Winter Collage: Red Tree

January 27, 2017 at 9:33 pm | Posted in Art Studio | Leave a comment
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Red Tree by Joan Desmond 2017

©2017, Joan Desmond, Red Tree.

Recently there was a winter storm and white completely redefined the landscape. I walk out to new visual discoveries. Parallel lines of forked quail prints cross the oval tracks of a lone rabbit. Snow sits fat, frosting dollops on green sugar bush branches and pine needles. Feathered crystal patterns reflect from a puddle.

Mostly I am breath-caught silent by the space around objects, the negative space. It is that tree, that boulder, that view that is now silhouetted and distinct within the whiteness, each is highlighted and suspended for a moment, a day perhaps.

Then it all melts.

 

and then…

February 10, 2015 at 10:06 am | Posted in Art Studio | Leave a comment
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Heartaphoria by Joan Desmond 2015

©2015, Joan Desmond, Heartaphoria.

The Collage Process Explained

October 19, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Posted in Art Studio, Considering Ideas, Mail Art | Leave a comment
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  1. First there’s a rough idea for paper collage design, or two or three ideas.
  2. Scanning your immaculately organized studio, you consider the backing/support. Heavy watercolor paper, Bristol board, museum board? Rummaging through a drawer, a file, a cart, you pull considerations out onto the desk.
  3. You bring out the stored decorative and handmade-papers. Seeing the colorful bags sorted by type and size, you feel so TOGETHER.
  4. You plug in a Mozart tape.collage-table
  5. Tear. Cut. Snip. Hey! Let’s make four different collages at once, or more!
  6. At the counter, arrange, and rearrange the paper shapes on the backings. You vaguely notice that there’s an equal amount of bits and pieces on the floor.
  7. They need something else, pop the lid off that other bin of collected oddments!
  8. By now, every studio drawer should be hanging precariously open.
  9. You didn’t notice that the music ended long ago.
  10. For the fifth time you’ve misplaced the small and large scissors, and can’t find the Xacto-knife.
  11. You bring out more scissors. Plus you consider a yellow silk ribbon; 5 inches of orange cotton cord; 1960’s stickers of a chicken, a t.v., a hula girl, and a rubber duckie; a vintage matchbox; a soap wrapper from India with elephants; and textured metal buttons. None of which you’ll use.
  12. Right about here, every surface in the studio should be covered with collage materials. The purple papers are in the orange bag, and the tans have disappeared. You feel, MMM…words fail.file-drawers-top
  13. It’s time to glue: with paste or acrylic medium depending on the paper’s weight.
  14. You glue  in layers, covering each in pieces of plastic drop cloth, so they won’t stick to the big art history text you weight them down with to dry. There’s likely a place left on the floor to put them.pastes
  15. Another layer, more stuff.
  16. If you did it right so far, the palette knife for the paste is glued to a CD cover; the acrylic medium brush is best friends with a paper towel; one shoe is stuck to the floor, and the other is trailing a bit of Thai pink mulberry paper; there is unexplained ink on your hands.
  17. Then, suddenly, you are finished- can’t remember when you started, but it’s dark now. Looking around at the chaos, you feel GOOD.
  18. That’s right, collage had its way with you.
  19. The next morning it takes an hour, or two, to reorganize, put back, wipe down …you find the scissors, and the bag with the tans under the canvas cart.
  20. You arrange some of the collages for a photo shoot.

    Collage Postcards by Joan Desmond 2013

    ©2013, Joan Desmond, Collage Postcards.

  21. Hah! such a clean and tidy pic.
  22. Collaged, mail art postcards, ready for messages, addresses, and stamps. For the Grandkids. Sending some art through the mail.

Composition In Red: Art from Trash

February 28, 2012 at 8:07 pm | Posted in Art Studio, Considering Ideas | Leave a comment
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©2012, Joan Desmond, Composition in Red. Collage.

This art piece uses only two things: Styrofoam from a take-out container, and cut magazine paper. While the previously posted fish mobile is much about organic shapes, this one is about geometric ones, and numbers. Since these four works will be displayed at a school I kept in mind the various curriculum subjects. Art can be created in any class to enhance learning.

Echoing Color

May 3, 2010 at 10:30 pm | Posted in Art Studio | Leave a comment
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Rolling color

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2 mixed-media collages – May 2010-Joan Desmond

and enough texture to fall into- from the studio.

Cardboard, cds, old mags, bubble wrap, fruit stickers, wood scraps, cereal boxes…

March 13, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Posted in Art Studio, Considering Ideas | 1 Comment
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Collage “Bird Mask” by J. Desmond- recycled mags & other papers

What discarded items are lurking around your house waiting to be transformed into art? By brainstorming, considering possibilities, anything can become a medium for creative expression.

There’s a freedom in it. Recycling and repurposing bypasses the need for purchasing specialized materials: canvas, paint, special paper, and such. Plus it alleviates the oft seen, beginner’s intimidation when confronted with an array of expensive art stuff.

You just plunge in—imagine, conceive, pile up, cut, tear, organize, design, glue, hammer, and lose yourself in the process. Sometimes it’s just about the process, about voicing your expression, and sometimes you will come up with a thing worth keeping.

Starting Wednesday evening, March 17through March 19, 2010, there’s an art exhibit featuring such recycled art at the Odd Fellows Hall,50 Tobias St, Kernville, California.It will highlight a display by local students answering the theme ofHow Do You Green at Home, Work, or School?

This is part of the 2010 Living Green Kern River Valley Festivalto be held March 17 thru 21, 2010 in California.

Art Business

January 26, 2010 at 11:23 am | Posted in Art Studio, Considering Ideas | Leave a comment
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self-portrait collage

“Artist/Woman Thinking About Stuff”

That is, art business, paperwork, facts & figures.

Arvin Green Arts Festival

May 16, 2009 at 9:47 am | Posted in Art Exhibitions, Art Studio | Leave a comment
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Recycling…considering the process

An 18″ x 20″ collage created from recycled paperboard which is part of the Arvin Green Arts Festival Juried Show in Arvin, California,  May 16-17, 2009.

Autumn Collage

November 12, 2008 at 1:10 pm | Posted in Art Studio | Leave a comment
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8th International Miniart Exchange

August 30, 2008 at 10:58 pm | Posted in Art Exhibitions | Leave a comment
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The 6th International MiniArt Exchange of Porta Alegre, Brazil travelled on to the The Federal University of The Amazon in Manuas, Brazil. It is now the 8th International MiniArt Exchange Exhibit. The works are in the main campus gallery from July 29 – September 12, 2008.

 

Searching Through The Memories.

My work in the exhibit. A collage based on my charcoal drawing of a figure. I’ve used this figure in a work before, it haunts me.

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