Friday, November 7, 2014

Of Beautiful Things

My contribution to Collage Obsession’s long hair challenge.
I make old-school collages; just magazines, scissors, and glue. This one was inspired by the painting of Isolde by Gaston Bussiere (from 1911, see below - image courtesy of Wikicommons). I had the woman cut out already, and the magical bookshelves, but I carefully crafted her 2-part crown, the cup, the halo around her, and the four different backgrounds together. I also added some gold shading to give depth to her white dress. What a fun evening!
The colors immediately grabbed me, and the curious sadness in her expression.

I also wanted to take a minute to share two beautiful things that are brightening my week:

The Sleeper and the Spindle, by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Chris Riddell. While the story itself is not my favorite Gaiman piece (a bit clunky and weak on characterization for his writing, in my opinion, but still enjoyable), the book is a thing of beauty, like a gothic illuminated fairy tale.


Deeper Than Pink by Stacy Lynn Mar arrived, and I look forward to opening its bright pink cover and delving into the wonder beneath. Seriously, Stacy's poems can reach right into your chest and give your heart a squeeze. I can't imagine more perfect rush-hour train commute reading; people often try to converse with me, a bright pink poetry book might be the perfect shield.

8 comments:

Ozstuff said...

Beautifully elegant!

chrissies said...

Beautiful background choice and image

Love Chrissie x

Brian Miller said...

oo have not read that gaiman book...will have to check it out...

the elements of your picture work well together....i like the astral drapes...and i would not have known the crown was 2 parts if you would not have said...smiles.

Deann said...

It is great to see a real hands on collage...beautiful work.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

I really love this. Breathtaking!!

Karla B said...

I really love this ! Lovely!

Stacy Lynn Mar said...

oh my goodness, i am absolutely HONORED that you purchased and so look forward to reading my book. please let me know what you think!

also really enjoyed your art, i had no idea you were also an artist. hmm. i'm just totally delighted with you. :)

Kirsi itKuPiLLi Rouvinen said...

Such a beautiful collage! Thank you for participating! :)