Amy Ross - Nature Morph

OMG. This work is just incredible! Being the Adirondack girl that I am, I can't help but take these beautiful pieces and place them in my heart of hearts.
Amy Ross combines natural phenom with paint and makes these beautiful surreal renderings ....
I am in a Swoon!

Luckily, I can relate this to collage! She did some beautiful little collage works for a show called Art Spotting. It's all so beautiful. You must go see more!!
Meanwhile, more about the Art Spotting show.
"The Distillery Gallery in South Boston continues its new series of exhibits which feature guest artists along-side Distillery resident artists. Curated by The Distillery's Robert daVies and Femke Lutgerink, Art Spotting makes creative use of the gallery's expansive space and invites the viewer to partake in the exhibit, rather than simply view it."
Information about this show can be found on the Distillery Site.

Sugar on Snow —Jenny Eng's New Book

Just in time for the winter season, I find this altered book that Jenny Eng has made on SCENE 360. There is something to be said about the title of a book. When it comes to altering books and re-purposing works for your own expression, certainly the title has a lot of meaning and often is the deciding factor on using a certain book. I have often picked up books at flea markets and garage sales just because they had a cool title. I haven't read all them, but I like to hold onto them in case a future day may come and I am ready for a new story to read or alter. There's one in particular, Gwendolyn...I just liked the girls name...I hold onto that book with it's green and gold embossed cover waiting for that right moment until I feel like transforming it.
Jenny Eng has used the book Sugar on Snow to help express feelings and scenes from her own life. Using sewing patterns and recipes as cues for her own secret language, she is able to re-write the story that exists and infuse it with her own reality. The book Sugar on Snow, is an exploration in negative space. This also is a metaphor for the losses she has faced in her past.

Collage wise, I have a fetish for sewing patterns, the lines, the arrows, the dots...the geometry of them is intriguing. If you use Golden Matte Medium with it, you can get it to transform glaring white paper into subtle paper bag like textures. Jenny extensively uses it in Sugar on Snow, creating a nice neutral color for her exploration of subtraction and abstraction. The full article is on Scene360. There's also more stuff of hers here.


Ivin Ballen @ Winkleman Gallery

Reading the Edward Winkelman blog today I discovered an interesting exhibit by Ivin Ballen. He uses a really interesting process to create his pieces. Although the final piece is a painting on cast resin and fiberglass, the beginning of his inspiration is a mixed media collage of many materials. Read about his exhibit in NY here on Ed's blog.
This would be a good show to see.

Ivin Ballen
November 29 - January 5, 2008
Opening reception: Thursday, November 29, 2007, 6-8 pm

Winkleman Gallery
637 West 27th Street
New York, NY 10001
t: 212.643.3152
f: 212.643.2040

D.I.Y. or DIE

Do It Your Own Damn Self!
How to Survive as an Independent Artist

This is a sweet little flick for those who are taking the reins in their own art careers and making their own decisions on where their arts will take them. Lots of folks from all sorts of backgrounds share their thoughts, FEATURING interviews and performances from::
Lydia Lunch, Ian MacKaye (Fugazi), J Mascis (Dinosaur jr.), Jim Rose (Jim Rose Sideshow), J.G.Thirlwell (Foetus), Mike Watt (Minutemen), Richard Kern (Filmmaker), Ron Asheton (Stooges), Madigan Shive (Bonfire Madigan), Dave Brockie (Gwar) and more. DIY or DIE was directed by Michael W. Dean and edited by Miles Montalbano.

The entire DVD is available by viewing on youtube in 8 segments. I find the whole DIY thing empowering. I go through this train of thought...I want to do it. I can do it. There's no reason that I can't do it. I will Do It My Own Damn Self!!

Collage in Iraq

The Work of Qasim Sabir

Some of my favorite things to read about on the web are the tales of artists from abroad that are in countries where art is not the top priority. Living so comfortably in the US, it is difficult to understand the barriers and obstacles that creatives face in other lands.
The turmoil in Iraq is no secret. It is a marvel that any artists can exist in such an environment! I get freaked out from the dust that falls in my studio from the upper unkempt floors...I can't imagine my concentration level with a lack of water, electricity, threats of death and bombs, and even more simply, the extra dust in the air! Therefore, it amazes me to see such sensitive work being done in places which are so uninviting. But some have no choice! The fact is, people live there.
Qasim Sabti is an artist living in Baghdad. He managed to take a pile of man's hate and turn it into a pile of man's devotion. Upon entering his local hangout the Academy of Fine Arts, he was forced to gaze upon precious books and resources in burned heaps on the floor. With creative fortitude, he collected various damaged book covers and used them as an instrument of communication.
" I brought a pile of the damaged covers back to my studio and immediately started to work. With passionate fingers, I started to transform them....Now, in their transformed state, these collages were bringing back life to books whose texts had been completely destroyed."
Fascinating stuff. You can read more on his site.


