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I saw the peaceful city…

and it was here, in Dayton, where I live: The City of Peace. This reference may or may not be familiar to readers, but Dayton really is known as the City of Peace. This is due firstly, to the Dayton Peace Accords, the agreement hammered out here to end the war in Bosnia. Since that time Dayton has become home to the International Peace Museum, the Missing Peace Art Space, the Peace Bridge, and other endeavors to promote peace in our world. Much of our city’s efforts involves the artful pursuit of peace, as I call it. That’s because many of our efforts to promote peace are visual and literary.

I was thinking about this because yesterday in my church we dedicated a permanent Prayer Wall, a place for our notes to that higher power. This had meaning for me because I was asked to create the design for the Prayer Wall, which was then built in wood by a talented craftsman. My intent was to allude to the Western Wall in Jerusalem where people of all faiths come to tuck their written prayers into the cracks of the stone wall. Our wall is wood to match our sanctuary, but it evokes the Western Wall in its design. I designed it in three parts so it also alludes to medieval triptych altarpieces.

I would like to see our focus on peace spread throughout the world. Let’s work for that. And artfully speaking, designing the wooden Prayer Wall inspired me to create collage on canvas reflection walls, which I will be posting here!

We’ll start with one: Gold Reflection Wall9″w by 12″h collage on canvas, made of handmade and machine papers, clear acrylic          finish, wired and ready to hang, $165.

House and Home as Subject

I will be posting new small collages in the Small Works Gallery. These collages are based on subjects rather than full-blown themes. They are less labor intensive and therefore less expensive to purchase. These collages are still finely crafted and treated with the same care as my larger pieces; they are simply less complicated compositions. All are handmade and other papers on canvas, treated with a clear acrylic matte finish so they need no glass, and come wired and ready to hang!

Below you will see Card House, a 5 x 5 inch paper collage on canvas, $25 – SOLD, greeting cards still available

Card House

From the House series

From the House series

Work in Progress

Medusa, in  progress  Pictured here is a snapshot of a current collage in progress, part of my Medusa series. This piece will be 48″w by 36″h. On pieces of this size I often work on the easel; sometimes I work flat, depending on the collage itself. You may notice that some of the paper is still hanging off the canvas, or appears to be in the wrong spot. Many times if I plan to use a particular piece of paper I will stick it on the canvas with a spot of glue so I don’t lose it!