Saturday, February 13, 2016

Serial Love

Knowing that Dave and I will be in Virginia with Meg, Michael, Caroline, and Emmy on Valentine's Day, I wanted to create a Valentine of some sort. I wanted to fiddle around with collage again so that became my point of departure.

I started with a watercolor paper substrate and a bunch of print matter. My favorite print matter: (1) a section of the hospital bracelet I wore when I had a recent thyroid ultrasound, (2) torn bits of a subpoena for a deposition I ended up not having to give, along with (3) torn bits of the check for $40 which was going to compensate me for my time(!) at said deposition. I painted over the collage.



Next, I added a new layer of collage.



After that, I partially masked the new collaged pieces.



Then, off to my paper trimmer to chop the whole thing into four quadrants, with the idea of finishing each piece separately to create a small series of related but differing pieces. From there, I inked in a few heart shapes and started painting one quadrant with tissue paper.



One thing led to another until I had created a Valentine's Day card.

xoxoxo
4x5", collage, acrylic, and ink on watercolor paper
abstract
2016 [not for sale]

Here's where my series stands for the moment. Counterclockwise from top right: #1—completed card, #2—embellished with first doodles, #3 and #4—hanging out till it's their turn.










8 comments:

  1. I cannot believe your imagination with the hospital bracelet, check parts, subpoena. Geez. And a beautiful card it turned out to be! I hope the thyroid situation has a positive outcome, Dotty.

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    1. Isn't it fun to know what's underneath?! I love the embodied experience of transformation in collage—I can more readily carry that empirical knowledge palpably into everyday life situations. Thanks for your good wishes re thyroid, and I'm glad you liked the card that came from my hospital bracelet, check parts, and subpoena. Granddaughters will spy that card sitting on the counter (along with some Starbucks cake pops) soon.

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  2. As always, love reading about/seeing the evolution of your creations. Love the xoxoxo's that make up the hearts.

    xoxoxo,
    Joje

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    1. Thanks, Joje. I am busy collaging with Caroline and Emmy this morning. Hope to post later! xoxoxo

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  3. Back atcha, Sheila! Thanks for all the heART since we first met in September : )

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  4. What lies beneath....love how you did the transformation of energy from what was beneath to a heart centered beauty for the eye to behold. Best wishes on healthy thyroid, Dotty. xoxo

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    1. Corinna, fun to have your appreciation of what lies beneath. Always the case with art, one way or another. I was thinking about that yesterday, how there's always both the art story—what materials, what process—and the personal story—what thoughts, what emotions, what spiritual orientation. Thanks for good wishes re thyroid. Followup appointment with endocrinologist keeps getting delayed for scheduling reasons, so for now I'm fine!!!

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