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Friday, April 22, 2011

last one


this is the last collage in the series i just finished.  it's 5x7 inches, and will be sold framed in a black wood frame.  it was created on masonite, and it is sealed with archival varnish that contains UV protection.  these collages are created with lots of layers.  the very bottom is a letter from 1948 which has been watercolored. there is also gouache, acrylic, vintage paper, more watercolor, and finally sealer to protect it.  they each take about 3 hours, not including collecting the materials and framing.  

i have decided when i am a millionaire i will hire out my framing.  i really don't like to frame stuff.  it's funny, because one of my first jobs out of college was as a framer.  luckily it only lasted about 4 months, and then i started teaching.  the good news is that that 4 months gave me the skills to do it myself now.  it does save me a ton of money, and allows me to price my work more affordably.  so i shouldn't complain.

i was thinking about all of the jobs i have had in my life.  i think every single one has helped me in some way.  i can't imagine those who stay at the same job for 30 years.  here's a list of the jobs i've had:

1.   handbag salesperson/DC area
2.   camp counsellor/Maine
3.   administrative assistant for advertising department/London
4.   picture framer/DC area 
5.   elementary art teacher/public school/DC area
6.   waitress/DC area
7.   high school art teacher/public school/DC area
8.   elementary teacher/overseas public school/Iceland and Japan
9.   waitress/California
10.  elementary/middle school art teacher/private school/California
11.  pizza chef/Texas
12.  quick-to-fix chef/Texas
13.  craft co-op participator/Maryland
14.  assistant to a realtor/Iowa
15.  sandwich maker/Iowa
16.  elementary art teacher/Colorado
17.  middle school art teacher/Colorado
18.  high school art teacher/Colorado
19.  gallery owner/artist/Colorado


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