Merriam Frank

Cut & Paste Artist


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ROAR!

I’ve got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, dancin’ through the fire, cause I am a champion, and you’re gonna hear me…

ROAR

ROAR

Here, finally, is “ROAR”! The first in a pop art series, this piece is 100% inspired by Katy Perry. It’s bright, loud, colorful, and fun! I may or may not have been listening to the song “Roar” on repeat almost the entire time I put it together…

It was a complete departure from my norm, since usually I like to work with little scenes and whole components (recognizable objects)… but for this, I let anything that was animal print, patterned, brightly colored, or all 3 catch my eye! Then, with just a few exceptions, I forced shapes onto the scraps: mostly triangles and hearts.

ROAR, framed

ROAR, framed

If you feel at all like confetti exploded in your face while you’re looking at, well… good!

I mentioned in my last post that when my dad visited us recently, he and I got into all manner of art-related discussions! If there is such a thing as a “former artist” then my dad is one. It’s been decades since he was able to give his artistic tendencies any time worth mentioning, but he has the born talent, education, and even professional experience, though from long ago. He looked over all of my collage efforts with me and we talked about techniques & ideas & multi-media possibilities… He introduced me to some new tools and even outfitted me with a few of them!

But probably the most valuable conversation we had was the one about loosening up. trying new things. not being afraid to try and fail because there really is no wrong or right there’s just trying and liking or trying and not liking so you try again and again and again and again until you do something that you like…

So that’s where I’m headed next! Opening myself up to the new ideas he gave me and trying out the new tools and techniques until I figure out how they fit in for me, with what I do already know I like: magazine pages.


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Fall’13(2)!

Ta-da! Here’s the whole collage from which the 2 corner sneak peeks in the post below were taken…

Fall'13(2)

Fall’13(2)

As you can see, I’m still really digging warm gold, brown, & red colors right now…  From my perspective, this piece turned out more architectural than instinctual in its overall design. It was a fun change for me to play with squares and circles and color blocks!

Fall'13(2)

Fall’13(2)

[Apologies to the lady with the teacup for putting her lips in the saucer… I’m sure it makes it hard to sip, but at least her lipstick will stay perfect, right?]

[Also: I love the tree growing out of the couple’s clasped hands. I imagine their relationship growing & blossoming out of maybe a first dance? Maybe a family tree? ]

Fall'13(2), framed

Fall’13(2), framed

This spot in my house where I take pictures is right by a window, which is great for the natural light, but sometimes is a challenge with the glare. I should have waited for a less-bright day, but instead I tried a few angles that didn’t reflect the blinds and ended up loving this one below!

Fall'13(2), framed

Fall’13(2), framed

I know I’ve been yammering on about fall for a couple of posts in a row, but I’m actually taking a break from it to start on a pop art series that’s been on my mind. I shared a glimpse of bright clippings on Instagram last night…

#colorexplosion

#colorexplosion

I’m almost finished with it & can’t wait to share! It’s quite a change from what I’ve been doing, but it definitely fits with its inspiration… [Hint: ROAR!]

[ ::edit:: It’s now Tuesday, which is rapidly becoming my favorite day of the blog-week, thanks to Artsyville’s Glue it Tuesday feature!!! I love having visitors & going to look at all of the other artsy-glue-blogs. ]


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Fall’13(1)

I’m so in love with this piece! I was tempted to leave it hanging on my own wall.

fall'13(1)

Fall’13(1)

It came out exactly like I wanted it to (after many, many rearrangements): warm & rich & completely fall without actually having a single pumpkin or leaf on it!

