This week, I started a new mixed media piece. It is going to be called “Annie’s Bookshelf”. It is based on a photograph I took at the home of a fellow artist.She had the most interesting home. I had fun choosing the ephemera for the piece. The rooster’s stomach is crafted from the address section of an ancient envelope I found addressed to my Aunt Esther. Can you guess which are the bits from pages of an old book teaching English to Japanese speakers? Do you see the bit of a real feather in the rooster’s comb? Part of the vests that the puppets are wearing is an old admission ticket and some of the red color comes from hang tags off my favorite tea, brought back from a trip to Germany. Creating the collage brings back lots of memories. My favorite part comes next when I add paint over the collage to unify areas and emphasize certain area.