I have some great news to share; I am now working at my favorite store, Castle in the Air. I work there on a part time, on-call basis, and after three days, I can say I am absolutely enjoying it! It’s that time of year when all their holiday inventory is coming in fast and furious. The storeroom is jam-packed with goodies, and it’s been fun seeing what’s in store.
Why, you may ask, did I end up working at Castle in the Air? Well, I have been doing a lot of thinking and soul-searching this year, and finally decided to pursue my creative interests. I don’t know what shape or form this will take, but I have been putting myself out there, making my wishes known to other artists and creative folks I know – and of course, to the universe. I have been keeping my eyes and ears open and jumping at opportunities that have come my way. Some of the opportunities have not panned out, but a few, including my gig at Castle have. Since I have been in love with the store and all the wonderful, talented artists who teach there for many years now, I just felt working there would bring me closer to creative opportunities, so I submitted my resume when I heard they were looking to hire.
Anyway, that’s what’s been going on. What else has been going on? I continue to make collages. Although I’ve taken a mini break from them until I get more images and get inspired again, I still have a ton from my backlog to blog about. Today’s sampling features images of the same model from a Vogue photo shoot fashion spread.
Although the ornate frame in the above collage may suggest a mirror or painting, it actually is a window frame. I decided to replace the original picture in the window with one of the Leaning Tower of Pisa that I found in a National Geographic magazine. Not a bad view, eh?
For this collage, I decided to replace the original backdrop with an image of a green garden setting that I found in a calendar. Those free calendars you get in the mail have proven to be great sources for background images featuring beautiful outdoor scenes and settings. I actually made a mistake when cutting out the original background behind the balustrade, which I did not realize until I went to take the above photo for today’s post. I left in a tiny part of the original image.
If you look at the preceding photo, you’ll notice the leafy green background behind the balustrade opening on the right, but where’s the garden in the opening on the left? Details, details!
For my final collage, I plopped the image of the woman on the ladder in front of the Beverly Hilton Hotel. I was inspired by a lot of those vintage collages you see out there on the internet, and I think mine has that same feel. (I guess it helps that the image of the hotel was a vintage one from a book on Hollywood). It was tricky cutting out all the fine details of the ladder and then trying to glue the skinny parts down smoothly. Let’s just say that this is one reason why I keep a damp sponge handy to wipe off any excess glue when collaging :~)
Paint Job was my favorite collage journal page for this week. Which one do you like best?