Don't be a dim bulb

a Dim Bulb (Keine Leuchte). 1947.
Signed, dated and titled on the cardboard backing. Inscribed on the reverse. 13,9 x 10,4 cm ( 5,4 x 4 in). Original cardboard base: 21,2 x 15,1 cm (8,3 x 5,9 in).

Can you spare $28,400?? If you could, you would be able to purchase an authentic Kurt Schwitters piece. Kettererkunst.com is offering this piece of precious collage history up for sale. I was so intrigued, but this price is so very much out of my league! In my fantasy collection, this piece would be hanging.


Winter Rodentia - Artists Book with Tyvek Pouch

Front and Back Covers of Winter Rodentia

I did an altered book/collage story a couple of years ago. I spent time this summer producing a unique limited edition book from it called "Winter Rodentia". I really enjoy making books and this one I spent extra time designing. I did a simple design for the cover, so I could make original art for all the books. I also wanted to try using Tyvek and came up with a little pouch for this book. Sewing tyvek is like sewing fabric! It's great stuff!

Winter Rodentia
Limited Edition of 20
A charming story of rodents and their adventures in winter is the subject of this small storybook. This little book sports a hand collaged cover and no 2 are alike. The edges are bound with beads and it slides into its own full color and sewn crinkled Tyvek slipcase.
• 4" x 5.375", laser printed, 20 pages with original collage artwork on the cover
• Bound with winter white waxed linen and vintage beads
• Signed and numbered by Julie Sadler
• Crinkled Tyvek slipcase pouch with rat on cover
• 4 random rodent stickers

crinkled tyvek pouch

Sample Page

The Limited Edition Set

Limited Edition Book with original cover and Tyvek pouch can be found for sale here, at my Etsy shop.

Late Answers to the Art Blog questionnaire

I saw this questionnaire posted all over the web on various art blogs. I finally had a moment to sit down and answer it myself.
Here are my answers to the Infamous Art in America Blog questionnaire:

What's the purpose of your blog?
I started the blog as a way to keep track of all of my internet meanderings I look at a lot of artists, galleries, & shows online and I want a place to be able to contain it all. Additionally, I wanted a way to bring Yahoo collage group information to a broader audience, since really cool stuff is happening and if you aren't in that group, you may not know about it.
I am a collage artist, and I felt that if perhaps I immerse myself collage information, I could learn more about collage history and it's place in art. As I keep blogging, I am enjoying the small conversations that are starting in regards to the post. I am hesitant to display much of my personal opinions, due to my own Geminian nature. Tomorrow you may argue with me on a point, and I will agree with you and abandons yesterdays idea with new understanding!

What are the boundaries of your blog?

I try to keep the focus on collage. This includes techniques, galleries, artists, and any other facet of art that I can stretch into relating to collage. Every now and then I post inspirational things, quotes or articles that I have read that affect me. I try to limit my posts on digital collage and assemblage, however. There is so much material out there it is easy to get sidetracked.

Tyler has cited Joy Garnett's NewsGrist blog [hyperlink added —ed.] as doing a great job of "placing art within a sociocultural and political context." What I see on NewsGrist is a magazinelike interspersing of short profiles, exhibition reviews, op-ed pieces on how other people are covering things, and Village Voice–like political takes. But what does Tyler's comment mean to you, and why are blogs in general better positioned than print to do what he describes?

I read NewsGrist regularly and it was one of my first regular blog reads. Newsgrist acts like my personal immediate newspaper, giving me the down-lo on events that may actually matter...politically or socially to me as an artist. Joy's blog is particularly relevant for collage artists and has inspired me to dig for dirt and find out where my art stands in the copyright/fair use mess.

I am not sure if I should say this, working for a trade newspaper printing company as my day job, but Blogs are so much more immediate. A newspaper only gets into the hands of a small pool of subscribers or locals, your blog is unlimited in readership scope.

