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NOVEMBER, 2019

“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.”

~Chris Bradford

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 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.

You Can

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.

3. On December 15th, I’ll randomly draw out two names. I’ll post the names of the winners on my instagram and facebook feeds by 8:00 pm., EST.

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!

35 Comments

  1. Veronica Roth

    Journaling and making journals has always been my go-to-fix-it too! Great minds think alike…lol. Loving the afters on all three. <3

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Veronica, my therapist was very big on journaling, and it did help. It’s not something I usually do, though, because I’m always crunched for time! Thanks for entering! xox

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      • T

        Just saw this post this evening. I obviously need to subscribe, because I miss seeing your work. I love the idea of revisiting my art work as well. Dwelling in possibilities or at least being curious can open many “stuck” things. XoxoTeri

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        • Sharmon Davidson

          Teri, thanks so much! You’re right about revisiting past work; after all, think about how many times a writer may revise a piece before it satisfies them. So glad you’re subscribing! xox

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  2. Laura

    You’re life is Art.
    What you’ve exhibited over and over is pure inspiration with a positive attitude sprinkled on top.
    I’m proud that your my friend.
    Teach ON, youXoLaura

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Laura, you are so sweet, always so supportive and encouraging! I feel the same way about you, my friend, and your beautiful work! xox

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      • laura

        xoLaura

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  3. Jerry Calvert

    Music, Love, friends… Art is Life

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      I can’t argue with that, Jerry! So good to hear from you!

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Thank you, sweetie! Your support means the world to me! xox

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  4. Linda

    My class this year loves art! Rather than hover them, the other Para and I join them. This has been a real blessing for me. I think of you often and realize what you have discovered–ART HEALS.

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      I’m so glad to hear this, Linda! Art does heal, and can be really valuable in working with special needs kids. Your work is so important, and so is your friendship! xox

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  5. Laura

    You know how birds build nests…picking up seemingly random pieces here and there and carefully weaving them together, until ultimately they create an intricate and beautiful home—a resting place, and a nurturing ground. That’s what I think about & feel when I see your collages. And your work in general, really; it just all makes my soul feel peaceful & happy. (And I love that there are so many birds in your pieces too!) Thank you for sharing your gift!

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Hi Laura! So glad you came to visit and enter the giveaway. I so appreciate your kind words about my work. Good luck in the drawing!

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      • Lisa

        Thank you for your inspirational pieces! Love the warm colour combinations. I studied visual arts at uni more than 20 years ago. Am delving into monoprinting now & enjoying the varied results. Must keep making art…

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        • Sharmon Davidson

          Lisa, thanks for visiting, and for the good words! Monoprinting is one of my great passions; I think you’ll love it. Can’t wait to see the results of your explorations! “Must keep making art” is my mantra, too…

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  6. Marcia Lindenschmidt

    Whenever I need to remind myself of who I am, I go into my studio and stare at the piece waiting there for me. Other times, I look at the materials, and imagine what they will be like when I’ve created spirits in them. Art keeps our souls alive. I only wish it was the same for everyone.

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  7. Jo Murray

    “There are no bad paintings (read ‘collages’), just unfinished ones.” I don’t know who said it but I agree completely. Your redemption of works that you had put aside is so well done. Brava!

    Have a wonderful Festive Season.

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      I love that quote, Jo, whoever said it! Thanks so much for the kind words. I hope you have a great holiday season, too, my friend!

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  8. Donna Iona Drozda

    So glad you extended your giveaway dates.
    I was one of the missed.

    Thanks for the beauty of this post. Every image, the quotes, and your words all hit the YES mark.
    Now…if only my name appears in the giveaway ,-)

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Thanks for the sweet words, my dear friend! And good luck!

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  9. Sharon Bussert

    I love Sharmon’s mixed media pieces. Given a quick look the pieces are visually interesting, but when I take time to study the piece I’m amazed at the depth of feeling and emotion in each one.

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Thanks so much for the lovely compliment, Sharon! I’m gratified when someone “gets” the feeling or message in my work; that’s what I make them for!

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  10. Janet Davidson

    Sharmon, a comment on your collage pairs, first. Your revised versions all look, to me, to be brighter and more unified. Perhaps that is because you did, indeed, take a second look and more time with them.

    Second, a comment on you, the talented woman I know, and the interior woman I can only guess at. Perhaps as you focused more and more on fixing your art, you found that you were also fixing yourself. You have seemed happier to me over the last few years when I have seen you occasionally. It may be that your art is both the cause and the effect of that. I always look forward to seeing the directions your art moves in.

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Janet, thank you for your very thoughtful comment. ‘More unified’ is exactly what I was going for. My art is definitely the cause and effect of my happiness. It was both a hardship and misfortune that I had to retire from teaching so early, and for a long time, I couldn’t even make art. But now that I am able to make art full time, it is truly a blessing.

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  11. Steve Hicks

    Your Art is amazing and the imagination you use to put these pieces together is a gift. Where do you get imagines you use? Old magazines and books if so I will send you some pictures of old publications I have if your interested.

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Steve, so glad you decided to enter! I really appreciate your comment and kind words. I get my collage images mostly from old books and magazines I buy at flea markets or online from etsy, ebay, etc. I noticed you also have an interest in old books, and of course I’d love to see whatever you’re willing to sell. I mostly buy the ones that are falling apart, so I don’t have to feel guilty cutting them up. I think they’re all fascinating, and I have some I will probably never tear apart!

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  12. Ann Morgan

    Your collages are intriguing. I collect similar materials and feel inspired to try to find time (hard when working 50 hours/week) to make collages. I love the liminal aspect of collage work in all media.

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Thanks for joining me on my crazy journey, Ann! I sympathize with you regarding time; even now that I’m doing art full time, I feel there is never enough of it. I used to work uncountable hours as a special education teacher, though, so I’m grateful for the time I have now to focus on art, even if the monetary rewards are far less. Liminal, yes; that’s the perfect word!

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  13. Donald Flannery

    As you know, I have always admired (that’s been a long time – *mumble* years) your talent. Thanks for the extension on entry.

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Thanks so much, Don! I really appreciate it! Good luck!

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  14. Analía.Be

    I find your art very intriguing, and following you on Instagram makes me often feel close just because you say what I would say. I love the opportunity to participate in this giveaway, even when I don´t know if I live too far away to be elligible. I don´t mind, just wanted to say I’m here too…

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    • Sharmon Davidson

      Thanks so much for the kind words, Analia. So glad you decided to join in! xo

      Reply

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