Yep, it's Throwback Tuesday, folks. Marching to the beat of my own drum so, I'm abandoning Thursday as the perfect throwback day and going for it, today.
I'm thinking that, in the last 10 or so years, there may be some of you out there who don't realize that I'm a used-to-be collage artist. Looking through some files the other day, I was fondly remembering how much fun I had. What I'm posting here are some of my favorites from various swaps.
These first two were from 4x4 book round robins that I was involved in. I think the very best thing about these pieces, and most of my collage pieces, really, is that what was inside me...came out on paper. It was an irresistible force that felt very spontaneous.
I was involved in lots of round robin swaps, back in the day. For the uninitiated, a round robin is a swap in which you start a book, journal, card deck...or whatever...and it gets passed around to the participants, who each add their own artwork. Eventually...ideally...your book ends up back in your hands, filled with beautiful artworks. I took photos of all the work I did in everyone's books so I'd have a record of my work. This rr was called "Book of Days."
What may look to be benign to most, was surprisingly difficult to get onto paper. This piece was on the inside cover of my BOD book. The thing that cracks me up is the tiny holes in my second grade photo...those were made by one of my boys, probably when he was in second grade. haha!
This page was a favorite of mine that I did in the book of a fellow wire hair fox terrier owner. Sadly, she had just lost her doggie, so I did a page from my Maggie-dog, to her.
Sometimes, simplicity was in order. This page included a photo that I'd taken on a favorite family vacation with my three guys.
I love taking cemetery photos. This one came from a little cemetery not far from my home, here in Houston. Of course, it made for a great Christmas inspired page.
Book of Days 1 was so much fun, we moved on to Book of Days 2. This is a transfer of an old photo of my great grandmother. She was a beauty.
Ooooh...Nth Degree. I love the complicated layers of this one. This style is my collage comfort zone!
This page was done after hurricane Rita, a monster cat 5, attacked the gulf coast. Hurricane Rita was not nearly as publicized as Katrina, but Rita exacted her fair share of devastation. All of Houston was trying to evacuate (turns out, needlessly). You can't imagine what it's like to be part of a city of approximately 5 million...all trying to get out of town at the same time. This page is a remembrance of the tragedy of a bus load of elderly people who had been evacuated from Houston to Dallas. Let me tell you, the weather during hurricane season is broiling hot and 2005 was no different. Evacuation traffic was at a literal crawl; consequently, the bus overheated and caught fire. Many of the older folks on that bus, couldn't escape. It was the saddest thing. Way down here, on the Gulf Coast, it seems our news doesn't always reach up to the northern parts of the country. This page was an expression of that.
Turns out BOD 2 has lots of favorite pages...and lots of pages in which I used my own photos. For me, that's always better than using outside images. Lots of times, I included pockets, tags, artist trading cards (atcs) and other interesting features, in my pages. This was an atc included in someone's book...one of my cemetery photos.
Another cemetery photo...a really good one!
And, a photo right from my backyard.
This book contained some of my strongest spiritual pieces including this one, Recognize Evil.
And this one, The Alternative.
And also this piece, The How and Why, a quintessentially "Deryn" layered page.
I hugely enjoyed creating atcs and, consequently, ended up making tons of them.
There were a lot of themed atc swaps...Asian (this one inspired by fortune cookie fortunes)...
...black and white...
...oddities (absolutely loved this one!)...and more. A lot more. For this oddities series, I used copyright free images to create my own odd fusion of characters for the theme. This was back before I could operate Photoshop so I actually printed out images, and cut and pasted the bits together. It was extremely work intensive but I was thrilled with the results.
I always wanted to make rubber stamps of these creatures. I'm gonna do it. It's on my "to do" list.
I also did a lot of atcs for individual swaps...and just simply on my own whim. Whims aplenty, whims galore.
This one is a transfer with a drawn in dragon.
There are many, many cards in this category:
Here's my great grandma, again. I used that card, on the left, as my business card for a long time.
And, I'll leave you with this last one, made at a very difficult time in my art career...
Fun stuff, folks. Thanks so much for looking!