Why can't blogs go further, to the point where there's hardly any discernible difference between artist and critic/commentator, blog and work of art?

Why can't they? Isn't that what I am doing?

What scope and degree of editorial control do you exercise over your blog?

I write it. I share it.

What about posting comments from readers, and what about anonymity?

I got agitated only on one comment, and I didn't delete it, but rather tried to learn from it. Spam comments get the axe.
I am not crazy about anonymous comments, cuz hey, if you have something to say don't be a coward. Back it up! I put it out there on who I am and what I am about....what about you?

What's "trolling," and why don't some of you allow it?
I had to look this up! People comment on your blog and try to bring you over to their blog. Whatever. Go back to high school.

Is trolling really so easily identified and universally bad? Is having posters register a solution?

If I got trolled, I would just delete it all. Blogging is about personal power!

What's the economic model of your blog?

There isn't one. Right now it is a mode of conversation, communication and personal art justification! I don't want to clog the blog with popup ads, book recommendations, etc.

How do you see your blog's relation to the established print art media?
I often am reading, online and offline. I am using the blog as a place to share the things I read offline, discuss and archive interesting tidbits of information that I find important, regardless of their source.

How do you attract readers/posters other than by word of mouth?

I don't.
But I do mention the blog when I get the chance, such as in newsgroup posts, or in email conversation.

In general, is blog art criticism more open and liberal, and print criticism more closed and conservative?

I can't answer that question. There are always exceptions to all rules.

Some people say that there's a dearth of art criticism at length on blogs. Is this true? If so, does it have more to do with reading on a computer in general, or with art criticism in particular?

Well I hate to read on the computer, altho I do seem to be doing this more often! I find myself printing out text and articles to read at night at home when i have spare moments of time. (My modem connection at home makes reading online regularly quite a drag.) I am finding that I like to print articles that I find interesting, and now I am starting a scrapbook to keep all of them together. Ha, that's a strange retro-digital process there! Printing and saving blog outputs!

Art magazines come out once a month. Newspaper art reviews usually appear once a week. Blogs appear more or less daily, and sometimes have updates by the hour. Do you think that the faster pace of blogs will start to affect the pace of art-making?
I think it already does! Look at the dearth of collaborative work from people that have not even met! Blogs are a cool tool, and it would be foolish to think that they are not affecting the art world in some manner.
I think all forms of communication affect us in all kinds of ways... But I am finding that you can let yourself read blogs all day and night and never get anything done artwise!

Tyler just said that there's more good art being made by more artists in more places than at any time in history. Is this true? And if so, what's the reason?

Is it? Who could reasonably answer that question?
I have a theory, but it's only the ramblings of a collage artist.
I feel we are in pain, as a society, over the massive changes we are going through, both technologically and environmentally. Part of our expression as a human race is through creative means. Escapism, fantasy, call it what you will, I feel perhaps we all are looking for an alternative to what we face every day. Creativity, music, film, art--these are the vehicles for moving our minds out of our daily funk and into higher places where we don't hurt.

Do blogs help correct the geographical bias in print art criticism, i.e., the tendency to think that most of the important stuff happens in New York or Los Angeles, and the difficulty of art outside those places to get national attention?

Sure helps for me! I live in upstate New York, surrounded by farms. You may call it New York State, but I might as well live in a forest in Alaska or a cornfield in Alabama--NYC is hours away. People here are worried about surviving and art is not at the top of the list any day of the week. Without blogs and the internet, the art world would only consist of "Artworld" or "Art in America", which would leave out probably 98% of the art I personally am interested in!!!

One index of a city's gravity as an art center is young artists—perhaps recent MFAs—from elsewhere coming to set up shop. Is that happening in Philadelphia and Portland?
I don't know. I just said I live in the hicks of upstate NY. I am out of touch with that reality.

Is there any constructively negative edge to your blogging and, if so, what is it?

I really have gotten mad at myself in the past for writing before thinking. I tend to just not post negative things. If I don't like your stuff, I just won't post it! No point in creating enemies.
I do have an attitude about the whole copyright/fair use issue, understandably but I try to see all sides to it and that's where I show negativity.

Let's throw something back into the mix: naked human ambition. Unknown bloggers want to be little bloggers; little bloggers want to be bigger bloggers; and bigger bloggers want to be called, as is Tyler's Modern Art Notes, "the most influential of all the visual-arts blogs" by the Wall Street Journal.
Spoken by one of the most brilliant minds in art blogging, not to mention one hell of a nice guy.

