Comments: 107
  • #107

    Sae (Friday, 18 February 2022 12:15)

    Hello! The works of #13 is now on the website. Also previous works are up as video in Screening Room.

    I'm still struggling to make my Chagall but it is very inspiring to see everyone's work. Thank you :)

  • #106

    Jill (Sunday, 13 February 2022 10:08)

    Hi everyone,
    I did struggle a bit with keeping to the original concept. Thank you for your encouraging words deb. I do love the challenge and this one was a real riddle. xo Jill

  • #105

    deborah harris (Tuesday, 01 February 2022 10:46)

    Hello to Everyone,
    We have just sent out the image for #13. This time it is just one image that I am asking if you can be inspired to copy with magazine images that you have in your
    collection. We did this same exercise with 'the Cellist' by Chagall in the 9th online.
    I know that it was difficult at first to figure out but since we have done it once
    maybe it will be easier this time. We have included in the envelope a page with a
    photo copy of the original 'Cellist' and a few examples of participants responses.
    This may give those of you who were not yet part of the online workshops an idea
    of how to proceed with this #13. It seems a good time to change things up a bit.

    Thank you to all for staying with us in this ongoing experiment. I think it just keeps getting better, having the continuity, recognizing people through their work and watching the evolution is very exciting.

    Oh I would also like to add that if any of you have a favorite painting that you would like to share with us to add to our collection of collage possibilities please
    send them to us.


  • #104

    Ed (Saturday, 29 January 2022 17:56)

    Next set was posted Friday evening. Sightings appreciated.

  • #103

    Carole Aida (Friday, 21 January 2022 19:32)

    As always, such a pleasure to see what everyone has created with the latest set of prints (#12). Some are so unexpected and surprising- wonderfully creative!!

    Thank you so much for continuing this online workshop. I'm looking forward to the challenges that Series #13 will bring.


  • #102

    Jill (Friday, 19 November 2021 15:09)

    Oh me oh my....
    I arrived back home from Nova Scotia today to find the latest collage exchange images. I can't wait to sit down with these lovelies in the coming days and see what may come from within. Thank you DearOnes!

  • #101

    Ed (Tuesday, 21 September 2021 12:35)

    The most recent set was posted on Thursday night ... from the postal outlet at Yonge and Dundas.
    In case you missed the notice via the blog:

  • #100

    Keith (Tuesday, 14 September 2021 12:05)

    I never realized that I actually have some sense of freedom when doing a collage until presented with this most recent challenge. Having said that, I wish to work beyond my habits, so I should endeavor the next time around to sit more with my feelings of resistance, and see what happens. Thanks again for the opportunity to work Deborah.

  • #99

    deborah harris (Thursday, 09 September 2021 14:53)

    I just wanted to add, in part to respond to Keith but also in general with what we are
    doing here. It is true that the suggestions for each series comes from me but that does not mean that I am less challenged by the request. I also had resistance to recreate the Chagall and seemed to have a limited collection of magazines and none seemingly related to the pallet or forms found in the painting.

    What I have observed over the years is that resistance begins every creative and mundane action that I take and that against all odds something is still possible.

  • #98

    deborah harris (Wednesday, 08 September 2021 11:31)

    Thank you Keith for your honest feedback. In this time of rules and expectations and no choices it is perhaps not strange that you would have resistance where it is possible.
    A yoga teacher of mine said that it was important for teachers to be in the position of student in some capacity in order to have empathy and understanding for those they teach..

  • #97

    Keith Wdowczyk (Tuesday, 07 September 2021 12:27)

    I immediately rejected recreating the Chagall painting in favour of my usual slice and dice method of placing the cut up shapes into position together first. In my first collage I glued the pieces together before waiting for the feeling of completion I usually wait for to appear. Consequently, I am left with a nagging desire to adjust one piece to where I feel it should be. I am left wondering what the nature of this feeling is. Am I not able to accept what is, or is there something wanting for the shapes to be in unison beyond this? As for the first part of the exercise, I was never able to complete it. My resistance seemed childish, since I didn't want to do something with any 'rules' despite my intention to do it. I was also left dealing with a host of feelings around not meeting the 'expectations'.

    I enjoy very much viewing all the works after I have finished my own. The endless possibilities created with the same images leaves me with a feeling of amazement. Although I can recognize most of the original images in each piece, the combinations created by you still leaves me wondering how they could possibly come to be.

