It just worked out that a painting I was finishing up this week also happened to work moderately well for this weeks Illustration Friday prompt "Golden". This painting started out as an assignment for my painting students. The object of the assignment was to create a collage out of found images and then to use that collage as the starting reference for a painting. The result is that the final image has the feel of a collage but has no mixed media in the final work. We spent a lot of time talking about how images that seem to have no relationship to each other can be combined to create new meaning.
A lot of starting fresh in my household. This insect symbolizes a lot of things that I am not even able to talk about yet on my blog but he will be a good reminder to me of all the new possibilities that arise from things NOT working out the way you had hoped.
After a long absence, I am returning to my blog and weekly Illustration Friday submissions. The last year and a half has been (and continues to be) a long and arduous voyage, full of loss, fear, disappointment, guilt, and unexpected moments of hope and courage. We experience life as an ongoing narrative that we tell ourselves to explain how events fit into our personal story. I like the metaphorical strength of collage as a narrative device and hope to produce an ongoing series of collage works based on the theme "Stories I Tell Myself."