Category Archives: Collage

On the Line

On the Line

“On the Line” is a 4′ x 7″ mixed media assemblage by Heather Brush.

detailThe birds on the wire are made of upcycled antique Remington typewriter keys and key pads, wire, and wire ribbon. The background is collaged of bits of pages from antique children’s books.

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Silver Moons Rising

Silver Moons Rising

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These owl-ish pieces are little bits of Halloween fun. Each is 5″ x 5″ and ready to hang. Mixed media on canvas, the works are comprised of acrylic, layered sewing pattern paper, oil pastels, and spackle medium.

Owl Guard You

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who’s There?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoots Watching

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meow Moon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meow Moon is 8″ x 10″ and is also a mixed media piece on canvas, ready to hang. The same process was used as in the owls except for the addition of the cat, a found object that I modified and painted.

By Heather Brush, for sale at One Block East Gallery in Roanoke, VA.

 

Two Hoots

Two Hoots

10″  x  10″  Two Hoots is a sort of assemblage mixed media piece. I collaged over acrylic on box canvas, using antique book jacket paper. The design comes from the antique silvertone owl trivet that embellishes the work. The light of a silvery moon peeks between black clouds and lights the old tree the owl sits in.

Two Hoots

This piece is posted for the 4th day of Art Every Day Month. The goal is to be creative in some way every day. I don’t know how to NOT be creative every day, but that doesn’t always result in art I’m willing to share. This piece though, makes me happy.

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By Heather Brush. For sale.

Red’s Wolf

Red's Wolf

13″ x 17″  Red’s Wolf is an assemblage mixed media piece on canvas. The final piece in my fairy tale series (unless something compells me to continue); it is now my favorite in the series. As a very young child, my mother made me into Red Riding Hood for Halloween. It was my favorite costume. As an adult I relate to little red, turning away the wolf’s advances but being tricked when he disguises himself. It is the perfect innocence and wickedness story, where good triumphs over evil. It is my hope that my depiction shows the yin yang of the story, the need for both sides.

Red's Wolf

I used lightweight spackle to create the wolf and one of the trees. The other trees are made from sewing pattern paper. Red is simply a portion of a china doll head, and her red cloak is rag paper. The wolf sports a ragged coat including bits of old paintbrush.

Red's Wolf

By Heather Brush. For sale.
 

The artist, once upon a time.

Rapunzel

Rapunzel

9″ x 17″  Rapunzel is another work in my series of fairy tale and fable  pieces. Not quite an assemblage and not quite mixed media, it is a combination of both. Rapunzel is created from a china doll head with gold colored wire curls covering her crown and cascading down the tower. Below her is in the tower, adorned with metal ivy leaves and created with mixed media on a box canvas. I wonder what the Brothers Grimm would think of my version of their little miss.

Rapunzel

Rapunzel

Rapunzel from below

By Heather Brush. For sale.

Acts of Kindness

Acts of Kindness

SOLD! 10″ x 10″   Acts of Kindness is a collage on box canvas with found items,  depicting Aesop’s fable of The Lion and the Mouse.

A lion was awakened from sleep by a mouse running over his face. Rising up angrily, he caught him and was about to eat him, when the mouse piteously entreated, saying:  “If you would spare my life, I would be sure to repay your kindness.” The lion laughed and let him go.

It happened shortly after this that the lion was caught by some hunters, who bound him by strong ropes to the ground. The mouse, recognizing his roar, came and gnawed the rope with his teeth and set him free, exclaiming “You ridiculed the idea of my ever being able to help you, not expecting to receive from me any repayment of your favor; now you know that it is possible for even a mouse to con benefits on a lion.”

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.

Acts of Kindness

Detail of mouse (part of an antique metal wind up toy) on book cover.

Acts of Kindness

Acts of Kindness is part of a series I am doing on fables and fairy tales.

By Heather Brush.

Out to Sea

Out to Sea

14″ x 16″ framed.  Out to Sea is a collage on canvas, with acrylic, ink, fabric and antique children’s record. The record was found at a junk shop, a Golden Record, of Richard Lear’s nonsensical poem, “The Owl and the Pussycat”.

Out to Sea detail

It begins:

“The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat:
They took some honey,
and plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.”

A love story, a bedtime tale, written for a three-year-old girl and published in 1871.

Out to Sea detail

By Heather Brush.