Lately I seem to have angels on the mind. Winged and halo'd forms are tailor made for collage...so many possibilities. But I'm, at least for the time being, turning my angel fixation off. I still want to paint beings of some sort...not necessarily beautiful beings, but with elaborate (heavily patterned) and abstract collaged garments , head coverings and backgrounds. No halos. No wings....unless oversized, kimono-like, sleeves can be translated as wings. I'm excited about creating my own papers for collage using a technique I learned from a couple of workshop videos. I'm creating a series of hand-cut rubber stamps and stencils for this project....and using tissue paper for collage and something more substantial as the ground. Until now, I've been tearing or cutting pre-printed scrapbook paper into the bits for collage. I guess that I'm taking a leap into the unknown....a whole new direction. I think that I may have lost my fear of calling what I do art...and calling myself an artist. Finally! I'm going up to my Washington retreat for three weeks of peace & quiet....some good Zen time. When I get back I'll be stamping, stenciling and painting. Can't wait to see what happens.