Camzilla Reads a Book
Camzilla Reads a Book

This was the "end"point for a college tennis volley just before I cut it down to fit into the notebook. I admit, I almost broke the rules and kept this because I liked it so much.  But!  The process is king!  So it got cut further down for the better good of the overall piece.

 

I think, too, I have inadvertently stumbled into a series as I love everything about this collage.  Black and white components make it feel so real that it lends a strong surreal quality I appreciate.

 

Now just to find more cameras.

 

Sources:
National Geographic

Damn John Whorfin and the parachute he rode in on.
Damn John Whorfin and the parachute he rode in on.

Wherever you go, thee you are.  Until the "there" is the sun.  Then you're ot so much as "there" as you are "everywhere all at the same time" which I'm told is a pretty nice place to be.  Usually you get there with a bunch of drinks and a brick to your head after you win one game too many of poker.  

 

I've been ionized.  I'm ok now.

 

Sources:
What's out there?
National Geographic magazine
Japanese Style

I Imagine Death Presents like a Day at the Beach
I Imagine Death Presents like a Day at the Beach

The title comes from Mary Roach.  In full, it reads:

"I don't fear death so much as I fear its prologues: loneliness, decrepitude, pain, debilitation, depression, senility. After a few years of those, I imagine death presents like a holiday at the beach."

 

Along with general positivity, I have been thinking about mortality more than is healthy.  So maybe let's just get all of it out of my system like I did with Trump last year?  You should see my test art journal...

 

Also, what do you think of the little signature stamp?  it's called a chop and I had one made into a rubber stamp to use on the actual paper art.  This was applied in post.

Source:
Bird & Bloom magazine
100 Years of National Geographic
What's Out There?

The Hamburglar as an Engineer of the Revolution.
The Hamburglar as an Engineer of the Revolution.

Rob says that three elements makes a collage an i'm trying to focus on that.  I do so because it is an interesting constraint but also because I usually want to add just one thing too many to a particular collage.  That tends to water down the message.  

 

And what more do you need than a pink pussy hat to get your message across?

 

Sources:
Time magazine
Gold-colored aluminum foil.

A Little Dab'll Do Ya
A Little Dab'll Do Ya

I want to be more positive in 2018 after 2017 was pretty much a constant game of "Presidential Tweet or Tumblr Shitpost."  I do not like this game.  Not one bit.  

But... as much as I dislike that I also believe you are what you [ut out into the world.  So, let us try for a little change in the nastiness.  Even a little bit will help.

 

Also.  Mid-terms.  Looking forward to mid-terms.

 

Sources:
Time magazine
Gold-colored aluminum foil

Snails for Brains
Snails for Brains

Space snails!  An obvious reference to Brain Slugs from Futurama and what are snails but slugs with big hair?

 

I'm not entirely sure the message of this piece is coherent - something about brain manipulation and suffragettes and space but I really liked how everything looked together.

 

Sources:
National Geographic magazine
Birds and Blooms magazine
Time magazine
What's Out There book.

Offerings
Offerings

All my collages to date had been for postcards or collage tennis.  With Paper Warren recently made available as an outlet, I was inspired to try my hand at a collage to stand on its own.

 

I really like the classic paperback cover look of some of Will & Alyska's work; I want to develop the narrative feel of my own work.  Maybe later I'll work on my abstraction skills.

 

Sources:
Mental Floss

National Geographic

Commercials for Zoloft
Commercials for Zoloft

The swinging couple sat on my desk for about a month before I did something with it.  I liked the image on its own but not enough to put it on nice paper but liked not enough not to put it in my experimentation notebook.

 

So it sat and taunted me until Courtney came and made her horse thing from the other half of the red cloud management advertisement.  Bonus points for the bold, contrasting color.

 

Sources:

National Geographic

Yosemite

Fortune

Through the looking glass
Through the looking glass

SNAILS!  What else do you need?

Imagine there were 46 people and some horses and some bread I guess
Imagine there were 46 people and some horses and some bread I guess

This is what happens when you tell a raccoon to create something abstract.  There were questions about avocado to go with that toast but we both were concerned we couldn't afford a house if she added that to the collage.

