Dec 30, 2009

Happy New Year!

First things first
Happy New Year! This may well be my last post of 2009. It's been a wonderful year overall and one of the most exciting for me in a long, long time. I send you my very biggest wishes for a creative and successful and happy 2010!

Dad Update
My dad had gall bladder surgery today. Had a couple of delays with blood pressure and needing fluids, but in the end they got it out laprascopically and without a hitch. They kept him overnight but he should be able to go home on Thursday. Thank you for all of the prayers and well wishes! They did the trick and I am so very relieved!

New Piece
I haven't made anything in over a week but have done lots of inspiration shopping. Have so many things I want to try. I need to make a couple of pieces for a charity function I'm thinking about donating to - it's kind of a big one and I'm a little chicken to put myself out there, but after my inquiry, I was invited or maybe allowed, to send work. I may take the plunge. The charity raises money for the arts in the Los Angeles area. This is the first piece I'm thinking of sending. Wish you could see it in person and framed. It's so much better in person.


copyright by Marsha Jorgensen 12/20/09. All rights reserved. You may not copy, print, download or use this image in any way without my permission.
This is a large 8 x 10 mixed media collage using a face from flickr's picassowoman, a body from the Library of Congress, boots scanned from a catalog, wings from, a birdcage from, and a dove from Holliewood Studios at and used with a commercial license. The floor is from flickr's JoesSistah and the main background was made from layering and altering a texture from The red and white borders are from my own vintage popcorn bag and the other border pieces were created from parts from and All pieces were reprinted and most were hand colored to some degree. The face and body were printed in black and white and hand colored. All pieces were hand cut with scissors and attached to the background with glue. This is not a digital collage.

(One detail)

Interesting website that shows the work of many of you
While inspiration shopping I somehow ended up at this site . . . Formations. I think it may be comparable to Flickr River, another view of flickr work that links to your flickr images, but there are some pieces I noticed were not linked. While I found a great deal of inspiration from this site, I am a tiny bit concerned that probably no one has given permission for their work to be shown there. I found one of my pieces there and decided to leave it. But, since I saw many many pieces from many of you, I thought you might like to know. It is a very beautiful site. Just wish she asked first but appreciate that she attributes the work to the artist and links it most of the time to the appropriate place.

New Teesha stuff!
Also visited one of my regular spots for inspiration and realized that Teesha Moore has redone her store and has some new collage sheets and features. Here's the link



Audrey said...

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Outstanding Stranger said...

I love it Marsha. Hope you have a new year filled with all the most wonderful things. Hugs, Diane

Julia said...

Dear Marsha

I'so glad everything went well for your dad!!

I have to tell you , since I've visited your site for the first time, my style has changed. You know I love your style and now sometimes I use that style too.
You,ve been my inspiration to that!

And when you can spare a little second you must take a look at my blog (don't feel obligate to comment, just look:)
to the last piece I've made last tuesday.
It's also a girl with a cage and birds and I was so surprised we had the same thought at almost the same time! How cool is that!?

Dear friend I wish you all the best for a Happy and blessed New Year! xxx

Sandy said...

Marsha ypur new piece is brilliant. Love your amazing work.

Marsha my friend, I wish you and your family a Happy, Healthy and Creative new Year 2010. Hugs.

Hanne said...

This piece is wonderful Marsha!

I wish you a Happy New Year!

NancyB said...

Fantastic! So glad everything went well for Dad! This is my new favorite piece! It really shows your talent and love for art and everything around you! Applause!! I wish you and your family a VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR with many blessings and dreams to come true! Much love and hugs!

yoborobo said...

Wonderful news about your Dad, Marsha! :) Love your new piece (heck I love all of them!). Happy New Year, my friend! xoxoxo Pam

Terri Kahrs said...

Great, happy news about your Dad, Marsha! I'm so happy to hear that the surgery is finished and the healing has begun.

LOVE the new piece, and am thrilled that you're putting yourself "out there"! Bravo! And . . . being asked to participate in the charity function for the arts is superb!

Happy, Happy New Year to you and yours. Many blessings for an awesome, artful 2010! Hugs, Terri xoxo

lilylovekin said...

I'm so glad your Dad is doing ok. I'm also so glad to have met you this year and to experience your wonderful art. Thank you again for the great piece you made for me and my sister-it is hanging in my studio. Hope this next year is full of love and good things. Lorrie

~*~Patty S said...

One word to describe your creativity Marsha = FANTASTIC!
Thank you for sharing your artwork with us in 2009, I certainly look forward to another fun art filled year with you here in bloglandia!

Sending every good and special wish for your father's speedy recovery!
Wishing you and yours a Blessed New Year!
P.S. thanks also for the links, I'm off to check them out :)

Chrisy said...

I just love this piece of work girl! So uplifting...yet modern... Hope 2010 is filled with lovely things for you...

Diane said...

Hi Marsha, I just found your blog--this is one cool blog--I can't wait to see what you share in 2010!

Seth said...

Great piece and how wonderful it is for a charity function. Wishing you all the best in 2010. Happy New Year!!

WW said...

Marsha...I'm so glad that things are looking up for your dad.
As for this newest piece of art...simply beautiful!!!

Chriss Rollins said...

love,love,love your work Marsha,

would you care to take on a Zetti challenge over at our ATC blog.

Wishing you a bright and successful 2010.

chriss x