Summer

Summer is in full swing here on the farm. The vegetable garden is growing gangbusters- and so are the weeds! Weeding is what I do instead of a hobby. The results are worth it, though.

When not in the garden or the barn, you can find me in the studio. Here are a couple of new collages destined for Mackinac’s Little Gallery in Michigan. 
The Windermere 6×8

Wicker Rocker 5×7
Both collages say ‘summer’ to me. How about you?

Work and Recent Work

It’s a busy time of the year for work on the farm….oh, who am I kidding: it’s always busy. Our lambs are growing;

Wool covered lawn mowers.
the garden is planted; we have ducks, broiler chicks, and new laying hens in the barn. And we have this little guy. Do you see him? One of these things is not like the other.

Chick, chick, chick….goose?
That little ball of fluff in the middle of all those chicks is a GOSLING! He (or possibly she) was hatched in an incubator I borrowed from a friend. I’m looking forward to having a goose around again since Henry the Watchdog doesn’t bark. He just watches.
And in the new works department, these collages have recently arrived at Mackinac’s Little Gallery on Mackinac Island, Michigan. The first one is already sold!

The Grand Hotel, Summer 10×6 (Sold)

The Iroquois Hotel 6×8
And I especially like how this one turned out. Wouldn’t you like to stay there?

The Iroquois Patio 8×6

Island Bound

Yes, it’s almost that time of year again. No, not tax time. That should be over for most of us, unless you are very naughty and LATE. No, it’s nearly time for the start of the Season at Mackinac Island, and with it the annual opening of Mackinac’s Little Gallery.

My collages are lucky enough to go on vacation to this beautiful place. Here is a new collage in progress bound for Mackinac:

And recently completed:
This collage of the Iroquois Hotel on Mackinac Island, MI, is unusual in that it consists of two 6×4 panels which are meant to be displayed together. Or apart:

Officially, in the art world, a work of art made of two panels that go together  like this is called a diptych – which is also one of my favourite weird words. (Say it out loud, I dare you.) And, yes, three panels together is a tripych, which is also amusing. Almost as good as mukluk.
This diptych and the above lighthouse collage in progress will headed down to Mackinac next week.
And here is a random picture of my chickens doing something weird. 
Looks like they are logrolling, but who can tell with chickens.

In Like a Lion and Out Like a…?

March arrived roaring in our little corner of La Belle Province and it shows little sign of quieting down. Here we are, the first official day of Spring, and it is snowing. Again. Apparently Mother Nature wanted to celebrate the Vernal Equinox this way:

More snow is announced for Saturday. I hope wherever you are there are daffodils. 
The only place on our farm where you can catch a glimpse of spring is out in the barn. Yes, we have lambs!
Now if that doesn’t cheer you up, I don’t know what will.  Cheers me up. There aren’t too many things more fun to watch than a baby animal experiencing the world for the first time. This little girl is getting acquainted with her Auntie Violaine. 
Tempted as I am to spend the day watching lambs frolic, I do actually get some real work done. Even when it looks like this outside my studio.
It’s always bright and comfortable inside. With some music on and a collage on my work table, I can forget about our lousy weather.
I finished a new collage just this afternoon. “Carriage Parade”  is slated for Mackinac’s Little Gallery for the seasonal re-opening in May. A big thank you goes out to Bree’s Mackinac Island Blog for the reference photo.
“Carriage Parade” 8X10 painted paper collage on panel.
I really like the green collage paper in this one. Sigh. I remember green.

Dogged by Dogs.

My daughter and I recently outed ourselves as “cat people”.  Not that we don’t love dogs, but we have come to realize that we share a deeper affinity for cats. Go figure.  Whenever I have been asked which is my favourite animal, until recently my response would have been most assuredly dogs! But now……?

To me this feels a lot like the time I discovered that despite many years of believing myself to a Generation X Slacker, I was actually a member of Generation Y. Indeed, I missed true Slackerdom by one year. ONE YEAR! Stupid demographers.

Anyway. You might be wondering what the point is. If you read this blog often, by now you have probably figured out that there is seldom a point.  If you are looking for real literature or thought provoking ideas, I suggest the library. And I, meanwhile, in spite of my cat loving nature, continue to make art featuring – yes, you guessed it- DOGS!

“Eric at the Beach” 6×8 painted paper collage on panel , © 2012 Alyson Champ

 “Eric” is available from me via my website.

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Arnold Would Like a Cookie
8.5X11 painted paper and fabric collage on panel, © 2011 Alyson Champ
“Arnold” is available at Mackinac’s Little Gallery