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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Reluctant Oracle

I had some free time on my hands the other day, but not enough to really get into that messy creative space, so I whipped out my binder of magazine clippings to make a collage.

After much Photoshop tampering this morning, this is the result. 
And here is the accompanying "poem" that's made up from the randomly chosen phrases in the collage:

The Oracle’s Chosen One

Memories are bondage
Are you good with that?
But with prophecies
and future gazing
(648 clues, that's all),
you have the power
to see into the future
and make things happen.
What is it?
The question or the answer:
The Oracle's chosen one
can't seem to get it right.
Is it in the cards?
Here's a tip:
Plan for the unexpected.
There you go.
Are you good with that?


And here's the original collage--

There you go.

Que sera sera!
Are you good with that?



  1. love love this piece, lady! and the words - and how i've missed dropping by your creative world here! have a glorious day!

  2. Perfect sense from random bits of surreal copy. Lovely artwork, as per usual.

  3. Brings back memories of home candle making experiments and craft shops in Chelsea.

    Glad that you weren't too tied up to create this.

  4. gosh I love Andre. He always makes me feel better.

    your collage is so beautiful! the way the colors all meld in such subtle ways. I can't do photoshop, and dont even have it. But you are a master at it!! Hope a bit of spring is coming your way.

  5. Wonderful transition between beginning and this beautiful are masterful with this photoshop...great piece!

  6. Gypsywoman,
    I thought I heard jangling bells on ankle bracelets! Lovely to see your smiling face again.

  7. Patricia,
    Random wisdom is the best!

  8. Marginalia,
    and perhaps some shops in Soho, circa 1966?

  9. sukipoet,
    I must admit you had me wondering who this Andre was that you're so smitten with! I'm rather smitten with the ballgowns his violinists are wearing. I'd say a little bit of bondage going on with those tight bodices.

  10. Blue Sky Dreaming,
    I find making these transitions with the tools in Photoshop just about as satisfying as applying layers with paint and mixed media...process and transformation...just like life.

  11. You could copyright this--starting with a collage (very creative I might add) to free verse (unbelievably insightful). Love it! Living in the past is a kind of bondage whereas future-gazing makes us alive again. Are you good with that? Que sea sera! (Andre Rieu is so charming!) Love ☺

  12. Go with the flow and everything falls into place?

    Interesting post.....enjoy your day!

  13. I really like where you went with the collage; the muted wash of tones, the delicate outlines, looks amazing. "Plan for the unexpected." I am learning to do just that. It helps you get thru the day gracefully when you can go with the flow even when things don't go as planned.

  14. Margaret,
    It would be fun to have a copyright on this process, but what's so great about it is that absolutely anyone can do it! The best things in life are free?

  15. Forest Dream Weaver,
    Yes, go with the flow and don't try to push the river!

  16. Stickup Artist,
    I worked so hard with Photoshop to mute those bright colours from the original collage and make the whole composition look more like a piece of art, so I'm really glad that you picked up on that. Hours of experimentation and happy accidents, going with the flow, and discovering the unexpected along the way.

    "Getting through the day gracefully even when things don't go as planned" you say...interestingly, that is the very conversation I was having with Pierre tonight, as his day did not go as planned and he was wrestling with that. His panacea is "it is what it is."

  17. I love the whole idea of the "collage poem"; this is n exercise in surrealism, I think. It reminds me of the "exquisite corpse" game, but with words. What you did with it in photoshop is quite amazing!