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I am a Goat Girl (Collage)

Greetings!  Another weekend gone by and another Monday rears its ugly head…well I guess that just means its another day closer to Friday, right?

I had a busy weekend with not much time for crafting.  I had some family drama to sort out and some friends who needed help, so I only had a few hours on Sunday to get some arty time in.  I worked on a few different collages and, I think, due to my distracted mind, completely screwed most of them up.  Ugh – so annoying.  I had nearly completed one and then I added some stamped words and TOTALLY RUINED IT.  Gah!  It wasn’t salvageable at all so I will have to paint over it and start again.  Makes me so sad.

Anyway, I did complete one just for me.  I’d had a few collages pieces ready to go together to make this little winged goat girl, and it was time to get her properly cut out and stuck together (before I lost parts of her – I have a terrible habit of whistling while I work which means I am forever blowing things off my table and losing them!).

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I had to re-draw her little shoes because much of them were cut off or obscured by the foliage near her feet.  I think I did an ok job.

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I screwed up the scalloping on the top and bottom of the canvas – they should be the other way around – but I am hoping no one notices the words are upside down!  I also stamped the words a bit, um, wonkily. But I am trying not to let that bother me.  Perfection is boring, right?  Somebody please say yes!

Overall, I was pretty happy with it.  It’s for me and I don’t often make things to keep.  But the words are from one of my favourite songs (see lyrics below) and it just felt like something I wanted to have for myself, for once.   And yes, they are my raccoon pj pants you can see in the background…

Hope you are having a good day and doing your brutish best
to find some joy and creativity (even if you screw up the words and get things wrong).

🙂

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Goat Girl – Lyrics by Tanya Donelly (from the Album Love Songs for Underdogs)

See my child my past
Hoping yours is a blast
I park my heart in your driveway now I’m healing hell
I wanted a lion but I ended up with a man who wanted a gazelle
But I am a goat girl  I am a goat girl  I am a goat girl  Iam a goat girl
And I do my brutish best
See my child my past
Hoping yours will last
I park my heart in your driveway now I’m healing hell
I wanted a lion but I ended up with a man who wanted a gazelle
But I am a goat girl  I am a goat girl  I am goat girl  I am a goat girl
Thinking goatish thoughts
Dreaming goatish dreams
Digging up tin cans
Chewing on your sleeve
And I do my brutish best

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Quote for the Day : Risk and Change

“…Proverbial wisdom counsels against risk and change.
But sitting ducks fare worst of all…”

— Mason Cooley

PS I really wanted to use this photo for something… Every year we have a pair of ducks having a pit stop in a very tall tree outside my work.  They don’t nest or stay there – it seems to be a rest point and a chance to survey their environment.  They only stay for a couple of hours and then they’re gone, until the following year.  But it always make me smile to see this enormous tree with two ducks, perched up high and quacking loudly 🙂

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Shelduck, Perth Western Australia
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Altered Tribe

Hello everyone.  I hope you are well and enjoying the Spring or Autumn weather (whichever applies to you!).  My thoughts and prayers go out to all those suffering in the midst of the hurricanes and whatnot that are happening right now.  Dreadful business.  I keep thinking about all the animals that will be lost and frightened (and of course the people who are in the same situation).  So many terrorist incidents everywhere too.  The world is just not a safe place any more.  I sometimes think human beings are the least human beings of all.

Which brings me to my current arty obsession which is taking over my craft room (and life).  I am still making lots of collages, but now a few of them are featuring characters from what I like to call my “Altered Tribe”.  Part human, part animal or bird (or a combination of all three!), these “people” are a bit of an homage to Jerry Seinfeld’s stand-up routine, where he said “To hell with the world, I can make my own people!” (when talking about becoming a parent).  Well, sort of.  Mostly, they’re just an indication of how much I like to cut stuff out (and usually give myself a headache in the process because I seem to always be cutting out teeny tiny fiddly bits).

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I like to add wings to everything (you may have noticed this before) and antlers are also something I love.  Who doesn’t love antlers???  They make things more magical and mythical somehow.  Pop a pretty vintage lady’s head on a bird’s body and bung some antlers on and – hey presto! – you’re making your own people!  I’m particularly fond of birds of prey – those big feet and talons are lovely – but wrens or robins, ducks or doves make me just as happy.

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It can be tricky matching the right head with the right body etc.  If they head isn’t angled in the right way, it can throw the whole thing off.  So I spend ages going through my collage files to find just the right pieces to go together.  Cue more headaches.  I recently bought some nice old children’s books to cut up – they have lots of wonderful illustrations of all sorts of animals, birds and children.

So, I have lots of works-in-progress happening right now.  I try and do lots of prep in the evenings so I can accomplish more on the weekends.  I don’t want to waste too much time base-coating or fiddling about looking for pieces when I am in creation mode.  I just want to get stuck in and make stuff.

This isn’t the first time I’ve made these creatures – they’ve popped up every now and then in my cards and collages over the years.  But right now I am really enjoying bringing them into being and am loving sourcing new body parts!  Gives me another excuse to trawl through op-shops and find more old books 🙂  I’m also trying to branch out into other critters – hares and horses and dogs, to name a few.  There’s really no limit to what can be utilised and put together.  So expect to see a few donkey-rabbit-fish hybrids!

What would your “tribe” look like?
🙂

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Higher Power (Collage)

I am a bit obsessed by crows.  Crows, ravens, any black bird really.  Don’t ask me why, because I don’t know!  I think part of me loves them because they can sometimes be the outcast, shunned and unpopular.  People say all sorts of nonsense about crows.  It wouldn’t be like that if they were pure white, or even brown.  But black somehow makes them evil and cunning and bad to have around.

Working with them in art work can be tricky, because they are so dark.  It can be hard to design something around them that incorporates that darkness.  They will naturally be the focus of whatever you put them in, and tend to suit more monochromatic colour schemes, or darker hues at least.

To me, they suit a somehow spiritual, almost religious theme, and symbolise strength and self-belief, opportunity and thought.  So, this collage came together with that in mind.  Mr Crow here could almost be wearing a monocle and a top hat (damn – why didn’t I think of that earlier?!) – he’s very dashing and proud.  He is definitely his own higher power.  Ain’t nobody making him do anything he doesn’t wanna do – he makes his own decisions and has faith in himself!  He answers (caw caw!) to no one but his own inner being.  He is clever and brave and inventive.

He will, however, feel no shame at all about going through your rubbish bins, or eating gross, dead things off the road 🙂

Thanks for stopping by – have faith in yourselves today x

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Earn Your Stripes (Collage)

Wasn’t too sure about this one.  Possibly because I was working on it at midnight and was half asleep.  It’s only a little collage – another 4 x 4 ” box canvas – but had lots of bits and pieces plus the lettering, which went a bit off course and smudged in places (a bit like me at midnight – wonky and smudgy!).  I was watching Wife Swap for some unknown reason and there was a crazy religious lady who kept screaming “She’s not a Christian – aaaghghghghgghg!!!” in a voice that suggested she was, in fact, in dire need of an exorcist herself.  This may have caused me to craft a bit haphazardly.  Who knows?  I was just determined to get it done and worry it about it in the morning.  This is my new plan – just get it done and stop procrastinating!!!

And, if all else fails, stick a flower or a hat or some wings on it!

Hope you are all well and that life is being kind.

🙂

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