 

Sources:

Fortune magazine

National Geographic magazine

Hyvee Seasons

Landscape jumpers heading down
Landscape jumpers heading down

Dolphins and ladies in the sky.  See, more a general aquatic kick, no?  I had fun with bad visual puns as I cut out the figure's shirt and replaced it with a mountain range leftover from a different piece.  I then stuck her behind more mountains and valleys.  

 

The dolphins were more of a complication i'm still questioning.  I added it to make the whole thing more dynamic but that may have over-complicated it.  The woman with the mountain range and the valley background may have been enough.  who knows?

 

Sources:

Target catalog

Deep Blue Sea book

Yosemite

We asked you to stop nicely
We asked you to stop nicely

My friends are saying I have a nautical theme going.  It is really that I've been going through a book on whales and taking pieces fo other stuff.  This base image was a casualty of another project but I didn 't want to waste it.

 

Also, whales are delicious.

 

Sources:

National Geographic magazine

Whale Nation

Time magazine

Fortune magazine

 

A Whale of a Show
A Whale of a Show

I kept asking myself "should I just cut off their heads"? for all the little heads on the inside of the coliseum.  I split the difference and was more shocked that any of them survived the cutting process.  

 

It was also a great use of whales.  Because whales.

And I just love star fields.

 

Sources:

National Geographic magazine

Blue Whale Planet

What's Put There?

Don't regulate these guns
Don't regulate these guns

Look, if you don't like Ruth Bader Ginsburg for being just a bad ass, I don't know what to say about you.

 

Sources:

Time magazine

Lettuce meet in the alley
Lettuce meet in the alley

Everything he can do, she can do better.

 

Sources:

Private View: Inside Baryshnikov's American Ballet

What's out there? 

HyVee Seasons catalog

Is it alcohol poinsoning or radiation sickness
Is it alcohol poinsoning or radiation sickness

I feel like this last year has been an exercise in Temperance.  And not throwing up all over the house.

 

Sources:

Time magazine

Imbibe magazine

The National Geographic: 100 years of adventure and discovery

 

It's holy effin' scary time!
It's holy effin' scary time!

Marionette dolls, famous or otherwise, are scary pretty much no matter what you do with them.  I attempted to add this to a bunch of other collages but they never fit.  So instead, here is a floating head of anxiety.

 

Sources:

The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans

Time magazine

What's Out There: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe

Fluffy kitties from space
Fluffy kitties from space

Finally, am evil I can get behind.  Until there are hairballs the size of Mount Rushmore in my backyard.  Then they'll get the spray bottle.

 

Sources:

Time magazine

What's Out There: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe

Wyomings Wild River Range

 

Lettuce be free
Lettuce be free

Sources:

Hyvee Seasons magazine

Private View: Inside Barishnikov's American Ballet Theatre b

What's Out There: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe

I look ahead because the past is the past
I look ahead because the past is the past

Sources:

Time magazine

Wyomings Wild River Range

Mother nature has HAD IT UP TO HERE
Mother nature has HAD IT UP TO HERE

Get it?  Like the outer atmosphere?  Up to...  eh?  I'm pretty certain I'm going to de because of climate change sooner than anything else.

 

Sources:

Entrepreneur Magazine

What's Out There: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe

Pasta in the brain
Pasta in the brain

Such lovely golden locks.  Just the BEST.

Not my bowl of pasta.

 

Sources:

Time magazine

Pasta poster print.

The power of cheese dust and snack food
The power of cheese dust and snack food

He's the Nacho President, you know?  That's what Nick Offerman calls him on Twitter and that's just how the name rongs in my head now.

 

Sources:

Time magazine (yeah, even the nacho)

Pussy hats shall inherit the earth.
Pussy hats shall inherit the earth.

Misogyny is horse-shit.  Ladies rule and I'm all for removing sexual predators from power, even people I like.

 

Sources:

Time magazine

What's Out There: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe

This is not an avocado. This is a potato
This is not an avocado. This is a potato

Critics agree, potatoes are delicious.  