  • #96

    Paul Foster (Monday, 30 August 2021 11:56)

    Series #9
    Chagall homage series brought out my inner perfectionist. Finally viewing what others did I now think what was I doing! I was working when I could of been playing! Lost opportunity. I was trying to hard. But I was now realize it was paralleling something I was going through in my personal life. I try to hard sometimes. So thanks to all the collage artists whose work reminded me to play more work less. Life is not or should not be a math exam.

    Reminds me of a quote: "Art is the cultivation of play." Not sure who the author is. Thanks Paul

  • #95

    Tonie Norman (Sunday, 29 August 2021 11:39)

    Re-creating the image of the Cellist has been a delight. My seeing and emotions towards the image have been deeply changed.

    I was surprized how the actual working/re-creating the image was so different from spending time looking at the painting and the posted submissions.

    Thank you Deborah for giving this opportunity.

  • #94

    Tonie Norman (Thursday, 26 August 2021 16:01)

    Thank you Deborah for your prompt response to my questions. I have spent time today re-reading your directions and taking in the posted recreations. I think I get it! It's been awesome spending time with these images.
    I could feel the spirit/essence of Chagell in the painting recreations. the submissions were re-organized using "own found images" yet I felt a closeness, a knowing, a strong connection to the core Chagell painting. At times my emotions were intense.

  • #93

    deborah harris (Thursday, 26 August 2021 10:31)

    Just to say to you Tonie that you can do the first part of the task now, recreating the
    painting with the material you have. I look forward to seeing your work


  • #92

    deborah harris (Thursday, 26 August 2021 10:22)

    Hi Tonie
    This was the instruction sent out;-

    "The mission, if you choose to accept it, is to recreate the Chagall painting using magazine images in your collection. This is something that we at the gallery have explored before but we have not done it in the workshop.
    When you have finished referencing the image you can do a second or third collage disassembling the copy."

    I would appreciate your feedback as to how to better explain the process since you are not the only one to misinterpret.

    Thank you for asking and for sharing your works I enjoy them all.


  • #91

    Tonie Norman (Wednesday, 25 August 2021 18:58)

    Asking to better understand the directive for Series #9. I thought that making a collage adding outside images to the painting was the first task. The second task was to make collage using only pieces from the chagell painting. I see now that perhaps we were to recreate keeping as close as possible to the original. Since all my submissions are shown under the second category I'm a bit confused and seek clarification. I know that really hearing what is being asked is a tricky thing. Thank you.

  • #90

    Victoria (Wednesday, 25 August 2021 15:36)

    I received my package after I read the email with the challenge. I took longer than usual to open the package as I was afraid I wouldn't be ready to tackle it immediately. Today I looked at some of the finished pieces. There are really wonderful and it got me excited for this task. I am taking longer than usual and taking time to think of some interesting source material. I want to get it just right. I hope I am not over thinking it.

  • #89

    Sae (Wednesday, 25 August 2021 11:06)

    I didn't recognize the cellist has such a complex expression until I tried recreate his face... and a lot of joy in the darkness in the sky. I could go one more layer deeper into the painting because I had the mission!

  • #88

    deborah harris (Friday, 20 August 2021 09:38)

    I understand that this Series 9 has been a challenge for participants. If you haven't already you should go to the site and have a look at what has come in. Many different interpretations of what was suggested, every one something to be inspired by and to learn from. I think that there is often a resistance from creative people to accept a particular direction or structure assuming that it will somehow limit their individual freedom of expression. The results should prove otherwise. Personally I believe that limitation activates creativity, it forces us to look outside of our habitual ways of perception and use of certain materials.

    Working with the Chagall painting he becomes our teacher. As Tonie
    mentioned we are able to see how he created the effects that he did. The expression on the face is complex and not easily constructed or found in our modern magazine images. Each person has focused on different elements of the painting to try and
    reproduce. I am truly surprised by all of the pieces. It affirms for me the desire to continue with this form of working together.

    Today Eron and I completed the video of Series 8. It will be available for you to see
    on Collage Exchange on Youtube and on the Gallery Arcturus 'Screening Room'
    clickable in the menu.

    Thanks to all of you for your enthusiasm and willingness to participate in the offerings here. Your contributions are a visual banquet for the viewer and visitor to the website.

