Friday, May 15, 2009

Art, Dumpster Diving, and Jane Wyman

I love this picture of Jane Wyman trying to be Anna May Wong. I'm sure there is some Hollywood actress more not Asian-looking than Jane Wyman, but I'm not sure who that would be!
Well, I did the best kind of supply shopping today - dumpster diving! Actually, I took out the garbage this morning to our communal dumpster behind the parking lot, and somebody had thrown away all these canvases! The paintings aren't anything I'm particularly interested in - but a little coat of gesso, and voilà!, bases for new assemblages! There are 20-25 of them ... I have no idea why someone would throw them out ... but I was excited. After my second trip from the dumpster, the ever-so-dear-spouse asked, "was anybody around to see you?"

As if I'd care!

I finished up my Circus Girl with Horse collage yesterday. I'm quite happy with the results. I am especially fond of the rusted stars with just the barest of circus glitter and sheen left on them. I also like the play of the rusted circles against that exquisite beaded and tasseled fringe at the top -and the look of the beautiful sheer shimmery ribbon trim laced through the distressed egg carton at the bottom of the piece. Trying to find those extremes, that are both complimentary and incongruous when placed together, is a tip I picked up at Collage Camp.
As always, if you click on the image, it will grow into something more easily seen.
Here's a little detail. The legend reads " It would have been hard to do something else ... to run away from the circus and become an accountant." Unfortunately, it's not an ascribed quote, but I love it. It brings back memories of my favorite childhood book - Toby Tyler. I always wanted to run away and join the circus - and, as I left home to go to college in NYC and lived in the West Village, I sort of did!

Well, I'm off to make lunch - though I won't look so appealing as Audrey does when whipping up a gourmet treat, nor will I do it as gracefully and well-attired. I'm afraid all my grilled cheese and chicken noodle soup is going to warrant is my teeshirt and boxers.
After lunch, I'm going to try to put on a couple coats of gesso on my dumpster diving treasures, and see if can make something beautiful. We shall see, we shall see!

Why don't you make something beautiful after lunch today, too?!
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(¸.•´ (¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥

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