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Monday, July 28, 2008

Patient Magic


This collage is for the Mixed Media Monday "Generations Challenge" and for the My Time To Create "Red, Black, and White Challenge" AND for the Arty Girlz ongoing "Rycycling Challenge." Several years ago my father-in-law, Ira, who was my favorite person in the world, gave me a stack of magazines from 1905-1908. Ira was always inviting me to go up in the attic or dig through a jewelry box and find something pretty to take home. The art and ephemera in these vintage magazines is just gorgeous. I thought about framing each individual issue, but there's so much inside that would be wasted. Finally, when I started making collages, it occurred to me that I could copy and use the images and still leave the magazines intact. So, here's my first collage using the cover of The Burr McIntosh Monthly from July, 1908. I chose this lady because she's a natural Zetti model. I brightened her color a bit with Prismacolor pencils, and I used bits of leftover scrapbook papers from my scrap stash drawer. Many other pieces in the border were snipped from various design magazines. When Ira lived with us, we watched a lot of Gunsmoke and Andy Griffith, and often I'd sit cutting and pasting on the floor in front of his recliner. He always seemed to get a kick out of what I made, and one afternoon he said, You are such a girl!" I wish Ira were still here to see what he inspired. He would be so tickled.

10 comments:

Mee said...

WOW!! This is amazing. Thanks for joining in with the challenge :o) Jo x

herminesplace said...

Fabulous, love it, its so vibrant

mueppi said...

Wow... eine tolle Karte!!!!!!!

Julie said...

Wonderful collage!!

Jean said...

Ira sounds just lovely! What a lovely gift, to encourage....

I love your page! Her hair is simply toooooo wonderful! and I love the colors, everything goes together just perfectly!

Delightful post as well....

Rosie said...

You'd have made Ira so proud and he would probably have grinned from ear to ear! Brilliant collaging - so much to see... and remember it was a Norwegian Blue, pining for the Fjords!!! Love your sense of humour!

Angenita said...

I love your work. It's so colorfull, just adorable. But I loved the story about how you got this picture even more. I'm sitting here with tears in my eyes because someone who I don't even know has past away. He must have been a very special person.
Thanks for sharing this story.

Giggles said...

Love the art, love Ira and the story! It's that kind of support and love that helps to feel special and grow into the artists we are meant to be!
Wonderful post!

Hugs Sherrie

Kate T said...

Thanks for taking part in this weeks challenge. A stunning piece of work.

Joann said...

Love the red, green, and black colors in this piece... very fun!!