 

Sources:

Hyvee magazine

Fortune magazine

Trump is out of this world
Trump is out of this world

His footprint will be global in scale. And his backing is becoming far less... obscure.

 

Sources:

Rollingstone magazine

What's Out There: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe

Who who who did spilled ketchup on my shirt
Who who who did spilled ketchup on my shirt

I mean, maybe you should hold on to the burger when you're running away from giant owls?  Accidents are abundant when running from things.  That's how all the best characters die in horror movies.

 

Sources:

Birds & Bloom magazine

Entrepreneur magazine

What's Out There: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe

You are what you MEAT
You are what you MEAT

I really like playing with negative space.  It's a challenge and a good use of resources - this ballerina makes an appearance in my Lettuce Ladies series.

 

Sources:

A Private View by John Fraser

Hyvee Seasons magazine

Hyvee Balance magazine

Where's my damn moon base
Where's my damn moon base

Alyska is really good at traditional collage - taking many elements and putting them together for a piece.  I'm not so good so I've been trying to put lots of things together to get something coherent.  Here's the first.

 

Sources:

What's Out There: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe

National Geographic magazine

Infinities of cliffside dwellings
Infinities of cliffside dwellings

Cliff-dwellers are so cool.  These were from a spread on tribes in Arizona and I really liked the colors and the feeling of timelessness.  So, of course, add space scenes and I'm happy.

 

Sources:

What's Out There: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe

National Geographic magazine

Wyomings Wild River Range

And them her head exploded
And them her head exploded

Angela merkel has had a rough time being the new top world leader, especially when Trump acts the fool during international travels.  She is doing a great job keeping her cool but I think he's in for some rougher weather, especially back home.

 

Sources:

Time magazine

Birds & Bloom magazine

LBJ and the great expanse
LBJ and the great expanse

Sources:

National Geographic magazine

Holy grains!
Holy grains!

Sources:

Hyvee Seasons

National Geographic: 100 years of adventure and discovery.

Camzilla Reads a Book
Damn John Whorfin and the parachute he rode in on.
I Imagine Death Presents like a Day at the Beach
The Hamburglar as an Engineer of the Revolution.
A Little Dab'll Do Ya
Snails for Brains
Offerings
Commercials for Zoloft
Through the looking glass
Imagine there were 46 people and some horses and some bread I guess
Landscape jumpers heading down
We asked you to stop nicely
A Whale of a Show
Don't regulate these guns
Lettuce meet in the alley
Is it alcohol poinsoning or radiation sickness
It's holy effin' scary time!
Fluffy kitties from space
Lettuce be free
I look ahead because the past is the past
Mother nature has HAD IT UP TO HERE
Pasta in the brain
The power of cheese dust and snack food
Pussy hats shall inherit the earth.
This is not an avocado. This is a potato
Trump is out of this world
Who who who did spilled ketchup on my shirt
You are what you MEAT
Where's my damn moon base
Infinities of cliffside dwellings
And them her head exploded
LBJ and the great expanse
Holy grains!
Camzilla Reads a Book

This was the "end"point for a college tennis volley just before I cut it down to fit into the notebook. I admit, I almost broke the rules and kept this because I liked it so much.  But!  The process is king!  So it got cut further down for the better good of the overall piece.

 

I think, too, I have inadvertently stumbled into a series as I love everything about this collage.  Black and white components make it feel so real that it lends a strong surreal quality I appreciate.

 

Now just to find more cameras.

 

Sources:
National Geographic

Damn John Whorfin and the parachute he rode in on.

Wherever you go, thee you are.  Until the "there" is the sun.  Then you're ot so much as "there" as you are "everywhere all at the same time" which I'm told is a pretty nice place to be.  Usually you get there with a bunch of drinks and a brick to your head after you win one game too many of poker.  

 

I've been ionized.  I'm ok now.

 

Sources:
What's out there?
National Geographic magazine
Japanese Style

I Imagine Death Presents like a Day at the Beach

The title comes from Mary Roach.  In full, it reads:

"I don't fear death so much as I fear its prologues: loneliness, decrepitude, pain, debilitation, depression, senility. After a few years of those, I imagine death presents like a holiday at the beach."

