Sunday, December 31, 2017


I would like to wish everyone who reads this a very productive, creative, peaceful and happy new year!

First thing in 2018, I will actually follow-up on my teaser about the possibility of a one-element collage. As another foreshadowing ingredient, I will let you know that the artwork of Richard Prince will be part of the discussion.

unfinished business...

What about this collage?
Is it a collage or is it not a collage?

Last of 2017

Here's my last piece for the year 2017! Despite the political nonsense that our country is going through and the hatred that seems to more pervasive than ever, I had a splendid 2017. I got my golf game back on track (which was one of my non spoken New Year's resolutions). I was also able to see lots of great live music; including Steve Kimock (and Leslie Mendelson) twice; acoustic Hot Tuna (which was awesome) and John McLaughlin (which was a bucket list item). I also have been getting back to playing more music and bought two beautiful guitars (both Paul Reed Smiths). I also saw a great exhibit of one of my favorite artists (twice!). The Ray Johnson exhibit at the Matthew Marks Gallery in New York City was phenomenal! What was perhaps the highlight of the year was to see the total eclipse of the sun. That was one of the best experiences of my life! Really mind-blowing!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas greetings 2017!

I haven't forgotten about my last "teaser" post. I will be getting back to the notion of the legitimacy of a single element collage. But it is Christmas Eve day, so I thought I would show you one of the presents that my wife will get shortly. The box is collaged and the paper is folded so it "unwraps" (if done carefully) into something resembling a hibiscus flower. Oh yeah, and there's a silver bracelet in there too ;-)

Sunday, December 17, 2017

single element collage?

I would like to propose a topic of discussion to anyone interested in responding. It may seem silly, I suppose. But, is it possible to create a collage with only one element? Once I am done with my grading for the semester (ugh!), I will share my thoughts. Until then, feel free to let me know what YOU think. Thank you...

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thoughtsgiving pins

Here are the final products. They went over very well. There is a bit of meaning to these. The question marks partly signify uncertainly. For last year's Thoughtsgiving day, we were reeling from the recent election of Trump. The theme for last year's pins were in opposition to his hatred and bigotry. We were all uncertain about how bad it could get. It has gotten pretty bad. A secondary suggestion of the question mark could be fragility -- specifically, the fragility of life. The pins were dedicated to Andre; who took his own life this fall and left us reeling from that. But here we are, near the end of another year. The colors of these pins and the third possibility for our question mark signify inquisitiveness and hope -- two things which we must continue to carry on living a life worth living. I was pleased with how these turned out.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thoughtsgiving 2017!

Those of you who have followed this blog for a while might remember that a couple of my friends and I made up a new holiday now 7 years ago. We call it "Thoughtsgiving"... the day before we give thanks for Thanksgiving. We all meet at the pub tomorrow and blow bubbles (i.e., thought bubbles), eat some food and enjoy a couple cold pints of beer. I also have made commemorative collage lapel pins for the last 6 years (i.e., all but the first year). I began working on this year's edition over the weekend. With as busy as I have been this semester, I was really wondering whether I was going to have the time to come through with the pins this year. I am happy to say that not only are they coming together; I rather like this year's festive feel. I will post the final products tomorrow!