Upcycled scrap of paper. Gouache on paper.
Gouache paint over vinyl stickers left laying around. Kinda fun.
It’s not hard to remember my mom’s last words to me because they are so simple and yet so profound. Those who know me know I laugh easily so this would seem an easy task. But my mom had lived through many hardships and she must have known I’d need reminding when life got bumpy for me, too.
My eyes are still healing post op so some days they hurt a bit. Hence, I had to stop working and so I’m posting this today.
Day 39. Abstract. “Suits”
Upcycled paper from the Eiffel Tower from a trip taken in the mid 2000’s. Paint, newspaper, rubberstamp, ink and glue.
a : a sudden, radical, or complete change
This feels like the word of the day. On so many levels. On a personal level, I can see clearly for the first time in very long time. The “blessings” of getting early onset cataracts gave me the opportunity to have them removed and have them replaced with lens that help me see so clearly (and I’m just in the early days post-op—it takes weeks for eyes to settle into permanent vision). For those of you who were born with perfect eyes I will try to give you a picture of the difference in my vision. I can stand two feet from a mirror and actually see my eyes, nose, etc.—before this surgery my face was pretty much a complete blur (20/400). I was (according to my eye doctor) legally blind. Now, colors seem brighter and I can see so many things I was missing. Smiling, Kate
I’ve always been pretty frugal. Back in college I would “upcycle” papers that had been torn away for larger prints. I would take bits of my poetry and have a running stream of conscious poem with imagery. In that spirit I created these first three panels from the amazing poetry of ee cummings.
I began using my collection of rubber stamps that I’ve either carved or designed. The “speak love” element brought another layer of drawing–a couple as the top layer. Then I played around with retaining the layers while highlighting the shapes of the couple. A fun experiment.
A day late posting this one on my blog….! Yes, I know this is out-of-season but the idea popped into my noggin so I went with it!