Merriam Frank

Cut & Paste Artist


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fall daydreams & sneak peeks…

Ok, I’m totally just daydreaming this fall thing now. True to form, Louisiana weather is being contrary… the so-called cold snap might have left us with mercifully lower-than-summer temperatures but with the humidity hanging out at 96% there is nothing “crisp” about the cool! I’m still trying hard, though. I have yummy fall scents in our scented-wax-warmer (“crackling fire” and “candy apple” make a magical combination), all the fall & Halloween decorations out, and all my favorite autumn music loaded in my stereo. Does anyone else do that? Have certain artists you listen to more at certain times of year? Christmas is an obvious season for music, but for me fall is just as strong an influence. The second that my soul gets an inkling of autumn (you know the one I mean? The tiny little throb of nostalgia, the tender pang of restored wonder at the world around you? Maybe it’s just me, but I find fall so much more rejuvenating than spring…) – I start listening to my boys, as I affectionately call them, pretty much exclusively. James Taylor, Paul Simon, and Rod Stewart. Maybe it’s their warm voices? I listen to them all year long, but during the autumn it’s A Thing. James, Paul, and Rod, with sides of The Shins, The Format, and Five for Fighting.

With their help, I’ve almost finished another fall collage despite the lack of ideal fall weather! It needs a top coat & framing, but here are 2 sneak peek corner shots from Instagram:

fall2preview1          fall2preview2

Favorite elements are the architectural squares & circles in the left picture and the sultry eye under the tree branch in the right one. Plus “Great Scott” just makes me giggle thanks to the Back to the Future movies.

Fun fact: I include an ‘S’ or a ‘W’ in every composition. Sometimes they’re obvious & sometimes they’re hidden. You can see the ‘S’ in these sneak peeks! Do you see it? It’s not the S of GREAT SCOTT, either.

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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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Merriam Frank is on Instagram!

Are you on Instagram? I just signed up, username “merriamfrank” (of course!)

My sister has been telling me for awhile that I needed to try Instagram & I have to say, I’m having fun already.

Collage process...

Here’s what a collage in progress looks like for me — hours at my coffee table!

And here’s who keeps me company while I work:

Mascot kitty enjoys: curling up on my magazines & scratches behind the ears.

Mascot kitty enjoys: curling up on my magazines & scratches behind the ears.


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up next: fall

Technically, it’s now fall. My calendar says so! But here in Louisiana, the weather generally doesn’t follow traditional seasons… We were all excited last weekend with the first “cold snap” of the year – highs around 92, lows around 67!!! Hey, it beats the summer weather. (Highs: Dante’s Inferno. Lows: Satan in a good mood. Humidity %: fish could live on dry land.)

I’ve never been one to let the weather stop me from enjoying the season, though! I lead the way & let the weather follow. It’s a faith thing — if I decorate for it, it will come — right?! So I made a new wreath for our front door. The acorns hanging in the middle are actually jingle bells, which is a fun feature when the door swings open!

fall wreath

fall wreath

And since my surroundings absolutely won’t look like this for quite a while still, I’ve been enjoying looking at this picture I took from our hotel window on our honeymoon in Memphis last year.

Memphis in November

Memphis in November

I was up late at our dining room table working on a new collage last night! Theme? You guessed it… fall. It’s my favorite season & I’m so ready to embrace it.