“I’m gonna fix that last joke by taking out all the words and adding new ones.”
~ Mitch Hedberg
“Each mistake teaches you something new about yourself. There is no failure, remember, except in no longer trying. It is the courage to continue that counts.”
You Can Fix It
The two images above are the covers of an old book that I used as a journal when I first retired on disability nearly six years ago. I felt as though my life was irrevocably broken, beyond repair. For that reason, I chose a book about home repairs called, “You Can Fix It.” Journaling was one of the many “homeworks” my therapist assigned me. I collaged the covers and started on the inside pages, but the book fell completely apart! How’s that for irony, right?
The important thing is, I learned that (almost) anything can be fixed, including your life. It may take a very long time, but you can get there. Taking that lesson to heart, I began to apply it to my artwork. Several years ago, I attempted to make a small, rather quick collage each week. It was fun, and occasionally brought up some new ideas.
analogue collage on paper, 4 x 4 inches
A Few Small Repairs
The collage above was my first “weekly quick collage”. Coincidentally, the title is You Can. Looking back at my old blog, I was suprised to find I had worked on this series from July of 2014 to January 2017. I may not have done one each and every week, but that’s still a lot of collages!
Some of them were good enough to consider finished compostions, but most were not. Going with the “You can fix it” attitude, I decided that some of them might be worth re-working, so I picked out a few that seemed to have potential, and started experimenting. Of course, once I got statred, some ended up with almost no resemblance to the originals. Some may not be any better than before, but at least I tried!
Everybody talks about wanting to change things and help and fix, but ultimately all you can do is fix yourself. And that’s a lot. Because if you can fix yourself, it has a ripple effect.
~ Rob Reiner
Before and After
So here are a few ‘before and after’ images. As my optomatrist always asked, “Is it better, worse, or just the same?” Judge for yourself; I’d love to hear what you think!
Before: Let’s Try
Before: Definite Integral
Before: Otherwise Occupied
After: Too Important
After: Spare Time Cash
After: Cartolina Postale
A Double Holiday Give-away
I have finally made it possible for readers to follow this blog by email, as I should have done long ago. I’m offering a give-away for those who subscribe. (This is not the same as my seasonal newletter subscription.) Please don’t worry that you will be inundated with emails – I’m lucky if I can even do one post a month!
There also two opportunities to get your name in the hat. Here’s how it works:
1. Subscribe to my blog, and your name will be entered into the give-away. The subscription forms can be found at the very top and the very bottom of the sidebar on the right side of this blog.
2. Leave a comment on this post, and your name will be entered again. You need to subscribe to be eligible for the second entry.
4. The winners can send me their snail mail addresses by email, or DM/PM me on instagram or facebook (links above). As soon as I get the addresses, I’ll put them in the mail, just in time for the holidays!
What You’ll Win
There will be two items given away, one print and one original collage:
Moon Shadows, 8 x 11 print
you can read more about it here
Have Patience, 7 x 5.25 collage on multi-media board
you can read more about it here
I hope you will join in, and good luck!