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Orange Fairy House

“All good books are alike in that they are truer than if they had really happened and after you are finished reading one you will feel that all that happened to you and afterwards it all belongs to you: the good and the bad, the ecstasy, the remorse and sorrow, the people and the places and how the weather was. If you can get so that you can give that to people, then you are a writer.”
Ernest Hemingway

Pages from the hardback I'm altering into an art journal called the noticing journal

For this page, I focused on hunting through my various zip-loks of paper journal fodder, my little decorated sucrets box of stamps, washi tapes, etc searching for things that were orange, gold or yellow. Postage stamps, bits of chinese papers, bits of handpainted papers, clippings from magazines, washi tape, tissue paper, a photograph of the faerie house that hangs in the japanese maple just off the back porch, fodder collected at places like post offices and banks, pages from old books. I painted the pages of the book first (no bothering with gesso), "built" the grid as I found stuff for the pages, edged with neocolors and colored pencils. I don't write on most of my pages... it used to bother me, taunt me... like why aren't you writing anything, can the page be finished without words... and yes, it most certainly can. It is whatever it turns out to be.

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Reader Comments (4)

I love this page! I also love what you wrote about writing words. Our Art Journals are what we want them to be, it's nice to have no rules. If we feel like words, then write words. If we don't want words, just skip them & TRY to make beautiful pages like yours.

09.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterSherry

I love this page, and funny, I have just begun a rainbow set of pages in my altered book from your class (this very week). AND I have just sorted through my ephemera so I have some bits to stick on to my pages all organised.

So far I only have some paint and sewing on the pages. Love this.

09.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterNatasha

Thank you for this. I love these colors. I'm finding orange quite the thing right now. The quote from Hemingway is really evocative. It makes me think, and that's a good thing. Beyond that, I love your ideas about how doing art is not a waste of time. It's like anything you enjoy, so that selling it is completely irrelevant. I liked that on your interview with Rice. It's not something that's said often, and it's true. It deserves to be owned by all of us. We love amusement parks? We love going to movies? We love sitting on the porch watching birds? We make nothing from these activities. We don't make money, we don't become famous, and we don't get to save them in a vault to live forever. And there's no reason in the world art isn't exactly like this. It enriches us and makes us happy. The end.

09.7.2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

Lovely collage. I love going through my stash looking for 'what works' almost as much as I love putting it all together. I've been thinking about a piece using analogous colors and this just reinforces that...even though you do have a lot of wonderful color in there!

09.9.2012 | Unregistered Commenterannie!

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