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. ]