Friday, August 06, 2010

No kidding - does it ever slow down?

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Ok, my next collage is going to be based on s l o w i n g   d o w n!  I can't remember the last time I didn't have something to do.  I managed to finish all but one of my overdue projects and it seems like that as soon as I get caught up it's time to start the current month's projects.  I am also  registered in a class that begins on Monday for the week 9-4 pm.   The instructor is Martha Cole - the subject - "The Painted Book".   I decided to look into renting  a U-Haul in order to transport ALL OF THE SUPPLIES her  list contains. Here's the  link to the list if you have an hour and nothing else to do. But before the day of packing,  there is prework to do.     I have learned from experience I don't work well creatively in a class setting and so I'm going to do my best to take some pressure away from rushing through the book in order to have it finished at the end of the week.  Maybe that will also prove to be a way to encourage my muse to show her face and perhaps sit on top of and smother my inner critic...whose presence is never missed.

I have considered a few different topics  and spent several hours reading over the week on the internet.  Always inspired by any  work from  Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Walt Whitman, I began there.  First shock  was  to learn that Thoreau's Waldon's Pond was actually contained within Emerson's property and wasn't a remote, secluded wilderness area as I had always assumed it to be.  Now, again, this is googled information so reader beware.  What I also learned was  Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass was remotely  inspired by Emerson.  So apart from me having an interest in existentialism, I was quite delighted to learn that each of the 3 'minds' I chose to focus on were all acquainted with one and other.  And since all roads lead back to Emerson, that eliminated the other two candidates....hmmmm...Leaves of Grass does bring up so many visuals...may change my mind yet again.

Another idea I had considered and again spent hours 'toying with' was the notion of visualizing Cognitive Distortions.  It also proved to lead me down several different internet alleys where at the end of the searching, I think I was no further ahead than when I started.   

So here I am, writing a blog post, still in a bit of a kerfunkle about the topic.  Maybe google Kerfunkle - much like a kerfuffel but a little funkier. 

Below, a selection of digital collages I either created this week, or I've yet to post.  Much lighter than reading the above.

First, from  one of Tangie Baxter's new packs and play on Dali's famous  ROSE -

Salvador Dali

"SirUNreal" - 12 x 12 digital collage

Image Credits:  Dali - www, Tangie Baxter - NEW Gee that's Swell at

Crazy Daddy-0 - 5 x 8 inch digital collage
Image Credits:  Charlie Chaplin from Doctor Macro and the balance from Tangie Baxter's Gee That's Swell.

Moving right along - on to Tumble Fish Studio images...

"Team Work" - 5 x 7 inch digital

Image Credits:  Tumble Fish Studio for all images with the exception of the scuba figure from Bouguereau.

Below, I combined  one of Tumble Fish Studio's new images from Lovely Lya which will be available any day,  along with Tangie Baxter's My Fairy Friends

"A Bird in Hand" - 4 x 8 inch digital collage

and finally, using new stock from MizzD Stock - "Medieval Child"  along with another new batch from Tangie Baxter - Fairy Friends Vol. 3

"Magic"This is Ida's (MizzD Stock) age 4

I can't promise, but I am going to try to consistently  provide direct links under each collage in the image credit section  for those of you who may be interested in purchasing any of the images that I work with on the various Creative Teams.  It's much easier for readers as well as for me so I don't have to respond to the emails wondering where to find a particular image.  Sounds like a plan? 

Thanks again  for reading  and an even  BIGGER thanks to those of you who take the time to leave me a comment or feedback...and  non-art friends and  even FAMILY hint.hint...I know you're reading.


Healing Woman said...

Your upcoming class with Martha Cole sounds wonderful. I looked her up and scrolled down to your class supplies. Astronomical! It's almost like a scavenger hunt. I have a feeling this class will be just what you need. A chance to shift gear, but I'm not sure about slowing down. I think you'll be inspired to create on a grand scale.

The only thing I know of to do when I want to slow time down, is to do a job I hate. Time slows down when I am cleaning my studio for example, or cleaning up files on my computer. It's when we work with things we love that time moves ever so fast.

Please tell all about your class and show us your beautiful creations. Love the ones you posted today.

Terri Kahrs said...

Just clicked on the link for your class. Holy Cow! You DO need a U-Haul for all of the supplies - boards, gallon buckets, etc. I hope you don't have to lug them in every day. Given all of the supplies and prework, this sounds like an amazing class, Trudi. You'll be taking your work to the next level for sure. "Leaves of Grass" sounds perfect. Most of all - have FUN!!!

Of course I couldn't leave a comment without saying something about your new pieces - once again, you're prolific AND amazing! (Love the Dali piece!)

Good luck with your new class. Can't wait to hear all about it! Hugs, Terri xoxo

La Dolce Vita said...

yikes!! that is quite the list... makes me tired to look at it!!
well we have an Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman connection... studied them all and yes the trail leads back to RW every time....
and it WAS wilderness for city folk at the time, and it would still be wilderness for some peeps I know!!!! I have known people who would freak at the sound of crickets and coyotes howling at night!!
rw's essays are awesome! xo

Shannon said...

The colors in this digital artwork piece are divine. Greens and Blues are my very favorite combo.

Lorraine @ creativedaily said...

Your muse has been working overtime I see! Love all but especially Magic and Crazy Daddy O!