Masters Collage Book :: Old Friends and New Discoveries

It's been a very good, but very odd week. At the beginning of the week, I finished up with my German income taxes. A task which I do not enjoy. I'm glad that there are accountants out there in the world who truly enjoy doing this kind of work, but it is beyond my comprehension to imagine why.

Then Lucy came down with a nasty pre-summer flu virus with fever; Sophia soon followed. It also rained non-stop this week, gray and dreary, until today.

On the much brighter side, I did receive my complementary copies of Masters: Collage, and this book has delighted me beyond all my wildest expectations. The cover is much nicer than in the photos - there are black glossy stripes alternating with matt, and elegant golden foil for the title.

The book features 40 collage artists, each of whom have 8 pages featuring their artwork with a bit of text and quotes. I am honored to no end to be a part of this book project! A major highlight for me, and something I wasn't expecting at all.

I love what the book editors wrote about my collages- their words sound so much better than mine when I try to describe my work! For instance, "Big blocks of color in shades both subtle and vibrant complement Levy's delicate, minimalist sketches. These bold swatches of olive and ocher, tangerine and chartreuse add dimension and depth to her pieces." Wow, are they talking about my work? So well written.

I also like the layout of the book, simply images with a few words, well organized and a pleasure to look through.

The best thing is that there are so many artists working in different collage styles and media to get inspiration from. Brandi Strickland is always one of my favorites, a truly multi-talented, very inventive artist. She also did an interview with me on artists who blog last year which you can read here.

Michelle Caplan is another favorite collage artist of mine.

I love how she combines vintage photo material with abstract color elements.

I also made lots of new discoveries, including Robert Mars

artist Baby Smith, and many, many more talented, inspiring people. If you are a fan of collage, I can honestly recommend this book. (And I don't get a commission!) You won't be disappointed. All of the artists have websites that are listed at the end of the book, and I can't wait to look through these as well. Thanks again to Kentucky based collage artist Randel Plowman for being so kind to include my artwork and for doing an excellent job of curating the book.

My plan this week was to share our German road trip - but I kept running into road blocks it seems! However, I hope you'll stick with me and I appreciate you patience. Life is sometimes full of surprises, good and bad! This week had a bit of both.

I also started taking an ecourse with artist Kelly Rae Roberts this week called "Flying Lessons," where she is sharing all of her secrets on how to run a successful creative business. It's great, my first ecourse, and it's making my head spin :) Have you ever taken an ecourse? How was it?

I'll leave you this weekend with a great quote from Goethe that Kelly used as the perfect welcome for the class:

"The moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision which no man could have dreamed woud have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now."

Isn't that amazing? Great food for thought. We visited Goethe's garden house in Weimar during our trip - and next week I am determined to share that with you. I believe my road has now been cleared, and we are ready to roll...

Have a great weekend and all the best to you and yours!