Thursday, January 26, 2023

Savannah, Savannah ~ Poetry, Cake & Bunnies and...

Several times we've seen 'those poetry guys'  arrive in Forsyth Park and set up right in the middle of the main walkway.  They bring camp seats and chairs and small old-style manual typewriters, set out the Poetry Shoppe sign and sometimes play bluesy music. Occasionally the guy on the left will try to chat with someone walking by, but so far we've never seen anyone stop for a poem, which I imagine they type for you  in the moment, as they don't offer any printed papers or books.  


Those Poetry Guys Collage - Savannah


I was quite taken by these quirky 'Bunny Girls' and friends in the window of the SCAD shop. Turns out they are the work of a well-known Savannah artist, Ashley Benton,  

I thought it was fun when I discovered myself in the background in this photo of the shop window and was also pleased to find a little enamel 'bunny girl' pin for sale.










Bunny Girls of SCAD collage - Savannah

 

Another day brought us by the Rum Runner Bakery and their wonderful painted walls. I was drawn to the cake mural and made it my focus.

Wall O' Cakes collage - Savannah


The grand old Telfair Hospital building is on our daily path.  It was built in 1884 and was a hospital for 'females', later adding a children's ward and eventually becoming a general hospital.  Savannah ghost tours report it is haunted by Mary Telfair, the founder, who has been known to appear in the hallways wearing a brown dress. The hospital is now a senior-living residence. 

 

Telfair Hospital collage - Savannah

 

I'm enjoying thoroughly my Savannah collage focus.  In February, we'll be heading to our favorite Gulf Coast town, Cedar Key.



Wednesday, January 18, 2023

More in Savannah - Forsyth Park to Betty Bombers

The 30 acre Forsyth Park and it's lovely fountain are a major Savannah landmark. The park is near where we are staying and is a big part of our day.  We walk near or through it to get to most places and we walk to it to just sit and people-watch under the Live Oaks.

 

These lively guys appear to be best buddies and meet up in the park most days. I added a friend to the crew and he  fits right in.


Blue Dog and the Forsyth Guys - Savannah



The gentleman on the bench seemed to be contemplative, striking me as from another time. Our Lady of the Parasol joined him.  The dramatic flower accent is courtesy of Deb Booth from one of her quilled art pieces.

Forsyth Park Parasol - Savannah



Betty Bombers is also in our neighborhood and has become a favorite place.  It is a World War 11-themed eatery [especially love the 40' music that plays] and is uniquely located in the building that houses the American Legion Post 135.  Savannah is famous for being home of the Mighty 8th Flying Fortress B-17 planes during WW11, when the air force was the Army Air Corps. 

My father was in the Army Air Corps and served as a plane mechanic.  I had particular fun working on this collage on my father's birthday and you'll find a little  homage to him in the portrait of the handsome fellow on the right.


 




Betty Bombers - Savannah


Thursday, January 12, 2023

Savannah 2023 - return to a favorite city

We're on our Winter get-away and this year we are beginning in Savannah - the city with urban vibes in the midst of the many tree-filled city squares and parks and Live Oaks abounding. The greenest city space I know.  It's a unique combination, all amplified by the art vibe of being the home of SCAD - Savannah College of Art and Design - which has a presence all over the downtown 'Historic District'. We are a little south of the Historic District in the Victorian District, named for the wide span of Victorian architecture and a more residential and a bit more 'funky', which suits us well. 

I continue my penchant for using architecture as the anchor of my collage, especially my 'regional' or travel collage.  And Savannah has so much to offer.

 

J. Christopher's is one of our go-to spots for breakfast or lunch.  Good food, great ambiance and art-filled walls. These two would surely be regulars there.

Meet Up at J.Christopher's - Savannah

 

Amidst historic homes and Victorian beauties, there are still bits of vintage everyday life like this barbershop.  Elvis Costello seemed a good fit for retro hair.


Barbershop Barbershop - Savannah



The Savannah Theatre has inspired several of my Savannah collages.  The theatre first opened in 1818 and is one of the oldest continually-operating theatres. This is their current offering.

 

'Menopause - The Musical'  - Savannah

 

 

 


Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Fall, Yellow, the Joans and Thankfulness

Today is a very crisp Fall day and here, the leaves of color are almost gone.  But it was a very vibrant Fall indeed, which inspired this collage.  Here we have one of my fairy creatures, Nix - the Crow-Hare fairy speaking as Fall.  You've seen her before as Spring.

Mythical beings often show up in my work.  I feel the presence of  Other.  Archetypal images populate most of my collages, from my point of view.  Retro images, retro people,people of different looks and styles, architecture, things and so forth, always carry a wider meaning than the image itself.  At least that is the feeling for me as I am drawn to them and find the juxtapositions that speak to me.


