Creative Collage Art

I was perusing my “Art I Like” board on Pinterest and curated this art collection on a similar theme — collage. Collage artists here use pencil shavings, old newspapers and magazines, old sheet music, recycled Metrocards or assorted recycled junk to create pleasing creations and even recognizable famous faces or artwork. Only one piece in this collection is not technically a collage, but a sculpture, but since it is made with old sheet music, as some of the other pieces, it seems to fit. I only republished pieces where I could trace the artist and credit him or her.

pencil shaving art by Kristina Webb
Collage of Audrey Hepburn (made with old newspaper and magazine clippings) by Ines Koudis
Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, made with recycled junk, by Jane Perkins
Sculpture made from old music books, by BeckyJArts on Etsy
Beethoven collage, made with notes cut with Xacto knife from sheet music, by Erika Iris Simmons
Van Gogh’s sunflowers recreated with wood wrapped in newspaper, by Lee Kyu-Hak
Collage of Itzhak Perlman, made with recycled Metro cards, by Nina Boesch
‘pictures of magazines 2’ by vik muniz ‘a bar at folies bergères’, after edouard manet

Two Duck Poems with Duck Photography

Photo by Susan Joy Clark

I’ve had a few opportunities to photograph ducks in the park from different trips there. I found these two floating on a raft together to be rather endearing. (It’s hard to tell, but I think the raft may actually be a platform that is anchored there underwater.) I keep noticing mallards together in male/female pairs, and it makes me think of Bambi and all of the animals getting “twitterpated” in springtime.

I thought I would combine photos with a couple of fun duck poems (not my own this time) of which I was reminded recently.

Photo by Susan Joy Clark

The Duck

Behold the duck.

It does not cluck.

A cluck it lacks.

It quacks.

It is specially fond

Of a puddle or pond.

When it sups,

It bottoms ups.

— by Ogden Nash

Another duck couple. Although seen on another day, perhaps it’s the same one?
Photo by Susan Joy Clark

I don’t have any “bottoms up” photos, but here is another duck poem with a similar theme, this time by Kenneth Grahame.

Ducks’ Ditty

All along the backwater,

Through the rushes tall,

Ducks are a-dabbling,

Up tails all!

Ducks’ tails, drakes’ tails,

Yellow feet a-quiver,

Yellow bills all out of sight,

Busy in the river!

Slushy green undergrowth

Where the roach swim —

Here we keep our larder,

Cool and full and dim.

Everyone for what he likes!

We like to be

Heads down, tails up,

Dabbling free!

High in the blue above

Swifts whirl and call —

We are down a-dabbling

Up tails all!

— by Kenneth Grahame

So, I don’t have any “bottoms up” photos of ducks, but I do have this photo of some baby ducklings.

Photo by Susan Joy Clark

Bloom Where You’re Planted

Street Art

Bloom Where You Are Planted Mural in Bloomfield, NJ, Photo by Susan Joy Clark

I saw this mural on an underpass on Broad Street in Bloomfield, New Jersey. I was on foot for a bit, so I took a photo. It impressed me with its vivid colors and beauty. It’s a lot more pleasant than looking at plain concrete. The mural was signed by The Art Alchemist.

Photo by Susan Joy Clark

From this angle, you can see that the giant flowers are pushing up through concrete in a cityscape.

According to the Art Alchemist’s website, the mural is entitled “Bloom Where You’re Planted” and represents the strength needed to grow wherever you are. It was commissioned by the township of Bloomfield. Not only is it visually pleasing, the mural has a positive message. You can go to The Art Alchemist to see more examples of the artist’s work.

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Tarantulas, Tea Pots and Tufted Titmice — Oh My!

Assorted Interesting Things, Creativity Link Roundup, from WordPress and the Internet

Art, Photography and the Written Word

Photo by Henry Becerra on Unsplash

I thought the photo above was fitting for this post, because you know what Forrest Gump says, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get.” What do tarantulas and tea pot pinatas have in common? Not much — other than things Susan reads on the Internet. Enjoy this interesting assortment, and I hope you make some new discoveries.

An artist friend, Christine Kerrick, wrote about her travel adventures in Mexico for Cinco de Mayo and showed off her painting of a Mexican red knee tarantula. She is, perhaps, the only woman I know with a fascination for tarantulas, particularly the colorful kind. (Sorry arachnophobes.) And, please, check out her art page. There is much more to her art than this particular example.

Jane Austen Runs My Life shared about her Jane Austen themed birthday party and gives the instructions for creating a tea pot pinata, which was filled with — what else? — tea bags and candy.

Donna at My One Beautiful Thing shares birdfeeder photography by Ostdrossel on Instagram. The photos are mostly birds, but she catches some other critters on camera as well, such as bunnies and squirrels.

Photo by Ostdrossel

Pam Webb, children’s writer and English teacher, shares my love of words and etymology. Read her post, Why We Say: From Villain to Windfall, to learn the origins of some common words and expressions.

Allison at A Farm Girl’s Life gives us a tour of her sketchbook. This beautiful farm scene with scattered bovines was one of my favorite spreads. You can find a little this and that on her site: sketches, photography or stories of farm life.

Photo and art by Allison of A Farm Girl’s Life. Makes me think of “All things bright and beautiful.”

Mitch Teemley, who describes himself as a writer, filmmaker, humorist and thinker-about-stuffer, writes some spiritual thoughts about the butterfly effect and repairing relationships.

Photo by Nathan Dunlao on Unsplash

Andrea R. Huelsenbeck of ARHtistic License shares an interesting formula for generating story ideas by selecting random story elements from different columns in a chart. It could be a fun creative writing exercise.

Danish travel blogger and photographer, Le Drake Noir, caught some amazing photos of a hare nursing her babies.

Photo by Le Drake Noir

Another artist friend, Jeffrey M. Green, shares his spiritual thoughts on race relations in God’s Color Palette in Human Design. Unlike many other things we hear these days, I trust his post promotes peace and harmony. Jeffrey is an absolutely amazing colored pencil artist. Below is his drawing, “Respect for Others.”

Wearable Dinnerware — My OBT

I’m sharing this post from Donna at My One Beautiful Thing blog where you can find all sorts of posts about artsy things and various artists. I really enjoyed the looks of this pretty jewelry made from china plates. Click on the link at the bottom for more.

Gésine Hackenberg Amsterdam jewelry designer Gésine Hackenberg punches holes in Delftware and other antique porcelain and ceramic pieces, and turns the circles into stylish, eminently-collectible jewelry. The graduating discs almost give the impression of pearls, and they’re every bit as wearable. I love the one-of-a-kind nature of the jewelry, and the fun use of old […]

Wearable Dinnerware — My OBT