Thursday, January 17, 2013

Unfinished business

Blame it on January perhaps, but I suddenly can't get out of my own way.
The queen of productivity, she who can churn out twenty postcards in an evening, suddenly can't finish a damn thing.

I can start lots of things.  Heck yeah.
But nothing feels done.
I'm way up inside my head and over thinking everything.

Yesterday was a snow day here, and also my first day back among the living after a bout with strep.  I forced myself to collect my pile of half finished collages and either finish or declare them "good enough."  And so I bring you collages #10-21 of my 365 in 2013 challenge.



I've been doing a lot with brown and blue lately.  I kind of hate the first two, but I really like the third.



I still had a lot of these painted postcard backgrounds lying around from a creativity spree months ago, so I added a few more elements and counted them as new collages.  (I see now that the gel medium hadn't totally dried when I impatiently scanned it. There's not actually white blobs in the black fibers.)
Another of those backgrounds was used as the first of my three collages for the Mail Me Some Art Collage Sheet Challenge.  (I posted a collage sheet and challenged everyone to make postcards using those images)



After cleaning up so many piles, I got a little giddy and made this wonderfully warped series.
 

 

 
With that last one I might have laughed myself right out of my funk.  Maybe I can finally see my way clear to sending out some mail!

I'm making 365 collages this year! 

17 comments:

  1. I'll take my hamster medium rare. LOL! Warped art is my favorite meal.

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  2. The postcards look great! If you are ever stuck in the "is it finished limbo" again, it might be fun to do an add and pass, and let other mail artists add to the postcard and when someone along the way decides it is done, they can send it back to you! see you in the Mail! Elle
    www.artofaletter.blogspot.com

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  3. Love the hamsters, bitch!

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  4. Okay rats on the grill, now even for you that is out there. I do like your blue and brown and your rats and all your humor in your mail art.....but please don't put any arms in my eggs....xox

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  5. What is that guy looking at? Funny I cut the circle thing too. Will be sending today or in tomorrow waiting for them to dry.

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  6. These are fantastic!! I love the third blue and brown but oh my god I lovee the the triangular piece before the yellow one. AHH.

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  7. So that's what you consider to be your measly little output. Ha! I'm a slow-coach beginner in comparison. I love them all, including the second one. Particularly like the volcano, the mountains - and as for the wacky collages, that's what I call real collage art. I'll have to post my 'waving arm' collage some time. Marvellous post, as usual.

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  8. The grill one is a riot.....just relax and take care, everyone has times of making more or less art....its all good....xo

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  9. I'm with you on the third blue collage, but my fave is the person drowning in the frypan.

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  10. Well done. LOL. Each and every one.

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  11. i wish i had your slump, hope your feeling better

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  12. it will slow and speed up and be full and empty and sometimes it will stall. but believe me when i say that you will be back to full swing once you stop trying to be, because it feeds you. it's become nourishment now. you think pollock didn't do this? that rothko was all light and fairies? that rauschenberg didn't chain smoke his way through the blue meanies with candy cigarettes? we are always going to battle. if we were robots it wouldn't be nearly so much fun.

    i look forward to working with your collage sheets tomorrow. yes, i've given myself two days, but listen: the fact i am looking forward to doing it is something that didn't happen before you opened the swap. so basically, it's your fault i'm looking forward to it.

    dammit!!

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  13. Hey, Karen! I just wanted to pop in and take a look around. LOTS of yummy goodness here - I'll be back. See you on FB in April's Studio :)

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  14. A fantastic collection Karen! I'm glad the funk is lifting. I love the distinctive groups and themes you have going on--each fantastic in their own way.

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  15. Karen.. glad you're feeling better. Sometimes our bodies just won't cooperate with our minds and creative soul.Funky art indeed. Love the brown and teal/blue.

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  16. It looks like you are finishing PLENTY...don't give yourself a hard time!! I love, love, love your "warped" series. You have a great surreal vision!

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  17. I think all of these are very cool, but the hamster grill is just awesome! Love it, made me smile too!

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