  • #87

    Tonie Norman (Thursday, 12 August 2021 09:50)

    I'm so enjoying working with Marc Chagall's beautiful Art. It's fun and an interesting process. The first suggestion to use the images by adding magazine images was a difficult hurdle. The Chagall pieces that came together rejected the 'other' and wanted to stand alone. Nothing I added seemed to belong. Interestingly the process allowed me to better see Marc Chagall's art. Little aspects immerged that had been hidden in plain sight but went unnoticed. It was exciting to catch them and good to have a copy of the original to refere back to.

    Finally I had a breakthrough and I'm making new collages adding from outside sources. Iv'e made at least four new pictures and not ready to stop yet.

    I love that you included, in this package, the previous images as a record. Thanks for that.

  • #86

    Carole Aida (Sunday, 27 June 2021 10:53)

    Wow! I just saw the work submitted for Series 8 and there is such an amazing variety of responses! I struggled with this package. Somehow I couldn't see past the original images to create something new. My offering is quite predictable and not very imaginative. I'll see if I can come up with something else, otherwise I shall have to wait and see what I can do when Series 9 arrives. Thanks to everyone at Gallery Arcturus for continuing with this workshop!- Carole

  • #85

    Ed (Wednesday, 02 June 2021 13:52)

    Getting more reports of mail successfully delivered, including one in the US of A. Good to hear.

  • #84

    Jill (Wednesday, 02 June 2021 06:17)

    #8 arrived yesterday. Yay!
    But these colours, though? How did they possibly get that pigment back then? Genius!
    Thank you to the mail Gods, xo Jill

  • #83

    Carole Aida (Monday, 31 May 2021 20:07)

    Hello! I received my envelope of Series #8 in today’s mail. I love the selection of paintings we received. Can’t wait to see what everyone creates!

  • #82

    Ed (Thursday, 27 May 2021 10:28)

    The latest printed images for workshop #8 have been posted. Perhaps those living in areas with energetic postal workers will even see their envelope today.

    I'll send out an email too.

  • #81

    Donna Little (Thursday, 13 May 2021 18:57)

    Thank you for this shared venture . I found it fascinating to see the creative ways people chose to use the fragments and design ideas of the originals.

  • #80

    Tonie Norman (Thursday, 06 May 2021 11:14)

    The new and interesting creations that have emerged in workshop #7 open new horizons. Each time I look at them I see something missed earlier. Thank you for this opportunity to connect with each other.

  • #79

    Deborah (Wednesday, 05 May 2021 10:01)

    I absolutely second that emotion. Wow!!!

    I feel so lucky and privileged to see the work as it comes in and to have the pleasure of putting it up on the site.

  • #78

    Jill Lawrence (Wednesday, 05 May 2021 06:40)

    Oh my goodness, i am over-the-moon with these creations for workshop #7. Wow wow wow!
    xo j

  • #77

    Paul Foster (Monday, 03 May 2021 21:22)

    So many amazing collages. It's fun to see the pieces and how they create new works of art. They help me to see with new eyes.

    Thanks also to Arcturus Gallery for providing the opportunity for us to create art in a safe and socially distanced manner.

  • #76

    Keith Wdowczyk (Sunday, 02 May 2021 11:31)

    Upon viewing the images I felt limited by the lack of objects and shapes I normally identify with. In the moment where I decide to move past the resistance, the energy seemed to decide itself what would be created. When looking at the end result it seems I've worked into a new space. The buildings enabled me to work with space this time around as the focal point, which is unfamiliar to me. It seems the perception of being limited, once ignored, can move me into something new.

  • #75

    Shelly (Friday, 30 April 2021 14:48)

    Hi All, well, I have lost all semblance of day/date since Spring arrived and seem to have also lost a reasonable sense of time passing. I have just opened the recent set today but I think the envelope arrived a few days ago. In general, I do work fairly slowly in the collage creation process.

    I think the image combinations you select are tremendous and the colour combinations are wonderful. I so appreciate this creative forum. Thank you!!

  • #74

    Ed (Friday, 30 April 2021 13:15)

    Carole's comment led me to go into the current set and look closely. I haven't worked with these images and yet I am enjoying the chance to enter into their detail and colour -- I think this experience is possible due to the repetition. Also, it seems participants focused on what was offered, bringing in less new material than for previous series.

  • #73

    Carole Aida (Friday, 30 April 2021 09:56)

    The collages from this series are great! It seems that a few of us had similar ideas on how to use the materials but each work is unique and special. It’s such a treat to see how everyone responds to the selected images! Thank you to everyone at the Gallery. I’m already looking forward to series #8.

