Monday, September 3, 2018

Title: Jacks.
Medium: Collage: Fabric, Paper and Ink on 8.5x11, 48 lb archival paper. And
Digitally Embellished Original Print version. 8.5x11 on 48 lb archival paper.
Style: Folk Art
Size: 8.5x11"
Date:  8/31/18
Art by: Sandra Corey

Versions of Jacks date back to ancient cultures. As children in the 1950s (not quite ancient times) Jacks was a game my brother and I and our friends had fun playing.  The occasional fresh game of Jacks was a welcome surprise in our Christmas stockings. 

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Jacks Digitally Embellished 

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Jacks Original Collage

Jacks is part a series of retro art pieces I am looking forward to working on in the coming year.

Here's the inspiration ad image.  Part of the fun of re-imagining objects is deciding how to represent them in a way that is understandable but different; how to change the reality without loosing touch with the objects.

Jacks are metal, hard and cold.  So I thought it would be interesting to make them out of a material that was soft and warm.  The balls are shiny and smooth so they became fabric and paper; warm/soft and smooth/hard.  Then it's deciding which details to include or add and which to leave out, and so forth.

Although I thought the photographer who created the composition of the inspiration image did it nicely I needed to arrange the elements into my own composition and one that would work well in the calendar format, which is horizontal; 8.5x11, rather than square.  

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Wonder Bread

Title: Wonder Bread.
Medium: Original print, HP ink on 8.5x11, 48 lb archival paper.
Style: Freehand drawing with handheld mouse.
Size: 5x5, 6x6 or 8"x8"
Date of origination: 5/23/18
Art by: Sandra Corey
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I'm still in a retro mood.   And Wonder Bread is certainly a retro icon.  Although it is still on shelves today, I remember it from childhood in the 1950s.  It goes back a bit further though and actually made its debut on May 21, 1921;  97 years and 3 days ago.

When I began working on the idea for this print I didn't realize that my timing aligned with a Wonder Bread anniversary.   Nor did I realize that the colorful dots on the packaging represented the many colorful balloons at the Indianapolis Speedway International balloon race that year or that the name Wonder was inspired by the wonder of that spectacle.

My best friend even had a cotton shift sporting a fun Wonder Bread print on white fabric.   (Shift: a retro garment defined as "a short dress that hangs straight down from the shoulders with clean, simple lines that hangs loosely from the body without a fitted cut.")

Looking around online today I see the Wonder Bread balloon color pattern on all sorts of products.  I'm guessing the commercial artist, Drew Miller, who created the logo for the VP of the bakery at the time, Elmer Cline, had no idea how iconic it would become.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Milk and Cookies

Title: Milk and Cookies
Size: 5x7x.75"
Medium: oils on archival stretched canvas.
Date: 3/2/2018
Style: Abstract, folk art, mid century
Colors: Blues, creams, yellow, red, orange.
Original painting by Sandra Corey

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A nostalgic look at an old favorite, Milk and Cookies is among many fond memories of childhood in the 1950s.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Fresh Like Pears

Title: Fresh Like Pears 
Medium: Oils over acrylic on archival canvas.
Date: 1/5/2018
Size: 20x16x1.5, mulit-directional, vertical, horizontal, right or left.
Sandra Corey

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Fresh As Pears was begun on an enjoyable Christmas afternoon.    Dear friends in Washington had sent a gift that included a box of beautiful and delicious fresh pears, hence the title.