Sunday, April 3, 2016

Polish Illustration - Adam Kilian

I love folk art and illustration and have recently become interested in vintage Polish art.  I saw images from this book online awhile ago and it suddenly came up for sale on Ebay so I snatched it up. The book was published in 1965 in Warsaw and I believe it is a play (the text is all in Polish...) It was illustrated by Ukrainian-born artist Adam Kilian. For some history about Adam Kilian, check out this website You can see more of Kilian's illustration on another website, Fishink (and Fishink has lots of other great stuff on it too!).

Here are most of the illustrations from the book  although not necessarily in order.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Spring Song

A new collage to welcome spring. This was done on a piece of pale gray scrap board. I used a rubber stamp in the background. The hand made papers are in shades if green and gold and the little bird is embellished with watercolor. This one is for sale in my Etsy shop.

Spring Song original collage

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Collage Cubes

In 2014 I did my 52 weeks of collage. For weeks 35 and 36, I collaged on wood cubes which was fun and a little different. One was given away for an art exchange so I purchased a few more cubes to do some new ones.
Collage Cubes from 52 weeks of Collage, 2014
Below is one of the new collage cubes.  I painted the cube with acrylic paint and then used vintage postage stamps, antique documents, bits of old money and rubber stamps.

Sides 1 and 2

Sides 2 and 3

Sides 3 and 4

Sunday, March 13, 2016

New addition to the flock

I have a new addition to my flock of birds. This one is from Ecuador and is similar to ones done by Ecuadorean silver artist Joaquin Tinta. Mine is unsigned but I like it anyway. You can find a bird for yourself on Etsy or Ebay.

Modernist Tinta-style bird from Ecuador

Monday, March 7, 2016

New Collages

I've been working on some new collages. All are done on vintage Reader's Digest book covers - they're a nice size and the board is good for gluing. I used a variety of vintage papers, rubber stamps and hand made papers.

"Tell Me Little Boy"
"A bird sings of Italy"
"Classical Documents"
"Admit One"

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Flea Market Sunday

I haven't been to the flea market in awhile but last Sunday I went to the Long Beach Antique Market in Long Beach, California. It takes place on the 3rd Sunday of every month at the Long Beach Veterans Stadium. I brought my camera but was so busy shopping that I forgot to take a lot of photos. Here are a few things that caught my eye.

 A nice Asian ceramic vase...
Glass orbs...
A very cute cat from the 60's or 70's...
Plastic bracelets in bright colors...
A retro blanket in pink and orange...
A lion with lots of character...
Glassware in all colors...
Stacks of vintage suitcases...I wanted them all!
I purchased way more than I planned, and left a few regrets behind. Oh well, there's always next month...

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Letterpress Exchange

I am participating in a letterpress exchange with the Ladies of Letterpress (LOL). Our assignment was to come up with a broadside using a poem or a quote. Here is my submission.

Letterpress broadside

The quote is by the 13th century Persian poet Rumi. The broadside is printed in 5 colors on a speckled white recycled card stock. The pattern on the bird and the type were printed from metal blocks, the leaves and solid part of the bird were printed from my handcut linoleum blocks, and the star shape in the background was printed from a wood block (purchased from Virgin Wood Type). This was printed in an edition of 60 with 50 going to the Ladies. I have a few of the extras in my Etsy shop for sale.
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