Where will your blog be in three to five years?

Who knows if there will even be blogs in 3 - 5 years?
I know where I will be though, still creating collage up in the loft and wondering about the legality of pasting papers together.


A great show if you live in Italy

Collage/Collages, from Cubism to the New Dada

The Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery of Turin (GAM) has opened its doors on a brand-new exhibit, entitled Collage/Collages dal Cubismo al New Dada (Collage/Collages from Cubism to the New Dada.
Pieces include works by Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque, Juan Gris,Gino Severini,Ardengo Soffici,Max Ernst, Hannah Hoch, George Grosz, Otto Dix and Kurt Schwitters.

Other names include: Arp, Hans and Sophie, Alberto Magnelli, Prevert, Penrose, Hugnet, Eileen Agar, Miro’, Ernst, Henri Matisse, Appel, Jorn, Vedova, Motherwell , Kline, Villegle’, Hains, Rotella, Burri, Dubuffet, Capogrossi, Turcato, Tancredi, Baj and Scarpitta.

That sounds like a fine collage buffet. Yummy.

Jiri Kolar

Jiri Kolar
Where you run
21 x 15 cm

Jiri Kolar
Two Ladies
24,5 x 18,5 cm, 1985

1940's Czech Collage artist
I like these pieces!!!


Quote by Kiki Smith

One's self is always shifting in relationship to beauty and you always have to be able to incorporate yourself or your new self into life. Like your skin starts hanging off your arms and stuff, and then you have to think, well that’s really beautiful too. It just isn’t beautiful in a way that I knew it was beautiful before. [...]

I like this concept.

Regarding Max Ernst

"The expressive possibilities of collage seem so simple that one is tempted to think that anyone could employ them to equal effect. Yet when one reviews the works of this early period - the printer's plate prints, say, those compositions made with the aid of old line blocks found in a printer's shop - it becomes obvious that Max Ernst's brilliant accomplishment consisted of having developed a syntax by which the employment of this found material could be controlled."
"Again, the crux is this: Max Ernst's careful selection of seminal imagery employed in collages and all the variants of collage, and the formal criteria which determined the composition of the printer's plate prints, rubbings, overpaintings, montages of photographic positives and paste-ups of wood engravings all indicate the primacy of control. Everywhere we look, we find invariables that oppose the seemingly unlimited availability of the material, that place considerable restrictions on its character and use."

Text from Werner Spies, introduction to "Max Ernst: A Retrospective"
I found this text on Mark Harden's Artchive

Rephotography definition

I looked up rephotography on the wiki and I am wondering how someone is classifying Richard Prince's piece as rephotography. Puzzling.
According to the wiki definition,
"Rephotography is the act of repeat photography of the same site, with a time lag between the two images; a "then and now" view of a particular area."

Rephotography is like a time lapse thing...

Rephotography - OR - Richard Prince is a Collage Artist

Sonic_Nurse.jpg (200 × 196 pixels)
Nurse painting "Sonic Nurse" on Sonic Youth music album cover.

Richard Prince recently scored big at a recent Christies auction according to Bloomberg and other accounts. His work "Piney Woods Nurse" (2002) sold for more than $6 million!! That is a nice stash of cash by all accounts. I had read these auction reports and didn't recognize his name. I visited wiki and turns out Richard Prince is an appropriation artist, and the piece "Piney Woods Nurse" consists of a base of pulp fiction origin painted over. The following is a quote from the wiki page:

"Actual covers of books were scanned to create the foundation for the paintings—the titles and the images of the nurses. They are ink jet print on canvas with acrylic overlay and are fairly large in scale.

Richard Prince used the technique of modern rephotography and this series is notable for the technique of layering digital and analogue media: the application of an analogue medium (acrylic) to a digitalized print (ink jet) of a digitalized image (scan) of an analogue print (book cover) of an analogue artwork (original art portrayed on the book cover)."

Actual book covers were scanned. And then printed. And this was okay and not a breach of copyright law? I have to ask this every single time I assess and study a collage work-- in order to try to understand the legalities of it all. This was certainly a copyrighted book that was scanned, and yet it was legal for him to output it to his home printer and rework it?? That is essentially the name of my game and is really the same thing that I recently did with a photo on flickr. The photographer was annoyed and felt I should not have used his photo that I output cut up and appropriated. I just can't see the difference here.
Oh wait! I DO see a difference. This is "Richard Prince" and I am simply Julie Sadler!! This is not a time for sarcasm actually. I am serious. Where is there a difference?

