Hello everyone and welcome to another week. 2018 is whizzing by…is that because I am getting old, or has time actually sped up?
I didn’t think I was going to be happy with this piece but, in the end, I was quite satisfied with it and glad that I didn’t give up on it (which, I confess, happens a lot with me…). The little bird-man was originally holding a letter in his right hand, but I cut that out and replaced it with a heart. Off to the right hand side of the photo, you can see a “dud” heart that didn’t work out, complete with the little notch cut out of it for the bird-man’s thumb. Sometimes it takes me a few goes to line things up exactly right 🙂 I think it’s worth the effort – the end result looks pretty good, like the heart was always part of the picture. I added an extra little one on the parcel too. So now he looks like he is going somewhere, with plenty of heart 🙂
Another day, another collage! I actually made this one a few weeks ago but forgot to post it. I really like the sentiment – books are constant friends and, for me, a house without books is just not a home. Of course, being a librarian, I am surrounded by books all the time, so it is hard to imagine a life without them. My house would probably be a lot less crowded though…but that’s another story!
The bird-lady in my collage has a lovely dress (from a Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone book of prayers) and her head is from a vintage book of bird illustrations. She’s a Eurasian Hoopoe. And she’s pretty fabulous with her freaky-deaky feathers. You can read more about Hoopoes HERE. They’re quite delightful.
There is absolutely no point to this post, other than to say I love black swans. Most days I go walking at a big lake on the way home from work, and I love watching these guys as they paddle about on the water. They are majestic and comical all at the same time. At this time of year, when they are not consumed by the breeding urge, they are friendly and inquisitive, quite happy to waddle up to you and graze nearby or check out what you may have for them. Sadly, I don’t bring them food because I know it’s not good to do so (especially bread) and so I am a bit of a disappointment. Still, they seem to know me now and will hang out for a while if I sit on one of the benches or on the bank.
I love their little honks and whistles, their head-bobs-in-greeting and their lovely big feet. I love their upside-down feeding when their in bums are the air and their heads are underwater, feet paddling like crazy. I love their ballet stretches and their sleepy eyelids when they are dozing off. The way the water beads on their blue-black plumage, and those bright red beaks. Just beautiful.
“…Our bird plays a starring role in all this owing to a belief in Europe, dating back 2000 years to Roman poet Juvenal, that swans are invariably white. Like purple cows and flying pigs, the black swan was a symbol of what was impossible. In medieval Europe, unicorns had more credibility. Dutch navigator Willem de Vlamingh, by finding black swans in Western Australia in 1697, showed how risky it is to declare something impossible…”
I’m glad they ARE possible, and that I get to share their space with them. Come breeding season they are less inclined to be so welcoming but, even then, they are accommodating and patient, allowing a certain amount of intrusion into their little family groups. Cygnets are the most adorable things on the planet. Grey balls of fluff – it’s hard to imagine they will grow up to be something so tall and glorious. Don’t get too close though – you don’t want to be on the receiving end of a Mummy Swan’s wrath 🙂
I’ve been hanging on to this collage for a while and haven’t quite finished it (gotta paint the sides and finish off a bit of detailing) but it’s close enough…
I have it on pretty good authority that most ladylike mermaids keep a pigeon on their shoulder. It distracts the eye from one’s bosom, if one’s bosom is uncovered. However, this mermaid is particularly modest and keeps covered up. So her pigeon is more of fashion statement than a practical piece of adornment with a purpose. I’m not sure if the giant pink shell is a hat or just a thing she likes to carry around with her to match her outfit. Maybe it’s some kind of mermaid ninja throwing star or something.
Hope you and your weekend are weird and wonderful. Be Happy. Be You 🙂
Dr Seuss has the best quotes. In all the silliness of his stories, there is endless wisdom and truth, much of which makes far more sense than anything else going on in our world right now. Sometimes we need reminding that we are all unique and different – and that that is a GOOD thing – not something to be hidden away or changed. Who wants to be like everyone else? Not me! Although a little bit of “normal” would be nice from time to time. Just so I can interact with people on a regular basis and not have them wondering what planet I’m from, ha ha.
I created this collage for a special family member who celebrated a birthday last week. I worked on it for a few weeks, in between doing other things, and got it finished just in time. I hope she liked it. And can ignore the dots I smudged after the last word 🙂
Hope you are all having a good day – thank you for stopping in x
A bit brighter (and definitely pinker!) than my usual style, this one. But it is good for one’s brain to try new things and break out of comfort zones (I know this because I am reading about and researching neurobics right now for work – I might do a post on that another time). Besides, pink is a nice cheerful colour and who doesn’t need an extra dash of cheer these days?
I was particularly fond of this birdie because he or she was gripping a branch, which meant no cutting-out of tiny little toes and claws. Bonus! Last night I was cutting out tiny shoe-laces on another piece and nearly sent myself blind. Why do I do this to myself? And I am RUBBISH at using a craft knife (I have mentioned this before) – I am forever accidentally hacking pieces off that should very much stay attached. So annoying! Scissors are my friend (my faithful friend?), and I will use them in preference to anything else. I just have better control with them
Hope you are having a cheerful and bright day today – thanks for dropping by 🙂