Fall - Nix, Crow-Hare Fairy collage

These two collages were a surprise to me.  After I recovered from a recent surgery, I found them in a folder labeled 'Working Collage', patiently waiting to complete, as I had forgotten them.

The very early, late 1920's image of Joan Crawford was the first image that caught my eye.  But we travel in these images up to the present day, with Tami Neilson rocking her retro look.


Retro Joans Collage

 

The fantastic yellow gown anchored this piece, joined, again,  by women of various eras.


Yellow Mayfair Collage

 

And Fall closes with Thanksgiving.  Whatever your feelings about the heritage of this holiday, I like to embrace it in its fullest spirit - a day of gathering and anchoring in thankfulness.  Why not?  

Thanksgiving - Mindful Gratitude Collage


Till next time.




Monday, October 31, 2022

Halloween

I used to really celebrate Halloween, with costume fun and parties.  Helping my child find or make the perfect costume and all the Trick or Treaters at the door. Not so much these days, but I can still explore those oook-spooky  and Between the Realms themes in collage.

 My friend Jess, often my muse, is thoroughly enjoying the Halloween season and she is the inspiration of this collage.  

Halloween Hostess collage


 


Not specifically Halloween, but certainly oooky spooky.

I Still Repeat The Things You Said  collage

 


And for that Between the Realms aspect...

Ascension collage

 

and they even provide a sign to show the way.  But a decal is required!

 

 

Till next time.







Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Be tender with yourself

One of the fun things with collage is how images just appear in your sphere.  You're always on the lookout for them and they always find you.  It makes a nice alive element in life.

Lately an array of images of particularly interesting people have come into my world and I'm populating my collages with them.  Sometimes it is challenging to be different and I thought this message was timely. 

 

Be Tender collage     

 

My Anonymous Content collage series always begin with images that just grabbed my attention that day.  It's a free vibe of what may enter the space.  Sometimes themes emerge and a title with it.  This Anonymous collage ended up with a preponderance of blue.

Anonymous Content Blue collage

 

 

A vintage photo of classic Main Street where I live showed up, complete with retro cars and people. Alterations were required! The 5&10 and CocaCola soda fountain are long gone.


Retro Main Street collage

 

I was so taken by this vibrant woman in yellow that I had to make this collage just for me.  It is derived from Counterpoint, a painting I saw on Antiques Road Show.  The artist is Bernard Goss and the owner's mother knew him.  The appraiser said the 1954  painting had some controversy in the title and subject, as it showed an African-American pianist and Caucasian dancer performing together. Goss was a Chicago-area artist who was active during the WPA. He was a member of the important South Side Community Art Center.

Interestingly, this painting does not appear on any sites I found that included Goss' paintings.  I assume the owner has kept it in private hands.  I did a screen-shot to capture the image.  I have my own Chicago connection, having lived there for seven years when I was young.  The background is an edited vintage postcard of the Wrigley Building.


Counterpoint collage - Homage to Bernard Goss




 

Till next time.






Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Birds of Paradise to Cozmic Con

I came across a trove of vintage gowns in my images, from the 30's to mid-50's, so naturally I began to edit and amplify them.  Eventually one green one found it's way into my collage canvas and we were off. The wonderful core green figure with an apple was actually labeled 'Who Am I?' and eventually our man in yellow became a highlight.  The vintage floral background with bird gave the title.

 

Birds of Paradise Collage

 

This just-for-fun collage was inspired by a photo my friend Jess posted of her and her children at a Comic Con event.  The background is mostly just as it is in the original photo, with some edits.  The costumes are all theirs, with a bit of amplification.  Donuts and fruit bonus additions.


Cozmic Con Jess collage



Came across this fantastic vintage Ferrangamo shoe. Our 1928 Photoplay cover girl is a perfect match, along with her glamorous friend, meeting up at the bar of the Hotel Mayfair.


Ferrangamo 1928 collage



Till next time.


Saturday, June 4, 2022

Murals and Mid-Century Modern Meet-Up

Two of my favorite things ~ street art murals and mid-century design!  Always catches my attention and always inspiring.  It's quite fun discovering what images will accompany the main image or gather together at random [well, seemingly random as there is always a 'vibe' pulling things together.]

The mural, on what was once a ice plant and is now boarded up, is a Waynesboro, VA landmark.  She is Kaiya With Tulips by Nils Westergard, a Belgian-American artist and film maker based in Richmond, VA.  Kaiya is also quite well known in wider circles, as it was voted #1 on the Top 100 Urban Art 2019 list by Streetart360   My morning walk on the Greenway takes me past her everyday and I regard her with great affection.


