Saturday, May 31, 2014

Day 674: Take a stand.

combination collage & digital

I finished this collage for a project,


was on my mind.
And so I did this ...

combination collage & digital journal page

I don't often do messages within my work, 
even though feeling and emotions are intended. 
But sometimes you have to take a stand.

pro bono poster, 2004

A thought for Saturday ...

Friday, May 30, 2014

Day 673: What's in a logo?

junk mail,magazine &receipt stub collage

I do logo work in my little "mom & no pop" ad firm.
Today's job was a logo for good friend Marilyn.
Even though she could easily do her own,
I jumped at the chance to design her new logo.
I asked her color choices ...

and started on my initial idea.

added some brush work ...

We considered, but rejected the name.

In favor of the the simpler, stronger initial design.
Most jobs aren't that quick.

A smile for Friday ... 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Day 671: A loss and a tribute.

When I was younger, and a famous person died ...
I remember it genuinely affecting my Dad.
I knew he didn't know them personally,
but I could tell his grief was real.

Today we lost one of our heroes, Maya Angelou.
Author, poet, playwright, film director, producer,
civil rights activist, actress, dancer, professor,
mother, mentor, speaker, friend.

I read her poems and books. I watched her interviews.
I quoted her quotes. I referenced her in conversations.
I admired both her strength and gentleness.

I felt I knew her, and I liked her. A lot.

And, like my Dad, today I am affected by her passing.

Thursday's smiles from Maya Angelou ...

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Day 671: Digging my way out!

I've got a to-do list that would "choke a horse!"
Every time I look at it, I groan.
One is ready to check off the list.
It's not a groaner, but it did take some time.

This is John's beautiful journal.
I have had it for one month.
Inside I had this spread to fill with whatever ...
on the two full pages and four half pages.

Intimidating? Yes.
But you have to start somewhere, right?

I started with a band of tissue across the whole spread.

Then I found a sewing pattern that had straight lines.

Then some old newsprint and more torn tissue,
strips of phone book pages. 
Why? It just felt right at the time?

This was my half-way point, just a base to work from.
Then, from somewhere ...
I thought why not add a dozen John's?

I had recently viewed John's great video's
so I went back and did screen captures! 
(Nobody is safe!)

And above is first of the final three spreads ...

the center fold ...

and now it's ready to mail to Irene.
Three more artists to go.
It's been a great adventure.

A smile for Wednesday ...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Day 670: A very nice day.

Crazy 48 ... portions of 48 paper, junk mail & tissue collages

I call this " Crazy 48", a crazy quilt collage.
It's 48 collages or parts of collages ...
randomly put together.

I chose this art for today because ...
I am just home from a great family get together.
About thirty of us.
A wise spread in ages.
From different continents.
Together by choice.
All fitting together seamlessly.
A wonderful day.

A smile for Tuesday ...

Monday, May 26, 2014

Day 669: A test and a tribute ...

label, junk mail & magazine collage, digitized

Home from Grandma TLC Duty ...

I helped with a test at the hombu dojo.

we don't have black belt ranking for juniors.
Feeling that although the skill level may be
strong, juniors do not have the maturity yet.

Nicholas, Curtis, Seven,Noah & Jose before test

Instead juniors test for red belt, our jr. black belt ranking.
Four tested for red, Noah tested for a higher red belt rank.

Seven, Noah, Jose, Curtis & Nicholas, after

The smiles after the test are always bigger!

Duke & Senpai Mark

Demura Sensei, black belt judges and testing students

A happy day!

Remember our heroes.