This Richard Prince wiki article mentiones "the technique of modern rephotography" which I am going to have to look into. I use a lot of photos and digital prints in my work, I wonder if this is a term for what I do...

I took heart to this report. Inside me somewhere there was this collage doubting aspect...the strange doubt that collage somehow isn't as worthy as painting...It's my own inner geek, but I think at this point it should be a mute point. Collage and appropriation art is very much in our culture and looks like it's here to stay. With Richard Prince pieces commanding $6+ million, I need to put these silly thoughts to rest.

OH BOY, this is an unfolding post. It's back to copyrights again! I went to wiki to get the image of Piney woods for this blog and was confronted with this statement by Wiki...
"This image is of a cover of an audio recording, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the album or the artist(s) which produced the recording or cover artwork in question. It is believed that the use of low-resolution images of such covers

* solely to illustrate the audio recording in question,
* on the English-language Wikipedia, hosted on servers in the United States by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation,

qualifies as fair use under United States copyright law. Any other uses of this image, on Wikipedia or elsewhere, may be copyright infringement. See Wikipedia:Non-free content for more information.

To the uploader: please add a detailed fair use rationale for each use, as described on Wikipedia: Non-free use rationale guideline, as well as the source of the work and copyright information. For an example fair use rationale, see here.


Album cover from Sonic Youth's Sonic Nurse.

Derived from a scan of the album cover (creator of this digital version is irrelevant as the copyright in all equivalent images is still held by the same party) Copyright held by the record company or the artist. Claimed as fair use regardless.

Portion used

Front cover only. No other artwork from the album (e.g. back cover, inner liner notes) is used.
Low resolution?

Is only as much resolution necessary to identify and show the style of artwork used for the album, not enough to be used for piracy.
Purpose of use

Illustrates the appearance of the album and identifies it by recognized features.

No other image can illustrate the appearance of the album. Any other images would feature the same exact artwork.
Other information Image in this form is already widely distributed to identify the album as part of catalogs and reviews, so we degrade no market value by providing it ourselves"

Apparently wiki is covering it's own ass regarding the posting of the image and they recommend I do the same... (To the uploader: please add a detailed fair use rationale for each use, as described on Wikipedia: Non-free use rationale guideline, as well as the source of the work and copyright information. For an example fair use rationale, see here.) Was that comment for me? Am I the uploader, or is the article poster the uploader?>?
I am using the image to illustrate my article and show what piece sold for 6 mill. That's all!


Mixed Media Collage Artists

Thru the recent discovery of Katie Gutierrez, I also made the discovery of MMCA, or "Mixed Media Collage Artists". The brainchild of Debbie Overton, (whom I also discovered today) this site is a group of collage artists at varying stages of development committed to promoting a sense of community and continuity in their artwork. Several artists are members of this group and I am happy to have come across them. This is a cool site, a nice alternative to the blog scene if you are looking for collage comrades!

3/4" deep in collage

Discovered a new pocket of collage artists today. I was rambling around and came across several new (to me) artists. It amazes me that no matter how deep I search, or how crazy and inventive I make a google search, there are STILL MORE collage artists out there communicating their personal message. They seem to come in pockets...in batches. You find one interesting person and sure enough, right behind them is their network. That little blogroll on the side of most peoples' blogs is a handly little thang. I don't take advantage of my blog list like I should, I profess!
Today it was the strange search a la etsy. I was doing some research about christmas cards on the web, and I discovered Katie Gutierrez, of California. She has done some deep collage work, and by deep I mean depth, like 3/4" deep. She has incorporated plastic figurines into her recent pieces which has created a special depth. I like the idea...sort of like a collage/assemblage morph. She is a beeswax user. (!!! that sounds funny!)
She has some pieces that were just chosen to be included in a one night only (December 21st) party/show at the 111 Minna Gallery in San Francisco, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Please visit Art Now San Francisco for more details.