  • #72

    Maria (Saturday, 24 April 2021 22:04)

    Hi Deborah,

    Thanks for all the work you're doing on the Collage Exchange--it is much appreciated! I got the 7th mailing on Fri. & started to think about the collage & began cutting while watching a concert today.

    I think that the least stressful way to do the mailings would be to do them on a regular published schedule--exactly every 6 weeks.

    Note to everyone: don't buy Crayola glue sticks--they are not good--dry much too fast! I saw online that 3M 5 min. glue stiicks are good--they do not dry for 5 min., so pieces can be repositioned several times.

  • #71

    wendy weaver (Friday, 23 April 2021 14:38)

    Thanks for #7, and for 1-6! It is such an interesting project each time, and considerable work for everyone back at Arcturus. In this strange period when future planning is next to impossible, deadlines can be helpful for motivation. However, please run this ongoing workshop so that it is manageable for the Arcturus team. Only then will it continue for some more months, and perhaps years. Thanks for asking.

  • #70

    deborah (Friday, 23 April 2021 10:05)

    Thank you to all for your responses. It may seem that it was an unnecessary concern on our part but just as the host can fret about whether the meal was good for the guest
    we do get somewhat stressed about the images we choose and the timing of when we send them (I say 'we' but it is more accurately 'me'). I am happy that you seem to be
    still enjoying the exchange.

  • #69

    Sara (Friday, 23 April 2021 07:39)

    How exciting!
    Serie #7 arrived,
    images in my desk,
    images possibilities
    floating in my imagination
    what will it be?

  • #68

    Jill Lawrence (Thursday, 22 April 2021 16:59)

    So happy to receive #7 in the mail today. Thank you again for staying with the online workshop format. It is deeply meaningful to remain connected to you all this way.
    Inserting into the conversation; I like the idea and freedom of no specific timing or spacing of receiving the images. I love to linger in the anticipation of their arrival - the longer the better. The energy of the images dictates the speed at which I can complete them but always excited to send them back promptly when done. xoxo j

  • #67

    Time frame (response to #56) (Thursday, 22 April 2021)

    Nope, not too soon for me at all! I look forward to receiving the packages, and even if sometimes it takes me longer to figure out what I want to do with them, I like having time to sit with them. Thank you!

  • #66

    Victoria (Thursday, 22 April 2021 14:53)

    I got my # 7 today. I like the idea of every 4-6 weeks. I usually have mine done in a day or 2 after receiving them but think spacing them out makes them feel more special somehow.

  • #65

    Louie Vargas (Thursday, 22 April 2021 13:29)

    4 to 5 weeks schedule works for me too. Thanks.

  • #64

    Paul Foster (Thursday, 22 April 2021 13:26)

    I'm okay with a 4 to 5 week schedule. I'm one of the tardy ones. My process is to work hard at procrastination first. Than once I'm tired of the hard work of procrastination, I can start to think about starting. However, I do appreciate all the work that goes into the planning and mailing out of the Workshop Series.

  • #63

    Kathryn Cramer (Thursday, 22 April 2021 13:26)

    I’m just coming back in after a long recovery from a broken elbow. I don’t have a specific opinion on the timing of mailings.

    I will be in the US for a while starting in a week or so. So I will need to have images emailed since it would take a while to get them by international mail. I will email my new contact info.

  • #62

    Tonie Norman (Thursday, 22 April 2021 13:14)

    A month to five weeks feels good for me. I like to spend time with the images but at the same time a deadline is good to work towards.

  • #61

    Tonie Norman (Thursday, 22 April 2021 13:05)

    I received Series Seven yesterday. Thanks to everyone.

  • #60

    Susan Eckenwalder (Thursday, 22 April 2021 13:02)

    I’m happy with a month too.
    Helps to work toward a deadline.

  • #59

    deborah (Wednesday, 21 April 2021 13:31)

    Just to add to the previous comment.
    At the beginning we decided to send out the next set of images when it seemed that there was no more work coming in, based on what we had sent out. Recently, especially with this last set, the incoming have been slower and farther apart so it has been more difficult to determine if there will be more coming in.
    This is the reason for my question to participants.

  • #58

    deborah (Wednesday, 21 April 2021 13:22)

    Thanks Carole for your feedback and considered suggestions. I probably cannot stick to such a formal time frame, being someone who often does not know what day of the month it is, but a rough 4-5 week spacing could be achieved.

    Would still like to hear from others is this is good for them as well.