Kaiya of Waynesboro collage


The Mid-century Modern house in the collage was not the inspiration of the collage.  My ongoing muse, Jess, posted a photo of herself in what I deemed as echoing mid-century sensibility and I was inspirted to place her and her dog in the mid-century setting.  


Mid-Century Jess collage


Monday, May 2, 2022

Happy Birthday! Happy Spring! White on White!

Our time away was great, but being home is as they say,  it's own kind of wonderful. Many things to attend to to get back in the groove, but happy to be here.

Each year I do my own birthday collage and one of my gifts to myself is that I compile an annual book of my collages and cards.  Both are fun to do and it's always interesting to see what is revealed in hindsight.


e birthday 2022 collage 

Octopi are often an element in my collage and I often use octopi hair on 'avatars' of myself.  This collage was almost finished, when my husband gave me for my birthday an amazing replica of an ancient Minoan pot - famous for their Octopi imagery-  produced by a museum in Greece.  It was the perfect finishing element of the collage.


Crows are another element I often use and I consider the Crow a menaingful totem in my life. But at an earlier time, when I was doing work with Wendy Ashley, an astrologer who anchored her work in mythology, she saw the Hare or Rabbit as a totem.  In some myths, the Hare is seen as the messenger between realms, moving by moonlight between the human world and the Otherworld.  Recently I was moved to add rabbits to some collages.  So I am welcoming Hare into the present.

The idea of this collage came to me in a dream - a Crow-Hare icon.  As she emerged, I felt she was in the fae or fairy realm and her name, Nix,  popped up as I completed the collage.  She anchors Hare, who is the stronger and more wild rabbit and Crow.  Ironically, I completed her on Easter, which I see as linked to the ancient goddess of Spring, Eostre.  

The eggs are Ukranian 'Pysanka' eggs, a tradition going back prior to Christianity.  The eggs are meant as memories or good wishes, prayers. 'Pysanka' means to write upon, and the designs are drawn or painted with wax and then dyed.  I was really drawn to the one on the upper left with the golden symbol. I looked it up and it represented Freedom, so appropos at this time.


Spring - Nix the Crow-Hare Fairy collage

Sometimes themes appear from circumstance.  'White on White' was inspired by the members gallery theme for May at SVAC - the Shenandoah Valley Arts Center.   The background image, the Heritage On Main  restaurant, had apparently recently been painted white and I noticed it just as I was thinking about a white-themed collage.  It's always nice when the Multiverse collaborates with you.  There are some puns on white in this little grouping and some surprise players.  The happy couple are Jimmy and Rosalyn Carter on their wedding day in 1946.



Till next time. 






Thursday, February 24, 2022

Messages, I Love You and The Sentient Bean

Well, our Winter travels are coming to an end and soon we'll head north, leaving sunny Savannah.  We're totally hooked on our new Victorian East neighborhood and hope to return to it and the very same rental next year. Can't beat staying in a renovated Victorian with a wrap-around porch and a garden to boot!

The wall and sign that inspired 'Private Parking Message' was along our daily route and always caught my eye, as new additions would pop up regularly.  I took liberty with some of the placements and sizing, but each message is indeed on the wall.


Private Parking Message - Savannah



The lovely old-school marquee of the Savannah Theater has inspired collage during our stays here over the years. You can see my gut response to the title in the strong text image. Our vibrant woman is wearing her favorite Marvel characters dress.
I love you. You're Perfect. Now Change. collage - Savannah


We were having breakfast in the Sentient Bean, our favorite local coffee place, when I looked up, saw the counter and background and said that is a great image and so it became the basis of my last collage this trip.  Crows are a welcome element in any of my collages.


Sentient Bean - Savannah


Follow-up!  I walked past the mural that was beginning that I used in an earlier collage and it's complete!  Super!



We've spent a lot of time enjoying Forsythe Park, which is quite nearby.  I had lovely conversations with bought some prints from two Forsythe vendors.

Phil Musen does these whimsical prints.  I love his sensibility and colors and he was a pleasure to chat with.  I think this one will be a great addition to my kitchen.



Hot Dog Cats by Phil Musen


Michelle A Stafford captures Forsythe Park and creates wonderful mystical women, magical animals and more.  This one really spoke to me. We had a great conversation and discovered that we both had lived in Philadelphia.

Digital Synthesis by Michelle A Stafford

Our Winter Trips are always renewing and refreshing and this one, especially so.  I find there is a great verve to having the sense of place as an anchor to my collages.  Thanks for traveling with me.