I received a package in the mail on Saturday that made me jump for joy! But first, a little back story:
Last Wednesday, I got a Facebook message from Randel Plowman. Some of you may remember him from previous posts (here and here) about the amazing way he uses vintage ephemera in his collages. Randel also curated the book Masters: Collage (2010) that has served as my inspirational bible for the last two years.
The Collage Workbook - How to Get Started and Stay Inspired. Here's where the Facebook message comes in - Randel wrote to ask me if I would like a copy of the book to give away on my blog. Here's my reply, verbatim:
"WHAT?!?! Do you mean it, Randel! The answer
is a resounding YES! YES! YES!!! Thank you so much! "
So yeah, I was pretty excited that this was happening. :D
Here's what I love about being a collage artist - it is a very small community. When I began creating collages in earnest I began seeing the same 20 or so people online and hearing their names everywhere. Randel was one of those collagists.
|"The Potato Eaters"|
(I actually have one more of Randel's pieces framed but the glare on the glass is so bad, I couldn't get good photos of it - if only Brian were here! :D).
I have been greatly influenced by Randel's work. In fact, here is the collage I created in his class that I was so fortunate to have taken almost exactly a year ago:
|"Blue Bird of Happiness" by Yours Truly :D|
See what I mean? :D
Speaking of taking one of Randel's classes, good news! If you're in the Milwaukee area and would also like to learn from a collage giant, Randel will be at Stella's on Vliet teaching his Collage Workshop on Sunday, July 15. As one Facebook commenter put it, "It's gonna be RAD."
I know you'll all want a shot at the book, so here's what you do - head on over to A Collage a Day and peruse Randel's awesome collage. When you return to this post, in the comments below or on Facebook, let us know which of Randel's collages is your favorite. It can be for sale or already sold - doesn't matter. Just write the one that speaks to you. :D
Because of mailing costs, I'm going to have to limit this contest to US and Canadian residents only - sorry about that.
Okay! Tell us your favorite collage! Ready, set, GO! :D