridge’s man with a hat; vintage stamp.

Size: 7 inches square on wooden block.

Faisan Présent

Monsieur Faisan

ici présent

fait son entrée

dans la société

sans se gêner.

SOLD (at Visions Artists Studio Tour)

bird collage

The ephemera: Decorative paper, natural history image of ringed pheasant, beautiful French document from the 1800s.

Size: 8 inches by 8 inches on wooden block.

Crabbing

Let’s going crabbing down by the shore.

I’ll bring the net you bring the pail.

crab postThe ephemera: original letter from 1878; original map from 1921 atlas; original stamps and postal stickers; original ration stamps from 1947 France; high quality copy of natural history image of a crab.

THE BIKE SHED

“Meet me in the bike shed”  she said.

And there, they discovered that

their nuts and bolts were perfectly matched.

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IN THE HOUSE  series 9/9. Series complete.

The ephemera: reproduction of vintage photo of my husband’s grandparents, original chart from school copy book from 1800s, original vintage label from tool cabinet, original piece of a vintage measuring tape. decorative paper.

The found objects: tiny lock for the bicycle, vintage game piece number.

Size: 3.5 inches by 11.75 inches on wooden house shaped block.

CYCLING ALONG THE SEINE

Cycling along the seine, on a winter’s day.

Winding your way through narrow streets, over bridges and quays.

You warm up with croissants and cafe au lait

Seven impossible adventures are coming your way.

GIFTED to Zabrina

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe ephemera: original Paris vintage postcard, original love letter from early 1900s, original grocery receipt from 1910. Reproductions of vintage bicycle, tree in winter. Decorative diamond paper with old text.

Found objects: antique wooden anagram letters, vintage house number.

Size 12 inches by 12 inches on wooden cradle

LAVENDER BLUE

Lavender’s blue, dilly, dilly

Lavender’s green.

When you are king, dilly, dilly

I shall be queen.

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

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Travellers

Travelling onwards, leaving the past behind them. No more bills, no more commitments, no more hoarding, no more secrets…Nevermore. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe ephemera: old love letter from 1800s, old dictionary page (hoarder), old mechanical manual page; reproductions of old sheet music cover, old French pharmacy label, ancienne facture, old sheet music and autograph page from my grandmother to my mother; reproductions of natural history illustrations, vintage train clock and old map of London; various decorative papers; a variety of vintage numbers both original and reproductions.

12 inches by 24 inches by 2 inches wooden cradle.

 

 

Mme D’amour: Maison Meublée

Maison Meublée à louer…Paris apartment, fully furnished for rent.

What does Mme D’Amour keep in her aparto? Is it full of art deco?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Why a swan of course, enchained by a golden choker, accompanied by some coral from the South Seas and a healing crystal. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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The ephemera: old French notarized document (original), British station clock (reproduction), old Swan game board (reproduction) , old French advert (reproduction), botanical illustrations (reproduction).

Found objects: coral, quartz crystal, wooden drawer pull, vintage drawer pull, vine ribbon, brass crowns, old cigar box.

Thank you to Graphic`s Fairy for the French topography  and Bibliodyssey for the Swan game board image http://bibliodyssey.blogspot.ca/

AN ART PLAY DATE WITH ALWEN

When Alwen from Belle Brocante invites you for an art play date…you drop everything and shout YES!!!! and then you hyperventilate from sheer glee.

She is my  collage  guru and I have learned so many great tricks and techniques from her over the years…..And, she also is a lovely, generous, fun person….. And, her creativity is awe inspiring.

I packed up some supplies and headed down island to Victoria to Alwen’s house.

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Her house is like Ye Olde Curiosity Shoppe. It takes a while to drink it all in.

I drooled over her new acquisitions from her latest Brocante treasure hunting trip to France. She will be selling many of her fabulous finds on her etsy shop.: Oscar Naylor

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We had a great time catching up and creating together.  I started work on a couple of new assemblage boxes while Alwen worked on painting some antique Natural History Illustrations with water colours.

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Charlie her adorable cat made sure he got his fair share of our attention.

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Thank you Alwen for a great day!

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Fais dodo

Fais dodo

Ma petite lapine

Ohé, ferme tes yeux

Demain tout ira mieux

Tu verras ma petite coquine

Fais dodo

 

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The ephemera: fragment from a handwritten antique french letter, scrapbook paper, vintage photo.

Found objects: old checker game piece, vintage lotto numbers, zinc letter nails

JARDIN DE FLEURS

Swanning around the Jardin de Fleurs, floating in a dream of turquoise and seafoam, reading and re-reading the love letter from Paris. “Comment prouver mon amour…. ” sigh!

This piece was made specially for a friend I have not yet met, and she loves turquoise and seafoam.

GIFTED to Kelly

jardin de fleurs

 

The ephemera: old french door and window, vintage garden sign, Georges Buffon’s swan, botanical flower illustration, snippet from a French love letter written in 1900  (found at a flea market in Paris by Creartfuldodger.)

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.

Maman

GIFTED to Joeydaughter'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

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.

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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

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

SOLD (at Bound to be Different)

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Prints available for purchase here:http://fineartamerica.com/featured/this-end-up-creartful-dodger.html?newartwork=true

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.

 

 

TURN ON THE SPRINKLER!: collage

One of the best kept secrets in all of Paris…the Eiffel Tower is actually a giant sprinkler….so that is why they have all those lovely green spaces!

GIFTED to Loulou

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The ephemera: a vintage photo of La tour Eiffel, an old French receipt, an  old decorative border and a vintage water tap

SOS NUMBER 259

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

SOLD

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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.

 

BELLE-MÈRE: reversed transfer collage

Voici ma belle-mère.

Muguette Renaud Millette.

Belle. Mère. Grand-mère. Jamais oubliée.

Bonne fête des mères.

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Ephemère :  page d’un cahier scolaire,  page d’un dictionnaire français,  lettre ancienne,  carte de restaurant , photo de ma belle-mère.

 

Painting over the aunties

I wanted to try a new technique of using gesso and paint over glossy photos…so I decided to paint over the Aunties. I do not think they would mind. I have turned them into thank you cards that I will give to relatives next time a thank you card is in order…which happily for me, is quite often, in my family.

Juanita and Wilma ( Neta and Billy) on the swing on Galiano Island 1926.
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Shirley and Nona under the umbrella, Chemainus 1941.greeting card 1