I die for: that hand on the tree holding up an end of the banner, the gold circled medallions, the Kerouac excerpt (“the only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved…”), the window with curtains…….. oh all of it, really.

fall'13(1)

Fall’13(1)

I enjoy the process of collaging so much. It’s like a puzzle, only you don’t actually know what it’s supposed to look like in the end and your pieces aren’t pre-cut. I can get lost in my own world for hours as I try to figure out where the pieces want to go to make a beautiful whole. When they don’t fit or work right, you just know, and you can’t force it anymore than you can force mismatched puzzle pieces together. The flip side is that when it DOES finally come together, you know, & it’s such a good feeling.

fall'13(1), framed

Fall’13(1), framed

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P.S. Are you on Instagram? If you are, find & follow me! I finally listened to my sister & signed up: username “merriamfrank” (of course!) I’m absolutely loving it. You’ll get lots of “#behindthescenes” and “#artinprogress” sneak peeks! And cat pictures. But I’ll try to keep a handle on those.


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E812

E812

E812

E812 is another piece that I had to put away in frustration & pull out again later. Poor E812! I’ve restricted myself to one magazine & one magazine only for each piece in this first series, so at a certain point I’m just stuck & HAVE to make it work, which is exactly why I set the limit in the first place. I finally glued this one down, but I both like & dislike it. Then again, every time I decide I don’t like it, it pulls me back. It’s got a certain something.

E812

E812

I do love the faceless person under the umbrella. Whoever they are, I fought for them & they’re the reason this piece reached any state of finished. (I couldn’t scrap the piece entirely because I had that much and couldn’t let it go!)

E812, framed

E812, framed

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I’m excited to have finished my first challenge (make 5, each from only 1 magazine, no hunting for perfect scraps elsewhere)… it was good exercise! But I’m even more excited to begin my next series – I’ve got ideas to last me for awhile!


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V612

V612

V612

As is often the case with anything that takes extra effort, this piece has ended up strangely dear to me. It’s actually the first magazine I started cutting (for the “make 5 and open an Etsy shop” project) and tried to start arranging, but it defied me at every attempt to arrange into a cohesive whole. I finally swept all the pieces into a baggie and put it away to marinate. A few successful pieces later, I went back to it! Again it wasn’t easy, but this time I was able to find something to pull out.

V612

V612

I can’t really explain this one. It’s more full of edges than I usually allow and it doesn’t invoke a specific mood or even have an obvious color scheme, but it still just pleases me to look at it. At the end of the day, that’s my ultimate goal. Do I like to look at it? Yes? Well alright then. Maybe someone else will, too!

V612

V612, framed

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V512

I was excited about this one as soon as I began to get a sense of where it was going! It turned out just oozing a darkly romantic kind of glamour that says roaring 20s to me.

V512

V512

It has that sense of urgency to hurry up & be young and daring before everything fades. …it’s never too late.

V512

V512

V512, framed

V512, framed

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E1211

Piece #2 proves right away how very different each one turns out from the others! No soft or serene pinks or blues here…

E1211

E1211

This one gave me a couple of fits before it would begin working for me! It actually started out horizontal, but I finally had to scrap it, turn it upright & try again. The only thing that is the same from the first try is the lion’s face with the female eyelashes & the dynamic between him and the half a girl/half a rose looking towards him. It was very “and so the lion fell in love with the lamb…” to me and I liked it very much. I also love all of the deep, jewel-tone colors (how appropriate to find text that said “living color”!) and the flock of tiny bows all over the piece.

E1211

E1211

E1211, framed

E1211, framed

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V212

V212

V212

Introducing V212… or as I’ll forever think of it, my first piece. I never know where I’ll end up when I begin arranging, but usually the first thing to emerge is a color scheme. I find it amazing that I never set out to focus on certain colors, but it always turns out that way! This one is a cool pink & blue… not like cotton candy, more like the beginnings of a reserved sunrise. Nothing fiery, just a quiet, slow muted blue with a soft, rosy flush. I find it very serene. While I always love every detail of each piece (because I’ve fought with each tiny part until it looks right!), there’s always a few things that stick out to me above the rest. On this one, it’s the graceful, handsome, smooth lines of the dog and the way the bike rider flows right up out of him. I’m also very fond of the adorable kitty cat with the spectacular view of the birds in the sky.

V212_b

V212

V212_c

V212, framed

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