 

Along with general positivity, I have been thinking about mortality more than is healthy.  So maybe let's just get all of it out of my system like I did with Trump last year?  You should see my test art journal...

 

Also, what do you think of the little signature stamp?  it's called a chop and I had one made into a rubber stamp to use on the actual paper art.  This was applied in post.

Source:
Bird & Bloom magazine
100 Years of National Geographic
What's Out There?

The Hamburglar as an Engineer of the Revolution.

Rob says that three elements makes a collage an i'm trying to focus on that.  I do so because it is an interesting constraint but also because I usually want to add just one thing too many to a particular collage.  That tends to water down the message.  

 

And what more do you need than a pink pussy hat to get your message across?

 

Sources:
Time magazine
Gold-colored aluminum foil.

A Little Dab'll Do Ya

I want to be more positive in 2018 after 2017 was pretty much a constant game of "Presidential Tweet or Tumblr Shitpost."  I do not like this game.  Not one bit.  

But... as much as I dislike that I also believe you are what you [ut out into the world.  So, let us try for a little change in the nastiness.  Even a little bit will help.

 

Also.  Mid-terms.  Looking forward to mid-terms.

 

Sources:
Time magazine
Gold-colored aluminum foil

Snails for Brains

Space snails!  An obvious reference to Brain Slugs from Futurama and what are snails but slugs with big hair?

 

I'm not entirely sure the message of this piece is coherent - something about brain manipulation and suffragettes and space but I really liked how everything looked together.

 

Sources:
National Geographic magazine
Birds and Blooms magazine
Time magazine
What's Out There book.

Offerings

All my collages to date had been for postcards or collage tennis.  With Paper Warren recently made available as an outlet, I was inspired to try my hand at a collage to stand on its own.

 

I really like the classic paperback cover look of some of Will & Alyska's work; I want to develop the narrative feel of my own work.  Maybe later I'll work on my abstraction skills.

 

Sources:
Mental Floss

National Geographic

Commercials for Zoloft

The swinging couple sat on my desk for about a month before I did something with it.  I liked the image on its own but not enough to put it on nice paper but liked not enough not to put it in my experimentation notebook.

 

So it sat and taunted me until Courtney came and made her horse thing from the other half of the red cloud management advertisement.  Bonus points for the bold, contrasting color.

 

Sources:

National Geographic

Yosemite

Fortune

Through the looking glass

SNAILS!  What else do you need?

Imagine there were 46 people and some horses and some bread I guess

This is what happens when you tell a raccoon to create something abstract.  There were questions about avocado to go with that toast but we both were concerned we couldn't afford a house if she added that to the collage.

 

Sources:

Fortune magazine

National Geographic magazine

Hyvee Seasons

Landscape jumpers heading down

Dolphins and ladies in the sky.  See, more a general aquatic kick, no?  I had fun with bad visual puns as I cut out the figure's shirt and replaced it with a mountain range leftover from a different piece.  I then stuck her behind more mountains and valleys.  

 

The dolphins were more of a complication i'm still questioning.  I added it to make the whole thing more dynamic but that may have over-complicated it.  The woman with the mountain range and the valley background may have been enough.  who knows?

 

Sources:

Target catalog

Deep Blue Sea book

Yosemite

We asked you to stop nicely

My friends are saying I have a nautical theme going.  It is really that I've been going through a book on whales and taking pieces fo other stuff.  This base image was a casualty of another project but I didn 't want to waste it.

 

Also, whales are delicious.

 

Sources:

National Geographic magazine

Whale Nation

Time magazine

Fortune magazine

 

A Whale of a Show

I kept asking myself "should I just cut off their heads"? for all the little heads on the inside of the coliseum.  I split the difference and was more shocked that any of them survived the cutting process.  

 

It was also a great use of whales.  Because whales.

And I just love star fields.

 

Sources:

National Geographic magazine

Blue Whale Planet

What's Put There?

