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A Few Small Repairs plus a Give-away

21 NOVEMBER, 2019

front cover of art journal girl with veg and fruit hair and text you can fix it
back cover of art journal map with text

"I'm gonna fix that last joke by taking out all the words and adding new ones."

~ Mitch Hedberg

You Can Fix It

The two images above are the covers of an old book that I used as a journal when I first retired on disability nearly six years ago. I felt as though my life was irrevocably broken, beyond repair. For that reason, I chose a book about home repairs called, "You Can Fix It." Journaling was one of the many "homeworks" my therapist assigned me. I collaged the covers and started on the inside pages, but the book fell completely apart! How's that for irony, right?

The important thing is, I learned that (almost) anything can be fixed, including your life. It may take a very long time, but you can get there. Taking that lesson to heart, I began to apply it to my artwork. Several years ago, I attempted to make a small, rather quick collage each week. It was fun, and occasionally brought up some new ideas.

"Each mistake teaches you something new about yourself. There is no failure, remember, except in no longer trying. It is the courage to continue that counts."

~Chris Bradford

collage with face of anxious girl and text you can

You Can, analogue collage on paper,  4 x 4 inches

A Few Small Repairs

The collage above was my first "weekly quick collage". Coincidentally, the title is You Can. Looking back at my old blog, I was suprised to find I had worked on this series from July of 2014 to January 2017. I may not have done one each and every week, but that's still a lot of collages!

Some of them were good enough to consider finished compostions, but most were not. Going with the "You can fix it" attitude, I decided that some of them might be worth re-working, so I picked out a few that seemed to have potential, and started with a few small repairs. Of course, once I got statred, some ended up with almost no resemblance to the originals. They may not be any better than before, but at least I tried!

"Everybody talks about wanting to change things and help and fix, but ultimately all you can do is fix yourself. And that's a lot. Because if you can fix yourself, it has a ripple effect." ~ Rob Reiner

Before and After

So here are a few 'before and after' images. As my optomatrist always asked, "Is it better, worse, or just the same?" Judge for yourself; I'd love to hear what you think!

small collage with bird andvintage maps
small collage with bird and vintage ephemera

After: Too Important

Before: Let's Try

collage with oriole, stamps and ephemera
collage with bird, antique book page, and flower

Before: Definite Integral After: Spare time Cash


abstract ephemera collage

(left) Before: Otherwise Occupied

(below) After: Cartolina Postale

ephemera collage with chrysanthemum and rabbit

A Double Holiday Give-away

I have finally made it possible for readers to follow this blog by email, as I should have done long ago. I'm offering a give-away for those who subscribe. (This is not the same as my seasonal newletter subscription.) Please don't worry that you will be inundated with emails - I'm lucky if I can even do one post a month!

There are two opportunities to get your name in the hat. Here's how it works:

1. Subscribe to my blog, and your name will be entered into the give-away. The subscription forms can be found at the very top and the very bottom of the sidebar on the right side of this blog.

2. Leave a comment on this post, and your name will be entered again. You need to subscribe to be eligible for the second entry.

3. On December 15th, I'll randomly draw out two names. I'll post the names of the winners on my instagram and facebook feeds by 8:00 pm., EST.

4. The winners can send me their snail mail addresses by email, or DM/PM me on instagram or facebook (links above). As soon as I get the addresses, I'll put them in the mail, just in time for the holidays!

What You'll Win

There will be two items given away, one print and one original collage:

mixed media painting of two moths in a forest flying toward the moon

Moon Shadows,  8 x 11 print

ephemera collage with bird, nest, and geometric drawings

Have Patience, original collage

I hope you will join in, and good luck!


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