Tuesday, July 22, 2014
In 2011 I wrote about a vacation with a five-year-old, how he was curious about my daily art project for that year and decided to adopt it for his own during our week at the beach. Earlier this month I had the pleasure of spending time with him again -- now he's nine -- and again he was curious about my daily art project. After watching me do my collage he wanted to do his own.
We both worked on the same "assignment" -- make a face by putting together parts from other images. I was impressed that he was literally thinking outside the box, allowing the hair and beard to extend off the page.
a cow on the sofa, and his first one was also a living-room scene, but he quickly moved on to soccer, in the exciting final days of the World Cup.
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
I wrote last week about some of the recurring themes in my daily collages, and now that I'm home from yet another trip, thought I would talk a bit about the theme of travel. One of my criteria for daily art is that it has to be portable, so I can do it even if I'm away from home (thus, no painting or chainsaw sculpture). With collage, I set off with blank cards, a scissors and a glue stick, and collect printed materials along the way. As a result, the collages frequently incorporate maps or tourist info that make them a bit like journals or diaries.
Here are some examples:
Don't you always find that even with a wonderful trip, the perfect length of vacation is about two days less than however long you have planned to stay? I'm always happy to be heading home.
Friday, July 18, 2014
On my recent jaunt to Europe I noticed a nifty little quirk in the table linens we encountered in several restaurants -- the napkins have numbers woven into them. Presumably intended for the home audience, so you can keep the napkins straight for a couple of days before you throw them in the wash. But also fun to compare numbers in the restaurant while you drink your wine under the grapevine veranda in the sunset.
And speaking of subtle, how about sitting down to this elegant table, all in orange...