Don't regulate these guns

Look, if you don't like Ruth Bader Ginsburg for being just a bad ass, I don't know what to say about you.

 

Sources:

Time magazine

Lettuce meet in the alley

Everything he can do, she can do better.

 

Sources:

Private View: Inside Baryshnikov's American Ballet

What's out there? 

HyVee Seasons catalog

Is it alcohol poinsoning or radiation sickness

I feel like this last year has been an exercise in Temperance.  And not throwing up all over the house.

 

Sources:

Time magazine

Imbibe magazine

The National Geographic: 100 years of adventure and discovery

 

It's holy effin' scary time!

Marionette dolls, famous or otherwise, are scary pretty much no matter what you do with them.  I attempted to add this to a bunch of other collages but they never fit.  So instead, here is a floating head of anxiety.

 

Sources:

The Blue Planet: A Natural History of the Oceans

Time magazine

What's Out There: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe

Fluffy kitties from space

Finally, am evil I can get behind.  Until there are hairballs the size of Mount Rushmore in my backyard.  Then they'll get the spray bottle.

 

Sources:

Time magazine

What's Out There: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe

Wyomings Wild River Range

 

Lettuce be free

Sources:

Hyvee Seasons magazine

Private View: Inside Barishnikov's American Ballet Theatre b

What's Out There: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe

I look ahead because the past is the past

Sources:

Time magazine

Wyomings Wild River Range

Mother nature has HAD IT UP TO HERE

Get it?  Like the outer atmosphere?  Up to...  eh?  I'm pretty certain I'm going to de because of climate change sooner than anything else.

 

Sources:

Entrepreneur Magazine

What's Out There: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe

Pasta in the brain

Such lovely golden locks.  Just the BEST.

Not my bowl of pasta.

 

Sources:

Time magazine

Pasta poster print.

The power of cheese dust and snack food

He's the Nacho President, you know?  That's what Nick Offerman calls him on Twitter and that's just how the name rongs in my head now.

 

Sources:

Time magazine (yeah, even the nacho)

Pussy hats shall inherit the earth.

Misogyny is horse-shit.  Ladies rule and I'm all for removing sexual predators from power, even people I like.

 

Sources:

Time magazine

What's Out There: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe

This is not an avocado. This is a potato

Critics agree, potatoes are delicious.  

 

Sources:

Hyvee magazine

Fortune magazine

Trump is out of this world

His footprint will be global in scale. And his backing is becoming far less... obscure.

 

Sources:

Rollingstone magazine

What's Out There: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe

Who who who did spilled ketchup on my shirt

I mean, maybe you should hold on to the burger when you're running away from giant owls?  Accidents are abundant when running from things.  That's how all the best characters die in horror movies.

 

Sources:

Birds & Bloom magazine

Entrepreneur magazine

What's Out There: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe

You are what you MEAT

I really like playing with negative space.  It's a challenge and a good use of resources - this ballerina makes an appearance in my Lettuce Ladies series.

 

Sources:

A Private View by John Fraser

Hyvee Seasons magazine

Hyvee Balance magazine

Where's my damn moon base

Alyska is really good at traditional collage - taking many elements and putting them together for a piece.  I'm not so good so I've been trying to put lots of things together to get something coherent.  Here's the first.

 

Sources:

What's Out There: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe

National Geographic magazine

Infinities of cliffside dwellings

Cliff-dwellers are so cool.  These were from a spread on tribes in Arizona and I really liked the colors and the feeling of timelessness.  So, of course, add space scenes and I'm happy.

 

Sources:

What's Out There: Images from Here to the Edge of the Universe

National Geographic magazine

Wyomings Wild River Range

And them her head exploded

Angela merkel has had a rough time being the new top world leader, especially when Trump acts the fool during international travels.  She is doing a great job keeping her cool but I think he's in for some rougher weather, especially back home.

 

Sources:

Time magazine

Birds & Bloom magazine

LBJ and the great expanse

Sources:

National Geographic magazine

Holy grains!

Sources:

Hyvee Seasons

National Geographic: 100 years of adventure and discovery.

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