Creative Spirit

My creative spirit was forced into exile for the past few days. Mr. Influenza came for a visit, and really put a damper on my plans for this week. Too sick to work, and too tired to care. I’m surrounded by Kleenex boxes, sore throat lozenges, a cup of hot herbal tea, and books to read.

I discovered there are some positive things that can come out of being sick with the flu. Being sick allows us to appreciate many things we tend to take for granted, and also forces us to slow down and smell the roses.

“Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love, to work, to play, and to look up at the stars”. Henry Van Dyke

Paper Mosaic Collage

I love creating collage out of waste materials, giving new life to the junk mail we receive on a daily basis. It’s my way of recycling catalogs, magazines, flyer’s, calenders, etc. Currently, I am creating mosaic collages out of little pieces of paper and other materials.

These cut pieces of paper can be as small as the size of a brush stroke, so therefore one needs hundreds of these little bits of cut paper. There is a sculptural quality to this type of collage, with an interplay of areas of color, texture, and detail. I glue these pieces onto a canvas or poster board in which I have sketched a general outline of the subject to be portrayed.

So grab some magazines, scissors, acrylic gel (gloss) medium, tweezers, and begin creating your own paper mosaic collages.

Happy New Year

Welcome to my blog/art journal/musings, etc.

My definition of “blog” is what we baby boomers call a journal or diary, this was before technology came along with a creative new solution. Now we are able to update and share our thoughts, inspiration, and creativity with others.

Since I am a painter I’ll be sharing updates on work in progress, marketing, promoting, creative musings and activities. So I hope you will visit often. Grab a cup of coffee, relax and enjoy my creative explorations.

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun” Mary Lou Cook