S.U. Nayman — Digital Collage from Turkey


This work is by S.U. Nayman, a turkish collagist, saw his work in the BAK magazine (I'll get back to BAK later!). This is digital collage, but it really has the feel of regular collage. Regular Collage?! Is there a special term for collage work that isn't digital?? Studio collage? S.U. Nayman's work made me look twice to decide whether it was digital or not. I liked his choice of imagery and the illustrative nature of his pieces. (The squeezing cheek butt face on this particular artwork really knocked me over, therefore I chose this piece for an example)

I usually try not to stray too much into digital collage in my blog postings, but to do so is to leave out an entire realm of artworks that are included under that broad category of "collage". It isn't exactly in my genre or specialization...so I don't ferret out digital work for comparison and closer study very often. The composition techniques are so far apart from each other. I have been working on computer graphics as a day job for printers and IT work since 1985 and altho I enjoy digital manipulation, I prefer to get my hands dirty!

Back to BAK magazine! This was a nice little online score I got off of SCENE360, a film and arts online zine. There is a lot of pages in the zine, a lot of interesting photography, some really cool artwork, and it's bilingual! I really don't know what language it is, but it's super to have an English translation side by side on the pages! Download a copy. It's a worthy publication. And then go view some of Nayman's stuff!


Decorative Collage

Green Tea
ink, acrylic, and collage on paper / 21 x 29 cm / 8.25" x 11.5"

I saw a link on Scene 360 about the artwork of Stephanie Levy. Of course, since the blurb on 360 mentioned collage, I had to go to her site and take a closer look.
Stephanie, an artist trained and raised in the United States, is currently living in Munich Germany. She does collage work using origami papers and gold leaf (I recognized some of her papers as some of the very same that I have), and she gathers interiors from various decorating magazines. Her line drawings are endearing. Her work reminds me of an illustration one might receive from a designer working on decorating your home... swatches of colors and patterns alternating with sparse interior layouts... These are refreshing works. I like the fact that she uses nothing vintage. Makes for some modern looking work! Her site includes several colorful collages worth looking into.

Blogging & Self Discipline

It's great to be back! I have enjoyed taking a few moments to gather myself, visit with family and regroup. But in the back of my mind, there was this voice that was prodding me to get back to the regularly scheduled program. The blog has helped me keep in focus, and keep in touch with the pulse of art. I had not realized how my posting here on the blog has kept me in the loop. Not in the loop with others, but more in the loop with my own head, my own thinking, and my own interests. Blogging is an elaborate form of self discipline, in my case. I like to stray, my mind likes to wander and explore, I like to make excuses on why I can't find time to do things...and by forcing myself to examine art in some manner each day, I am creating a healthy dialogue between my mind and my body! By taking a break, I feel as tho I was allowing my body to be lazy and take over--and do nothing. This probably sounds insane, but I find that my mind and body don't always like to cooperate and each one takes a turn in sabotaging the final "me". There is this part of me that just likes to DEFY, even my own self!
So, I am thankful for the blog. I have found a reason for it to be a part of my daily actions...so let's get this thing back up and rolling, shall we??


collage overload

I get searching the web, reading newsgroups and reading blogs. I get involved with looking at images on websites, and taking in their meaning. I see endless lists of artists, creatives from every nook and cranny on the planet. There is so much going on, so many talented people, and so many folks doing things....AND IT OVERWHELMS ME!
At first, it all is so exciting, new thoughts, new ideas, new techniques and plans. I feel that I have a network, and there IS a community. There are others who feel like me, do things like me! Then, it becomes so overwhelming, too many ideas, thoughts....I end up feeling so insignificant and unimportant. I am merely a drop in this large bucket. It must be important for me to feel unique. The internet makes everyone feel like they are only fingertips away...and in this experience you find out that you really are not so special. Or are you?
I have been trying to post amazing artists here, and tell about places where you can learn about collage. This is quite an exhausting task for me. I really do end up with a sensory overload problem.
To repair my wigged out senses, the only thing I can do is remove all the distraction and clutter for awhile...until I calm down. This is what is happening at the moment for me. I am in sensory overload, and I feel so very small. I have been taking some moments for myself to relate to all these new facts and ideas. I apologize for not posting a daily artist, or not commenting on things as regularly as I have in the past. I just need to rejuvenate a bit! I definitely am by no means ending my blog experience, but I am slowing down a little to reflect on these things. I don't think I can make great changes within myself, unless I take the time to understand the new information that I have taken in. I just need to sit back and take a deep breath.

"Breathe deep the gathering gloom,
Watch lights fade from every room.
Bedsitter people look back and lament,
Another day's useless energy spent.
Impassioned lovers wrestle as one,
Lonely man cries for love and has none.
New mother picks up and suckles her son,
Senior citizens wish they were young."
—moody blues

___A place to find all kinds of information about collage.